Female, Food, Honey, Insects, M names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Mellifera

Mellifera is the scientific name for honeybees which comes from Latin meaning "honey-bearing" or "bearing honey", made up from mel (honey) and -fer (carrying, bearing, bringing), both go which derive from a PIE root. Interesting fact: Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), known as the father of modern taxonomy, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist. He created the binomial… Continue reading Mellifera

Female, Food, Greek mythology, Honey, Insects, M names, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nickname names, Nymphs, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Missy

Missy is a female given name, originating as a diminutive of Melissa which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who… Continue reading Missy

African, Arabic, Elements, Female, Greenlandic, Hindu mythology, Insects, Male, Mythology, N names, Nature, Persian, Sanskrit, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Nala

Nala is an Indian male name meaning "stem, reed" and is the name of a king in Hindu mythology, specifially the Mahābhārata, a Sanskrit epic poem. There's also another character named Nala in the Ramayana (another Sanskrit epic poem) who builds the Rama Setu (Rama's Bridge) so that Rama could reach Lanka (an island fortress in Hindu mythology)… Continue reading Nala

Female, Food, Greek mythology, Honey, Insects, M names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Melitta

Melitta is the Ancient Attic Greek form of Melissa which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who looked after him)… Continue reading Melitta

Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, German/Germanic, Hebrew, Honey, Insects, M names, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Melina

Melina may be an elaborated form of Greek meli meaning "honey" from PIE *mélit (honey) or it could be a variant form of Melissa, which also comes from Greek meaning "bee, honeybee" deriving from a PIE source; or it may be a variant of Melanie meaning "black, dark" from Greek melas from PIE *melh₂- (to grind, to crush). Melina is also a nickname for names ending in -melina such… Continue reading Melina

Female, Food, Greek mythology, Honey, Insects, M names, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nymphs, Proto-Indo-European

Melissa

Melissa comes from Ancient Greek meaning "bee" or "honeybee" from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who looked after him) and fed him honey. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants:… Continue reading Melissa

D names, Female, Insects, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Dora

Origin: Proto-Indo-European Meaning: Dora is usually a short form of names like Theodora (meaning "God's gift"), Isadora (meaning "gift of Isis"), Pandora (meaning "all-giving" or "all-gifted"), Medora (possibly based on Greek Metrodora meaning "mother's gift"), Nymphodora (meaning "gift of the nymph" or "gift of the bride), Menodora (meaning "gift of the moon") or Dorothy (the… Continue reading Dora