Somerled

Somerled is a Scottish male name, the anglicized form of Old Norse Somarliðr meaning “summer traveler” or “summer passerby” made up of Old Norse elements sumar (summer) and liðr (to pass by). Somerled also seems to be a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Somarliðr Somhairle (Scottish, Irish) Sorley (Scottish, Irish)  

Tori

Tori is often used as a nickname for Victoria, the feminine form of Victor meaning “victor, victory” via Latin victor (victor, conqueror) which derives from a PIE root word. In Roman mythology, Victoria is the name of the Roman goddess of victory (the Roman counterpart of Nike). Tori 鳥 is also a Japanese word meaning “bird; chicken”, as well as also being the…

Theresa

Theresa is a variant spelling of Teresa, a female given name of uncertain origin. The name seems to have first been used by the Spanish wife of St. Paulinus of Nola, a Roman poet, writer, and senator; her name was Therasia. The name may have come from the name of a Greek island, it’s origin unknown. It could be…

Verna

Verna is the feminine form of Vernon, derived from a Norman surname and place name meaning “alder” from Gaulish word vern referring to someone who lived near a grove of alders. Verna has also been associated with the Latin word vernus meaning “spring”, as well as also being a Latin word meaning “house servant, family slave”, either…

Horace

Horace is the English and French form of Horatius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it’s often associated with Latin hora meaning “hour, time, season”, although it’s more likely that the name is Etruscan in origin. Horace is also an English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Etruscan Variants: Horatio (English) Horatius (Ancient…

Eirlys

Eirlys (pr. eir-lys; Forvo) is a Welsh female name meaning “snowdrop” made up from Welsh elements eira (snow) and llysiau (vegetable, herb), so named because it is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, sometimes even when there’s still snow on the ground. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Primavera

Primavera means “spring” in many Romance languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan, Asturian) which comes from Vulgar Latin *prīmavēra (spring) made up from Latin primus (first) and *vēra (summer), essentially meaning “first summer”. Apparently vera, which is the plural form of Latin ver (spring), originally meant spring before it somehow shifted to mean “summer” in Vulgar Latin. Nicknames: Prima, Vera Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Shika

Shika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: shika 鹿 “deer” (it’s also a Japanese surname); shi 史 “history, chronicle” + ka “can; passable, allowed” (史可); shi 志 “purpose, will; aspire; resolve; motives; plans” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (志佳); shi 紫 “purple, violet” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (紫佳); shi 詩 “poem, poetry” + 夏 “summer” (詩夏). I’ve also seen…

Herodotus

Herodotus is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Herodotos, made up from the name of the Greek goddess Hera and Greek element dotos (given, granted), essentially meaning “given to Hera” or “granted by Hera”. Although the etymology behind Hera’s name is unclear, it has been associated with Greek heros (hero, warrior), hora (time, season), or haireo (to be chosen). The most famous bearer of…