Bloom

Bloom conjures up images of blooming flowers, something in the process of opening up and blossoming. It comes from Middle Low German blōme (to bloom, flower, blossom) from Proto-Germanic *blōmô (flower) which ultimately derives from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (to bloom, to flower, to thrive). As a word it's also used to refer to someone in the 'bloom' of youth, someone who's flourishing … Continue reading Bloom

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Pierce

Pierce is a variant of Piers, a medieval form of Peter meaning "stone, rock" which comes from Greek petros (stone, rock) as well as being a surname originating from the given name. Pierce is also an English word meaning "to penetrate; to thrust or bore through" which derives from Latin pertundo which comes from Proto-Indo-European elements per (through) and tundo (beat, strike). Origin: Ancient Greek; Proto-Indo-European … Continue reading Pierce

Georgette

Georgette is the French feminine form of George which is the English form of Greek Georgios, which means “farmer, earthworker” from georgos made up from Greek elements ge (earth) and ergon (work). Nicknames: George, Georgie, Ettie Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Georgia (English, Greek) Georgiana (English, Romanian) Georgina (English, Dutch, German, Spanish) Georgeanna (English) Georgine (English) Georgene (English) Georgine (French) Jorja (English) Gergana (Bulgarian) Đurađa … Continue reading Georgette

Ramla

Ramla is an Arabic female name meaning "sand". In Swahili, the phrase piga ramli means "to tell the future", ramli meaning "divination, fortune-telling" in Swahili which is derived from Arabic raml (sand). Origin: Arabic Variants: Ramlah (Arabic)   رَمْلَة (Arabic)  

Dmitri

Dmitri is the Russian form of Demetrios, a Greek male name meaning "belonging to Demeter", Demeter being the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture. 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 … Continue reading Dmitri

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

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