Angus

Angus is an anglicized form of Aonghus, a Scottish Gaelic name meaning “either one strength” or “one choice”, made up from Old Irish óen (one) via Proto-Celtic *oinos (one) deriving from a PIE root word; while the second element could either be derived from gus meaning “strength, vigor” via Proto-Celtic *gustu-; or from Proto-Celtic *gus (choose). Spelled Aengus, it becomes the name of the Irish…

Nona

Nona is the name of a Roman goddess of pregnancy in Roman mythology, as well as the name of one of the Parcae (the female personifications of destiny), along with Morta and Decima. The Parcae are the Roman equivalent of the Moirai in Greek myth, and Nona is the equivalent of Clotho, who spun the thread of life….

Dane

Dane comes from an English surname, a variant of Dean, either derived from Middle English dene meaning “valley” or else it’s an occupational surname meaning “dean”, referring to a person who was a dean or someone who worked for one, referring to an ecclesialtical head of a cathedral. It’s derived from Latin decanus meaning “chief of ten” in reference to…

Kate

Kate is one of the many nicknames for Katherine or Kaitlin, both of which derive from 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 her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened 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 her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

Alula

Alula is a name with quite a few origins and meanings to it: Alula (also known as a bastard wing) refers to a small joint in the middle of a bird’s wing, which has three to five small wing feathers (depending on the species) and helps the birds navigate through the air. It means ‘”winglet”, since…

Deuce

Deuce is used to refer to a playing card with a rank of two or a cast of dice totaling two, while in tennis it refers to a tied score between two players which can be broken by two consecutive points by a player in order to win. Deuce can also be used as a…

Primrose

Primrose is the name of a flower belonging to the genus Primula. The name is made up of Medieval Latin prima rosa meaning “first rose”, apparently because it was the first flower to start blooming in spring. Primrose is also a Scottish surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Prenrhos, made up…

Nanaho

Nanaho is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nana 七 “seven” + ho 帆 “sail” (七帆); na 菜 “vegetable; side dish; green” + na 々 (repetition of a kanji) + ho 帆 “sail” (菜々帆); nana 七 “seven” + ho 保 “protect; guarantee; keep; preserve; sustain; support” (七保); na 南 “south” + na 々 (reputation of a kanji) + ho 朋 “friend; companion” (南々朋); na 菜 “vegetable; side dish; green” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” + ho 葉 “leaf; needle; blade” (菜奈葉). There…

Katina

Katina is a Greek and Macedonian contracted 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 her name is of uncertain meaning…