Georgia

Georgia is an English female name, the Latinate feminine form of George, the English form of Greek Georgios which means “farmer, earthworker” via georgos, made up from Greek elements ge (earth) and ergon (work). It's the name of a state in the U.S., named for King George II of Britain. Georgia is also the name of a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. …

Diona

Diona is a female given name, a variant of Dione, the name of a few figures in Greek mythology, including a Titaness who is, in some sources, listed as being the mother of Aphrodite by Zeus. The name is the feminine form of Dios meaning "of Zeus" derived from PIE root word *dyew- (to be bright; sky, heaven), so Dione would mean …

Columbus

Columbus is the anglicized form of Italian Colombo which comes from Latin columbus meaning "dove; pigeon" from Ancient Greek kolumbos (diver) which seems to derive from a pre-Greek origin. Origin: pre-Greek Variants: Colombo (Italian) Columba (Late Roman) Columbanus (Late Roman) Columban (Irish) Coleman (English, Irish) Colmán (Irish) Kolman (German) Koloman (German, Slovak) Colombano (Italian) Calum (Scottish) Callum (Scottish)   Female …

Xanthe

Xanthe is the name of several minor figures in Greek mythology. It means "yellow" or "blonde-haired" derived from Greek xanthos (yellow), given to someone who had blonde hair but could also be applied to horses of bay or chestnut coloring. The origin of the word is unknown. Origin: unknown Variants: Xanthi (Modern Greek) Xantho (Ancient Greek) Xanthia …

Jadrien

Jadrien is a modern English male name, a variant spelling of Jadrian, a combination of Jaden and Adrian. Jaden is 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 …

Vissarion

Vissarion is the Russian and modern Greek form of Bessarion, a Late Greek male name of uncertain etymology. It could be related to Greek bessa βῆσσα meaning “wooded valley, glen”. It’s been connected with Ancient Greek bathus meaning “deep; thick”  perhaps originating from a PIE root word, but it doesn’t seem likely that bessacomes from that source. I’ve also seen it …

Zagreus

Zagreus is the name of an obscure god in Greek mythology who is often identified with Dionysos. Zagreus was worshipped in Orphism, a cult that followed a set of religious beliefs associated with Orpheus, a legendary poet who descended the Greek underworld in an attempt to bring his dead wife Eurydice back to life (and failing). The Orphics believed …

Larsen

Larsen is a Danish and Norwegian surname, a patronymic name meaning "son of Lars", Lars being the Scandinavian form of Laurence, the English form of Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning “from Laurentum”, Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus meaning “laurel”. It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters …

Marla

Marla is an English female name, a shortened form of Marlene, a blend of Maria and Magdalene, or in some cases Helene. Maria is the Latinate form of Miriam, a Hebrew female name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian …

Rudyard

Rudyard comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from a place called Rudyard. The second element of the name comes from geard meaning "enclosure; yard" while the first element is either from English rud (red, ruddy) via Old English rudian (ruddy), or from an Old English element meaning "rue" as in the plant. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, …

Gala

Gala is a Spanish female name, a feminine form of Gallus, an Ancient Roman name meaning “rooster, cock” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word; the male form of Gala would be Galo. Gala is also a Russian diminutive of Galina, the Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenus, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Galenos meaning “calm, tranquil”. In Greek mythology, Galene is a …

Yelena

Yelena is a Russian female name, the Russian form of Helen which comes from Ancient Greek Helene, a 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”. In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. …