Lir

Lir is the Irish cognate of Llyr, the name of the Welsh god of the sea in Welsh mythology. The name means “sea” or “ocean”. In Irish mythology, Lir is the Irish god of the sea and the father of Manannan mac Lir, also a sea deity. There’s also an Irish legend called The Children of Lir, in…

Cian

Cian (pr. kee-an; Forvo) is the name of a hero in Irish mythology. It means “ancient; long, distant, far” derived from a Proto-Celtic word. In Irish mythology, Cian was a man who owned a magical cow that never ran out of milk. It was stolen from him by Balor and in an attempt to get her…

Jenna

Jenna is a variant of Jenny, originally a medieval English diminutive of Jane, the feminine form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew. However, Jenny has become more popular as a nickname for Jennifer, the Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from), made up from Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name…

Yuna

Yuna is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used: it means “night, evening” in the Ryukyu (Okinawan) dialect of Japanese (夕な); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (由奈); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 那 “what?” (由那); yu 優 “tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (優奈) yu 結 “tie, bind, join, organize” + na 愛 “love,…

Henley

Henley comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Henley. While the second element comes from Old English lēah meaning “wood; clearing; meadow”, the first element may possibly be derived from Old English héan via heah meaning “high, tall”, or from Old English henn “hen”. It’s also possible…

Cain

Cain is the name of the firstborn son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel. It seems to be derived from Hebrew qanah meaning “acquired, acquisition” or perhaps related to a root word meaning “to create”; it could also be from qayin meaning “spear” or “smith” Cain is also a Welsh word and female name meaning “lovely,…

Tierney

Tierney comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized from of Ó Tíghearnaigh meaning “descendant of Tighearnach”, the latter derived from Gaelic tighearna meaning “lord” which derives from Proto-Celtic *tigernos (lord, ruler). Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Tighearnach (Irish) Tigernach (Irish) Tiarnach (Irish)  

Yvette

Yvette is a French female name, the feminine form of Yves, the French form of Ivo, which derives from Germanic element iv meaning “yew” via Proto-Germanic *īhwaz, derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that the name comes from a Proto-Celtic source, *iwos (yew), which is a cognate of Proto-Germanic *īhwaz. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic Variants: Ivette (Spanish) Evette (English) Yvetta (English, Czech)…

Malone

Malone comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoil Eoin meaning “descendant of the devotee of St. John”, referring to someone who was a disciple of Saint John (Eoin being the Gaelic form of John). Origin: Proto-Celtic, Hebrew  

Quill

Quill referrs to a quill pen made out of a bird’s feather, or referring to a spindle or bobbin used in yarn, meaning “fragment of reed” and “shaft of a feather” which may be derived from Low German quiele from Middle High German kil (quill, large feather) though the origin behind that is unknown. Quill is also a Gaelic…