Sydelle

Sydelle is an English female name, of modern coinage. I couldn’t quite find a specific origin or meaning to it, though it’s possible that it may have arisen as a variant (or perhaps another nickname) of Sadie, itself originally a diminutive form of Sarah meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman”. It also does resemble Sydney, which comes from an English surname meaning…

Xenia

Xenia is a Greek female name as well as an Ancient Greek concept of hospitality, especially to strangers and those who seek shelter far from home. It was considered such an important concept that it was even given as an epithet of the god Zeus, Zeus Xenios, the protecter of guests. There are often stories in Greek…

Lalaine

Lalaine seems to be a Filipino female name, perhaps a combination of prefix la- and given name 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”. There are several characters in Arthurian legend…

Delinda

Delinda is a female given name which seems to be a modern coinage, probably a combination of the prefix De- combined with Linda, originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. It’s also possible that it rose up as a shortened…

Dryope

Dryope is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including the name of a princess, the daughter of Dryops of Oeta, and who was turned into a black poplar tree. It’s made up from Ancient Greek elements drûs (tree; oak) and ops (eye, face), meaning “tree-faced” or “oak-eyed”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Male forms: Dryops (Ancient Greek)  

Ajax

Ajax is the name of two heroes in Greek mythology, both of whom fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Greeks, known as Ajax the Great (son of Telamon) and Ajax the Lesser (son of Locris). Ajax is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Aias meaning of the name is uncertain though there are a…

Jinx

Jinx is an English word referring to a charm, a spell, or a hex, something that brings bad luck. It’s a variant spelling of Jynx, the name of a genus of birds; the name comes from Latin Iynx via Ancient Greek iunx meaning “wryneck”. In Greek mythology Iynx was a nymph who supposedly used a magical charm to make Zeus fall in…

Hyacinth

Hyacinth is the name of a genus of dark-blue flowers, named after a figure in Greek mythology. His name was Hyacinthus (Hyakinthos in Ancient Greek), a handsome young man who was loved by both the god Apollo and Zephyrus, the West Wind, though Hyacinth preferred Apollo. One day, while they were playing with the discus, Apollo threw it and Zephyrus blew the discus off course, causing…

Cressida

Cressida is a female given name, seemingly a Medieval English and Renaissance variant of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female name, a patronymic meaning “daughter of Chryses“; Chryses is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “gold, golden” which seems to be derived from a Semitic source. Chryseis‘s real name was Astynome. Chryseis features in the Iliad, the daughter of an Apollon priest who…

Troilus

Troilus is the name of one of the sons of King Priam of Troy; according to prophecy, if Troilus reaches adulthood than the city of Troy would not fall. He is ambushed and killed by Achilles, thus seeming to signal the fall of Troy. Troilus is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Troilos meaning “Trojan”. Troilus features in several Medieval English and…