Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Liviana

Liviana is an Ancient Roman female name, the feminine form of Livianus which itself comes from Livius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Latin lividus meaning “bluish; envious”. Origin: uncertain, possibly Proto-Indo-European Variants: Livia (Ancient Roman, Italian, Romanian, English) Lívia (Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovak) Livie (French, Czech) Liwia (Polish)   Male forms: Livianus…

Tatia

Tatia is an Ancient Roman female name, the feminine form of Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I’ve seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning “daddy”, a term used by children; or that it could be from Ancient Greek táttō, the Attic form of tássō meaning “to…

Liana

Liana is the name of a type of long-stemmed wooded vines that grows in the jungle, derived from Middle French lien (to bind) via Latin ligo (to bind) which derives from PIE root word *leyǵ- (to bind, tie). Liana is also derived as a short form of names ending in -liana such as Eliana (a possibly a variant of Aeliana, the feminine form…

Nona

Nona is the name of a Roman goddess of pregnancy in Roman mythology, as well as the name of one of the Parcae (the female personifications of destiny), along with Morta and Decima. The Parcae are the Roman equivalent of the Moirai in Greek myth, and Nona is the equivalent of Clotho, who spun the thread of life….

Cassius

Cassius comes from an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it may be related to Latin cassus meaning “empty, vain” derived from Proto-Indo-European *ḱes- (to cut). The name can be pronounced as either kas-see-es or cash-es. Nicknames: Cass, Cash Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kassius (Late Roman, English) Cassian (Ancient Roman) Kassian (English) Cassianus (Ancient Roman) Cassius (Ancient Roman)   Female forms:…

Cayzer

Cayzer comes from a surname, a variant of Kaiser which derives from the Germanic word for “emperor”; it’s a variant form of Caesar, an Ancient Roman cognomen famously attributed to Julius Caesar which later came to be regarded as an imperial title. Though its origins are unknown, it’s been linked to Latin caesaries meaning “hair”, referring to abundant or a luxurious head of…

Luciana

Luciana is the feminine form of Lucianus, an Ancient Roman cognomen derived from the Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light” from Latin lux (light) derived from a PIE root word *lewk– (light, bright; white). Luciana has various pronunciations depending on the region it’s from: loo-CHAH-nah (Italian), loo-SYAH-nah (Latin American Spanish) or loo-THYAH-nah (European Spanish). Nicknames: Lucy/Lucie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Luciána (Hungarian, Slovak) Lucienne (French)  …

Vulcan

Vulcan is the name of the god of fire, metalworking, the forge, and volcanoes in Roman mythology, the son of Juno and Jupiter. According to myth he was born so deformed that his own mother was horrified by him and threw him from Mt. Olympus and into the depths of the ocean, where he was found by the…

Aquilina

Aquilina is an Ancient Roman cognomen, the feminine form of Aquilinus, a derivative of Aquila meaning “eagle” from Latin aquila which derives from an unknown origin though it could be derived from Latin aquilus (dark-colored, swarthy), though another possible derivation for aquilus is Latin aqua (water) derived from a PIE root word. Aquila is the name of a constellation, the name of a genus of eagles,…