Delia

Delia is a female given name, derived from Greek Delos meaning “of Delos”, referring to someone who came from the island of Delos. It’s the name of an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis who was born there. The name comes from Ancient Greek delos meaning “visible, clear; conspicuous; manifest” derived from PIE root word *dyew- (to be bright; sky, heaven)….

Midir

Midir is the name of a figure in Irish mythology, the son of the Dagda and the lover of Étain, who was turned into water, a worm, and a butterfly (or a fly in some versions) by his jealous wife Fuamnach. The meaning of Midir is unknown though it may be related to Old Irish midithir meaning “to…

Alana

Alana is the feminine form of Alan, an English male name of uncertain etymology which 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 “to nourish, grow” from Proto-Indo-European…

Brigid

Brigid is the name of a goddess in Irish mythology, the goddess of fire, poetry, healing, and fertility, among a few other things. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “exalted one” from Proto-Celtic *briganti (high, elevated; exalted) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brighid (Irish) Bridget (Irish, English) Bridgette (English) Brigit (Irish) Bríd…

Ferguson

Ferguson comes from a Scottish surname, a patronymic name meaning “son of Fergus”, Fergus being the anglicized form of Fearghas, a Gaelic name meaning “man of vigor” composed from fear (man) and gus (vigor). It’s the name of several figures in Irish and Scottish mythology. Nicknames: Fergie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Fergus (Irish, Scottish) Fearghas (Irish, Scottish)  

Alison

Alison is a medieval French diminutive of Aalis (Alice) which comes from Germanic Adelais, itself a short form of Adalheidis “noble kind, type” or “of a noble kind”, made up from Germanic elements adal (noble) and heid (kind, sort, type). Alison is also an English and Scottish surname with several possible meanings: it may have originated as a matronymic surname…

Brian

Brian is an Irish name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Old Celtic element bre meaning “hill” which, by extension, also means “high, noble”. It could also be related to Celtic brig- or brigant- meaning “high”, briga- meaning “might” and “power”, or brigh- meaning “noble, strong, virtuous”. Brian is also a surname originating from the given name. Brian…

Eponine

Eponine is the anglicized form of Éponine, a French female name popularized by Victor Hugo‘s novel Les Misérables (1862). It’s the French form of Epponina, a Gaulish name which could be based on Epona, a Celtic goddess of horses who was popular not only in Celtic religions but also among the Romans as well. It means “horse” from Gaulish epos via Proto-Celtic *ekʷos…

Cymbeline

Cymbeline is an anglicized form of Cunobelinus possibly meaning “hound of Belenus“, made up of Proto-Celtic *kū (dog, hound, wolf) and Belenus, the name of a sun god in Celtic mythology (identified with the Greek and Roman god Apollo) whose name is of uncertain meaning though it’s popularly been thought to relate to a root word meaning “bright” or “shining”. Cymbeline is…