Bellona

Bellona is the name of a Roman goddess of war, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Enyo. Bellona comes from Latin bellum meaning “war “which comes from an older form of the word, duellum, from Proto-Indo-European *deh₂w-, *dew- (to injure, destroy, burn). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Vulcan

Vulcan is the name of the god of fire, metalworking, the forge, and volcanoes in Roman mythology, the son of Juno and Jupiter. According to myth he was born so deformed that his own mother was horrified by him and threw him from Mt. Olympus and into the depths of the ocean, where he was found by the…

Marius

Marius comes from a Roman family name which can either be used as a masculine form of Maria (the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian…

Sylvia

Sylvia is a variant spelling of Silvia, a Latin female name which is the feminine form of Silvius, a Roman cognomen meaning “wood, forest; orchard, grove” via Latin silva (wood, forest; orchard, grove) derived from Proto-Indo-European *swel-, *sel- (beam, board, frame, threshold). In Roman mythology, Rhea Silvia is the mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, while there’s also…

Romulus

Romulus is the name of one of the founders of Rome in Roman mythology, who along with his twin brother Remus were suckled by a she-wolf when they were babies after being abandoned on the orders of their uncle. Romulus later killed his brother (or his followers did) over a dispute on where to build their…

Rhea

Rhea is the name of a Titan in Greek mythology, the mother of Zeus and his siblings, and the wife of Cronus. When Cronus swallowed their children after birth for fear of a prophecy in which he would be overthrown by one of them, Rhea managed to save the youngest, Zeus, and had him smuggled away, and in which he…

Remus

Remus is the twin brother of Romulus, the mythical founders of Rome in Roman mythology, who was later killed by him over a dispute on where to build their city. His name is of unknown meaning though it’s possible that the name possibly means “twin”. Remus is also a surname, either from a Germanic given name derived…

Terra

Terra is the Latin word for “earth, soil; dry land” and in Roman mythology Terra is the name of a goddess of earth which derives from a PIE root word *ters- (dry), and is also a word in Italian, Galician and Catalan derived from Latin. It’s also possible that Terra is a variant spelling of Tara, (which…

Tori

Tori is often used as a nickname for Victoria, the feminine form of Victor meaning “victor, victory” via Latin victor (victor, conqueror) which derives from a PIE root word. In Roman mythology, Victoria is the name of the Roman goddess of victory (the Roman counterpart of Nike). Tori 鳥 is also a Japanese word meaning “bird; chicken”, as well as also being the…