Ancient Greek, Animals, Astronomy, Birds, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Stars/Constellation, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Zodiac

Lyra, Lira

Lyra (pr. lie-ra or lee-ra) is the name of a constellation in which the brightest star in its constellation is Vega. The name receives its name from Greek mythology, representing the lyre of Orpheus, a legendary poet and musician who could charm anything with his music. The name comes from Ancient Greek lúra meaning "lyre" which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek… Continue reading Lyra, Lira

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Ancient Greek, Animals, Battle/War, Black/Dark, Color, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, L names, Lion, Male, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Lewis

Lewis is the medieval English form of Louis, the French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of Germanic name Ludwig, from Chlodovech, meaning "famous battle" or "famous in battle" from Germanic elements hlud (famous) and wig (war, battle). It could also be used the anglicized form of Lughaidh (Lugaid), derived from Lugh. Lewis is also a surname with two… Continue reading Lewis

Ancient Greek, D names, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Daphne

Daphne is the name of a naiad (a female nymph who presided over fountains, wells, springs, rivers, streams, brooks, and any type of fresh water) in Greek mythology. One day she caught the eye of the god Apollo and he pursued her in spite of her rejections. Just as he was about to catch her, Daphne called… Continue reading Daphne

A names, Ancient Greek, Male, Sanskrit, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Angelo

Angelo is the Italian form of Angel which comes from Latin Angelus meaning "angel" via Greek angelos (messenger) though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Angelo is also an Italian word meaning "angel" as well as an Italian surname derived… Continue reading Angelo

Ancient Greek, Color, Female, Nature, Surname names, V names, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Violet

Violet is both the name of a flower and a color. It comes from Old French violette via Latin viola meaning "violet" which is related to Ancient Greek íon (violet) which seems to be derived from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean source. Violet is also an English and French surname. Origin: Ancient Greek   Variants: Violette (French) Viola (Latin, Italian, Swedish,… Continue reading Violet

Ancient Greek, Female, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names, Word names

Vara

Vara is a Spanish and Portuguese surname meaning "rod, stick, cane" via Latin varus (bandy, bow-legged; bent outwards) derived from a PIE root word. Vara was once used as a Spanish and Portuguese unit of length. Vara could also be a short form of Varvara, the Russian, Greek, and Bulgarian form of Barbara meaning "foreign, strange" from Ancient Greek barbaros.… Continue reading Vara

Ancient Greek, D names, Female, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Dionis

Dionis is the Romanian male form of Dionysius, the Latinized form of Dionysus who is the Greek god of wine, revelry, fertility and madness. Although the etymology behind the name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of Zeus” though it could also be related to Proto-Indo-European *dyews meaning “sky, heaven, god” and “shining”. The second part -nysus might be… Continue reading Dionis

Ancient Greek, Greek, Male, Virtues/Attributes, X names

Xenon

Xenon is an Ancient Greek male name meaning "foreigner, guest" from Ancient Greek xenos (foreigner; stranger, guest) which seems likely to be derived from a Pre-Greek origin. Xenon is also the name of a chemical element. Origin: Ancient Greek Female forms: Xeno (Ancient Greek) Xena (English) Xenia (Greek, Ancient Greek) Zena (English) Zeena (English) Zenia (English… Continue reading Xenon

Ancient Greek, Coptic, Female, Finnish, Greek mythology, K names, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Kolina

Kolina is a female given name. I've seen many sites claim its from Greek meaning "pure" so I'm assuming it's somehow related to Katherine, the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek… Continue reading Kolina

Ancient Greek, Earth, Elements, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Nature, S names

Sidero

Sidero is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the second wife of Salmoneus, a king, and the stepmother to his daughter Tyro, whom she apparently mistreated. Sidero was later killed by Tyro's twin sons Pelias and Neleus (fathered by the god Poseidon); she was killed in a temple of Hera's which earned her the undying hatred of Pelias, the uncle of Jason of Argonaut… Continue reading Sidero

Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jadin

Jadin is a variant spelling of Jaden,  and while seemingly a modern American name that has become increasingly popular in the last two decades with the aden suffix (alongside Aiden, Hayden, Caden), it's possible that it arose as a variant spelling of Jadon, a Hebrew male name of uncertain meaning though I've seen it listed as either meaning "thankful" or… Continue reading Jadin

Ancient Greek, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

Summer

Summer refers to the warmest season of the year in which the days are long and the nights short and has been used as a (primarily) female given name. It comes from Middle English somer, sumer (summer) from Old English sumor via Proto-Germanic *sumaraz (summer) derived from a PIE root word. Summer is also a word used to refer to a… Continue reading Summer

A names, Ancient Greek, Female, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes

Angelina

Angelina is a female given name which originated as a diminutive of Angela, the feminine form of Latin Angelus. It comes from Greek angelos “messenger”, though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Nicknames: Angie, Lina Origin: Ancient Greek, Sanskrit Variants:… Continue reading Angelina

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Breton, Female, Japanese, Light, Moon, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Nora

Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly… Continue reading Nora

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Laura

Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning "laurel". It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laura

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Gaelic, Gray, Hebrew, Honey, L names, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Norman French, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with… Continue reading Laney

A names, Ancient Greek, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, Gaelic, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Light, Moon, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Alaina

Alaina is a variant form of Alana, itself the feminine form of Alan, an Irish and Scottish name of uncertain etymology. It may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning… Continue reading Alaina

Ancient Greek, Hebrew, J names, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Jareth

Jareth seems to be a blend of Jared (meaning "descent" from Hebrew) and Gareth (the name of one of the Knights of the Round Tale in Arthurian legends. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it has been linked to Welsh gwaredd meaning “gentleness”. It could also be connected to another name, Geraint, the Welsh form of Latin Gerontius meaning “old man” from Greek geron. Other… Continue reading Jareth

A names, Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Greek, Hebrew, Love/Beloved, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Amos

Amos comes from Hebrew meaning "carried (by God)" which comes from a Hebrew verb meaning "to carry, load; burden". It's also a surname which could be derived from the given name, but it also has another origin as an English surname derived from Old French Amis, originally a nickname meaning "friend" which comes from Latin amicus (friend), a… Continue reading Amos