Alula

Alula is a name with quite a few origins and meanings to it: Alula (also known as a bastard wing) refers to a small joint in the middle of a bird’s wing, which has three to five small wing feathers (depending on the species) and helps the birds navigate through the air. It means ‘”winglet”, since…

Alouette

Alouette is the French word for “lark; skylark” via Old French aloe (lark) combined with a diminutive suffix derived from Latin alauda (lark) which seems to derive from a Gaulish source. Origin: Gaulish Variants: Alouetta (English)  

Aras

Aras is a Lithuanian male which comes from the Lithuanian word meaning “eagle”. I’ve also seen Aras listed as being a Kurdish, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu male name meaning “equal, balanced” which seems to be derived from the name of a river that runs from Turkey to Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan. However, according to Armenian tradition, the…

Alpha

Alpha comes from the first letter of the Greek alphabet, which derives from Hebrew and Phoenician aleph meaning “ox, oxen”, perhaps because the hieroglyph resembled that of an ox’s head. Alpha is also used to describe the beginning of something, or used to describe a leader or someone who is assertive and dominant, as well as used to…

Alvis

Alvis is an anglicized spelling of Alvíss, the name of a dwarf in Norse mythology. He was supposed to marry Thrud, the daughter of the Norse god Thor. However, Thor wasn’t too pleased with the arrangement so he came up with a trick requiring the dwarf to prove his wisdom by continually asking him questions until sunrise, when the…

Alcides

Alcides is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Alkeides which comes from Ancient Greek element alke meaning “strength” combined with ides, a Greek patronymic suffix meaning “son of”, so essentially the name means “son of the strong one”. This was the original name of the Greek hero Hercules; apparently, his parents changed his name in an effort to appease Hera‘s wrath toward him…

Arya, Aria

Arya is an Iranian male name as well as an Indian unisex name meaning “noble” from Sanskrit arya derived from a Proto-Indo-Iranian root word. While Aria is a variant transcription of the name, it’s also an Italian word referring to a musical piece written for a solo voice. It means “song, melody; air” which comes from Latin…

Alban

Alban is a shortened form of Albanus, a Roman cognomen meaning “from Alba”, Alba comes from Latin albus meaning “white; clear, bright” derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white). Alban is also an English, German, and Spanish surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Al, Alby/Albie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Albanus (Ancient Roman) Albinus (Ancient Roman) Albano (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Albin (English, Swedish, Norwegian,…

Abelard

Abelard is the anglicized form of French Abélard, which seems to be derived from Germanic Adalhard meaning “noble brave” or “brave nobility” from Germanic elements adal (noble) and hard (brave, hardy). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Abélard (French) Adélard (Quebec French) Adalhard (Ancient Germanic) Aldert (Frisian, Dutch) Allard (Dutch) Alard (Ancient Germanic) Adelardo (Italian, Spanish)