Jesse

Jesse comes from a Hebrew male name possibly meaning “gifted” or “Yahweh exists”. Jesse is also a surname originating from the given name. Although traditionally a male name, it has had occasional use as a female name, likely as a variant of Jessie, which is a nickname for Jessica meaning “to behold”, “foresight” or “one who looks forth”. Nicknames:…

Simone

Simone (pr. see-mawn) is the French feminine form of Simon meaning “he who hears” or “he has heard” derived from Hebrew shama (to hear, listen). Simon is also a Greek name which derives from Ancient Greek simos meaning “flat-nosed, snub-nosed”. Simon is also an Italian male name (pr. see-maw-nee), the Italian form of Simon (its feminine form is Simona). Simone is also an Italian…

Crane

Crane comes from an English surname, originating as a nickname for a tall, thing man or someone with long legs, or had any perceived likeness to the bird. The name comes for Old English cran via Proto-Germanic *kranô which derives from PIE root word *gerh₂- (to cry hoarsely;  crane). Crane could also be a variant spelling of Krane, a…

Coram

Coram is an English surname derived from the name of a village called Corham. It seems to be made up from Old English elements corn (corn) and hamm (enclosure; or referring to a low-lying meadow). Coram is also a Latin word meaning “in person; face to face; publicly” and “before; in the presence of” and is used as a…

Frankie

Frankie is a nickname for Francis/Frances or any of its forms (Franklin, Francesca, etc.). The name comes from Franciscus, a Late Latin name meaning “Frenchman” which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning “free” or “free man”, though it may also be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô meaning “spear, javelin”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Franky…

Saxony

Saxony is the name of a region in Germany with a long history. The name comes from the Saxon tribe who originally inhabited the area. Their name may have originated from the name of a type of dagger they used, from Middle English sax from Old English seax meaning “dagger” or “knife” from Proto-Germanic *sahsą (dagger, knife) derived from PIE root word *sek- (to…

Agaric

Agaric is the name of a genus of mushrooms known as fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), though the name had originally been used to refer to tree fungus. The name comes from Latin agaricum (referring to a species of tree fungus) via Ancient Greek agarikón, which also refers to a type of tree fungus. It seems to derive its…

Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened form of Katherine, which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

Elam

Elam is a Hebrew male name either meaning “hidden” or “eternity, forever”; Elam also means “young (unmarried) man”. Elam is also the name of an ancient civilization in what is now southwest Iran. The name itself comes from the Sumerian transliteration of elama or from Elamite haltamti which I’ve seen meaning “lord country”, or perhaps from…