Dover

Dover comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from any place called Dover. An ancient place name recorded as Dubris, Dofras, and Doferum, the meaning behind the name is uncertain. The name comes from Latin Portus Dubrus meaning “Port Dubris”; Dubris could be derived from a Celtic origin, dubra meaning “water” though it’s also possible that…

Wharton

Wharton comes from an English surname, originally a habitational name for someone who came from any of several places in England; the second part of the name comes from Old English tun meaning “enclosure, settlement” while the first part of the name could be from Waefer meaning “wandering” or “winding”; it could also be derived from Old…

Atticus

Atticus comes from a Roman cognomen meaning “from Attica” or “of Attica”, referring to someone who came from Attica, a region surrounding Athens in Greece. Attica itself is of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Greek akte meaning “shore, maritime place” or “raised place”. It could also be derived from the same root word as Athens, the name of…

Rialta

Rialta is a female name as well as an Irish word, the anglicized form of ríagalta meaning “regular, habitual; bound by rule”. It’s also a feminine form of Rialto, the name of a city in Venice. It comes from Rivoaltus meaning “high bank” or “deep river” made up from rivo, the Italian word for “stream, bank, shore, brook” from Latin rīvus derived…

Riva

Riva is a diminutive of Rivka, the Hebrew form of Rebecca which has been linked to Hebrew r-b-q meaning “to tie, to join, snare”, and has even been linked to an ensnaring or captivating beauty. Riva is also a surname (Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan) derived from Latin riva meaning “bank, shore” from rīvus (brook, stream) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word;…