Alvis

Alvis is an anglicized spelling of Alvíss, the name of a dwarf in Norse mythology. He was supposed to marry Thrud, the daughter of the Norse god Thor. However, Thor wasn’t too pleased with the arrangement so he came up with a trick requiring the dwarf to prove his wisdom by continually asking him questions until sunrise, when the…

Hal

Hal originated as a nickname for Harry (an English medieval form of Henry meaning “home ruler”) or Harold (meaning “army ruler” or “army leader”), though it can be used as a given name on its own. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Olivio

Olivio is a (Brazilian) Portuguese and Italian male name, the masculine form of Olivia, which was 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 via Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or…

Lorraine

Lorraine is a female given name which derives from the name of a region in France meaning “kingdom of Lothar”, named for a Frankish king named Lothair; it means “famous army” made up from Germanic elements hlud (fame, famous) and hari (army). Lorraine is also a surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from the region…

Harmon

Harmon comes from a surname, a variant of Herman meaning “army man”, made up from Germanic elements hari (army) and man (man). Nicknames: Harm Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Herman (English, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Ancient Germanic) Hermann (German) Hermanus (Dutch, Ancient Germanic) Hariman (Ancient Germanic) Hermanni (Finnish) Armand (French) Ármann (Icelandic) Armando (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Ermanno (Italian) German…

Nima

Nima (نیما) is a Persian male name meaning “just, fair” though I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “strong, powerful”, “commander of the army”. Nima (نعمة) is also an Arabic unisex name meaning “blessing”. Nima is also a Tibetan unisex name and word (also spelled Nyima) meaning “sun; day”. Nima (also spelled Nema) is a Greek word…

Armand

Armand is the French form of Herman which is made up of Germanic elements hari (army) and man (man) meaning “army man”, both of which derive from a PIE root word. Armand is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Herman (English, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene) Hermann (German) Hermanus (Dutch, Ancient Germanic) Hariman (Ancient Germanic) Hermanni (Finnish)…

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”…

Nero

Nero comes from a Roman cognomen, a name of uncertain meaning. It could be derived from a Sabine origin meaning “strong, vigorous”, or it could be derived from a PIE root word *h₂nḗr (power, force, vital energy; man); alternatively, it could also mean “man” from the same root word. Nero is also a Finnish word meaning…