Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with…

Dashiell

Dashiell is an anglicized form of de Chiel, a  French surname of unknown meaning. It seems likely that the name derived from a place name since the de is a French preposition meaning “from”, used to indicate origin. I’ve seen some sources list it as meaning “page boy” or “from heaven” but I can’t say if they’re accurate…

Dariela

Dariela is a Spanish female name which seems to be the Spanish form of Daria, the feminine form of Darius which comes from Persian Dārayavahush meaning “to possess excellence” or “he who holds firm to good” from dâraya (to possess, to hold) and vahu (good). Another possible meaning I’ve seen for it is that it’s the feminine form of Dariel, an English male name which…

Lamont

Lamont comes from a Scottish surname which derives from Old Norse given name Logmaðr meaning “law man” made up from Old Norse log, the plural of lag (law) derived from Old Norse leggja (to lay, to put, to place) from Proto-Germanic *lagjaną (to lay, place) derived from a PIE root word; and maðr (man) which also derives from a PIE root word. Lamont may also have…

Sorin

Sorin is a Romanian male name, possibly from Romanian soare meaning “sun” from Latin sol (sun) derived from Proto-Indo-Europan *sóh₂w (sun). Sōrin (宗 麟) also seems to be a Japanese masculine given name, such as Ōtomo Sōrin (who also went by other names), who was a daimyo of the Ōtomo clan in the 16th century (1530-1587). It means “religion; sect; denomination;  main point; …

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,…

Delaney

Delaney comes from an English surname with two possible sources: the first is that it may be derived from a Norman French place name, de l’aunaie, meaning “from the alder grove”; the second is that it comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Dubhshláine meaning “descendant of Dubhshláine”, the latter made up from Gaelic elements dubh (black) and…

Wallis

Wallis comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Wallace which is a Scottish and English surname meaning “Welsh” or “foreigner” from Norman French word waleis (foreign), originally used to refer to someone who was a Welshman or who lived at the border between England and Wales. This spelling makes it more of a unisex name than Wallace does. Origin:…

Devere

Devere comes from a French surname meaning “of Ver” or “from Ver”, referring to someone who came from a town called Vere. It’s made up from French de (of, from) and  Vere meaning “alder” which comes from a Gaulish word so the name essentially means “from the alders”. Origin: French, Gaulish