Alder

Alder comes from an English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived near an alder tree or a grove of alder trees. The word comes from Old English alor (alder) via Proto-Germanic *alizō deriving from a PIE root word meaning “red” or “brown”. Alder may also have originated from two Old English given names: Ealdhere meaning “old army”…

Autumn

Autumn is the season between summer and winter when the days become cooler and leaves start turning colors (usually red, orange, yellow, brown) and shed from the trees. It comes from Latin autumnus (autumn, fall) which derives from an unknown source though it could possibly be influenced by Latin auctus (enriched, enlarged, ample). Autumn could be related to PIE root…

Azure

Azure is the name of a color, used to describe the color of the sky on a clear blue day and is another name for the lapis lazuli. It comes from Old French azur via Arabic lāzuward لَازَوَرْد (lapis lazuli; azure) ultimately deriving from Persian lāzaward (لاجورد) which seems to have gotten its name from a place. Azure is also a…

Agar

Agar is the Spanish and Russian form of Hagar, a Hebrew female name of uncertain meaning and origin. It’s been linked to Hebrew meaning “to flee” and “flight”, or perhaps meaning “to drag away” or “stranger, foreigner”. Agar is also an English male given name and surname in English, a late medieval form of Edgar (coming from an Old…

Aubrey

Aubrey is an English unisex name, the Norman French form of Germanic Alberich meaning “elf power” made up from Germanic elements alf (elf) and ric (power). In Germanic mythology, Alberich is a dwarf and appears in the Nibelungenlied, an epic poem in which he guards the treasure of Nibelung. It’s also an English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Ahi

Ahi has several meanings depending on which etymology it derives from: it’s is a Hawaiian and Maori word meaning “fire”; Ahi is the name of a giant serpent or a dragon in Hindu mythology (also known as Vritra) who was later killed by Indra. His name in Sanskrit means “snake”; Ahi is a Hebrew male name meaning…

Addison

Addison comes from an English patrynomic surname meaning “son of Adam”, Adam coming from Hebrew with various possible meanings such as “man”, “earth, soil, ground”, and “red”. Inspite of its meaning, however, it’s become a modern popular name for girls. Nicknames: Addy, Addie Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Ind-European Variants: Addyson (English)  

Arbor

Arbor comes from a word referring to a shady resting place in a garden or a park surrounded by climbing shrubs or vines, made out of latticework. It comes from Latin herba (grass, herb) derived from PIE *gʰreh₁- (to grow, become green). Arbor is also a mechanical term referring to a rotating shaft in a machine or a main…

Archie

Archie is often used as a short form of Archibald, a Scottish and English male name meaning “genuine, precious + bold” made up from Germanic elements *erknaz (pure, holy, genuine, precious) and *balþaz (bold, strong). Archie could also be used as a nickname for Archana, an Indian female name meaning “honoring, praising” or even Archer.  Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit Variants: Archy (English) Archibald (Scottish,…