Animals, D names, Elements, Gaelic, German/Germanic, Lion, Male, Mythology, Old English, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh mythology

Dillon

Dillon seems like a variant spelling of Dylan at first glance, an Irish name meaning "great tide" or "great flow" and the name of a sea god in Welsh mythology, but Dillon has its own roots. There seems to be a lot of contradictory information on it: it's an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Duilleáin meaning… Continue reading Dillon

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Animals, English, Fox, Male, Middle English, Surname names, T names

Todd

Todd comes from an English surname meaning "fox" from Middle English todde, derived from an unknown origin. It originally derived as a nickname for someone who was believed to resemble a fox, such as red hair or someone who was sly and cunning. Origin: English Variants: Tod (English)  

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  

Animals, Birds, English, H names, Hawk, Male, Old English, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Word names

Hawk

Hawk refers to a group of predatory virds in the Accipitridae family. The name comes from Middle English hauk via Old English hafoc (hawk) from Proto-Germanic *habukaz (hawk) which seems to be derived from PIE root word *keh₂p- (to seize, to grab). As an English verb it's also used to refer to wares that are being peddled or advertised for sales. Hawk is also… Continue reading Hawk

Animals, English, Food, Male, Nature, Old English, Persian, Phoenician, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Snake/Serpent, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Rhodes

Rhodes is the name of an island in Greece with quite a few possible meanings. The first is that it comes from Greek rhódon meaning "rose" which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. It may also be based on Greek rhoíā meaning "pomegranate". Rhodes may also be pre-Greek in origin,… Continue reading Rhodes

Animals, Chinese, English, Female, Horses/Stallions, Japanese, Male, Old English, S names, Seasons, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Shun

Shun is a Japanese unisex name (though it seems to be very popular for boys) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "sagacious; genius, excellence" (俊); "high; steep" (峻); "spring, springtime" (春); "true, truth; real" (洵); "type of morning glory; rose of Sharon" (舜) *this kanji seems to be used only for… Continue reading Shun

English, G names, Latin, Male, Old English, Persian, Place names, Slavic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Gordan, Gordon

Gordan originates from South Slavic  gord meaning "dignified" or"proud" from Proto-Slavic good. The name is pronounced gor-dahn. Spelled Gordon (pr. gor-den), it's a Scottish surname derived from a place name meaning "spacious fort" from Welsh elements gor (spacious) and din (fort) though it may also come from Old English meaning "mud hill" or "dirty hill". Another possible etymology of Gordon is from Gallo-Roman… Continue reading Gordan, Gordon

English, Female, Literature, Mythology, Norse mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Y names

Ygritte

Ygritte is a female name, a created name for a wilding character in author George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. Though I couldn't find any information of where Martin got the name from, I can't help but wonder if he was inspired by Ygraine, the name of Arthur's mother from the Arthurian… Continue reading Ygritte

English, Female, Hebrew, Male, Middle English, N names, Old English, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Noah

Noah is a Hebrew unisex name with different meanings in Hebrew. As a male name it means "rest, comfort" from Noach (נוֹחַ) while as a female name it means "motion" No'ah from (נוֹעָה). Noah is also a surname derived from the given name, though it could also be a variant spelling of Noar, a topographical name for someone who lived near… Continue reading Noah

Animals, Color, Deer/Roe, English, Male, Nature, Old English, Place names, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Reed

Reed comes from an English surname which comes from multiple sources: it comes from Old English rēad meaning "red" from Proto-Germanic *raudaz via Proto-Indo-European *h₁rewdʰ- (red); it was originally a nickname given to someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion; it's also from Old English ried meaning "clearing", likely a topographical surname for someone who lived in or near one; it comes… Continue reading Reed

Animals, Earth, Elements, English, Gaelic, Kin/Family, L names, Male, Old English, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Leland

Leland comes from an English surname deriving from a place name in England meaning "fallow land" or "untilled land" from Old English læge (fallow, untilled) and land (land) which comes from Proto-Germanic *landą (land) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *lendh- (2) (land, heath). Leland is also a surname deriving from the given name, though it's also a shortened form of McClellan or McLelland, both an anglicized form of… Continue reading Leland

Ancient Germanic, Animals, English, H names, Lamb/Sheep, Male, Middle English, Old Norse, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Howard

Howard comes from an English surname with several possible sources: it may be derived from Anglo-Norman Huard from Germanic name Hughard meaning "brave heart" from hug (heart, mind) and hard (brave, hardy); it may also be derived from Anglo-Scandinavian Haward derived from Old Norse Hávarðr meaning "high guardian" or "high defender" from Old Norse elements há (high) and varðr (guardian, defender); it may also be derived from Middle English ewehirde meaning "ewe… Continue reading Howard

Animals, Boar, E names, English, Female, Male, Old English, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Everly

Everly comes from an English surname derived from a place name. It means "wild boar clearing" from Old English eofor (wild boar; boar) and lēah (woodland, clearing, meadow) which comes from Proto-Germanic *lauhaz (clearing, meadow) derived from Proto-Indo-European *lowkos- (clearing, open space), a cognate of Latin lūcus (sacred grove, wood). It's also possibly that it's a combination of the English word ever meaning "at all times; continuously;… Continue reading Everly

B names, Earth, Elements, English, Female, Nature, Old English, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bloom

Bloom conjures up images of blooming flowers, something in the process of opening up and blossoming. It comes from Middle Low German blōme (to bloom, flower, blossom) from Proto-Germanic *blōmô (flower) which ultimately derives from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (to bloom, to flower, to thrive). As a word it's also used to refer to someone in the 'bloom' of youth, someone who's flourishing… Continue reading Bloom

English, Latin, Male, Numbers, Old English, Physical Attributes, Place names, Q names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Quentin

Quentin is the French form of Quintinus, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "fifth" from Latin quintus (fifth), which may have originally been given to a fifth child or a child born in the fifth month of the year. Quentin is also a surname derived from the given name. Quinton is a variant spelling though it's also an English place name… Continue reading Quentin