Gertrude

Gertrude is an English and German female given name meaning “spear strength”, made up of Germanic elements ger (spear) and thrud (strength). It was used by Shakespeare for a character in Hamlet (1600) as the mother of the eponymous character. Nicknames: Gert, Gerty/Gertie, Trudy/Trudie, Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic Variants: Gertrud (German, Swedish, Ancient Germanic) Gertraud (German) Geretrudis (Latinized Ancient…

Quill

Quill referrs to a quill pen made out of a bird’s feather, or referring to a spindle or bobbin used in yarn, meaning “fragment of reed” and “shaft of a feather” which may be derived from Low German quiele from Middle High German kil (quill, large feather) though the origin behind that is unknown. Quill is also a Gaelic…

Ferdinand

Ferdinand is an Italian and Spanish name made up from Germanic elements  fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning “dangerous journey” or “brave journey”; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning “peace”. Ferdinand is also a surname originating from the given name. Ferdinand was the name of a character in Shakespeare’s The…

Amalda

Amalda is a female name of uncertain origin. I’ve seen numerous sites list it as deriving from a Germanic origin, likely from Germanic element *amal meaning “work, labor”, and could possibly be considered as a variant of Amalia. Amalda is also the name of a genus of sea snails in the Olividae family (pictured above). There seems to be…

Melia

Melia is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, the daughter of the god Oceanus, as well as the name of several figures in Greek mythology; the Meliae are a group of nymphs of the ash tree (also known as the Meliades). The name means “ash tree” from Ancient Greek, a derivative of meli (honey). Melia is also the name…

Udo

Udo is a German male name, a modern form of Odo, an Ancient Germanic male name which started out as a short form of names beginning with the German element aud meaning “wealth, fortune” via Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches). I’ve also seen Udo listed as an Igbo unisex name meaning “peace” and is also the name of a place…

Silvurlín

Silvurlín is a Faroese female name, either a combination of Old Norse elements silfr (silver) and lín (flax, linen) meaning “silver linen” or “silver flax”, or it could be the Faroese form of Silvelin, a German diminutive of Silvia, the feminine form of Silvius meaning “wood, forest”. Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European  

Amal

Amal is an Arabic unisex name and word meaning “hope”. Amal is also a Hebrew male name meaning “work, labor, toil”. Amal is also a Germanic element meaning “work, labor” in reference to the idea of industriousness and fertility. Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Amela (Bosnian) Amaal (Arabic) Amel (Maghrebi Arabic)   Amaal- أمال (Arabic) Amal-أمل (Arabic)…

Avila

Avila is the name of a city in Spain (spelled Ávila). The origin of the name is unknown; it may have been originally named as Abula. Avila may also be derived from Germanic avi, of unknown meaning though possibly meaning “desired” or “wished for”. Ávila is also a surname, a locational name for someone who came from…