Mercer

Mercer comes from an English and Scottish surname, an occupational name for someone who was a merchant. it comes from Anglo-Norman mercer (merchant, trader) which comes from Latin merx (merchandise, commodity; goods) which could be derived from Proto-Italic *merk- via a Etruscan source referring to various aspects of economics; or it could be derived from PIE *merĝ- (boundary, border). Origin: Etruscan, Proto-Indo-European…

Tanaquil

Tanaquil is an Etruscan female name, a Latinized form of Thanchvil which apparently means “gift of Thana”, Thana apparently being the name of an Etruscan goddess. However, it’s possible that the name may be related to Thalna, a divine figure in Etruscan mythology, presented as either female or male, or androgynous. Thalna may mean “bloom, growth” but I can’t attest…

Lars

Lars is the Scandinavian form of Laurence, the English form of Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning “from Laurentum”, Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus meaning “laurel”. It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Lars is also a surname…

Vulcan

Vulcan is the name of the god of fire, metalworking, the forge, and volcanoes in Roman mythology, the son of Juno and Jupiter. According to myth he was born so deformed that his own mother was horrified by him and threw him from Mt. Olympus and into the depths of the ocean, where he was found by the…

Pernell

Pernell is an English surname, a variant spelling of Parnell, a matronymic name of Petronilla, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of Petronius, a Roman family name of uncertain etymology though possibly derived from Latin petro, petronis meaning “rustic; yokel; young ram”. Petronius has also been associated with Ancient Greek petros meaning “rock; stone” but that seems rather shaky. It seems more…

Marius

Marius comes from a Roman family name which can either be used as a masculine form of Maria (the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian…

Romulus

Romulus is the name of one of the founders of Rome in Roman mythology, who along with his twin brother Remus were suckled by a she-wolf when they were babies after being abandoned on the orders of their uncle. Romulus later killed his brother (or his followers did) over a dispute on where to build their…

Larissa

Larissa is the name of a city in Thessaly, Greece, that dates back to five thousand years ago (it’s also the name of a few other towns in the region as well). Apparently the city received its name from a Greek nymph named Larissa, and which means “stronghold”, “citadel”, or “fortress”. I’ve also seen other sites…

Sabeen

Sabeen is an Arabic female name possibly meaning “follower of another religion”. Sabeen is also similar to the name Sabine and could even be a variant spelling of the name. Sabine is the French, German, and Danish form of Sabina, the feminine form of Ancient Roman cognomen Sabinus meaning “Sabine”, referring to a member of an ancient tribe in Italy that was eventually assimilated…