E names, Female, Food, Japanese, Nature, Pear, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Erika

Erika is the feminine form of Erik, itself the Scandinavian form of Eric meaning "ever ruler" or "eternal ruler" which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr. Erica is not only a variant spelling of Erika but it's also the Latin word for "heather" and is the name of a genus of flowers. Erika is also a Japanese female name with… Continue reading Erika

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Egyptian, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Near East mythology, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Lily

Lily is the name of a flower which comes from Latin lilia, the plural of lilium derived from Ancient Greek leirion meaning "lily" which seems to be borrowed from Coptic hlēri, hrere (flower) via Demotic hrrj (flower) from Egyptian hrrt (flower) which could possibly be derived from an eastern Mediterranean word. White lilies symbolize purity and love; it was associated with the goddesses Ishtar and Hera, which in… Continue reading Lily

Color, Female, Greek mythology, Green, M names, Mythology, Nature, Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Myrtle

Myrtle is the name of an evergreen shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Myrtus. It comes from Ancient Greek myrtos meaning "myrtle" which derives from a Semitic root m-r-r meaning "bitter" from which the Arabi مُرّ‎ murr (bitter) and Hebrew מֹר‎ mor (bitterness, acrimony) derive from. Myrtle is also the name of a shade of green. In Greek mythology,… Continue reading Myrtle

C names, Elements, Fire, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Colbert

Colbert comes from a French Norman surname derived from a Germanic personal name of uncertain meaning. While the second element comes from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) from a PIE source, the first element is confusing. I've seen it listed as possibly being derived from Old English cōl (cool) via Proto-Germanic *kōlaz (cool) from PIE root *gel- (cold; to freeze). It may also be… Continue reading Colbert

Brown, Color, Female, Food, H names, Hazelnut, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names, Yellow

Hazel

Hazel is the name of a tree and the name of a light-brown or yellowish-brown color. The origin of the word comes from Old English hæsel (hazel) via Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (hazel) which derives from a PIE root word. Hazel is also an English surname likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a hazelnut… Continue reading Hazel

Ancient Greek, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

Summer

Summer refers to the warmest season of the year in which the days are long and the nights short and has been used as a (primarily) female given name. It comes from Middle English somer, sumer (summer) from Old English sumor via Proto-Germanic *sumaraz (summer) derived from a PIE root word. Summer is also a word used to refer to a… Continue reading Summer

Female, Food, Japanese, Korean, Nature, Nickname names, Pear, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Rika

Rika is a Swedish and Dutch short form of Fredrika (the Swedish and Finnish feminine form of Frederick meaning "peaceful ruler") and Henrika (the Swedish feminine form of Henry meaning "home ruler") and any names ending in rika. Rika is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ri 理 "reason, logic; arrangement; justice; truth" + ka 香 "incense; smell; fragrance"… Continue reading Rika

Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Japanese, K names, Love/Beloved, Nature, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Kanasa

Kanasa is a Japanese female name with a multitude of meanings depending on the kanji used: kanasa 愛 "love, affection" (愛); ka 佳 "beautiful, good; excellent" + na 奈 "Nara; what?" + sa 咲 "blossom; bloom" (佳奈咲); kana 金 "gold" + sa 佐 "aid; help" (金佐); kana 奏 "to play music; speak to a ruler; complete, achieve; report, memorial" + sa 沙 "sand" (奏沙); ka 佳 "beautiful, good; excellent" + na 奈 "Nara; what?"… Continue reading Kanasa

Animals, Birds, D names, Duck, Elements, Female, Nature, Old Norse, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Duna

Duna could be used as the strictly feminine form of Dune, used to refer to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions. The origin of the word comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from… Continue reading Duna

Arabic, Earth, Elements, M names, Male, Place names, Surname names

Marwan

Marwan is an Arabic male name of unknown meaning. It could be related to Arabic marw/maru (مَرْو) meaning "quartz" in reference to a white stone used to ignite fire,  though it may also be related to Marwa, an Arabic female name which refers to a fragrant plant as well as also being the name of a mountain or hill… Continue reading Marwan

Female, Food, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Rye, Surname names, Unisex

Ryden

Ryden is a surname which comes from two different backgrounds and meanings. The first is that it is an English surname meaning "rye hill" made up from Old English elements ryġe (rye) and dun (hill, mountain) both of which derive from a PIE source. It originated as a locational name for someone who lived near a hill where rye… Continue reading Ryden

Animals, Elements, Female, Fire, Hebrew, S names, Snake/Serpent, Virtues/Attributes

Seraphina

Seraphina is the feminine form of Seraphinus which derives from Hebrew s’rafím, the plural form of saráf which means “to burn” as well as "seraph; venemous serpent". Seraph refers to the highest order of angels with six wings, hands, and feet. They supposedly emit such a bright light that no one can look straight at them which is why they are known as… Continue reading Seraphina

Animals, Female, H names, Hare/Rabbit, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Harley

Harley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing" or "hare wood" made up from Old English hara (hare) derived from a PIE root word, and lēah (wood, clearing) also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Harli (English) Harlee (English) Harlie (English) Harleigh (English)  

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Laura

Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning "laurel". It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laura

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

Earth, Elements, G names, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Grant

Grant is a male given name which derives from an English and Scottish surname meaning "great, large" from Norman French graund (tall, large) via Latin grandis, grandem (large, great, grand; full-grown; full, abundant; powerful) derived from a PIE root word. Grant also comes from Old English personal Granta, of uncertain meaning though possibly derived from Old English granian meaning "to groan"… Continue reading Grant

Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Word names

Thorn

Thorn comes from an English word referring to a sharp protective spine of a plant though it can also be used to refer to someone or something that is annoying or troublesome. It comes from Old English þorn (thorn; thorny bush) via Proto-Germanic *þurnuz (thorn, briar) derived from PIE root word *tr̥nós (sharp, stiff). Thorn is also an English surname, originating… Continue reading Thorn

Ancient Egyptian, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Love/Beloved, M names, Nature, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Molly

Molly originally started out as a diminutive of Mary (which comes from Hebrew 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 source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”) and Margaret (which comes… Continue reading Molly

Elements, Etruscan, Fire, I names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Ignatius

Ignatius is a variant spelling of Egnatius, an Ancient Roman family name of unknown meaning though it's likely that it was Etruscan in origin. The spelling of Egnatius was later altered to resemble Latin ignis meaning "fire". Ignatius is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Etruscan, Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Egnatius (Ancient Roman) Ignacio (Spanish) Inácio (Portuguese) Iñaki… Continue reading Ignatius