A names, Ancient Germanic, Animals, Birds, Female, Hebrew, Irish, Persian, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Ava

Ava is a female given name with a multitude of origins and meanings: it could be related to Latin avis meaning "bird" which derives from a PIE root word; it could be a variant spelling of Eva, the Latin form of Eve which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”; it could also be an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish… Continue reading Ava

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Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Black/Dark, Color, D names, Female, Gaelic, Irish, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Darcy

Darcy is a unisex given name which comes from a surname with two origins and meanings. The first is that it's derived from Norman French d'Arcy, a locational surname meaning "from Arcy". Arcy is of uncertain meaning though it could be linked to Gaulish artio meaning "bear" with the locative suffix -acum (settlement) so the name means "bear settlement". Darcy is… Continue reading Darcy

Female, Irish, Latin, Male, Place names, Sabine/Oscan, Scottish, Surname names, T names, Unisex

Torrence

Torrence comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name derived from Gaelic torran meaning "hillock" or "mound". It may also have derived from an Irish surname, Ó Toráin meaning "descendant of Torán", the latter an Irish male name meaning "little lord" or "little hero, champion" from Irish tor (lord, hero, champion) and the diminutive suffix -án. It's also possible… Continue reading Torrence

Animals, B names, Birds, Elements, English, Irish, Male, Raven, Surname names, Water

Brennan

Brennan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Braonáin meaning "descendant of Braonán", the latter a diminutive of braon meaning "rain, moisture, drop". It could also be derived from Ó Branáin meaning "descendant of Branán", the latter a diminutive of bran meaning "raven". Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

D names, Dutch, Irish, Male, Nature, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Darren

Darren is a male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It may be a variant form of Darrell, which comes from French surname D’Airelle meaning “of Airelle”, referring to someone who came from there. Darren may also be a variant of Dara, an Irish male name meaning "oak tree" though it may also be an anglicized form of Dáire meaning "fruitful, fertile",… Continue reading Darren

Female, Irish, Irish mythology, Mythology, N names, Virtues/Attributes

Niamh

Niamh (pr. neeve) is an Irish female name meaning "bright" or “radiant”. In Irish mythology, Niamh is the daughter of the sea god Manannán. She was the lover of Oisin, a great bard and poet and the son of  Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) who went with her to the land of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth). After what seemed to him three years… Continue reading Niamh

Ancient Greek, Animals, Birds, Dove, Irish, M names, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Malcolm

Malcolm is a male name, the anglicized form of Scottish Máel Coluim meaning "servant of St. Columba", referring to someone who followed Irish abbot and missionary St. Columba who spread Christianity into Scotland. Máel means “servant, devout follower” when combined with a name element (as a word it also means “bald, shaved, tonsured”) combined with given name Coluim, the Gaelic… Continue reading Malcolm

Animals, Birds, Female, Irish, Male, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Word names, Wren

Wren

Wren is the name of small, brownish songbirds with loud and complex songs. It comes from Old English wrenna from Old High German wrendo, wrendilo via Proto-Germanic wrandijô though the source and etymology of the word is unknown. Wren is also an English surname, likely originating as a nickname for someone who resembled the wren in some way such as being… Continue reading Wren

Ancient Greek, Animals, Deer/Roe, E names, Earth, Elements, Fawn, Female, French, Gaelic, Gaulish, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Irish, Moon, Moose/Elk, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Scottish, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh mythology, Word names

Elana

Elana is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant spelling of Ilana, which is the feminine form of Ilan, a Hebrew male name meaning "tree", though it could also be a feminine form of Elon, another Hebrew male name meaning "tree, oak tree"; Elana could also be a variant form of Helena,… Continue reading Elana

B names, Irish, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Brady

Brady comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Brádaigh meaning "descendant of Brádach", the latter a byname possibly meaning "broad" in reference to someone who was broad-chested; or it means "descendant of the thief" from bradach meaning "thieving, stolen, plunder". Brady also has its own origins as an English surname meaning "broad eye" from Old English brād (broad) derived… Continue reading Brady

Irish, Male, N names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Nolan

Nolan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó'Nualláin meaning "descendant of Nuallán", the latter meaning either "famous, noble" or "howling" or "shout", from Irish nuall with the diminutive suffix -an. Origin: Irish Variants: Nolen (English) Noland (English, Irish) Nolin (English) Nowlan (English, Irish) Nowland (English)   Female forms: Nola (Irish, English)  

Ancient Greek, Animals, Daemons/Spirits, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Irish, Male, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nickname names, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Tracy

Tracy is an English unisex given name derived from a surname originally from a place name in Normandy, France. It derives from Gallo-Roman given name Thracius with a locational suffix meaning "Thracian's settlement" or "domain of Thracius", Thracius being a Roman name referring to someone who came from Thrace or was a Thracian. The name comes from Latin thrax which may… Continue reading Tracy

Emotion/Feelings, Female, Gaelic, Irish, Irish mythology, Joy, M names, Mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Morna

Morna is the anglicized form of Muirne, an Irish female name meaning "festive, high-spirited" though I've also seen it listed as meaning "joy, affection". In Irish mythology, Muirne was the mother of Fionn mac Cumhail. She loved a man, Cumhall, from another tribe but her father forbade her marriage and so Cumhall abducted her. He was later killed in battle but… Continue reading Morna

Animals, Color, Horses/Stallions, Irish, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, R names, Red/Crimson, Sanskrit, Sindarin, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Rohan

Rohan is an Indian male name meaning "ascending" from Sanskrit rohana. Rohan is also the name of a place in France though the exact origins behind the name is unknown. Rohan is also a surname, a variant form of Rowan, an Irish surname which is the anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning "descendant of Ruadhán", the latter derived from Irish ruadh meaning "red", derived… Continue reading Rohan

Arthurian legends & myths, Elements, Fire, Irish, M names, Male, Virtues/Attributes

Malduc

Malduc is the name of a powerful sorcerer in the Arthurian legends who helped Arthur get Guinevere back after she was kidnapped. The meaning of the name is uncertain though it may be linked to Máel Máedóc meaning "disciple of Máedóc", Máedóc perhaps being a diminutive of Aodh meaning "my little Aodh", the latter derived from Áed meaning "fire" while Máel means "servant, devout follower" when combined with a… Continue reading Malduc

A names, Female, Irish, Irish mythology, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Aoife

Aoife (pr. ee-fa or ee-va) is an Irish female name meaning "beauty, radiant" from Irish aoibh (beauty, form; smile, pleasant expression). In Irish mythology, Aoife is the name of a warrior queen who bore the great hero Cú Chulainn a son named Connla, whom Cú Chulainn accidentally kills. Another Aoife is the second wife of King Lir and the stepmother of his kids, Aodh,… Continue reading Aoife

Black/Dark, Color, Irish, K names, Male, Physical Attributes

Kieran

Kieran is the anglicized form of Ciarán, meaning "black, dark" from Irish Ciar with the diminutive suffix -an, so the name essentially means "little dark one", likely in reference to someone who had dark hair. Origin: Irish Variants: Ciarán (Irish) Ciaran (Irish, English) Ciar (Irish) Kieron (Irish, English) Keiren (Irish) Kyran (Irish, English) Keiran (English) Kiaran (English)   Female… Continue reading Kieran

Black/Dark, C names, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Irish, Love/Beloved, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Carey

Carey is an English unisex name, derived from Irish surname Ó Ciardha meaning "descendant of Ciardha", the latter a given name derived from Irish ciar meaning "black" though it may also be derived from Welsh caer meaning "fort, castle", making it a variant form of Carew meaning "fort on the hill". Carey may also be derived from Irish car (love) which comes from Proto-Celtic *kareti (to… Continue reading Carey