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

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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

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

Clifford

Clifford is an English male name derived from a surname meaning "ford by a cliff" originally used to refer to someone who lived near one. It's made up of Old English elements clif (cliff) derived from Proto-Germanic *klibą (to stick) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *gleybʰ; and Old English ford (ford) also derived from Proto-Germanic *furduz (ford) ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pértus (crossing). Nicknames: Cliff, Ford … Continue reading Clifford

Renji

Renji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:  "bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + two" (廉二); "bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + next; order; sequence" (廉次); "romance; in love; … Continue reading Renji

Zylphia

Zylphia may be a variant form of Zelpha, itself a form of Zilpah, a Hebrew female name of uncertain meaning though I've seen it as possibly meaning "frailty" or "drop, drip sprinkle, pour".  Zylphia may also be a variant form of Sylvia which comes from the Latin name Silvius meaning "wood, forest" from Latin silva (wood, forest) derived from Proto-Indo-European *swel-, *sel- (beam, board, … Continue reading Zylphia

Evander

Evander is the English form of Evandros, a Greek male name meaning "good man" from Greek elements eu (good) and aner (man). In Roman mythology, Evander was born in Arcadia but later went to Italy, bringing with him the Greek alphabet, laws, and pantheon, and founded the city of Pallantium about sixty years before the Trojan War, and which would … Continue reading Evander