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…

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…

Maurice

Maurice comes from Late Latin Mauritius, a Roman name, a derivative of Maurus meaning “dark-skinned” in reference to someone who came from the country of Mauritania or who was of Moorish descent. It derives from Ancient Greek mauros (black, dark). Maurice is also an English and French derived from the given name. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Maurus (Late Roman) Mauro (Italian,…

Iamos

Iamos is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Evadne (the daugher of the sea god Poseidon), and Apollo. Evadne was ashamed of her pregnancy and so, when her son was born, she left him exposed to the elements, lying on a bed of violets, where he survived by being fed honey by two snakes before…

Perrine

Perrine is the French feminine form of Perrin, a French diminutive of Pierre, the French form of Peter meaning “stone, rock” from Ancinet Greek petros (stone, rock) derived from an unknown source. Perrine is also a French surname derived from the given name. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Perine (French)   Male forms: Perrin (French)  

Jacinta

Jacinta is the Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Hyacinthus, the name of a genus of dark-blue flowers. The origin of the name comes from Ancient Greek huákinthos (referring to a type of blue larkspur, or a certain type of blue color) which seems to originate from a pre-Greek origin. In Greek mythology, the name gets its name from…

Nemera

Nemera is a female name of uncertain origin though it could be derived from Hebrew and Arabic namir/nemer meaning “leopard” derived from Proto-Semitic namir- (leopard). Nemera is also the name of a healthcare company which states that its name is a combination of Nemer and Emera, the latter a variant form of Ancient Greek Hemera meaning “day”, the name of a Greek goddess who…

Angelica

Angelica is a female given name derived from Latin angelicus meaning “angelic” or something that pertains to angels. 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). Angelica is also the name of a genus of…

Damson

Damson is the name of a subspecies of plum. The name comes from Latin (prunum) damascenum meaning “plum of Damascus” because it was believed that they were first cultivated around the ancient city of Damascus, Syria in antiquity. Damson is also used to refer to a type of dark purple or dark blue color. Origin: Ancient Greek…

Corinne

Corinne is the French form of Corinna, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Korinna derived from kore meaning “maiden”, from which Korë is derived from, the name of an epithet of Persephone, a Greek goddess. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Corinna (English, German, Latinized Ancient Greek) Corina (English, German, Romanian) Korinna (Ancient Greek) Korina (Greek, English) Corine (English) Korine (English) Coreen (English) Koreen…

Kati

Kati (pr. kah-tee) is a variant spelling of Káti, an Old Norse male name meaning “merry, cheerful” from Old Norse kátr (jolly, merry, cheerful, glad). Kati is also a Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian short form of Katariina (Finnish, Estonian) and Katalin (Hungarian, Basque) which both derive from Katherine, the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from…

Kaija

Kaija (pr. kai-ya) is a Finnish female name, a diminutive of Katariina, the Finnish and Estonian form of 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 goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads, from hekas possibly…

Galatea

Galatea is the name of a few figures in Greek mythology, the most well-known being the story of Pygmalion and Galatea. In this story, Pygmalion is a sculptor who fell in love with his own ivory sculpture of a beautiful woman. He prayed to Aphrodite who turned the statue into a living person and the two married and…

Briseis

Briseis is the name of a character in the Iliad, who was captured by Greek forces and became Achilles’s slave and concubine. Her real name was Hippodameia though she was known as Briseis because her father’s name was Briseus, a sort of patronymic name giving her as the daughter of Briseus. When Agamemnon was forced to give up his own concubine Chryseis he demanded Briseis from Achilles, which caused Achilles to withdraw…

Ellen

Ellen is the English medieval form of Helen, the English form of Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it could also possibly be linked to Greek selene meaning “moon”. Ellen is also the Dutch short form of Eleonora, a cognate of Eleanor which is the Old French form of…

Myron

Myron is an Ancient Greek male name which means “myrrh, perfume, sweet oil” which seems to be derived from a Semitic root meaning “bitter”. It’s also a surname either derived from the given name or as a short form of Greek Myronakis or Myronidis, both patrynonic surnames. Origin: Ancient Greek, Semitic Variants: Miron (Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish)…

Petra

Petra is the feminine form of Peter which is the English form of Greek Petros meaning “stone, rock” as well as being the name of an ancient city in Jordan. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Peta (English) Petrina (English diminutive of Petra) Pietra (Italian) Piera (Italian) Pierina (Italian diminutive of Piero) Peta (English Australian) Perrine (French) Pierrette (French diminutive…

Dion

Dion is a shortened form of Dionysios, from Dionysus, the name of the Greek god of wine, revelry, fertility and madness. Although the etymology of his 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 derived…

Celinda

Celinda is a female given name, probably a blend of Celia (which either means “heaven, sky” from Latin Caelia or from a shortened form of Cecelia meaning “blind) and Linda, originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. It’s also possible that it’s a variant form…

Sibella

Sibella is a variant form of Sibyl meaning “sybil” which originally referred to female oracles or prophetesses who were sent visions by the gods in Greek and Roman legend. The name comes from Ancient Greek sibulla. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Sibyl (English) Sybil (English) Sybella (English) Cybill (English) Cybil (English) Sibylle (French, German) Sybille (French, German) Sibylla (Greek,…