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

Clover

Clover is the name of a genus of wildflower, usually with three leaves but occasionally it has four leaves, which is considered lucky. The word comes from Old English cāfre via Proto-Germanic *klaibrǭ (clover), which is of uncertain origin though perhaps deriving from Proto-Germanic *klaiwaz, itself derived from PIE root word *gleh₁y- (to smear; to stick, glue). Clover is also… Continue reading Clover

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Animals, Color, D names, Gold, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dior

Dior comes from a French surname, apparently a locational name for someone who came from a Diors, Indre, in France. The name could perhaps be related to French d'or meaning "golden". It's also possible that it may be related to Greek dios meaning “of Zeus”, though it could also be related to PIE *dyew" (sky, heaven, god; shining). Dior… Continue reading Dior

Animals, Birds, Color, Female, H names, Hebrew, Hen, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White

Henley

Henley comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Henley. While the second element comes from Old English lēah meaning “wood; clearing; meadow”, the first element may possibly be derived from Old English héan via heah meaning "high, tall", or from Old English henn "hen". It's also possible… Continue reading Henley

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

Mallory

Mallory comes from an English surname of Norman origin via Old French malheure meaning "unhappy, unlucky", made up from mal (bad) and eur (fortune, chance), essentially meaning "unfortunate". It apparently originated as a nickname for someone who was unfortunate. Though Mallory is popular girl's name, it has had some use as a male name as well. Nicknames: Mal,… Continue reading Mallory

Elements, L names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Lamar

Lamar seems to be derived from a surname, a variant of Lamarre, which comes from a locational name via Old French la marre meaning "the pool", perhaps describing someone who lived near a pool of water, such as a pond or a lake. It also seems to be a Spanish surname, perhaps composed of article la (the) and mar (sea).… Continue reading Lamar

H names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Haddon

Haddon comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a town or village called Haddon. It is composed from Old English elements hǣþ (heath, wasteland, wilderness) combined with dun (hill), meaning "heath hill" or essentially "heath-covered hill". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hadden (English) Haden (German, English)    

Arabic, L names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Luther

Luther is a male name which comes from a surname of two possible origins and etymologies: as a German surname, it derives from Germanic given name Leuthar, made up of Germanic elements liut (people) and heri, hari (army), essentially meaning "people's army" or "army people"; as an English surname it comes from Middle English luthier "lute maker" via French  luthier via luth (lute)… Continue reading Luther

H names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hollister

Hollister comes from an English surname, an occupational name for a brothel-keeper. It comes from Old French holier/hollier, a variant of horier meaning "pimp", from an agent noun of hore, hure (whore) which derives from a PIE root word. Hollister could also have  originated as a locational surname for someone who lived near a holly tree or a holly… Continue reading Hollister