Devon

Devon is the name of a county in England which derives its name from a Celtic tribe who inhabited the area known as the Dumnonii which is made up from Proto-Celtic *dubno- meaning “deep” or “world” and *nanto meaning “stream” or “valley” so the name would mean “deep valley” or “deep stream”. It may also be a variant spelling of Devin, a surname which either originated as a nickname for someone who acted divinely from Old French devin meaning “divine” from Latin divinus (soothsayer, fortuneteller); or Devin could be an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Damháin meaning “descendant of Damhán”, the latter meaning “fawn” from Gaelic damh (stag, ox), or an anglicized form of Ó Dubháin “descendant of Dubhán”, the latter the diminutive form of dubh “black, dark”.

Origin: Proto-Celtic, Latin, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Devin (English, Irish)
  • Deven (English)
  • Devan (English)
  • Devyn (English)
  • Devona (English) female

 

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Kyle

Kyle comes from a Scottish surname likely derived from Scottish Gaelic caol meaning “narrows”, “strait”, “channel”. It may also be derived from Scottish Gaelic coille meaning “wood, forest”.

Origin: Scottish Gaelic

Female forms:

  • Kyla (English)

 

Gavin

Gavin is a medieval form of Gawain, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be derived from Welsh Gwalchgwyn meaning “white hawk” from Old Welsh elements gwalch (hawk) and gwyn (white). Another possible origin for the name is from Welsh Gwalchmei meaning  “hawk of May” from Old Welsh gwalch (hawk) and mei (May). The name may also be derived from an early Brittonic name, *Ualcos Magesos meaning “hawk of the plain”. In Arthurian legend, Gawain is a knight of the Round Table, often portrayed as a nephew of King Arthur, son of his sister Morgause (or Anna) and her husband Lot, and the brother of Agravain, Gaheris, Gareth, and Mordred.

Gavin is also an English surname originating from the given name. It may also be an anglicized form of Gaelic O’ Gabhain possibly meaning “descendant of one who wants/takes”, or it could be a variant of McGavin, an anglicized form of MacGobhainn meaning “son of the smith”.

Origin: Old Welsh, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Gawain (Welsh)
  • Gawaine (Welsh)
  • Gauvain (French)
  • Galvão (Portuguese)
  • Walganus (Latin)
  • Gavan (English)
  • Gaven (English)
  • Gwalchgwyn (Old Welsh)
  • Gwalchmei (Old Welsh)

 

Alan

Alan is a 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 root word *h₂el- (to grow, nourish). Alan is also a surname derived from the given name.

Nicknames: Al

Origin: Old Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Allan (English, Scottish, Danish)
  • Allen (English, Scottish)
  • Allyn (English)
  • Alain (French)
  • Alen (Croatian, Slovene)
  • Ailín (Irish)
  • Alun (Welsh)

 

Female forms:

  • Alana (English)
  • Alanna (English)
  • Alannah (English, Irish)
  • Allana (English)
  • Alaina (English)
  • Alayna (English)
  • Alanis (English)
  • Alannis (English)

 

Lynnette

Lynnette is a variant spelling of Lynette, the English form of Welsh Luned, a variant of Eluned meaning “image, idol” from Welsh eilun. It can also be a diminutive spelling of Lynn, originally a surname derived from Welsh meaning “lake” from Gaelic linne (pond, pool, waterfall). In Arthurian legend, Lynette (also spelled Linnet) is a noble lady who travels to the court of King Arthur to seek help for her sister LyonesseLuned also features in the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh tales, as a handmaiden to the Lady of the Fountain, Laudine, who convinces her to accept the marriage proposal of Owain, a knight of the Round Table.

Nicknames: Lynn

Origin: Welsh, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Lynette (English)
  • Linette (English)
  • Linnet (English)
  • Linnette (English)
  • Lynett (English)
  • Luned (Welsh)
  • Eluned (Welsh)

 

Dorian

Dorian comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology, they got their name from their founder, Dorus, which at first glance seems related to Greek doron meaning “gift” from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃rom (gift) from the root *deh₃- (to give). However, the exact origins of the name are not uncertain. It’s possible Dorian also derives from Proto-Indo-European *doru- meaning “tree, wood”, the same root word for “spear” in Greek as well. Dorian is also a surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deoradháin meaning “descendant of Deoradhán”, the latter derived from Old Irish deoradh meaning “exile, wanderer, stranger, pilgrim”.

Origin: Greek, Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Dorieus (Ancient Greek)
  • Dorijan (Croatian)
  • Doriano (Italian)
  • Dorián (Hungarian)
  • Doran (Irish)

 

Female forms:

  • Doriane (French)
  • Doriana (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Croatian, Portuguese)
  • Doria (English)

 

Morgan

Morgan is a unisex name though it has two different origins: as a male name it derives from Old Welsh Morcant, a masculine name possibly meaning “sea circle” from Welsh elements mor (sea) and cant (circle), though the first element may also be related to Welsh mawr meaning “large; big; great”; the second element *cant- also means “hundred”. Morgan is also the name of a powerful enchantress in Arthurian legend, depicted as his older half-sister as well as his primary antagonist. She was named by Geoffrey of Monmouth who may have based her name on Muirgen meaning “born of the sea” or “sea-born” from Celtic *mori- (sea) and *genos- (born). Morgens (or morgans) are also the name of water spirits in Welsh and Briton mythology who drowned men to their death as well as also causing heavy floods that destroyed villages and crops. Morgan is also a surname.

Origin: Old Welsh, Gaelic

Male forms:

  • Morcant (Ancient Celtic)

 

Female forms:

  • Morgana (English)
  • Morganna (English)
  • Morgane (French)
  • Morganne (English)
  • Morgaine (French)
  • Morgen (English)

 

Donovan

Donovan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Donndubháin meaning “descendant of Donndubhán”, the latter a given name made up of Gaelic elemens donn (brown) and dubh (black) with diminutive suffix -an meaning “little brown-black one”.

Nicknames: Don, Donny/Donnie

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Donovon (English)