Arabic, Male, Night/Evening, Surname names, T names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Tariq

Tariq is an Arabic male name which comes from the Arabic verb taraqa meaning "to knock, rap, pound" in reference to a nocturnal visitor, hence its other meaning "night visitor". The reference comes about to a visitor who came about at night to avoid the scorching heat of day. Tariq may also have originally been used to refer… Continue reading Tariq

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Ancient Greek, Arabic, Breton, Female, Japanese, Light, Moon, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Nora

Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly… Continue reading Nora

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Gaelic, Gray, Hebrew, Honey, L names, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Norman French, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with… Continue reading Laney

A names, Ancient Greek, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, Gaelic, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Light, Moon, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Alaina

Alaina is a variant form of Alana, itself the feminine form of Alan, an Irish and Scottish name of uncertain etymology. It may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning… Continue reading Alaina

Animals, Chinese, Hawaiian, L names, Lion, Moon, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Romanian mythology, Uncategorized, Vietnamese, Word names

Luana

Luana is a female given name that could be derived from a number of sources: it could be a combination of Lou (a short form of Louise and Louisa meaning "famous battle") and Anna (grace, favor); it's also a Hawaiian female name meaning "content, at ease" and "to be at leisure". It was used for a Polynesian character in the 1932 movie Birds… Continue reading Luana

Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, J names, Moon, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it's presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning "ruler of the spear") and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler"; Erica is also the Latin word for "heather". I've also seen Jerica listed as the… Continue reading Jerica

Color, Female, Hebrew, L names, Moon, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, White

Levana

Levana is the name of an ancient Roman goddess involved in the rituals of childbirth. The name comes from Latin levare meaning "to lift" which derives from PIE *h₁lengʷʰ- (light (not heavy)). Levana is also a variant transcription of Lebanah, a Hebrew name meaning "white" from Hebrew laban though it is also used as a poetic term for "moon". Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew… Continue reading Levana

Ancient Greek, E names, Female, German/Germanic, Moon, Nickname names, Virtues/Attributes

Ellen

Ellen is the English medieval form of Helen, the English form of Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it's been linked to Greek helene meaning "torch" or "corposant", though it could also possibly be linked to Greek selene meaning "moon". Ellen is also the Dutch short form of Eleonora, a cognate of Eleanor which is the Old French form of… Continue reading Ellen

Hebrew, J names, Male, Moon, Place names, Surname names

Jericho

Jericho is the name of an ancient city in the West Bank as well as a surname derived from the given name. The meaning behind the name is uncertain though possible meanings ascribed to it are "moon" from Hebrew yareach or it could be derived from Hebrew reyach meaning "fragrant, smell". In Arabic it's known as Ariha which also means… Continue reading Jericho

C names, Color, Female, Gold, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Cress

Cress is the name of various species of plants with pungent edible leaves such as garden cress, watercress, or winter cress. The name comes from Old English cressa via Middle Low German kerse from Proto-Germanic *krasjon-, deriving from Proto-Indo-European root *gras- (to devour). Cress is also a nickname for names beginning with Cress- such as Cressida (a medieval form of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female… Continue reading Cress

Bright/Clear, Female, Light, Moon, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Roksana

Roksana is the Russian and Polish form of Roxana which ultimately derives from Persian Roshanak which means "bright, light, shining" either from Avestan raoxšna- (radiant, shining) or Middle Persian rōšn (light; bright light). It derives from PIE *lówksneh₂ (moon) from root word *lewk- (bright; to shine; to see). Nicknames: Roxie/Roxy, Rocky/Rockie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Roxana (Latinized Ancient Greek, English, Spanish, Romanian) Roxanna (English) Roxanne… Continue reading Roksana

Female, Japanese, M names, Night/Evening, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Miyako

Miyako is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" + ya 夜 "night; evening" + ko 子 "child" (美夜子); miyako 都 "capital; city" miyako 京 "capital"; mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" + ya 也 "to be" + 子 "child" (美也子); mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" + ya 弥 "all the more; increasingly" + ko 子 "child" (美弥子); miya 宮 "shrine; palace" + ko 子 "child" (宮子); miyako 都 "capital; city" + ko 古 "old" (都古); There are… Continue reading Miyako

Emotion/Feelings, Japanese, Joy, Male, Night/Evening, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Shoya

Shoya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: sho 祥 (auspicious, happiness, blessed, good fortune) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 哉 (how, what, alas, question mark); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 也 (to be); sho 将 (leader, commander, general) + ya 也 (to be); sho 星 (star) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 夜 (night, evening); sho 勝 (victory, win, excel, prevail)… Continue reading Shoya

Arabic, Female, L names, Night/Evening, Virtues/Attributes

Lyla

Lyla is a variant of Leila, an Arabic female name meaning "night". It could also be considered as a feminine form of Lyle, an English surname derived from Norman French l'isle meaning "island", a topographical surname for someone who lived on an island though it may also be derived as a place name from Lille, a city in France. Origin:… Continue reading Lyla

Ancient Greek, Bright/Clear, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Light, Moon, Mythology, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Selene

Selene (pr. se-lee-nee or sel-een in English) is the goddess of the moon in Greek mythology, the sister of Helios and Eos, goddess of the dawn. Much like Helios, she also drove a chariot across the sky every night. Selene fell in love with a mortal named Endymion who is often depicted as a shepherd though other versions portray him as a prince or king.… Continue reading Selene

Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, I names, Moon, Virtues/Attributes

Ileana

Ileana is a Romanian, Italian, and Spanish female name, the Romanian form of Elena or Helen both of which derive from Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, or perhaps linked to selene meaning “moon”. Ileana could also a variant spelling of Iliana,  a Greek and Bulgarian female name; in Greek it's the feminine… Continue reading Ileana

Ancient Greek, Animals, Deer/Roe, E names, Earth, Elements, Fawn, Female, French, Gaelic, Gaulish, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Irish, Moon, Moose/Elk, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Scottish, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh mythology, Word names

Elana

Elana is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant spelling of Ilana, which is the feminine form of Ilan, a Hebrew male name meaning "tree", though it could also be a feminine form of Elon, another Hebrew male name meaning "tree, oak tree"; Elana could also be a variant form of Helena,… Continue reading Elana

C names, Female, Hindu mythology, Male, Moon, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Chandra

Chandra is an Indian unisex name derived from Sanskirt chand ( चन्द ) meaning “moon" and also meaning "to shine, glow". It derives from Proto-Indo-European root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine). In Hindu mythology, Chandra is the Hindu god of the moon. He is depicted as young and beautiful, a two armed god with a club and a lotus, who… Continue reading Chandra

Ancient Greek, Coptic, Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Japanese, Joy, K names, Malay, Male, Mythology, Night/Evening, Numbers, Place names, Sanskrit, Surname names, Turkish, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Kaya

Kaya is a given name with a variety of meanings and origins such as: it's a Malay word meaning "wealthy" and "rich, affluent"; Kaya is a Turkish male name meaning "rock" as well as a Turkish surname derived from the same origin as the given name; Kaya could also be an elaborate form of Kay, either… Continue reading Kaya

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, L names, Latin, Moon, Mythology, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes

Lena, Lina

Lena originally started out as a short form of names ending in -lena such as Helena (derived from Ancient Greek possibly meaning "torch" or "corposant" though it may also be deirved from Greek selene meaning "moon"), Madgalena (which means "of Magdala" from the name of a village, Magdala deriving from Hebrew migdal meaning "tower"), Abilena (a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria, also known… Continue reading Lena, Lina