Rowe

Rowe comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it could be a locational name for someone who lived near a hedgerow or a row of houses. It comes from Old English rāw, ræw meaning “row”; it’s also possible that it may have arisen as a medieval form of Roul, the Norman French form of Rolf which comes…

Nino

Nino is an Italian male name, a diminutive o f names ending in -nino such as Giannino (itself a diminutive of Giovanni, the Italian form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew) or Antonino (a variant of Antonio via Antonius, a Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be Etruscan in origin. However, there have been other possible meanings…

Halia, Halya, Hali’a

Halia is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a sea nymph who lived on the island of Rhodes (named after her daughter Rhodos by Poseidon). She also had six sons with him. When her sons refused to allow Aphrodite to land on the island, she drove them into a madness that caused them to rape their…

Kari

Kari (pr. kah-ree or care-ee) is a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Katarina, the Scandinavian form of Katherine which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though…

Tacy

Tacy is an English female name which comes from Latin tace meaning “silent”. It could also be used as a nickname for Anastasia, the feminine form of Anastasius which means “resurrection”. Spelled Tacey, it’s an English surname of uncertain origin- it may have arisen as a corruption of Tessier, a French surname which is an occupational name for a weaver….

Leta

Leta is an English female name of uncertain origin. It could an anglicized form of Laeta, the feminine form of Laetus, a Roman cognomen meaning “happy, joyful, cheerful” from Latin laetus deriving from an unknown origin. Leta could also be used as a shortened form of Letitia, a variant form of Laetitia which derives from the origin above. In Roman mythology, Laetitia is the…

Jet

Jet is the name of a deep black color as well as the name of a type of gemstone. It comes from Old French jaiet via Latin gagates which ultimately comes from Ancient Greek gagates (lignite; jet), supposedly named after a river named Gages near the town of Gagai, a town in Ancient Greek that no longer exists, because…

Dutch

Dutch comes from a surname, an anglicized spelling of Germanic Deutsch meaning “German”, an archaic term that was once used to refer to the German people as a whole; it’s now more commonly used to refer to the inhabitant of the Netherlands. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Lyssa

Lyssa is the name of a goddess in Greek mythology, the personification of mad rage, fury, frenzy, and rabies in animals. She is depicted as having sent Herakles into a mad frenzy in which he killed his children (in some versions he also killed his wife Megara though in other versions she was left unharmed) on orders…

Jorie

Jorie is an English female name, a shortened form of Marjorie, a medieval English form of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari. Spelled Jory it’s a Cornish male name, the Cornish form of George which is the English form of Ancient Greek Georgios meaning “farmer, earthworker” via georgos made up from Greek elements ge (earth) and ergon (work). Origin: Sanskrit, Ancient Greek Variants: Jory (English, Cornish)…