Cortez

Cortez is an anglicized form of Cortéz, a Spanish surname which comes from cortés meaning “courteous, polite” via Latin court (court), which derives from a PIE root word. It may have originated as a nickname for someone who was courteous or had nice manners (though it may also have originated as an ironic nickname for someone who was the…

Fox

Fox comes from the name of the animal, which has gained a reputation of being and wily, depicted as tricksters in folktales, such as Reynard the fox. Fox is also a surname, originally given as a nickname for someone who was cunning, or who had red hair. The word comes from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz (fox) derived from a…

Aharon

Aharon is the Hebrew form of Aaron, a name of uncertain etymology and meaning. It’s possible that it comes from an Ancient Egyptian source, perhaps aha rw meaning “warrior lion”. It’s also possible that it comes from a Hebrew source with possible meanings of “high mountain”, “bright”, or “exalted”. Origin: Ancient Egyptian, Hebrew Variants Aaron (English, Jewish) Aron (Polish,…

Huxley

Huxley comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a town called Huxley. The second element comes from Old English lēah meaning “wood, woodland, clearing, meadow”, while the first element could be derived from Old English personal name Hucc, of uncertain meaning. It may be derived from Old English hoc which refers to either the marshmallow plant, as well as…

Ashur

Ashur is the name of the chief god in the Assyrian pantheon, as well as being the patron deity of the city of Ashur (also spelled Aššur), which was named after him. He was later equated with the Sumerian god Enlil. Ashur seems to be derived from Anshar, an Akkadian sky god, since Anshur has been equated with Ashur. Anshar means “whole of…

Géza

Géza is a Hungarian male name of uncertain meaning. It seems to have originated as a diminutive of Gyeücsa, a name of uncertain meaning. It may have originated from a Turkic title, yabgu, referring to a ruler, though it’s also possible it may have derived from a Chinese or Iranian source. Origin: Uncertain, possibly Turkic or even Chinese…

Mithian

Mithian is the name of a town in Cornwall (Mydhyan in Cornish). The etymology behind it is unknown. Origin: Cornish Variants: Mithien Mithyan Methyan Methean Mydyan Midhyan Mydhyan    

Bowie

Bowie comes from an Irish and Scottish surname which seems to be derived from Scottish Gaelic buidhe meaning “yellow”, possibly originating as a nickname for someone who was fair-haired. It’s also possible that it may be an Anglicized form of Ó Buadhaigh meaning “descendant of Buadhach”, Buadhach deriving from buaidh meaning “victory, triumph”. The Bowie knife was named after American pioneer Jim…

Florian

Florian comes from Roman cognomen Florianus, via Ancient Roman Florus meaning “flower” which comes from Latin flos (blossom, flower) derived from PIE root word *bʰleh₃- (bloom, flower). Florian is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Florianus (Ancient Roman) Florus (Ancient Roman) Florinus (Late Roman) Florin (Romanian) Floro (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Fiorino (Italian) Fiorello (Italian) Fiore (Italian) Fiorenzo…

Kyrian

Kyrian seems to be a variant of Kyrion, a Late Greek male name derived from Greek kyrios meaning “lord”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kyrion (Late Greek)