Audrey

Audrey is an English female name, the Anglo-Norman form of Æðelþryð, an Old English name meaning “noble strength”, made up from Old English elements æðel (noble) and þryð (strength). Nicknames: Audie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Audrea (English) Audree (English) Audrie (English) Audre (English) Audri (English) Audra (English) Æðelþryð (Anglo-Saxon) Æthelthryth (Anglo-Saxon) Etheldred (Medieval English) Etheldreda (Medieval English) Aldreda (Medieval…

Ismay

Ismay is a female given name which comes from an English surname of uncertain etymology. It could have originated from Old German Ismagin meaning “iron-strength” though the first element could also be related to Old High German īs meaning “ice”. Ismay could also be a variant of Ismenia or Ismene, an Ancient Greek female name possibly meaning “knowledge”; in Greek mythology, Ismene…

Mortimer

Mortimer is an English male name which comes from a surname via a habitional surname. The name comes from a French origin meaning “dead pond” or “dead sea”, made up from Old French mort (dead) via Latin mortuus (dead, having died; decayed, withered) derived from a PIE root word; and Old French mer (sea) via Latin mare (sea) also derived from a…

Destry

Destry is an English male given name, the English form of Destrier meaning “warhorse”, referring to the horse of a medieval knight. It comes from Anglo-Norman destrer, destrier meaning “warhorse” via Vulgar Latin *dextrarius (led by the right hand) from Latin dextera (right hand) deriving from PIE *deḱs- “right (opposite left) or essentially south”. The meaning comes from being led on the right side…

Cherise

Cherise comes from the Norman-French word for cherry (the modern French word is cerise) which comes from Latin cerasus meaning “cherry; cherry tree” via Ancient Greek kerasós (cherry tree) derived from an ancient Anatalion source. Cherise could also be a variant form of Charisse, a variant spelling of Charissa which is an elaborated form of Charis, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “grace, kindness, beauty,…

Howard

Howard comes from an English surname with several possible sources: it may be derived from Anglo-Norman Huard from Germanic name Hughard meaning “brave heart” from hug (heart, mind) and hard (brave, hardy); it may also be derived from Anglo-Scandinavian Haward derived from Old Norse Hávarðr meaning “high guardian” or “high defender” from Old Norse elements há (high) and varðr (guardian, defender); it may also be derived from Middle English ewehirde meaning “ewe…

Peridot

Peridot is the name of a gemstone in the olivine family which comes in an olive-green color though in some cases it looks like a yellowish-green color. Though the name is of uncertain etymology, it could be derived from Anglo-Norman pedoretés which comes from Ancient Greek paiderôs meaning “child of love” from paîs (child) and eros (love, desire) though it may also come…

Avery

Avery comes from an English surname derived from two possible given names: either the Norman French form of Alberich meaning “elf power” or “elf ruler” from Germanic elements alf (elf) and ric (power, ruler), or it could be a medieval variant of Alfred, an English name composed of Old English elements aelf (elf) and raed (counsel) meaning “elf counsel”. Origin: German, Old English Variants: Averie…

Tawny

Tawny is a given name and the name of a color, referring to something that is light-brown or brownish-orange. It comes from Anglo-Norman tauné, a past particle of taner (to tan) which ultimately derives from Celtic tanno meaning “green oak” or “oak tree”. Origin: Celtic Variants: Tawnee (English) Tawnie (English) Tahnee (English)