Yvain

Yvain is the French form of Owain, the name of a knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. Yvain is one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and Morgan le Fay. In Yvain, Knight of the Lion he is depicted as seeking revenge for the death of his cousin by the…

Geneva

Geneva is the name of a city in Switzerland as well as the name of several places in the U.S. The origin of the name is uncertain though it may be derived from Celtic genu meaning “bend, knee” or “mouth” referring to an estuary or a bending river, derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that…

Tyree

Tyree comes from a Scottish surname, a shortened form of McIntyre, an anglicized form of  Scottish Gaelic Mac an tSaoir meaning “son of the carpenter”. It’s also possible that Tyree came out as a modern English name, a twist on Tyrese or Tyrone, the name of a Gaelic kingdom in Ireland (Tyrone being the anglicized form of Irish Tír Eoghain meaning “land…

Tysilio

Tysilio is the name of a Welsh bishop (and later saint) in 7th century Wales who died in 640. He was originally a prince but chose to leave to become a monk. As for the meaning behind the name, it is unknown. It’s possible his name is either a form of or corruption of Sulio, perhaps…

Mei

Mei is a Chinese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the Chinese characters used: měi 美 “beautiful, pretty, good”; mei 梅 “plum, plum flower; Chinese plum” There are likely other meanings. Mei is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: me “bud, sprout, shoot” + i 衣 “clothing”…

Gwydion

Gwydion is a Welsh male name meaning “born of trees”, a modern form of Guidgen, made up from Welsh gwŷdd (trees; plough) which comes from Proto-Brythonic *gwɨð (wood, trees) derived form Proto-Celtic *widus (wood, trees), a cognate with Proto-Germanic *widuz (wood); and Proto-Celtic *genos (family, clan; birth) derived from a PIE root word. In Welsh mythology, Gwydion is a hero and a trickster as well as…

Natasha

Natasha comes from a Russian diminutive of Natalya, the Russian form of Natalia, a Late Latin name meaning “birth, birthday”, though the name is often associated with Christmas Day because of the expression natale domini (the birth of the Lord), in reference to the birth of Jesus Christ; natalis means “birth” from Latin. Nicknames: Tasha (Russian, English), Nata (Russian) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nataša…

Eugene

Eugene is 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). Nicknames: Gene Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Eugenios (Ancient Greek) Eugenius (Latinized Ancient Greek) Evgeni (Bulgarian, Russian) Evgeniy (Russian) Evgeny (Russian) Yevgeniy (Russian) Yevgeni (Russian) Yevgeny (Russian) Zhenya (Russian and Bulgarian diminutive) Genya…

Gina

Gina comes from a short form of names ending in -gina such as Regina (meaning “queen” from Latin), Georgina (the feminine form of George meaning “farmer, earthworker); Aegina (from Greek meaning “of a goat, goat); Virginia (which comes from a Roman cognomen of unknown meaning though often associated with Latin virgo “maid, virgin”); Luigina (the Italian diminutive of Luigia, the Italian feminine form of Louis…