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”, so the name essentially means “amber clearing”. Amberly also has a long history as a surname; although the origins are unclear, from what I could find it could be an occupational name for someone employed as an enameller (from Anglo-Norman-French amayler), someone who applies color or varnish to ceramics. Amberly could also be derived from Old English ambler meaning “to walk slowly” and is usually used to describe the easy gait ofa horse, referring to someone who was employed with horses.

Technically speaking, amber is not an actual gemstone but fossilized tree resin.

Origin: Arabic, Old English

Variants:

  • Amber
  • Amberley
  • Amberleigh
  • Amberle

 

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 a surname derived from Old English gal meaning “jovial, merry”, originally a nickname for a cheerful person. Another possible source is it comes from Norman French gaoile meaning “jail”, an occupational name for a jailer or perhaps someone who lived near a jail.

It’s also a nickname for Abigale or a variant spelling of Gail, both of which come from Hebrew meaning “my father is joy”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Old English, Norman French, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Gail
  • Gayle