C names, Elements, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Unisex, Water, Word names

Cove

Cove refers to a small coastal inlet or a small, sheltered narrow bay. The origin of the word comes from Old English cofa (chamber; den; ark; cave) derived from Proto-Germanic *kubô (shed, hut). Cove is also a term in architecture which is used for a concave molding or a concave surface forming a junction between a ceiling and a… Continue reading Cove

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E names, Female, Hebrew, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Eve

Eve is the anglicized form of Eva, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Eúa which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning "to breathe" or "to live". In the Abrahamic religions, Eve was the very first woman created to be the wife of Adam. Eve is also an English and Dutch surname, either derived from the given name Eve or its Latinate form Eva.… Continue reading Eve

Color, Female, G names, Gray, Male, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Grayer

Grayer is an English surname of uncertain meaning and origin. It could be an anglicized form of Grauer, a German surname meaning "gray", originally starting out as a nickname for someone who had gray hair or a gray beard. The etymology of the name comes from German grau (gray) derived from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (gray). Grayer may also have arisen as… Continue reading Grayer

Arthurian legends & myths, F names, Fairy, Female, Gaelic, Mythological creatures, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Fay

Fay is a female given name which derives from several sources: the first is that it's another word for "fairy", coming from Middle English faie via Latin fata meaning "destiny, fate" derived from PIE root word *bʰeh₂- (to speak, say). In Arthurian legend, it's the epithet of Morgan le Fay (meaning Morgan the fairy); it's also been used as a nickname for… Continue reading Fay

G names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Geoffrey

Geoffrey is the Norman French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning "peace" while the first element is trickier. It could be derived from Proto-Germanic *gautaz meaning "Geat", Old Germanic gawia meaning "territory", walha meaning "foreigner, Celtic, Gaul", or gisil meaning "hostage, pledge". It's also been conflated with Godfrey in the past meaning "peace of God". Geoffrey is… Continue reading Geoffrey

B names, Battle/War, Female, Germanic mythology, Mythology, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Brunhild

Brunhild is a variant spelling of Brünhild, an Ancient Germanic name meaning "armor, protection + battle" made up from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ (breastplate) and Proto-Germanic *hildiz (battle, fight) derived from a PIE source. In Germanic mythology, Brunhild (also spelled Brynhildr) is a shieldmaiden and valkyrie. Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brünhild (German) Brunhilde (German, Ancient Germanic) Brunihild (Ancient Germanic) Brynhildr (Ancient Scandanavian, Norse mythology)… Continue reading Brunhild

Female, Gaelic, German/Germanic, H names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Hayden

Hayden comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "hay valley" or "hay hill" derived from Old English elements heg (hay) and either denu (valley) or dun (hill). Hayden is also an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó hÉideáin and Ó hÉidín meaning "descendant of Éideán", the latter a diminutive of Irish éideadh meaning "clothes, armor, dress, garb". Hayden could also be an… Continue reading Hayden

Female, German/Germanic, O names, Proto-Germanic, Virtues/Attributes

Odette

Odette is the French diminutive of Oda, a Germanic female name derived from Germanic aud meaning "wealth, fortune" derived from Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches), though it may also be derived from Germanic odal meaning "fatherland". Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Odetta (English) Oda (Ancient Germanic, German, Norwegian) Auda (Ancient Germanic) Odilia (Ancient Germanic) Odila (Ancient Germanic) Odelia (English) Ottoline (English) Ottilie (German) Odilie (German) Ute… Continue reading Odette

B names, Elements, Fire, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bayle

Bayle is a French and English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived by the outer wall of a castle; the name comes from Bailey, an occupational name for a bailiff. It could also be a variant spelling of Bale, an English word referring to a large bundle that has been compressed and wrapped for shipping (ex. a… Continue reading Bayle

Animals, Color, F names, Female, Fox, German/Germanic, Nature, Proto-Germanic, Red/Crimson, Violet/Purple

Fuchsia

Fuchsia (pr. fyoo-shuh) is the name of a genus of flowers as well as the name of a vivid purplish red color derived from the color of the flower. It was named after botanist Leonard Fuchs; Fuchs is a German surname meaning "fox", originally derived as a nickname for someone who was sly and cunning, or for someone who… Continue reading Fuchsia

E names, German/Germanic, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Edgar

Edgar is a male given name meaning "wealthy spear" from Old English ead (wealth, fortune, riches) from Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches); and gar (spear) which comes from Proto-Germanic *gaizaz (spear, spike, javelin) which derives from a PIE root. Edgar is also an English and Scottish surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Ed, Eddie/Eddy Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Edgard (French) Eadgar (Old English,… Continue reading Edgar

English, Female, Literature, Mythology, Norse mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Y names

Ygritte

Ygritte is a female name, a created name for a wilding character in author George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. Though I couldn't find any information of where Martin got the name from, I can't help but wonder if he was inspired by Ygraine, the name of Arthur's mother from the Arthurian… Continue reading Ygritte

Black/Dark, Color, D names, Frankish, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Dougray

Dougray is a male name which seems to have originated as a French surname. It could be a variant form of Dugarry, a French surname referring to someone from a town called Le Garry, or perhaps from another habitational surname, Duguay, referring to someone from a place called Dugay.  I've also seen it as possibly being… Continue reading Dougray

Etruscan, Etruscan mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, V names, Word names

Vikare

Vikare is the Etruscan name of Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek myth. Icarus and his father attempted to escape imprisonment from King Minos of Crete by flying off from wings created by Daedalus from feathers and wax. However, Icarus flew too close to the sun which melted the wax and caused him to fall into the ocean and drown. I couldn't find the origin… Continue reading Vikare

Animals, Birds, Female, Irish, Male, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Word names, Wren

Wren

Wren is the name of small, brownish songbirds with loud and complex songs. It comes from Old English wrenna from Old High German wrendo, wrendilo via Proto-Germanic wrandijô though the source and etymology of the word is unknown. Wren is also an English surname, likely originating as a nickname for someone who resembled the wren in some way such as being… Continue reading Wren

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

Color, Female, G names, German/Germanic, Gray, Greek mythology, Mythology, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Grace

Grace comes from Latin gratia meaning "favor, kindness" and usually referring to qualities of elegance, pleasantness, charm, kindness, courteousness, and attractiveness. It derives from grātus (pleasing, acceptable, agreeable) via PIE *gʷerH- (to favor, approve; praise). I've also seen it listed as having originally been associated with Germanic element gris meaning "gray" though it was later eclipsed with the Latin… Continue reading Grace

Animals, Color, Deer/Roe, English, Male, Nature, Old English, Place names, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Reed

Reed comes from an English surname which comes from multiple sources: it comes from Old English rēad meaning "red" from Proto-Germanic *raudaz via Proto-Indo-European *h₁rewdʰ- (red); it was originally a nickname given to someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion; it's also from Old English ried meaning "clearing", likely a topographical surname for someone who lived in or near one; it comes… Continue reading Reed