Aithley

Aithley is an English female name which seems to have originally been a surname. The meaning behind it is unclear. I've seen it listed as meaning "born in a garden" but I'm not too convinced of the meaning. I know that the last part, -ley, comes from Old English lēah meaning "clearing, meadow, woodland", so the surname might have … Continue reading Aithley

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Devon

Devon is the name of a county in England which derives its name from a Celtic tribe who inhabited the area known as the Dumnonii which is made up from Proto-Celtic *dubno- meaning "deep" or "world" and *nanto meaning "stream" or "valley" so the name would mean "deep valley" or "deep stream". It may also be a variant spelling … Continue reading Devon

Piero

Piero is the Italian form of Peter, the English form of Greek Petros meaning "stone, rock". Piero is also an Italian surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Pierino (Italian diminutive) Origin: Greek Variants: Pietro (Italian) Pier (Italian, Dutch) Peter (English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Slovak)   Female forms: Piera (Italian) Pietra (Italian) Pierina (Italian diminutive … Continue reading Piero

Amaya

Amaya is a Basque and Spanish female name, a variant spelling of Amaia meaning "the end" in Basque, as well as a surname derived from a place name. It's also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: "rain + night; evening" (雨夜), essentially meaning "rainy night" or "rainy evening"; "rain … Continue reading Amaya

Alan

Alan is a 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 root word *h₂el- (to grow, … Continue reading Alan

Lynnette

Lynnette is a variant spelling of Lynette, the English form of Welsh Luned, a variant of Eluned meaning "image, idol" from Welsh eilun. It can also be a diminutive spelling of Lynn, originally a surname derived from Welsh meaning "lake" from Gaelic linne (pond, pool, waterfall). In Arthurian legend, Lynette (also spelled Linnet) is a noble lady who travels to the court of King Arthur to … Continue reading Lynnette

Kai

Kai is a name with various origins and meanings: it's a Hawaiian unisex name meaning "sea"; it's also a Japanese name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: (海) "sea, ocean"; (貝) "shellfish"; (快) "cheerful, pleasant, agreeable, comfortable"; (戒) "commandment", and other various meanings; as well as also being a compound of … Continue reading Kai

Dorian

Dorian comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology, they got their name from their founder, Dorus, which at first glance seems related to Greek doron meaning "gift" from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃rom (gift) from the root *deh₃- (to give). However, the exact origins of the name are not uncertain. It's possible Dorian also derives from Proto-Indo-European … Continue reading Dorian

Xylander

Xylander seems to have originated as a surname made up of Greek elements xylon (wood, forest) and andros (man) meaning "wood man" or "man of the forest". It was the surname of Wilhelm Holtzman (a German classic scholar in the 16th century) who changed his last name to Xylander which translates into the same meaning as Holtzman, though whether he … Continue reading Xylander

Anna-Maria

Anna-Maria is a female given name, a combination of Anna and Maria: Anna is the Latinate form of Hannah which comes from the Hebrew name Channah meaning "grace" or "favor"; Maria comes from the 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 … Continue reading Anna-Maria