Lochlan

Lochlan is a variant spelling of Lochlann, the Scottish Gaelic name referring to Scandinavia, more specifically Norway, and was used as a nickname to refer to someone who came from there. The name is made up of Scottish Gaelic loch (lake; fjord) and lann (enclosure; land), essentially meaning “land of the lakes”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Lochlann (Scottish Gaelic)…

Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,…

Avan

Avan is a Persian unisex name, a variant of Aban meaning “water” from Persian âb (water). Aban is also the name of the eighth month of the Persian calendar based on a solar calendar. Avan is also an Indian male name meaning “earth”, which would make it a masculine form of Avani. Avan is also a Tamil word…

Seymour

Seymour comes from an English surname via a Norman source, a locational name referring to someone who came from the town of Saint Maur(us) in northern France. It could also be a variant form of Seamer, an English surname meaning “sea lake” from Old English elements sae (sea or lake) and mere (pond, lake). Origin: Ancient…

Brannon

Brannon comes from an Irish surname, a variant spelling of Brennan which is the anglicized form of Ó Braonáin meaning “son of Braonán”, the latter a diminutive of braon meaning “drop, moisture, rain”. Brennan may also be an anglicized form of Ó Branáin meaning “descendant of Branán”, the latter a diminutive of bran meaning “raven”. Nicknames: Bran Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brennan (Irish, English) Brannan…

Etzel

Etzel is the Germanic form of Attila, its most famous bearer being the 5th century leader of the Huns, an ancient Nomadic people across central Europe, and who was feared by the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Though often depicted as savage, barbaric and merciless, these depictions were made out by his enemies; a closer look by…

Mira

Mira is an Indian female name (also spelled Meera). I’ve seen several source list it as meaning “sea, ocean” but I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “prosperous, wealthy, highborn” or “limit, boundary”. Mirabai (or Meera Bai) was a 15th century Hindu princess and poetess who was devoted to the Hindu god Krishna; bai seems to be a feminine…

Tethys

Tethys is the name of a Titan in Greek mythology, the personification of fresh water, and the wife of Oceanus, a Titan who was also the personification of the ocean. She gave birth to all the gods and nymphs of rivers and streams, fountains and lakes. It may be derived from Ancient Greek tethe meaning “grandmother” derived from…

Oceanus

Oceanus is the name of a Titan, believed to be the personification of an entire river that encircled the world, as believed by the Ancient Greeks. The etymology of the name is uncertain, possibly derived from a pre-Greek origin, though the name ocean has been adopted into the English language referring to a large body of…