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

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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

Ancient Greek, Black/Dark, Color, M names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

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,… Continue reading Maurice

Color, Greek, Greek mythology, I names, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Iamos

Ancient Greek, Blue, Color, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, J names, Mythology, Nature

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… Continue reading Jacinta

Ancient Greek, Animals, Female, Greek mythology, Leopard, Mythology, N names, Proto-Semitic

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… Continue reading Nemera

A names, Ancient Greek, Female, Literature, Nature, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Angelica

Ancient Greek, Blue, Color, D names, Female, Food, Male, Nature, Plum, Unisex, Violet/Purple, Word names

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… Continue reading Damson

Ancient Greek, C names, Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Corinne

Ancient Greek, Coptic, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Joy, K names, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Norse, Numbers, Old Norse, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Kati

Ancient Greek, Animals, Birds, Coptic, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, K names, Latvian, Mythology, Numbers, Seagull, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Kaija

Ancient Greek, Color, Female, G names, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

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… Continue reading Galatea

Ancient Greek, B names, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology

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… Continue reading Briseis