Levana is the name of an ancient Roman goddess involved in the rituals of childbirth. The name comes from Latin levare meaning “to lift” which derives from PIE *h₁lengʷʰ- (light (not heavy)). Levana is also a variant transcription of Lebanah, a Hebrew name meaning “white” from Hebrew laban though it is also used as a poetic term for “moon”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew…


Kiran is an Indian unisex name meaning “dust”, “thread”, or “ray of light” from Sanskrit kirana (ray of light, beam). It could also be a variant spelling of Kieran, the anglicized form of Irish Ciarán, meaning “black, dark” from Irish Ciar with the diminutive suffix -an, so the name essentially means “little dark one”, likely in reference to someone who had dark hair….


Evangeline is a female given name meaning “good news” derived from Latin evangelium derived from Ancient Greek euángelos (bringing good news) composed from eu (good, well) and angelos (messenger), both deriving from a PIE root source. Nicknames: Eva, Evangie, Leen, Lina Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Evangelina (Spanish, English) Evangelia (Greek) Evangeliya (Bulgarian) Evangelija (Macedonian) Vangelija (Macedonian) Évangéline (French)  


Iris is the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow and a messanger of the gods. Her name means “rainbow” in Greek derived from PIE root word *weh₁y- (to twist, wind, weave, plait; to wrap, enclose cover). Iris also refers to a genus of flowers which comes from the Greek word for rainbow, as well as…


Kenton comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “Coena’s settlement” or King’s settlement”- the second element of the name comes from Old English tun (settlement, farm, enclosure) while the first part of the name comes from an Old English given name, Coena or Cena, which may be derived from Old English cyne meaning “royal, kingly”…


Bayle is a French and English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived by the outer wall of a castle; the name comes from Bailey, an occupational name for a bailiff. It could also be a variant spelling of Bale, an English word referring to a large bundle that has been compressed and wrapped for shipping (ex. a…


Esperanza is a Spanish female name (and word) meaning “hope” derived from Latin sperare (hope) via PIE *speh₁- (to succeed, to prosper, to turn ot well). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Sperantia (Late Roman) Shprintza (Yiddish) Shprintze (Yiddish) Shprintzel (Yiddish diminutive of Esperanza)  


Christobal is a Spanish male name, a variant spelling of Cristóbal, the Spanish form of Christopher meaning “bearing Christ” made up from Greek elements pheros (to carry, to bear, to bring) and Greek given name Christos meaning “anointed”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Cristóbal (Spanish) Cristobal (Spanish, English)  


Aristander is an Ancient Greek male name, the Latinized form of Aristandros meaning “best of a man” from Ancient Greek aristos (excellent, best) and andros (man). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aristandros (Ancient Greek)  


Lavender is the name of a group of light purple flowers in the genus Lavandula. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Latin lividus meaning “bluish; envious” and the spelling was altered to resemble French lavare (to wash, bathe). Lavender is also an English and Dutch surname, originally an occupational name for a washerman or…


Ideal is an English word referring to an idea or concepton of perfection or excellence, a stand for people to strive for; it also refers to something that exists only in the mind. It comes from Late Latin idealis (existing in idea) derived from Ancient Greek idea (form, look, appearance; notion, pattern) from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  


Prudent is the French masculine form of Prudentius, a Late Latin name derived from Latin providere meaning “to see ahead, to forsee, provide” derived from a PIE root word. As an English word it refers to someone who shows good judgment or someone who is wise or discreet, and has good sense. Nicknames: Prue/Pru Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Prudentius…


Ryana is the feminine form of Ryan, an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Riain meaning “descendant of Rían”, Rían meaning “little king” from Irish rí (king) with the diminutive suffix -an. It could also be a variant spelling of Rhianna, either a variant of Rhiannon meaning “great queen” or it could be a variant spelling of Rihanna which derives from…


Urban comes from Latin Urbanus meaning either “city dweller” or “of the city” which comes from Latin urbs which seems to be derived from a PIE root word. Urban is also a word that has become adopted into the English vocabulary referring to a city or town. Another word related to it, urbane, is used to refer to someone…


Carla is the feminine form of Carlo (Italian), Carlos (Spanish, Portuguese), and Carl (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English), all of which come from Charles, an English and French name derived from Germanic name Karl meaning “man”. It was originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society, connoting…


Vito is the Italian and Spanish form of Vitus, an Ancient Roman name meaning “life” derived from Latin vita (life, living) from a PIE root word. Vito is also an Italian surname derived from the given name. Apparently it’s been confused with Ancient Germanic Wido which comes from an Ancient Germanic element witu “wood” or wid “wide”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…


Gladys comes from an old Welsh name, Gwladus, of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from gwlad meaning “country” which derives from a PIE source. It has also been used as the Welsh form of Claudia meaning “lame, crippled”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Gwladys (Welsh) Gwladus (Welsh)  


Oakley comes from an English surname, from a place name meaning “oak clearing” composed from Old English āc (oak) and lēah (clearing, meadow). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Oakeley (English) Oaklie (English) Oaklee (English)  


Bella is often used as a short form of Isabella, the Latinate and Italian form of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Bella is also the Italian and Spanish word for “beautiful” which derives from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome” via PIE duenos/duonos (good), the diminutive of *dew- (to…


Dion is a shortened form of Dionysios, from Dionysus, the name of the Greek god of wine, revelry, fertility and madness. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of Zeus” though it could also be related to Proto-Indo-European *dyews meaning “sky, heaven, god” and “shining”. The second part -nysus might be derived…