Shepherd

Shepherd comes from an English surname, an occupational name for someone who tended over sheep. It comes from Old English sceap (sheep) and hierde (herdsman) or weard (guardian, watchman). A shepherd also refers to someone who protects, watches over, and guides over someone or a community as well as also referring to a member of the clergy.

Nicknames: Shep, Herd

Origin: Old English

Variants:

  • Shepard (English)
  • Sheppard (English)
  • Shepperd (English)

 

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Massima

Massima is the feminine form of Massimo, the Italian form of Maximus, which comes from an Ancient Roman family name meaning “greatest”. Massima is also an Italian word meaning “maxim, rule, maximum”.

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Maxima (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximiliana (Ancient Roman)
  • Máxima (Spanish)
  • Maximiliane (German)
  • Maximilienne (French)
  • Maxine (English)
  • Maxene (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Massimo (Italian)
  • Maximos (Latin Greek)
  • Maksim (Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Macedonian)
  • Maxim (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)
  • Maxime (French)
  • Maksym (Polish, Ukrainian)
  • Máximo (Spanish)
  • Macsen (Welsh)
  • Maxen (Welsh)
  • Maximilian (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximillian (English)
  • Maximilianus (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximillus
  • Maximilien (French)
  • Massimiliano (Italian)
  • Maximiliano (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Maksimilian (Russian)
  • Maksymilian (Polish)
  • Maxmilián (Czech)
  • Maximilián (Slovak)

 

Seven

Seven comes from the English word for 7, a number long since considered lucky, such as the idea of a seventh son of a seventh son being lucky. It comes from Proto-Germanic *sebun derived from Proto-Indo-European *septḿ̥ (seven).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

 

 

Purvis

Purvis comes from an English surname, originally used as a metonymic occupational surname for an appointed official responsible for providing supplies for a monastary or manor house. The name comes from Middle English purveys meaning “provisions, supplies” from Old French porveoir (to look at, procure) which is ultimately derived from Latin providere (to foresee, anticipate).

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Purves
  • Purvess

 

Amin

Amin is an Arabic male name meaning “truthful, honest, fair, trustworthy, upright”, as well as also being a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Arabic

Variants:

  • Ameen (Arabic)
  • Emin (Turkish)

 

Female forms:

  • Amina (Arabic, Bosnian)
  • Aminah (Arabic)
  • Emine (Turkish)
  • Emina (Bosnian)

 

Amaya

Amaya is a Basque and Spanish female name, a variant spelling of Amaia meaning “the end” in Basque, as well as a surname derived from a place name. It’s also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as:

  • “rain + night; evening” (雨夜), essentially meaning “rainy night” or “rainy evening”;
  • “rain + dart; arrow” ( 雨矢)
  • “Africa; flatter; fawn upon; corner; nook; recess + hemp; flax + all the more; increasingly” (阿麻弥);

It’s written with the hiragana あまや.

Amaya is also a Japanese surname with the kanji (also written with the hiragana あまや):

  • “heavens; sky; imperial + valley” (天谷);
  • “heavens; sky; imperial + home; house; residence; our house; my husband” (天宅);
  • “sweet; coax; pamper; be content; sugary + valley” (甘谷)

Origin: Basque, Japanese

Variants:

  • Amaia (Basque)

 

Hero

Hero is the name of a lover of Leander, a priestess of Aphrodite. They lived on opposite sides of the Hellespont and every night Leander would swim across to meet up with his lover, who would light a lamp at the top of the tower to help guide his way. One night he got caught in a storm and drowned, and when Hero saw his dead body she drowns herself in her grief. Hero is also the name of a female character in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99). Hero is also a male name, used as the Latinized form of Heron. Both names comes from Greek element heros meaning “hero, warrior” which comes from the Proto-Indo-European root word *ser (to watch over, protect). A hero is also a word used to refer to someone who is brave and noble, the principal character in a  novel, or referring to a mythological or legendary figure or a demigod.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

 

Female forms:

  • Iro (Modern Greek)

 

Male forms:

  • Heron (Ancient Greek)

 

Chord

Chord comes from a musical term, a combination of three or more musical tones sounding simultaenously, as well as a term used in geometery referring to a straight line between two points on a curve. It comes from Latin chorda via Ancient Greek khordḗ (string of gut; cord, string) from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (bowels). Chord is also a surname, perhaps a variant spelling of Cord, an occupational name for someone who was a rope-maker which also comes from the same source as Chord.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Khord (English)
  • Cord (English)

 

Bailey

Bailey is a unisex given name which comes from an English surname with several possible meanings:

  • it’s an occupational surname meaning “bailiff”, referring to someone who was an officer of the court, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff’s deputy in charge with keeping order; it derives from Latin bāiulus (carrier, porter; manager, steward);
  • it also refers to the outermost wall of a castle which comes from Old French baille meaning “stake, palisade, brace”, perhaps derived from Latin baculum (stick, staff, scepter, rod) from Proto-Indo-European *bak- (stick);
  • it may also be a locational surname meaning “berry wood”, referring to someone who lived near such a place, from Old English beg (berry) and leah (woodland).

Origin: Latin, Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Bailee (English)
  • Baylee (English)
  • Baylie (English)