Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Saber

Saber refers to a type of backsword with a curved blade. The word comes from French sabre (single-edged sword) via German Säbel via Hungarian szablya (saber) via szab (to cut), which itself derives from an uncertain source. It could be derived from a Turkic origin or a Tungusic one. Saber is also a Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician, and Occitan…

Elvis

Elvis is an English male name of uncertain meaning. It could be a variant of Alvis, an anglicized spelling of Alvíss, the name of a dwarf in Norse mythology. He was supposed to marry Thrud, the daughter of the Norse god Thor. However, Thor wasn’t too pleased with the arrangement so he came up with a trick requiring the dwarf to prove…

Rowe

Rowe comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it could be a locational name for someone who lived near a hedgerow or a row of houses. It comes from Old English rāw, ræw meaning “row”; it’s also possible that it may have arisen as a medieval form of Roul, the Norman French form of Rolf which comes…

Emilie

Emilie is the Scandinavian form of Emilia, itself a variant of Aemilia, the feminine form of Aemilius, an Ancient Roman name. Though the origin of the name is uncertain, it has often been associated with Latin aemulus meaning “rival; rivaling, striving” via Proto-Italic *aimos (imitation) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aemilia (Ancient Roman) Aemiliana (Ancient Roman) Emílie (Czech) Emilija…

Constantine

Constantine is the name of several Roman and Byzantine emperors of the ancient world. It comes from Latin constans meaning “constant, steadfast” derived from a PIE root word. Constantine is also a surname originating from the given name. While overwhelmingly a male name in many countries, in France it’s used as a female name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Brio

Brio is the name of a musical term, con brio (with vigor),  brio meaning “vigor, vivacity, liveliness”. The word comes from Spanish brío (vigor, mettle, zeal, verve) via Old Occitan briu (wild, vigor) from Proto-Celtic *brigos (might, power, strength) derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that brio originated as a shortened form of ebrius, a Latin word meaning “drunk, intoxicated”. Origin:…

Miller

Miller comes from an English surname, originally an occupational name for someone who was a miller or worked in a mill. It comes from Old English mylen (mill) which comes from Late Latin molīnus (mill) via molere  (to grind) derived from PIE root word *melh₂- (to grind, to crush). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Mills (English)  

Sherlock

Sherlock is an English surname most famously associated with the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, created by British author Arthur Conan Doyle who first appeared in 1887. As I’ve mentioned, the name itself comes from an English surname meaning “bright lock”, likely in reference to someone who had fair hair. It comes from Old English schir (bright, shining, fair)…

Iphigenia

Iphigenia is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Iphigeneia, the name of a daughter of the Spartan king Agamemnon. He was also the older brother of Menelaus, whose wife Helen‘s abduction by Paris of Troy led to the ten year war between the Trojans and the Greeks. However, Agamemnon had offended the goddess Artemis and she refused to allow the Greek ships to sail unless…