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…

Natasha

Natasha comes from a Russian diminutive of Natalya, the Russian form of Natalia, a Late Latin name meaning “birth, birthday”, though the name is often associated with Christmas Day because of the expression natale domini (the birth of the Lord), in reference to the birth of Jesus Christ; natalis means “birth” from Latin. Nicknames: Tasha (Russian, English), Nata (Russian) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nataša…

Tessa

Tessa is a diminutive of Teresa/Theresa, a name of uncertain etymology. It could be derived from Greek theros meaning “summer; harvest, crop; heat” or from Greek therizo meaning “to reap, cut”. It could also possibly be related to Greek ther meaning “wild beast; beast of prey” or Greek thēráō “to hunt”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Tess (English, Dutch) Tessie (English) Teresa (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish,…

Yuka

Yuka is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: yu 由 “wherefore; reason, cause” + ka 香 “incense, smell, perfume” (由香); yu 由 “wherefore; reason, cause” + ka 華 “splendor, flower, petal” (由華); yu 由 “wherefore; reason, cause” + ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent” (由佳); yu 結 “tie, fasten, join, organize; end, conclude” + ka 花 “flower” (結花); yu 有 “exist; have; possess”…

Erinna

Erinna comes from an Ancient Greek name of unknown origin though it’s been linked to Greek êrinos meaning “spring” or as a variant of Herinna, a variant reconstruction of the name made up from Greek hêrôs meaning “hero” combined with the feminine suffix -inna. There’s a Greek poetess named Erinna belived to have lived around 600 BCE on the island of Telos,…

Tressa

Tressa is a female given name, a variant of Theresa, a name of uncertain etymology. It could be derived from Greek theros meaning “summer; harvest, crop; heat” or from Greek therizo meaning “to reap, cut”. It could also possibly be related to Greek ther meaning “wild beast; beast of prey” or Greek thēráō “to hunt”. Tressa is also a Cornish female name which comes…

Autumn

Autumn is the season between summer and winter when the days become cooler and leaves start turning colors (usually red, orange, yellow, brown) and shed from the trees. It comes from Latin autumnus (autumn, fall) which derives from an unknown source though it could possibly be influenced by Latin auctus (enriched, enlarged, ample). Autumn could be related to PIE root…