Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Gaelic, Gray, Hebrew, Honey, L names, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Norman French, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Laney

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D names, French, Male, Surname names

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… Continue reading Dashiell

D names, Female, Norman French, Persian, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Dariela

Earth, Elements, French, L names, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

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… Continue reading Lamont

Chestnut, Color, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Male, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Sun, Surname names, Unicorn, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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; … Continue reading Sorin

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

Black/Dark, Color, D names, Female, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Norman French, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Delaney

Female, Male, Norman French, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names

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:… Continue reading Wallis

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, French, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Old French, P names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Percy

Percy is a short form of Percival, first created by French poet Chrétien de Troyes for his poem Perceval, the story of the Grail in the 12th century. It's likely the name was based on Welsh Peredur meaning “hard spear” though the spelling of the name was altered to resemble Old French percer val “to pierce the valley”. Percival is one of the… Continue reading Percy

Black/Dark, C names, Color, Elements, Female, Fire, German/Germanic, Illyrian, Latin, Male, Middle English, Nature, Old French, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Cadrian

Cadrian seems to be a modern English name, either an elaborated form of Cade, which has a variety of meanings and origins such as: being an English surname derived from a metonymic occupational surname for a cooper (someone who made and repaired barrels) which comes from Old French cade (cask, barrel); it could also be from a Medieval English given… Continue reading Cadrian

D names, Male, Old French, Place names, Slavic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dober

Dober comes from a Slavic word meaning "good"; it's the name of a settlement (also spelled Dobër and Dobre) in northern Albania. Dober is also a surname of English origin (with various spellings of Dauber, Dawber, Daber, and Doberer), an occupational surname for someone who was a plasterer from Middle English daubere via Old French daubier (whitewash, plasterer). Origin:… Continue reading Dober

A names, Anglo-Norman, Arabic, Brown, Color, English, Female, Norman French, Orange, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Yellow

Amberly

Amberly is an elaboration of Amber, which comes from Arabic ‘anbar(عنبر) meaning "ambergris (gray amber), used to refer to a color that is yellowish-brown-orange or jewelry that is made out of amber, or fossilized tree resin which can sometimes contain the fossils of insects stuck within it. The -lee or -ley ending comes from Old English meaning “clearing” or “grove”,… Continue reading Amberly

Latin, Male, Middle Dutch, Nickname names, Numbers, Old French, T names, Word names

Trip

Trip comes from a word referring to a journey or a voyage, or it refers to someone who stumbles and falls. It comes from Old French tripper (strike with the feet, tread or skip lightly) which comes from a Germanic source; or it could be from Middle Dutch trippen meaning "to skip, hop, trot, stamp, trample". Tri- is also a Latin… Continue reading Trip

Elements, English, Female, G names, Hebrew, Male, Nickname names, Norman French, Old English, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Wind/Air, Word names

Gale

Gale refers to a very strong wind derived from gaile meaning "wind" of uncertain origin though perhaps related to Old Norse gol (breeze) or Old Danish gal meaning "bad, furious" in reference to the wind, derived from Old Norse gala meaning "to shout, charm away" or from Old English galan meaning "to sing, enchant, call" which ultimately derives form Proto-Indo-European gʰel- (to call, chant, shout). Gale is also… Continue reading Gale

English, French, Hebrew, Irish, J names, Male, Nature, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Jerrin

Jerrin seems to be an invented name, either a creative spin on Jeremiah, a Hebrew male name meaning "Yahweh has uplifted" or "Yahweh will raise", or it could be a combination of names Jeremiah and Darren (either an anglicized form of Irish Dara meaning "oak tree" or a variant of Darrell, from French surname D'Airelle meaning "of Airelle"), or Jared (from Hebrew meaning "descent") and Darren. It's just… Continue reading Jerrin

Earth, Elements, Female, Food, French, Greek, Latin, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Old French, P names, Pear, Surname names, Unisex, Welsh

Perry

Perry is a nickname for Peregrine, from Latin Peregrinus meaning "traveler", or Percival, likely based on Welsh Peredur meaning "hard spear" though the spelling of the name was altered to resemble Old French percer val "to pierce the valley". Perry is also an English surname which comes from Middle English perrie meaning "pear tree", referring to someone who lived near a pear tree. It comes… Continue reading Perry

Color, French, Male, Nickname names, Old French, Physical Attributes, R names, Red/Crimson, Word names

Russ

Russ is a short form of Russell, an English male name which comes from a surname meaning "little red one" from Old French rousel. It was originally given as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a reddish complexion. Russ is also an archaic word for Russian. Origin: Old French Variants: Russell (English) Russel (English)… Continue reading Russ