E names, Female, Food, Japanese, Nature, Pear, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Erika

Erika is the feminine form of Erik, itself the Scandinavian form of Eric meaning "ever ruler" or "eternal ruler" which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr. Erica is not only a variant spelling of Erika but it's also the Latin word for "heather" and is the name of a genus of flowers. Erika is also a Japanese female name with… Continue reading Erika

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Arabic, J names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jamal

Jamal is an Arabic male name meaning "handsome, beauty" from root (j-m-l) ج م ل (beauty). It's also a surname deriving from the given name. Jamil is a variant form of the name which derives from the same root source; it also means "handsome, beautiful, pretty". Origin: Arabic Variants: Jamaal (Arabic) Gamal (Egyptian Arabic) Cemal (Turkish) Dzhamal (Chechen) Jamil (Arabic)… Continue reading Jamal

Arabic, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Joy, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Sound, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Rani

Rani is a female given name, a Persian, Urdu, and Indian name meaning "queen" which comes from Sanskrit rā́jñī राज्ञी (queen, princess) via a Proto-Indo-Iranian source which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. I've also seen Rani listed as being a Hebrew unisex name, either originating as a nickname for Ran, a Hebrew male name meaning "to sing";… Continue reading Rani

A names, Arabic, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Almanzo

Almanzo was a name I first came across years ago when I was a girl, reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series of autobiographical books featured around its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, growing up in the American Midwest from the 1870s to the 1890s. Almanzo first appears in Farmer Boy (1933) which focuses on his… Continue reading Almanzo

Arabic, Male, Night/Evening, Surname names, T names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Tariq

Tariq is an Arabic male name which comes from the Arabic verb taraqa meaning "to knock, rap, pound" in reference to a nocturnal visitor, hence its other meaning "night visitor". The reference comes about to a visitor who came about at night to avoid the scorching heat of day. Tariq may also have originally been used to refer… Continue reading Tariq

Egyptian, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Near East mythology, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Lily

Lily is the name of a flower which comes from Latin lilia, the plural of lilium derived from Ancient Greek leirion meaning "lily" which seems to be borrowed from Coptic hlēri, hrere (flower) via Demotic hrrj (flower) from Egyptian hrrt (flower) which could possibly be derived from an eastern Mediterranean word. White lilies symbolize purity and love; it was associated with the goddesses Ishtar and Hera, which in… Continue reading Lily

D names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Derek

Derek is a contracted form of Dederick, a Low German form of Theodoric, a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the people" composed from Proto-Germanic elements *þeudō (people, nation) and *rīks (king, ruler) both of which derive from Proto-Indo-European. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dederick (English) Derrick (English) Deryck (English) Derick (English) Derric (English) Deric (English) Diederich (German) Theodoric (Latinized form of Dietrich) Theodoricus… Continue reading Derek

Aramaic, Female, Nickname names, Sabine/Oscan, T names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Tanya

Tanya originated as a Russian diminutive for Tatiana which is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I’ve seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning “daddy”, a term used by children; or that it could be… Continue reading Tanya

Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jadin

Jadin is a variant spelling of Jaden,  and while seemingly a modern American name that has become increasingly popular in the last two decades with the aden suffix (alongside Aiden, Hayden, Caden), it's possible that it arose as a variant spelling of Jadon, a Hebrew male name of uncertain meaning though I've seen it listed as either meaning "thankful" or… Continue reading Jadin

C names, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Crion

Crion seems to be a variant spelling of Creon, which is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kreon meaning "king" which derives from Ancient Greek kreíōn (lord, master, ruler) via a PIE root word. Creon is the name of several figures in Greek mythology: the name of a king of Corinth, the father of Glauke (also known by Creusa); and a son of… Continue reading Crion

Color, Female, Greek mythology, Green, M names, Mythology, Nature, Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Myrtle

Myrtle is the name of an evergreen shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Myrtus. It comes from Ancient Greek myrtos meaning "myrtle" which derives from a Semitic root m-r-r meaning "bitter" from which the Arabi مُرّ‎ murr (bitter) and Hebrew מֹר‎ mor (bitterness, acrimony) derive from. Myrtle is also the name of a shade of green. In Greek mythology,… Continue reading Myrtle

C names, Elements, Fire, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Colbert

Colbert comes from a French Norman surname derived from a Germanic personal name of uncertain meaning. While the second element comes from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) from a PIE source, the first element is confusing. I've seen it listed as possibly being derived from Old English cōl (cool) via Proto-Germanic *kōlaz (cool) from PIE root *gel- (cold; to freeze). It may also be… Continue reading Colbert

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

Leonardis

Leonardis comes from an Italian surname which derives from Leonardo, the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Leonard, an English name meaning "brave lion" made up from Germanic elements leon (lion) and hard (brave, hardy). Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Leonardi (Italian) Leonardo (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Leonard (English, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic)  

A names, Arabic, Breton, Female, Hebrew, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Alia

Alia is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Ali meaning "high, exalted, lofty, sublime". Alia is also an Ancient Germanic form of Ella, the Norman form of Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign”; it could also be a short form of names ending in -ella such as Gabriella and Daniella. Alia could also be the short form of Alianor, a variant… Continue reading Alia

A names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Alden

Alden comes from an English surname derived from personal given name Ealdwine meaning "old friend" made up from Old English eald (old) via Proto-Germanic *aldaz (old, grown up) derived from a PIE root word; and wine (friend, lord, protector) which also derives from a PIE root word. Alden could also be a variant form of Aldan or Haldan, a Swedish form of Halfdan, the… Continue reading Alden

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

Animals, Boar, E names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Everett

Everett comes from an English surname meaning "brave boar" made up from Old English *eofor (boar; wild boar) derived from a PIE root; and heard (brave, hardy, strong) via Proto-Germanic *harduz (hard; brave) also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Everitt (English) Everette (English) Everard (English) Everardo (Spanish) Eberardo (Spanish) Évrard (French) Eberhard (German) Erhard… Continue reading Everett

Female, Food, Japanese, Korean, Nature, Nickname names, Pear, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Rika

Rika is a Swedish and Dutch short form of Fredrika (the Swedish and Finnish feminine form of Frederick meaning "peaceful ruler") and Henrika (the Swedish feminine form of Henry meaning "home ruler") and any names ending in rika. Rika is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ri 理 "reason, logic; arrangement; justice; truth" + ka 香 "incense; smell; fragrance"… Continue reading Rika

Bright/Clear, D names, Emotion/Feelings, Japanese, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Numbers, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Daijirou

Daijirou is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 "large, big" + ji 二 "two" + ro 郎 "son" (大二郎); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 二 "two" + ro 朗 "bright, clear; melodious; cheerful, merry" (大二朗); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 次 "next, order; sequence" + ro 郎 "son" (大次郎); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 治 "reign; govern; regulate" + ro 郎 "son" (大治郎); There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used.… Continue reading Daijirou