Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, G names, Hebrew, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Gael

Gael (pr. ga-el or gale) is an anglicized spelling of Gaël, a Breton male name of uncertain origin and meaning. It could be derived from a contracted form of Gwenaël, a French name meaning "generous" or "white +genereous" from Breton gwenn (white, fair, blessed) derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white); and hael (generous). I've also seen it linked to Gael, the ethonym of an ethnic group related to Ireland,… Continue reading Gael

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Animals, H names, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Stag, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hartley

Hartley is an English male name derived from an English surname meaning "hart clearing". It's made up from Old English heorot (stag) via Proto-Germanic *herutaz (stag, deer) derived from PIE *ḱerh₂- (horn); and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow), also derived from a PIE root word. Hartley is also an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó hArtghaile meaning "descendant of Artghal", the latter a personal Irish male… Continue reading Hartley

B names, Bright/Clear, Celtic, Female, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Virtues/Attributes

Belisama

Belisama is the name of a goddess of light, fire, and crafts as well as lakes and rivers in Celtic mythology who was equated with the Romann goddess Minerva. Though the etymology of her name is uncertain, it could mean "the brightest one" or "most powerful one". It derives from Celtic *bel(l)- meaning either "strong, powerful" or "bright"… Continue reading Belisama

Color, Elements, Female, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Water, White, Word names

Winter

Winter is the name for the coldest season of the year that comes from Proto-Germanic *wintruz (winter) though the etymology behind it is uncertain. It's possible that it derives from PIE *wend-, the root word of *wed- (wet, water). It's also possible that it may be derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Winter is also a surname, likely originating as a nickname… Continue reading Winter

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, M names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Melody

Melody refers to a pleasant-sounding succession or arrangement of sounds. It means "singing, chanting" which comes from Middle English melodie via Old French deriving from Latin melōdia, itself derived from Ancient Greek melōidíā (song, singing; chant; music) made up from Ancient Greek melos (song, tune, music) and ōidḗ, a contracted form of aoidḗ (song, ode; legend, tale, story), both of which derive from an unknown etymology.… Continue reading Melody

Ancient Greek, Animals, Black/Dark, Color, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, L names, Lion, Male, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Llewellyn

Llewelyn comes from Welsh Llywelyn, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be the Welsh form of Celtic Lugubelenus, a combination of two names: Lugus and Belenus; Lugus is a Celtic god of commerce and craftsmanship who was equated with the Roman god Mercury. Though the exact origin of his name is unknown, it has been linked to Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Llewellyn

Color, F names, Male, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Fingal

Fingal is the anglicized form of Fionnghall, a Scottish Gaelic name meaning "white stranger" from Gaelic elements fionn (white, fair) via Proto-Celtic *windos (white) and gall (stranger) via Old Irish gall (stranger, foreigner) which comes from Latin Gallus meaning "Gaul", referring to someone who came from there though it later came to mean "foreigner" from a Proto-Indo-European source. Nicknames: Fin Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Fionnghall… Continue reading Fingal

Ancient Greek, Animals, Deer/Roe, E names, Earth, Elements, Fawn, Female, French, Gaelic, Gaulish, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Irish, Moon, Moose/Elk, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Scottish, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh mythology, Word names

Elana

Elana is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant spelling of Ilana, which is the feminine form of Ilan, a Hebrew male name meaning "tree", though it could also be a feminine form of Elon, another Hebrew male name meaning "tree, oak tree"; Elana could also be a variant form of Helena,… Continue reading Elana

D names, Female, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Donna

Donna comes from the Italian word meaning "woman," or "lady", used as a title of respect for the lady of the house. It derives from Latin domina (lady, mistress of the house) from a Proto-Indo-European source, either from *demh₂- (to tame, subdue) or from *dṓm (house, home) via root *dem- (to build). Donna could also be used as a feminine form of Donald, the… Continue reading Donna

Color, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names, White

Wendell

Wendell is an English surname derived from given name Wendel, a short form of Germanic names beginning with wandal meaning "Vandal", referring to a Germanic tribe who invaded Spain and North Africa. Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it has been linked to Germanic *wandern meaning "to wander" deriving from Proto-Germanic *windaną meaning "to wind, to wrap" from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to… Continue reading Wendell

Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Honey, M names, Nature, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Melrose

Melrose comes from an English surname derived from a place name in Scotland meaning "barren moor" or "barren heath" from Welsh moel (bare, barren; bald) from Proto-Celtic *maylos; and rhos (moor, heath), though the second element may also be derived from Old Irish ros meaning "promontory". However, Melrose as a given name could also be a combination of Mel, either a short… Continue reading Melrose

A names, Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Literature, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Artigal

Artigal is a very unusual name. From what I could find, it could be a variant spelling of Artegal, itself an anglicized form of Ardghal, an Irish male name meaning "high valor" from Old Irish ard (high) from Proto-Celtic *ardwos derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂erHdʰ- (high; to grow); and gal (valor, fury) via Proto-Celtic *galā (might, ability). Artegal (Arthegall) is also the name of a knight… Continue reading Artigal

Color, Female, G names, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Virtues/Attributes, White

Gwen

Gwen is a short form of names beginning with gwen such as Gwendolyn, Gwenllian, and Guinevere, though it can also be used as a given name on its own. It comes from Wlesh gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed" derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Gwenn (Breton) Gwenno (originally a Welsh diminutive of Gwen) Gwenog (originally a Welsh diminutive of Gwen)   Male forms: Gwyn… Continue reading Gwen

B names, Female, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Brett

Brett comes from an English surname meaning "Breton", originally used to refer to someone who came from Brittany though it may also have been given to the Celtic inhabitants of Strathclyde, Scotland, who were called Bryttas/Brettas up until the 14th century. Brett is also a German word meaning "plank, board, shelf, tray" which comes from Proto-Germanic *burdą (board,… Continue reading Brett

B names, Female, Male, Old Norse, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Braith

Braith is a name of uncertain meaning though it may be derived from Welsh brith, braith meaning "speckled, mottled, brindled" derived from Proto-Brythonic *briθ (painted, speckled, variegated) which comes from Proto-Celtic *mrixtos (speckled). Braith is also a surname likely derived from the given name though it may be related to Old Norse breiðr meaning "broad". Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Brayth (English)  

Black/Dark, C names, Color, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Carlyle

Carlyle is a variant spelling of Carlisle, a surname derived from the name of a city in Cumbria, England. The place was originally called Luguvalium, originally a Roman settlement named by the Ancient Romans meaning "strength of Luguvalos", made up of Lugus, a Celtic god associated with the Roman god Mercury; the origin of his name is unknown though it's… Continue reading Carlyle

Celtic, Female, Irish mythology, M names, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Virtues/Attributes

Maeve

Maeve is the anglicized form of Gaelic Medb, the name of a warrior queen in Irish mythology. The name may be derived from Proto-Celtic *medu- (mead) and *medua- (intoxicating) so the name either means "mead woman" or "she who intoxicates". Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Maeva (English) Medb (Old Irish) Méabh (Irish) Meadhbh (Irish) Meave (Irish) Mave (Irish)  

Celtic, Male, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, T names, Virtues/Attributes

Teague

Teague is an anglicized form of Tadhg, an Irish male  meaning "poet" derived from Proto-Celtic *tazgos (poet, storyteller). Teague is also a surname derived from the given name, while Teagan is a diminutive of Tadhg meaning "little Teague". Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Tadhg (Irish, Scottish) Tadg (Irish, Scottish) Teige (Irish) Teigue (Irish) Tadhgán (Irish) Teagan (English) Tighe (Irish)  

Female, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh mythology

Rhian

Rhian (pr. ree-an) is a Welsh female name meaning "maiden" from Welsh rhiain which derives from Proto-Celtic *rīganī- (queen). It could also be used as a short form of Rhiannon meaning "great queen" from Celtic Rigantona. In Welsh mythology, Rhiannon is a major figure in the Mabinogion and has been associated with the Gaulish goddess of horses, Epona. Rhian is also a Welsh male name,… Continue reading Rhian

Animals, Black/Dark, Celtic, Color, D names, Elements, Fawn, Female, Gaelic, Latin, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Stag, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Devon

Devon is the name of a county in England which derives its name from a Celtic tribe who inhabited the area known as the Dumnonii which is made up from Proto-Celtic *dubno- meaning "deep" or "world" and *nanto meaning "stream" or "valley" so the name would mean "deep valley" or "deep stream". It may also be a variant spelling… Continue reading Devon