Ewan

Ewan (pr. yoo-an) is a Scottish male name, an anglicized form of Eoghan, a name of uncertain meaning though possibly meaning “of the yew tree” or “born of the yew tree” though I’ve also seen it as possibly being derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning “youth”. Another possible origin for Eoghan is from Celtic Esugenios meaning “good born” derived from Proto-Celtic *esus (good) derived…

Kevin

Kevin is the anglicized form of Irish Caoimhín which derives from an older form, Cóemgein meaning “gentle birth” or “handsome birth” from Old Irish elements cóem (kind, gentle, handsome)and gein (birth) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Kevin is also an Irish surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kevyn (English) Kevan (Irish) Kevon (English) Cefin…

Sulgenius

Sulgenius is the name of one of Britain’s legendary kings and who features in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain written around 1136, a fictitious account of the history of the kings of Britain beginning with the Trojans and ending with the death of King Arthur. Sulgenius seems to be a Latinized form of Sulien,…

Owen

Owen has two possibly origins and meanings. The first is that it is a modern form of Owain, an Old Welsh name of uncertain origin. It could be a Welsh form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning “well born” or “noble born” from Ancient Greek elements eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also…

Gene

Gene derives as a short form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning “well born” from eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also derives from PIE *ǵénh₁os (race, lineage). A gene is also a word used to refer to a molecular unit of heredity among living organisms. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Eugene  

Genevieve

Genevieve is the English form of Geneviève, a French female name which derived from Genovefa, a medieval name of uncertain origin. The first part of the name has been linked to Germanic kuni (kin, family) from Proto-Germanic *kunją (kin, family, clan) derived from PIE *ǵenh₁- (to produce, to beget, to give birth), though it’s also possible that first part of the name derives…

Morien

Morien is an old Welsh name, a cognate of Muirgen, made up from Celtic elements *mori- (sea) and *geno- (born). In the Arthurian legends, Morien is the son of Agrovale, one of the knights of the Round Table. Traveling in Moorish lands, he meets a beautiful princess whom he slept with and had a son, Morien, though Agrovale leaves before…

René, Renée

René is the French form of Renatus, a Late Roman name meaning “born again” or “reborn” deriving from Latin nascor (born; begotten) from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (to produce, beget, to give birth). René is the traditional masculine name used in French while Renée is the feminine form of the name, however in English-speaking countries René is used for both males and females. Rene…

Kenneth

Kenneth is the anglicized form of two Gaelic names: Coinneach which derives from Gaelic caoin meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful, kind”; and Cináed meaning “born of fire”. Kenneth is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Ken, Kenny Origin: Gaelic Variants: Coinneach (Scottish) Cináed (Scottish, Irish) Kennith (English) Kennet (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Cainneach (Irish) Cionaodh (Irish) Cinioch (Irish) Ciniod…

Noelle

Noelle is the feminine form of Noel (or French Noël) which means “Christmas” derived from Latin natalis (of or relating to birth) which comes Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (to produce, beget; to give birth). Noelle is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Noëlle (French, Dutch) Noelle (English) Noèle (French) Noela (Galician) Noelia (Spanish) Noella (French) Noelene (English)  …

Aithley

Aithley is an English female name which seems to have originally been a surname. The meaning behind it is unclear. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “born in a garden” but I’m not too convinced of the meaning. I know that the last part, -ley, comes from Old English lēah meaning “clearing, meadow, woodland”, so the surname might have…

Morgan

Morgan is a unisex name though it has two different origins: as a male name it derives from Old Welsh Morcant, a masculine name possibly meaning “sea circle” from Welsh elements mor (sea) and cant (circle), though the first element may also be related to Welsh mawr meaning “large; big; great”; the second element *cant- also means “hundred”. Morgan is also the name…

Gentiana

Gentiana is the name of a genus of flowering plants, as well as also being the strictly feminine form of Gentian, derived from the given name Gentius which seems to have gotten its name from an Illyrian king supposedly because he discovered the medicinal properties of the plant. Though the etymology is uncertain, it could be derived from…

Kwame

Kwame is a Ghanian male name meaning “born on a Saturday” in the language of Akan, given to a firstborn son born on a Saturday. Origin: Akan