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…

Adrienne

Adrienne is the French feminine form of Adrien, the French form of Adrian which comes from Latin Hadrian derived from Roman cognomen Hadrianus meaning “from Hadria” or “from Adria”, Adria being another form of the name. It referred to someone who came from the town of Hadria/Adria situated in Northern Italy. The Adriatic sea received its name from the town. Though the origin behind the…

Martine

Martine is the French, Dutch, and Norwegian feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large…

Camilla

Camilla is the feminine form of Camillus, an Ancient Roman cognomen of unknown origin, likely derived from an Etruscan origin. Camillus is also a Latin term used to refer to an acolyte, a youth employed in the rituals and sacrifices of ancient Roman religion. Camilla is also the name of a female warrior in the Aenead, a member of…

Tarquin

Tarquin is the English form of Latin Tarquinius and was the name of two of the seven legendary kings of Rome. Apparently the first Tarquinius (Lucius Tarquinius Priscus aka Tarquin the Elder) came to Rome from Etruria, an ancient region in Central Italy which was home to the Etruscans. Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (aka Tarquin the Proud) was the son…