Palmer

Palmer comes from an English surname meaning “pilgrim” which was originally used to refer to those who had gone to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage. Those who had gone would bring back palm leaves as proof that they had been there. The origin of the word comes from Anglo-Norman palmer via Medieval Latin palmarius via Latin palma (palm of…

Jareth

Jareth seems to be a blend of Jared (meaning “descent” from Hebrew) and Gareth (the name of one of the Knights of the Round Tale in Arthurian legends. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it has been linked to Welsh gwaredd meaning “gentleness”. It could also be connected to another name, Geraint, the Welsh form of Latin Gerontius meaning “old man” from Greek geron. Other…

Maurice

Maurice comes from Late Latin Mauritius, a Roman name, a derivative of Maurus meaning “dark-skinned” in reference to someone who came from the country of Mauritania or who was of Moorish descent. It derives from Ancient Greek mauros (black, dark). Maurice is also an English and French derived from the given name. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Maurus (Late Roman) Mauro (Italian,…

Achillea

Achillea is the botanical name for the yarrow which derives its name from the Greek mythological hero Achilles. It got its name because the plant was used to staunch the bleeding of his soldiers during the Trojan War. The origin of the name is of uncertain meaning though the first part of his name has been linked…

Mars

Mars is the name of the god of war in Roman mythology, making Ares his Greek counterpart, although Mars played a more prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. Mars is also the name of a planet. Much like the previous two posts, I consider this a unisex name. As for the etymology…

Juno

Juno is the wife of the the Roman god Jupiter and the Roman goddess of marriage and women, making her the Greek counterpart of Hera. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it could be linked to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful, young” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life, age, eternity). Juno is traditionally a female given name but…

Liyana

Liyana is an Arabic female name meaning “soft, tender, gentle, delicate” from Arabic root word l-y-n (to become soft, tender). It’s also a Zulu female name derived from a word meaning “it is raining/it’s raining”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Chinese female name meaning “beautiful + elegant, graceful, refined + graceful, elegant” with the Chinese…

Sami

Sami is an Arabic male name meaning “elevated, sublime, supreme, high, lofty” as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. It’s also the Finnish diminutive of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”. It could also be an English short form of Samuel and Samantha. Sami is also a Japanese female name with…

Carlton

Carlton is an English male name derived from a surname via a place name meaning “settlement of free peasants” or “settlement of free men”, referring to numerous places in England made up from Germanic Karl  “man”, originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society,…

Cadette

Cadette is the feminine singular of cadet in French, which refers to a student in military school training to be an officer in English, derived from French cadet which was used to refer to the younger sons of a noble family who won’t inherit. The name comes from Latin capitellum meaning “small head” and “capital or chapter of a…

Marsha

Marsha is a variant spelling of Marcia, the feminine form of Marcius, an Ancient Roman family name which derives from Marcus which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though…

Kennedy

Kennedy comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Cinnéidigh meaning “descendant of Ceannéidigh’”, the latter meaning “ugly head” or “misshapen head” composed from Irish elements ceann (head) and éidigh (ugly, misshapen), though I’ve also seen the second element as possibly being derived from éide meaning “armor, helmet, clothing” so the name may also mean “armor headed”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kenadie (English)…

Courtney

Courtney is an English unisex name originally derived from an English surname derived from a French place called Courtenay, which comes from Curtenus, a Latin name meaning “short” from Latin curtus (short) derived from a PIE root word. It may also have arisen as a nickname for someone with a short nose or someone who was short in stature. As…

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

Corinne

Corinne is the French form of Corinna, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Korinna derived from kore meaning “maiden”, from which Korë is derived from, the name of an epithet of Persephone, a Greek goddess. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Corinna (English, German, Latinized Ancient Greek) Corina (English, German, Romanian) Korinna (Ancient Greek) Korina (Greek, English) Corine (English) Korine (English) Coreen (English) Koreen…

Rigel

Rigel is the name of a blue supergiant star in the Orion constellaton. The name comes from Arabic rijl meaning “foot, leg” from Rijl Jauzah al Yusra “the left leg of Jauzah”, (Jauzah being the Arabic name of Orion from Greek mythology) though it’s also been called rijl al-gabbar (leg of the great one) also spelled Algebar and Elgebar in English. Rigel is also a surname though…

Flannery

Flannery comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Flannghaile meaning “descendant of Flannghal”, Flannghal meaning “red valor”, “red fury”, or “red ardor” made up from Irish flann (red, blood-red) derived from PIE root word *welh₃- (to hit, to strike); and gal (warlike ardor; valor, fury) from Proto-Celtic *galā (might, ability). Flannery could also be the anglicized form of Flannabhra meaning “red eyebrows” from Irish fabhra (eyelash;…

Achilles

Achilles is the name of a great warrior in Greek mythology, the son of the human king Peleus of Aegina, and the sea-nymph Thetis. In fact, it was their wedding that resulted in the Trojan war because of all the gods that attended, only Eris, the goddess of discord, wasn’t invited. Angered, she arrived at the wedding with a…

Kiran

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….

Aristander

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)