A names, Ancient Germanic, Animals, Birds, Female, Hebrew, Irish, Persian, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Ava

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Ancient Germanic, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, I names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

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… Continue reading Isotta

Ancient Germanic, Female, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Vida

Ancient Germanic, Animals, Aramaic, Bears/Bear cubs, E names, Female, Hebrew, Male, Place names, Proto-Germanic, Sumerian, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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".… Continue reading Eden

Ancient Germanic, Ancient Greek, D names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Gaelic, Gaulish, Gothic, Love/Beloved, Male, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Drew

Ancient Germanic, Color, Earth, Elements, Female, German/Germanic, Greek, Nature, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Y names

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… Continue reading Yolanda

Ancient Germanic, Animals, English, H names, Lamb/Sheep, Male, Middle English, Old Norse, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Howard

Howard comes from an English surname with several possible sources: it may be derived from Anglo-Norman Huard from Germanic name Hughard meaning "brave heart" from hug (heart, mind) and hard (brave, hardy); it may also be derived from Anglo-Scandinavian Haward derived from Old Norse Hávarðr meaning "high guardian" or "high defender" from Old Norse elements há (high) and varðr (guardian, defender); it may also be derived from Middle English ewehirde meaning "ewe… Continue reading Howard

Ancient Germanic, Battle/War, German/Germanic, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Walter

Walter comes from Germanic elements wald (ruler, leader, power) from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (to rule) via Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁– (to rule; strong, powerful); and hari (army), also derived from a PIE root word; so the name means "ruler of the army". Walter is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Walt, Wally Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valter (Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Croatian, Estonian) Gualtiero… Continue reading Walter

Ancient Germanic, Animals, German/Germanic, L names, Lion, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Leopold

Leopold is made up from Ancient Germanic elements leud (people) and bald (bold) meaning "bold people", likely referring to a tribe or nation of strong or fearless people, though the first part of the name has also been associated with Latin leo (lion). Leopold is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Leo, Poldi (German nickname) Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants:… Continue reading Leopold

Ancient Germanic, Animals, German/Germanic, Male, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Randall

Randall is a variant spelling of Randel, a medieval diminutive of given name Randolf, a Germanic male name meaning "shield of a wolf" or "wolf's shield" from Germanic elements rand (rim 'of a shield') and wulf (wolf). Randall is also a surname. Nicknames: Randy, Rand Origin: Ancient Germanic   Variants: Randel (Medieval English) Randell (English) Randle (English) Randolf (German, English) Randolph (English)… Continue reading Randall

Ancient Germanic, D names, Female, Latin, Nickname names, Numbers, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Dixie

Dixie was once used as a generic name for the southern U.S. states from the Mason-Dixon line which defined the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and which later defined the boundary between free states and slave states. The name may have originated as a nickname for Dixon, an English patrynomic surname meaning "son of Dick", the… Continue reading Dixie

Ancient Germanic, German/Germanic, Male, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Wilfrid

Wilfrid is a variant spelling of Wilfred, an English male name meaning "desiring peace" or "desires peace" from Ancient Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and frið (peace). Nicknames: Wil/Will, Wilf Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Wilfred (English) Willifrid (Ancient Germanic) Wilfrith (Anglo-Saxon) Wilfrið (Anglo-Saxon) Guifré (Catalan) Vilfred (Danish) Wilfried (German) Vilfredo (Italian) Wilfredo (Spanish)  

Ancient Germanic, German/Germanic, H names, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Harrison

Harrison is an English surname, originally a patrynomic name meaning "son of Harry", Harry being a medieval form of Henry meaning "home ruler" from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (ruler, power). Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Harryson (English) Harry (English)  

A names, African, Ancient Germanic, Arabic, Female, German/Germanic, Igbo, Indian, Japanese, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Amara

Amara is an Igbo female name meaning "grace" as well as being a feminine form of Amar, an Indian male name meaning "immortal". Amara is also an Italian, surname, a variant of Amaro, which is an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese surname of uncertain meaning. It may be derived from Arabic given name Omar meaning "flourishing, life" or Ammar "virtuous, devout".… Continue reading Amara

Ancient Germanic, Animals, B names, Battle/War, Dragon, Female, German/Germanic, Latin, Mythological creatures, Nature, Snake/Serpent, Virtues/Attributes

Belinda

Belinda is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Though the first part of the name is often associated with Italian  bella meaning "beautiful" (which comes from Latin bellus "beautiful, pretty, handsome"), the name has an older Germanic source, Betlindis, so it seems more likely that the first element is Germanic in origin. While the second… Continue reading Belinda

Ancient Germanic, H names, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Henry

Henry comes from Germanic given name Heimirich meaning "home ruler" from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, rule). It's also a surname derived form the given name. Shakespeare wrote several historical plays about King Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI of England. Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Heimirich (Ancient Germanic) Heinrich (Ancient Germanic, German) Henricus (Dutch, Latinized Ancient Germanic) Henrik… Continue reading Henry

Ancient Germanic, Battle/War, German/Germanic, H names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herman

Herman is a male name made up of Germanic elements hari (army) and man (man) meaning "army man". It's also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Germanic Variants: Hermann (German) Hermanus (Dutch, Ancient Germanic) Hariman (Ancient Germanic) Hermanni (Finnish) Armand (French) Ármann (Icelandic) Armando (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Ermanno (Italian) German (Russian)  

Ancient Germanic, Gaulish, Hare/Rabbit, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Word names

Warren

Warren comes from an English surname with a few possible origins: it could be derived from Norman French warrene meaning "animal enclosure" or "game park" possibly originating from Gaulish *varenna (enclosed area) from *varros (stick, post); it may also refer to someone who lived near a game park; it may be derived from a town called La Varenne in Normandy, France;… Continue reading Warren

Ancient Germanic, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, I names, Nature, Water

Isolde

Isolde is the name of several figures in Arthurian legend, the most famous one being the princess of Ireland who is betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. Mark's nephew Tristan goes to fetch Isolde to Cornwall and on their voyage back the two accidentally drink a love potion and wind up falling madly in love… Continue reading Isolde

Ancient Germanic, Arthurian legends & myths, Earth, Elements, L names, Male, Nature, Nickname names

Lancelot

Lancelot is one of the Knights of the Round Table who was raised by the Lady of the Lake who later has an affair with Guinevere, the wife of his king Arthur, and which ultimately leads to Arthur's death. Lancelot is a double diminutive of Lanzo, a Germanic male name  meaning "land" though it's nickname, Lance, is… Continue reading Lancelot