Latham

Latham comes from an English surname meaning “(place of or by) the barns” derived from Old Norse hlatha (barn). It was a habitational place name referring to someone who originally came from a town called Latham.

Origin: Old Norse

Variants:

  • Laytham (English)
  • Lathom (English)

 

Neville

Neville comes from a surname via a place name in Normandy, France. It comes from Old French neu (new) and ville (town) meaning “new town”.

Origin: Old French

Variants:

  • Nevel (English)
  • Nevil (English)

 

Socorro

Socorro is a Spanish and Portuguese female given name (as well as a Spanish word) meaning “help, relief, succor”. It’s taken from a title of the Virgin Mary (Virgen del Perpetuo Socorro, or Our Lady of Pepertual Succor). It derives from Latin succurrere (to bring aid, run to the rescue). It’s also a place name as well as a surname derived from the given name.

Origin: Latin

 

 

Ara

Ara is the Latin word for “altar” as well as the name of a constellation in the southern hemisphere. According to Greek mythology, it received its name when the Greek gods overthrew the Titans and the smoke from the altar was what the Milky Way represented. Other possible meanings in Latin are “refuge” and “protection, sanctuary” while in Greek ara means “prayer”, “vow”, and “curse”. Ara is also the singular form of Arai (also spelled Arae), female spirits (or daimones) of curses summoned from the underworld by the dead on those responsible for their deaths. They’re often confused with the Furies (Erinyes) and seem to be the children of Nyx, goddess of the night.

Ara is also the name of a legendary Armenian prince also known as Ara the Handsome because he was so beautiful that even the legendary queen Semiramis (known as Shamiram in Armenian) waged a war to capture him but he ended up being killed in battle. The meaning behind the name is unknown. Ara could also be a variant spelling of Arah, a Hebrew male name meaning “wayfarer, wanderer”. It could also be a nickname for names that being with Ara such as Arabella, Araceli, Ariadne and Arianna, etc. It’s also a place name in several places, as well as also being a Korean female name meaning “to know, to be wise” (아라).

Origin: Latin, Greek, Armenian, Hebrew, Korean

Variants:

  • Arah (Hebrew)
  • Arra (English)

 

Lennox

Lennox comes from a surname via a place name in Scotland meaning “place of the elms” or “elm field” from Gaelic Leamhnachd made up of Gaelic elements leamhan (elm) and the locational suffix ach (field), likely referring to a place near elm trees. It was first anglicized as Leuenaichs and later as Levanaux and Levenex before finally becomming Lennox.

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Lenox (English)
  • Lenix (English)
  • Lennix (English)

 

Albion

Albion was once the earliest known name of what is now Great Britain and is sometimes still used as a poetic name for it. It’s related to Latin albus meaning “white”, in reference to the White Cliffs of Dover, though I’ve also seen it related to Common Celtic *albiyo “white; upper world” as opposed to the underworld. It’s also been linked to Proto-Indo-European *alb meaning “mountain”.

Origin: Latin, Celtic, Proto-Indo–European

Variants:

  • Albiona (f)

Arjay

Arjay is a phonetic spelling of initials R and J. According to Wikipedia, there’s a coal town in Kentucky called Arjay named after the initials of a coal operater named R.J. Asher in 1911. Although it doesn’t seem to have a meaning, it could always be used as a nickname for someone with the initials RJ.

Origin: English

Variants:

  • RJ
  • R.J.

 

Lukan

Lukan is a variant spelling of Lucan, derived from Roman Lucanus meaning “from Lucania”, referring to someone who came from the city of Lucania located in southern Italy. The name seems to be derived from Ancient Greek *leukos meaning “white” and “bright, shining”, or it could be derived from Latin lucus meaning “sacred wood” or “sacred grove” (lucus is also a cognate of lucere meaning “shining, bright” from the same root word as *leukos). Lucan is also a place name in Ireland, deriving its name from Gaelic Leamhcán meaning “place of the elms” from leamhán (elm) and ceann (headland, point).

As well as being a given name, Lukan is also a surname which seems to be derived from the given name. Lucan is also the name of a character in the Arthurian legend, a knight of the Round Table, as well as Butler of the royal court.

Origin: Ancient Greek, Latin, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Lucan (English, Ancient Roman)
  • Lucanus (Ancient Roman)
  • Loukanos (Ancient Greek)

 

Aika

Aika is a Japanese female name meaning “love song, love poem” from Japanese  (love, affection) and (song, poetry). Other meanings include: ai (indigo, blue) and ka 佳 (beautiful, good, auspicious); ka  (fragrance); ka  (add, addition, increase); and ka  (permitted, allowed), although there are many other meanings depending on the kanji used. Aiko is another variant of the name with the ko (子) ending meaning “child”, and Ai can also be used on its own as a given name.

Aika is also a Finnish word meaning “age, time”, as well as having once been the ancient name of what is now Troia, a town in southern Italy.

Origin: Japanese, Finnish

Variants:

  • Aiko
  • Ai