Ishan

Ishan is the name of an avatar of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and transformation and one of the most important deities in the Hindu pantheon. The name comes from Sanskrit meaning “master, lord” derived from root word īś ईश् (own, possession) via a PIE root word. Ishan is also the name of a guardian of the…

Mallory

Mallory comes from an English surname of Norman origin via Old French malheure meaning “unhappy, unlucky”, made up from mal (bad) and eur (fortune, chance), essentially meaning “unfortunate”. It apparently originated as a nickname for someone who was unfortunate. Though Mallory is popular girl’s name, it has had some use as a male name as well. Nicknames: Mal,…

Lamar

Lamar seems to be derived from a surname, a variant of Lamarre, which comes from a locational name via Old French la marre meaning “the pool”, perhaps describing someone who lived near a pool of water, such as a pond or a lake. It also seems to be a Spanish surname, perhaps composed of article la (the) and mar (sea)….

Rudaba

Rudaba is the name of a figure in Persian mythology, featured in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh. She is the wife of Zal, a legendary warrior and king, and mother of their son Rostam, who also becomes a legendary warrior himself. The name is made up of Persian elements rud رود (river torrent) and ab آب (water), essentially meaning “she of the river” of “she of…

Zal

Zal is the name of a legendary king in Persian mythology, the name of a great warrior and the father of another great warrior, Rostam. When he was born, his hair was white as snow and his father took that as a bad omen, leaving him to die at the top of a mountain. However,…

Sydelle

Sydelle is an English female name, of modern coinage. I couldn’t quite find a specific origin or meaning to it, though it’s possible that it may have arisen as a variant (or perhaps another nickname) of Sadie, itself originally a diminutive form of Sarah meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman”. It also does resemble Sydney, which comes from an English surname meaning…

Haddon

Haddon comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a town or village called Haddon. It is composed from Old English elements hǣþ (heath, wasteland, wilderness) combined with dun (hill), meaning “heath hill” or essentially “heath-covered hill”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hadden (English) Haden (German, English)    

Benedetta

Benedetta is an Italian female name, the feminine form of Benedetto, the Italian form of Benedictus meaning “blessed” made up from bene (good) and dicere (to say, speak) both of which derive from a PIE origin. Nicknames: Bettina (Italian) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Benedikte (Danish, Norwegian) Benedicte (Norwegian) Bénédicte (French) Benoîte (French) Benedikta (German) Benedicta (Late Roman) Benedykta (Polish) Benedita (Portuguese) Benita…

Luther

Luther is a male name which comes from a surname of two possible origins and etymologies: as a German surname, it derives from Germanic given name Leuthar, made up of Germanic elements liut (people) and heri, hari (army), essentially meaning “people’s army” or “army people”; as an English surname it comes from Middle English luthier “lute maker” via French  luthier via luth (lute)…

Audra

Audra is a Lithuanian female name and word meaning “storm”; as an English given name, it’s a variant form of Audrey meaning “noble strength”, deriving from an Old English name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Audrey (English)