Demetrius

Demetrius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Demetrios, itself the masculine form of Demeter, the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture and the mother of Persephone. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, the second element of the name is from Greek meter meaning “mother”. The first part of the name is a little tricky. It could be linked…

Halia, Halya, Hali’a

Halia is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a sea nymph who lived on the island of Rhodes (named after her daughter Rhodos by Poseidon). She also had six sons with him. When her sons refused to allow Aphrodite to land on the island, she drove them into a madness that caused them to rape their…

Xeno

Xeno is an Ancient Greek female name, the feminine form of Xenon meaning “foreigner, guest” from Ancient Greek xenos (foreigner; stranger, guest) which seems likely to be derived from a Pre-Greek origin. Xeno is absolutely NOT related to Zeno, another Greek name that comes from a different source, related to the name of the Greek god Zeus. Origin:…

Erina

Erina is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: e 恵 “favor, blessing, grace, kindness” + ri 里 “village” + na 奈 “Nara; what” (恵里奈); e 恵 “favor, blessing, grace, kindness” + ri 利 “profit, advantage, benefit” + a 奈 “Nara; what” (恵利奈); e 絵 “picture, drawing, painting, sketch” + ri 梨 “pear” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (絵梨奈); e 慧 “wise” + ri 理 “reason, logic;…

Kari

Kari (pr. kah-ree or care-ee) is a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Katarina, the Scandinavian form of Katherine which is 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. Though…

Gaia

Gaia is the name of the primordial goddess of the earth in Greek mythology, and mother of the many Olympian gods, the Titans, and the giants. Her name means “earth” which may be derived from Ancient Greek gê (earth), of uncertain origin though perhaps deriving from a pre-Indo-European origin. Gaia is also the feminine form of Gaius,…

Elene

Elene (pr. e-LEN-ee; Forvo) is the Georgian and Sardinian 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 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. Her kidnapping…

Jet

Jet is the name of a deep black color as well as the name of a type of gemstone. It comes from Old French jaiet via Latin gagates which ultimately comes from Ancient Greek gagates (lignite; jet), supposedly named after a river named Gages near the town of Gagai, a town in Ancient Greek that no longer exists, because…

Lenore

Lenore is an English female name, a variant of Eleanor, the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly a Germanic name of unknown meaning, though it’s been linked to Adenorde or Adenor, made up of Germanic elements adal (noble) and nord (north), or even as a contracted form of Azenor, a Breton name of…

Chelsea

Chelsea is an English female given name which originated as the name of a district in London. It’s made up from Old English elements cealc (chalk) via Latin calx (limestone; chalk) of unknown origin though possibly via Ancient Greek khalix (small stone, pebble), itself of unknown origin, possibly from a pre-Greek source; and hȳþ, hyth (landing place), itself derived from…