Ferdinand

Ferdinand is an Italian and Spanish name made up from Germanic elements  fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning “dangerous journey” or “brave journey”; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning “peace”. Ferdinand is also a surname originating from the given name. Ferdinand was the name of a character in Shakespeare’s The…

Rocco

Rocco is an Italian male name which comes from an Ancient Germanic element of uncertain meaning though I’ve seen several possible meanings for it: Proto-Germanic *hrōkaz (rook, crow), hrok (rest), rohon (to roar, shout). It’s also possible that Rocco is a variant form of Rocca, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Rocca, meaning “fortress, stronghold;…

Hildy

Hildy seems to have developed as a diminutive form of Hilda which derives from Germanic element hild meaning “battle” as well as being a nickname for any name beginning with Hilde– such as Hildebrand or Hildred. Hilda is also a cogante of Old Norse Hildr, the name of a Valkyrie in Norse mythology who had the power to revive the dead. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hilda…

Amalia

Amalia comes from Germanic element amal meaning “work” connoting ideas of industriousness and fertility. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Amalie (Norwegian, Danish, German) Amalija (Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian) Amelija (Lithuanian) Amelia (English, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic) Amelie (German) Amélie (French) Émeline (French) Emelia (English) Amilia (English) Amelina (Ancient Germanic) Amálie (Czech) Amália (Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovak) Amélia…

Otto

Otto is a German male name which started out as a short form of names beginning with the German element aud meaning “wealth, fortune” via Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches). Otto is also a German, Dutch, Swedish, Hungarian, Danish, and English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Odo (Ancient Germanic) Audo (Ancient Germanic) Udo (German)…

Horsa

Horsa is the name of a prominent Anglo-Saxon warrior and leader who, along with his brother Hengist, led the first Anglo-Saxon settlers into Britain in the 5th century. Horsa comes from Germanic element hros meaning “horse” via Proto-Germanic *hrussą (horse) derived from PIE root word *ḱers- (to run). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Hengist

Hengist is the name of a prominent Anglo-Saxon warrior and leader who, along with his brother Hengist, led the first Anglo-Saxon settlers into Britain in the 5th century. He later became the king of Kent. Hengist is an Ancient Germanic name meaning “stallion” which comes from Proto-Germanic *hangistaz (horse, stallion) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word….

Gilbert

Gilbert is ab English name name which comes from Proto-Germanic Gisilbert meaning “bright pledge” or “bright hostage”, made up from Germanic elements gisil (pledge, host) and beraht (bright), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Gilbert is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Gil, Bert, Berty/Bertie, Gilby/Gilbie, Gibby Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Giselbert (Ancient Germanic)…

Ermentrude

Ermentrude is the French form of Ermendrud, an Ancient Germanic female name meaning “universal strength” composed from Germanic elements ermen (whole, universal) and thrud (strength). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ermendrud (Ancient Germanic) Ermintrude (English) Ermentrud (German) Irmentrud (German) Irmtraud (German) Irmtrud (German)