Rani

Rani is a female given name, a Persian, Urdu, and Indian name meaning “queen” which comes from Sanskrit rā́jñī राज्ञी (queen, princess) via a Proto-Indo-Iranian source which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. I’ve also seen Rani listed as being a Hebrew unisex name, either originating as a nickname for Ran, a Hebrew male name meaning “to sing”;…

Duna

Duna could be used as the strictly feminine form of Dune, used to refer to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions. The origin of the word comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from…

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

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…

Leif

Leif (pr. layf) comes from Old Norse Leifr meaning meaning “descendant, heir”. Origin: Old Norse Variants: Leifr (Ancient Scandinavian) Leiv (Norwegian) Leifur (Icelandic)  

Gable

Gable comes from an English surname of uncertain origin and meaning: It’s been linked to Old Norse gafl meaning “gable”, which referred to a triangular-shaped hill or it may even be a variant spelling of Gabel, a German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational name for a maker or seller of forks, such as agricultural equipment like hayforks; it’s also…

Gondlir

Gondlir is the anglicized form of Göndlir, one of the many epithets of the Norse god Odin. It means “wand-wielder” or “wand-bearer” derived from Old Norse gandr (magic staff). Origin: Old Norse Variants: Göndlir (Old Norse)  

Egil

Egil comes from an Old Norse name, a variant spelling of Egill which comes from Proto-Germanic Agilaz. It derives from Old Norse element ag meaning “edge (of a sword)” or “blade” or agi meaning “awe, terror”, originally used as a short form of names beginning with the name element. In German mythology, Egil (or Agilaz) is the name of a legendary archer in the Völundarkviða,…

Rolin

Rolin comes from a French surname of uncertain origin. It could be a variant form of Roland, a male name meaning “famous land” made up from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land), both deriving from a PIE source, though it’s possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning “brave, daring”. Rolin could also be a variant spelling…