Sherlock

Sherlock is an English surname most famously associated with the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, created by British author Arthur Conan Doyle who first appeared in 1887. As I’ve mentioned, the name itself comes from an English surname meaning “bright lock”, likely in reference to someone who had fair hair. It comes from Old English schir (bright, shining, fair)…

Wen

Wen is a Chinese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: wén 文 “literature, culture, writing”; wén 雯 “multicolored clouds”; There are likely other meanings depending on the characters used. Wen is also a Chinese surname and has various meanings depending on the characters used: wén 文 “literature, culture, writing”; wēn 温 “warm; to review”; wén 聞 “to hear; to…

Lune

Lune is the French word for “moon” which derives from Latin luna via a PIE root word; in Italian lune is the plural form of luna. In geometry, lune is used as a term for the part of a plane surface that is bounded by two intersecting arcs of a spherical surface bounded by two great circles. Lune is also…

Uther

Uther is the name of the father of King Arthur in Arthurian legend. While the name is of uncertain meaning, it’s been linked to Welsh uthr meaning “terrible” though it’s also possible it may be a variant of Arthur meaning “bear king”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Uthyr (Welsh)  

Jenna

Jenna is a variant of Jenny, originally a medieval English diminutive of Jane, the feminine form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew. However, Jenny has become more popular as a nickname for Jennifer, the Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from), made up from Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name…

Zaire

Zaire is the former name of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The name comes from the Congo river, derived from the Kongo word nzere o nzadi meaning “river swallowing rivers”; Zaire is the Portuguese adaption of the name. Spelled Zaïre, it’s a French female name, created by French writer and philosopher Voltaire for his play, also called Zaïre (1732), who…

Makar

Makar is the Russian form of Makarios, an Ancient Greek male name meaning “blessed, happy” from Ancient Greek makar (blessed). Makar is also a Scottish term for a poet or a bard. It’s the equivalent of English word maker. Its plural form is makaris. Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Makari (Russian) Makariy (Russian) Makarios (Late Greek) Macarius (Latinized Late Greek)…

Polina

Polina is either a Slavic and Greek form of Paulina (the feminine form of Paulinus, a Roman cognomen meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) derived from a PIE root word) or it’s a Russian diminutive of Apollinariya, the Russian feminine form of Apollinaris which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. The name is of uncertain etymology and…

Puck

Puck is the name of a mischievous sprite in English folklore, also known as Robin Goodfellow, and appears in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream as a mischievous, clever elf who sets up all the trouble that follows in the play. The name comes from Old English pūca meaning “goblin, demon” via Proto-Germanic *pūkô (goblin, spook) derived from PIE *(s)pāuǵ-, *(s)pāug-…

Novella

Novella is an Italian female name, the feminine form of Novello meaning “new, young; early” which comes from Latin novellus (new, young, fresh), made up from novus (new), a diminutive of nova, combined with the suffix -ellus. A novella is also used to refer to a story that is shorter than a novel but longer than a short story. Novella…