Brown, Color, Female, Food, H names, Hazelnut, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names, Yellow

Hazel

Hazel is the name of a tree and the name of a light-brown or yellowish-brown color. The origin of the word comes from Old English hæsel (hazel) via Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (hazel) which derives from a PIE root word. Hazel is also an English surname likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a hazelnut… Continue reading Hazel

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Ancient Greek, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

Summer

Summer refers to the warmest season of the year in which the days are long and the nights short and has been used as a (primarily) female given name. It comes from Middle English somer, sumer (summer) from Old English sumor via Proto-Germanic *sumaraz (summer) derived from a PIE root word. Summer is also a word used to refer to a… Continue reading Summer

Female, J names, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

July

July is the name of the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calenders, named after Julius Caesar. Julius comes from an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter),… Continue reading July

Emotion/Feelings, Female, Joy, Male, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Sunny

Sunny is an English unisex name which comes from the English adjective referring to a day with a lot of sunshine or applied to someone who is cheerful. It comes from Old English sunne (sun) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Sunnie (English) Sunni (English)  

C names, Female, Gaelic, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Unisex

Cassidy

Cassidy is an English unisex given name which comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of O Caiside meaning "descendant of Caiside", the latter meaning "curly haired or "curly headed". Nicknames: Cass, Cassie Origin: Gaelic Variants: Kassidy (English) Cassady (English) Cassadee (English) Kassady (English)  

B names, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Bellamy

Bellamy comes from a French surname meaning "fair/fine friend" or "handsome/beautiful friend" which comes from French beau/belle (handsome, fine attractive) via Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome) via PIE duenos/duonos(good) which is the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere); and ami (friend) via Latin amicus (friend), a derivative of amare (to love) which could be derived from a PIE root word. It likely originated as a… Continue reading Bellamy

Female, Food, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Rye, Surname names, Unisex

Ryden

Ryden is a surname which comes from two different backgrounds and meanings. The first is that it is an English surname meaning "rye hill" made up from Old English elements ryġe (rye) and dun (hill, mountain) both of which derive from a PIE source. It originated as a locational name for someone who lived near a hill where rye… Continue reading Ryden

Animals, Female, H names, Hare/Rabbit, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Harley

Harley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing" or "hare wood" made up from Old English hara (hare) derived from a PIE root word, and lēah (wood, clearing) also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Harli (English) Harlee (English) Harlie (English) Harleigh (English)  

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Gaelic, Gray, Hebrew, Honey, L names, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Norman French, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with… Continue reading Laney

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Black/Dark, Color, D names, Female, Gaelic, Irish, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Darcy

Darcy is a unisex given name which comes from a surname with two origins and meanings. The first is that it's derived from Norman French d'Arcy, a locational surname meaning "from Arcy". Arcy is of uncertain meaning though it could be linked to Gaulish artio meaning "bear" with the locative suffix -acum (settlement) so the name means "bear settlement". Darcy is… Continue reading Darcy

Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Word names

Thorn

Thorn comes from an English word referring to a sharp protective spine of a plant though it can also be used to refer to someone or something that is annoying or troublesome. It comes from Old English þorn (thorn; thorny bush) via Proto-Germanic *þurnuz (thorn, briar) derived from PIE root word *tr̥nós (sharp, stiff). Thorn is also an English surname, originating… Continue reading Thorn

C names, Elements, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Unisex, Water, Word names

Cove

Cove refers to a small coastal inlet or a small, sheltered narrow bay. The origin of the word comes from Old English cofa (chamber; den; ark; cave) derived from Proto-Germanic *kubô (shed, hut). Cove is also a term in architecture which is used for a concave molding or a concave surface forming a junction between a ceiling and a… Continue reading Cove

Female, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Proto-Indo-European, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Teryl

Teryl seems to be a variant spelling of Terrell, an English surname which seems to be derived from Old French tirel via a Norman French nickname, tirel, meaning "to pull", perhaps in reference to pulling on the reins of an animal, though to seems to have originally been used as a nickname for a stubborn person. Terrell may also be derived… Continue reading Teryl

Animals, Birds, Blackbird, Elements, Female, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Merle

Merle is the French word for "blackbird" which comes from Latin merula (blackbird) derived from a PIE root word; it's also a French surname which may have derived as a nickname for someone who resembled or had traits of a blackbird. As an English given name, Merle may be a variant spelling of Merrill, an English surname derived from… Continue reading Merle

Color, Female, G names, Gray, Male, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Grayer

Grayer is an English surname of uncertain meaning and origin. It could be an anglicized form of Grauer, a German surname meaning "gray", originally starting out as a nickname for someone who had gray hair or a gray beard. The etymology of the name comes from German grau (gray) derived from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (gray). Grayer may also have arisen as… Continue reading Grayer

Female, Male, Nature, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Palmer

Female, Irish, Latin, Male, Place names, Sabine/Oscan, Scottish, Surname names, T names, Unisex

Torrence

Torrence comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name derived from Gaelic torran meaning "hillock" or "mound". It may also have derived from an Irish surname, Ó Toráin meaning "descendant of Torán", the latter an Irish male name meaning "little lord" or "little hero, champion" from Irish tor (lord, hero, champion) and the diminutive suffix -án. It's also possible… Continue reading Torrence

Breton, Emotion/Feelings, Female, J names, Joy, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jewel

Jewel refers to a gem or precious stone, something that is considered a valuable and costly object. The origin of the word comes from Anglo-Norman juel via Old French jouel meaning "treasure, jewel". The origin of the word is uncertain though it may be based from Latin iocus (or jocus) meaning "joke, jest" derived from PIE *yek- (to speak); or it could be… Continue reading Jewel

Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, G names, Hebrew, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Gael

Gael (pr. ga-el or gale) is an anglicized spelling of Gaël, a Breton male name of uncertain origin and meaning. It could be derived from a contracted form of Gwenaël, a French name meaning "generous" or "white +genereous" from Breton gwenn (white, fair, blessed) derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white); and hael (generous). I've also seen it linked to Gael, the ethonym of an ethnic group related to Ireland,… Continue reading Gael

A names, Akkadian mythology, Animals, Apricot, Assyrian mythology, Babylonian mythology, Birds, Eagle, Female, Food, Japanese, Male, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, Sky/Heavens, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Anzu

Anzu is a Japanese female name meaning "apricot" with the kanji 杏子 and 杏. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it's あんず. Anzu (Anzû) is also the name of a divine bird or monster in several Near Eastertn mythologies (Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian), depicted as a massive bird with the head… Continue reading Anzu