Origen

Origen is the name of a third-century Christian theologian. I’ve seen two possible meanings for it- the first is that it could possibly be a combination of Horus (a god in Egyptian mythology whose name possibly means “falcon” or “high”, essentially meaning “the distant one” or “one who is high/above”) combined with genes meaning “born”; or it could…

Lir

Lir is the Irish cognate of Llyr, the name of the Welsh god of the sea in Welsh mythology. The name means “sea” or “ocean”. In Irish mythology, Lir is the Irish god of the sea and the father of Manannan mac Lir, also a sea deity. There’s also an Irish legend called The Children of Lir, in…

Makani

Makani is a Hawaiian unisex name meaning “wind”. Makani is also a surname with either Arabic, African, or Indian roots. Origin: Hawaiian  

Nino

Nino is an Italian male name, a diminutive o f names ending in -nino such as Giannino (itself a diminutive of Giovanni, the Italian form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew) or Antonino (a variant of Antonio via Antonius, a Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be Etruscan in origin. However, there have been other possible meanings…

Malia

Malia is a Hawaiian female name, the Hawaiian form of Mary, the English form of Hebrew female 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 source either meaning “beloved” from myr,…

Demetrius

Demetrius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Demetrios, itself the masculine form of Demeter, the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture and the mother of Persephone. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, the second element of the name is from Greek meter meaning “mother”. The first part of the name is a little tricky. It could be linked…

Halia, Halya, Hali’a

Halia is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a sea nymph who lived on the island of Rhodes (named after her daughter Rhodos by Poseidon). She also had six sons with him. When her sons refused to allow Aphrodite to land on the island, she drove them into a madness that caused them to rape their…

Kari

Kari (pr. kah-ree or care-ee) is a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Katarina, the Scandinavian form of Katherine which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though…

Gaia

Gaia is the name of the primordial goddess of the earth in Greek mythology, and mother of the many Olympian gods, the Titans, and the giants. Her name means “earth” which may be derived from Ancient Greek gê (earth), of uncertain origin though perhaps deriving from a pre-Indo-European origin. Gaia is also the feminine form of Gaius,…

Ira

Ira (pr. eye-rah) is a Hebrew male name meaning “watchful”. In Russia and other Slavic countries, Ira (pr. ee-rah) is a female given name, a diminutive of Irina, the Slavic form of Irene, which comes from Greek Eirene meaning “peace”. In Greek mythology, Eirene is the Greek goddess of peace and the season of the spring, and is one of the Horae/Horai, goddessess of…