Polexia

Polexia is not a name that has much information behind it. From what I could find, it seems to be the anglicized spelling of Poleksija (the name of a former Serbian princess who also had a sister named Kleopatra), the Serbian form of Polyxena, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “entertaining many guests” or essentially “very hospitable” from Ancient…

Iamos

Iamos is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Evadne (the daugher of the sea god Poseidon), and Apollo. Evadne was ashamed of her pregnancy and so, when her son was born, she left him exposed to the elements, lying on a bed of violets, where he survived by being fed honey by two snakes before…

Dava

Dava is the Scottish feminine form of David, a Hebrew male name meaning “beloved”. Dava is also the name of a Geto-Dacian city used as a suffix for any town, city, or fortress which may be derived from PIE *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, set), as well as also being a word in Turkish meaning “case, lawsuit, trial”. Origin:…

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,…

Achillea

Achillea is the botanical name for the yarrow which derives its name from the Greek mythological hero Achilles. It got its name because the plant was used to staunch the bleeding of his soldiers during the Trojan War. The origin of the name is of uncertain meaning though the first part of his name has been linked…

Bartholomew

Bartholomew is the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning “son of Talmai” made up from Aramaic bar (son) and Talmai, the latter either a Hebrew name meaning “furrow”, either referring to a ploughman or someone who owned land; or it could be related to Ptolemy meaning “warlike, aggressive” which comes from Ancient Greek pólemos (war, battle) derived from a pre-Greek origin. Bartholomew…

Jessica

Jessica first appeared as a name in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (1596) likely basing it on an existing name, Iscah (which would have been known as Jescha in his time) derived from Hebrew Yiskah meaning “to behold”, “foresight” or “one who looks forth”. Nicknames: Jess, Jessie/Jessy/Jessi/Jessye Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jessika (German, English) Gessica (Italian) Yessica…

Rey

Rey is a Spanish male name (and word) meaning “king” derived from Latin rex (king, ruler) via a PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) from root word *h₃reǵ- (to straighten, to right oneself; right; just). It could also be a short form of Reymundo, a variant spelling of Raymundo, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Raymond, the English form of Germanic Raginmund meaning “advice protector” or “counsel protector…

Fawn

Fawn is the term for a young deer as well as a light yellowish-brown color. It comes from Old French faon via Latin fētus meaning “pregnant, full of young” derived from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse). Fawn is also an English word, a verb used to refer to someone who is seeking favor from someone through flattery, or to behave affectionately over…

Rishi

Rishi is an Indian male name meaning “sage, poet” whoch was originally used for a poet who was inspired by Vedic hymns, as well as the name and term of several characters in Hinduism. The origin of the name derives from Sanskrit via Proto-Indo-Iranian *r̥šíš (seer). Rishi is also a Japanese male name with several different meanings…

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…

Herbert

Herbert is an English male name meaning “bright army” made up from Germanic elements hari (army) from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army) derived from a PIE root word; and beraht (bright) via Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) also derived from a PIE root word. Herbert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Herb, Herbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Heribert (Germanic) Haribert (Ancient…

Lilias

Lilias is the Scottish form of Lillian, an English female name which may have originally come about as one of the numerous nicknames for Elizabeth which derives from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”, although it’s also likely that it could be related as another form of Lily. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Lileas (Scottish)…

Madison

Madison comes from an English surname, a matrynomic surname meaning “son of Maud”, referring to a man whose mother’s name was Maud, a medieval diminutive of Matilda meaning “strength in battle” or “might in battle”. Despite its meaning, Madison is a popular name for girls. Nicknames: Maddie/Maddy Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Maddison (English) Maddyson (English) Madisyn (English) Madyson…

Ciela

Ciela could possibly be a variant of Cielo, a Spanish female name meaning “sky, heaven”, taken from a Spanish title of the virgin Mary, which derives from a PIE root word. It may also have arisen as a short form of names that end in -ciela such as Graciela (the Spanish form of Grace). Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Cielo (Spanish,…

Absalom

Absalom comes from Hebrew ‘Avshalom meaning “father of peace” as well as also being a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Axel (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German) Aksel (Danish, Norwegian) Akseli (Finnish) Abessalom (Biblical Greek) ‘Avshalom (Biblical Hebrew)  

Venus

Venus is the Roman goddess of love and sex and the Roman counterpart of Aphrodite. In Roman mythology, she is also the mother of the Roman people through her son Aeneas, an important figure in Greco-Roman mythology, who survived the fall of Troy and fled, eventually settling down in what would become the Roman empire and the ancestor…

Mars

Mars is the name of the god of war in Roman mythology, making Ares his Greek counterpart, although Mars played a more prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. Mars is also the name of a planet. Much like the previous two posts, I consider this a unisex name. As for the etymology…

Juno

Juno is the wife of the the Roman god Jupiter and the Roman goddess of marriage and women, making her the Greek counterpart of Hera. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it could be linked to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful, young” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life, age, eternity). Juno is traditionally a female given name but…

Jupiter

Jupiter is the name of the chief god of Roman mythology and the Roman counterpart of Zeus in Greek myth, as well as the name of a planet named after him. Traditonally a male name, it has been used as a female name for the 2015 sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending. Does that automatically make it a unisex…