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…

Aveline

Aveline is the Norman French form of Germanic Avelina, a diminutive of Avila which derives from Germanic element avi, of unknown meaning though possibly meaning “desired” or “wished for”. Aveline is also the French word for “hazelnut” which comes from Occitan avellana via Latin abellana. Abella or Avella is a town in Campania, Italy, derived from PIE *h₂ébōl (apple). Origin: Ancient Germanic, Proto-Indo-European…

Eileen

Eileen is an Irish female name, the anglicized form of Eibhlín which itself is the Irish form of Aveline, the Norman French form of Germanic Avelina, a diminutive of Avila which derives from Germanic element avi, of unknown meaning though possibly meaning “desired”. Eibhlín has also been used as an anglicized form of Helen and is also a cognate of Evelyn. Origin:…

Ava

Ava is a female given name with a multitude of origins and meanings: it could be related to Latin avis meaning “bird” which derives from a PIE root word; it could be a variant spelling of Eva, the Latin form of Eve which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”; it could also be an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish…

Isotta

Isotta is the Italian form of Isolde, a name of uncertain origin though it’s believed to have Celtic roots or it may come from a Germanic name made up of is (ice, iron) and hild (battle) meaning “ice battle” or “iron battle”. In Arthurian legend, Isolde is the name of several figures including an Irish princess who fell in love with Tristan, the nephew of…

Vida

Vida is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “life” as well as the Slovene feminine form of Vitus, a Roman name which derives from Latin vita (life) from Proto-Indo-European *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Vida could also be the Slovene feminine form of Wido which comes from an Ancient Germanic element witu “wood” or wid “wide”. Vida…

Eden

Eden is the name of the biblical garden where Adam and Eve came from before being expelled, becoming synonomous with paradise and anyplace that is fertile and utnouched. Although I’ve seen it listed as meaning “place of paradise” from Hebrew, it could perhaps be derived from an older source, Sumerian edin meaning “steppe” or “plain”….

Drew

Drew is used as a short form of Andrew, which is the English form of Greek male name Andreas, derived from Greek andreios meaning “manly, masculine”. It’s also the anglicized form of Drogo, itself an Ancient Germanic personal name either derived from Gothic meaning “to bear”, “to carry” or from an Old Saxon root meaning “ghost” or “phantom”. Drew is also a surname…

Yolanda

Yolanda is the Spanish form of French Yolande which seems to be possibly influenced from Greek Iolanthe meaning “violet flower” from Greek elements iole (violet) and anthos (flower), though it’s just as likely that it’s derived from Violante derived from Latin viola meaning “violet”. Yolanda could also be Germanic in origin, perhaps deriving from Old Germanic iv…