Herbert

Herbert is an English male name meaning “bright army” made up from Germanic elements hari (army) from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army) derived from a PIE root word; and beraht (bright) via Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) also derived from a PIE root word. Herbert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Herb, Herbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Heribert (Germanic) Haribert (Ancient…

Livia

Livia is an Ancient Roman name, the feminine form of Livius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Latin liveo meaning “to envy” or lividus meaning “blue, envious”. Livia could also be a short form of Olivia, which either derives from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old…

Arvin

Arvin has three possible etymologies and meanings: the first is that is a variant transcription of Arvind, an Indian male name meaning “lotus” from Sanskrit aravinda; Arvin could be a variant of Irvin, an English surname which would either be a variant of Irwin meaning “boar friend” from a Proto–Indo-European source; or it could be a variant of Irving, a Scottish surname…

Walter

Walter comes from Germanic elements wald (ruler, leader, power) from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (to rule) via Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁– (to rule; strong, powerful); and hari (army), also derived from a PIE root word; so the name means “ruler of the army”. Walter is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Walt, Wally Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valter (Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Croatian, Estonian) Gualtiero…

Alvaro

Alvaro is the Italian form of Alvar which comes from Old Norse Alfarr meaning “elf warrior” or “elf army”  from Old Norse elements alfr (elf) and arr (warrior) or herr (army). Alvaro is also a Spanish and Portuguese surname derived from the given name. An alvar is also a type of environment that has poor soil as well as also referring to a group…

Herman

Herman is a male name made up of Germanic elements hari (army) and man (man) meaning “army man”. It’s also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Germanic Variants: Hermann (German) Hermanus (Dutch, Ancient Germanic) Hariman (Ancient Germanic) Hermanni (Finnish) Armand (French) Ármann (Icelandic) Armando (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Ermanno (Italian) German (Russian)  

Arlo

Arlo is an English male name of uncertain meaning. It was used by English poet Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen (1590-1596) as the name of a place called Arlo Hill which he might have based on a real place name, Aherlow, a Gaelic name meaning “lowland between two high lands” or “between two highlands”….

Oliver

Oliver is a male given name that has two possible origins. The first is that it could be from Germanic Alfhar from Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or “elf army” from Old Norse elements alfr (elf) and arr (warrior, army); or it’s derived from another Old Norse name, Áleifr, meaning “ancestor’s descendant” from Old Norse anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Oliver is also a surname originating from the…

Olivia

Olivia is a female given name first used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or “elf army”; or it could be from…

Harry

Harry is a medieval form of Henry which comes from Germanic given name Heimirich meaning “home ruler” from Germanic heim (home) and ric (power, ruler). Harry could also be a short form for Harold, a modern form of Old English Hereweald meaning “army leader” or “army ruler” from Old English here (army) and weald (ruler, leader, power) which ultimately comes from Ancient Germanic. As well…

Harold

Origin: Germanic Meaning: Harold is a modern form of Old English Hereweald meaning “army leader” or “army ruler” from Old English here (army) and weald (leader, ruler, power) which ultimately come from Ancient Germanic elements hari (army) and wald (leader, ruler, power). As well as being a given name, Harold is also a surname derived from the same source. Nicknames include: Harry or Hal. Variants:…