Vina

Vina is an Indian and Indonesian female name meaning "lute" which comes from the Sanskrit word veena, which is also a word for the Indian stringed musical instrument. It derives from Proto-Indo-Iranian *wī́nā (lute). Vina is also a short form of names such as Davina (a feminine form of David meaning "beloved" from Hebrew), Alvina (a feminine form of Alvin meaning either … Continue reading Vina

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Alfred

Alfred is an English male name meaning "elf counsel", made up from Old English elements aelf (elf) via Proto-Germanic *albiz (elf, fairy), of uncertain origin though it's been linked to Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white); and raed (counsel) which also comes from Proto-Germanic *rēdaz (advice, counsel) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂reh₁- (to think, count, reason; arrange). Alfred is also an English surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Alf, Alfie/Alphie, Fred, … Continue reading Alfred

Alba

Alba is a female given name which has a few different meanings and etymologies: it's a feminine form of Albus, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "white, bright". The name may be derived from Latin albus meaning “white, bright, clear” from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white); Alba may also be derived from Germanic element alb meaning "elf" from Proto-Germanic *albiz (elf, fairy) which ultimately derives from the same … Continue reading Alba

Alvaro

Alvaro is the Italian form of Alvar which comes from Old Norse Alfarr meaning "elf warrior" or "elf army"  from Old Norse elements alfr (elf) and arr (warrior) or herr (army). Alvaro is also a Spanish and Portuguese surname derived from the given name. An alvar is also a type of environment that has poor soil as well as also referring to a group … Continue reading Alvaro

Avery

Avery comes from an English surname derived from two possible given names: either the Norman French form of Alberich meaning "elf power" or "elf ruler" from Germanic elements alf (elf) and ric (power, ruler), or it could be a medieval variant of Alfred, an English name composed of Old English elements aelf (elf) and raed (counsel) meaning "elf counsel". Origin: German, Old English Variants: Averie … Continue reading Avery

Eliot

Eliot comes from an English surname, originally used as a medieval pet-form of Elias, a cognate of Elijah, a Hebrew male name meaning "my God is Yahweh" or "Yahweh is my God". However, Elliott as a surname might come from an entirely different source: it could be derived from a Middle English male personal name, Athelgeat, meaning "noble … Continue reading Eliot

Oliver

Oliver is a male given name that has two possible origins. The first is that it could be from Germanic Alfhar from Old Norse Alvar meaning "elf warrior" or "elf army" from Old Norse elements alfr (elf) and arr (warrior, army); or it's derived from another Old Norse name, Áleifr, meaning "ancestor's descendant" from Old Norse anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Oliver is also a surname originating from the … Continue reading Oliver

Olivia

Olivia is a female given name first used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning "olive" or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old Norse Alvar meaning "elf warrior" or "elf army"; or it could be from … Continue reading Olivia

Ailsa

Ailsa derives its name from Ailsa Craig, the name of an island located off of Scotland. Though there's no certain etymology behind the name several theories have abounded such as possibly meaning "fairy rock", or from Gaelic Creag Ealasaid meaning "Elizabeth's rock", Ealasaid being the Gaelic form of Elizabeth. Another theory I've seen is that it comes … Continue reading Ailsa