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,…

Kent

Kent comes from an English surname which originated as a locational name for someone who came from the name of a county in England. In Old English the name was spelled as Cent which originated from Latin Cantium, meaning “coastal district” or “corner-land, land on the edge”, derived from a Brythonic source. Kent is also used as…

Alana

Alana is the feminine form of Alan, an English male name of uncertain etymology which may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning “to nourish, grow” from Proto-Indo-European…

Alouette

Alouette is the French word for “lark; skylark” via Old French aloe (lark) combined with a diminutive suffix derived from Latin alauda (lark) which seems to derive from a Gaulish source. Origin: Gaulish Variants: Alouetta (English)  

Linnet

Linnet is the name of a small bird, a type of finch. The name comes from Old French linette, a diminutive of lin meaning “flax” via Latin linum (flax; linen cloth) which seems to be derived from a PIE root word though it may also be possible that it derives from a non Indo-European source, perhaps from a Mediterranean…

Dylana

Dylana is the feminine form of Dylan, the name of a sea-god in Welsh mythology. The name derives from Welsh dy (great) and llanw (tide, flow) so it essentially means “great tide” or “great flow”. Origin: Welsh Male forms: Dylan (Welsh, English) Dillon (English) Dillan (English)  

Mackenzie

Mackenzie comes from a Scottish surname, an anglicized form of Mac Coinnich meaning “son of Coinneach”, the latter a Scottish Gaelic name meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful”. Nicknames: Mack, Mac, Kenzie/Kenzi, Kensi Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants: Makenzie (English) Mckenzie (English) McKenzie (English, Scottish) MacKenzie (English, Scottish)  

Lorelei

Lorelei comes from the name of a rock headland located on the River Rhine in Germany, originally spelled Loreley. In German legend, Lorelei refers to a siren-like maiden who lures men to their deaths with her song. The second element of the name seems to come from Old German ley, lei meaning “rock” derived from a Celtic origin;…

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…