Herodotus

Herodotus is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Herodotos, made up from the name of the Greek goddess Hera and Greek element dotos (given, granted), essentially meaning “given to Hera” or “granted by Hera”. Although the etymology behind Hera’s name is unclear, it has been associated with Greek heros (hero, warrior), hora (time, season), or haireo (to be chosen). The most famous bearer of…

Maelum

Maelum is certainly not the easiest name to find any information on. It could be a variant of Old English mælum meaning “at a time”, the dative plural of mǣl (fixed time, appointed time; food served) via Proto-Germanic *mēlą (measure, measurement; time, occasion) derived from PIE root word *meh₁- (to measure). It’s also possible that Maelum could be a variant…

Aika

Aika is a Japanese female name meaning “love song, love poem” from Japanese 愛 (love, affection) and 歌 (song, poetry). Other meanings include: ai 藍 (indigo, blue) and ka 佳 (beautiful, good, auspicious); ka 香 (fragrance); ka 加 (add, addition, increase); and ka 可 (permitted, allowed), although there are many other meanings depending on the kanji used. Aiko is another variant of the name with the ko (子)…

Moon

Moon comes from Old English mona from Proto-Germanic *menon- from Proto-Indo-European me(n)ses meaning “month, moon” from *meh “to measure”. Moon is also a Korean surname from Chinese Wen meaning “literature, culture, writing”, as well as being an English surname with several possible origins behind it: it may have originated from Cornish mon “thin”, originally a nickname for a thin or slender person; it also derives from a…

Hera

Hera is the Greek goddess of marriage, childbirth, women and family. She is also the queen of the gods, the wife of Zeus. Apparently Zeus fell in love with her at first sight but she refused his first marriage proposal, but he refused to give up so easily. He turned himself into a cuckoo bird…