Female, J names, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

July

July is the name of the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calenders, named after Julius Caesar. Julius comes from an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter),… Continue reading July

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Bright/Clear, D names, Emotion/Feelings, Japanese, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Numbers, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Daijirou

Daijirou is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 "large, big" + ji 二 "two" + ro 郎 "son" (大二郎); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 二 "two" + ro 朗 "bright, clear; melodious; cheerful, merry" (大二朗); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 次 "next, order; sequence" + ro 郎 "son" (大次郎); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 治 "reign; govern; regulate" + ro 郎 "son" (大治郎); There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used.… Continue reading Daijirou

Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Rupert

Rupert is the German form of Robert, an English name derived from Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Rupert is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ruprecht (German) Ruperto (Spanish) Robert (English, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian,… Continue reading Rupert

Animals, Birds, Blackbird, Elements, Female, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Merle

Merle is the French word for "blackbird" which comes from Latin merula (blackbird) derived from a PIE root word; it's also a French surname which may have derived as a nickname for someone who resembled or had traits of a blackbird. As an English given name, Merle may be a variant spelling of Merrill, an English surname derived from… Continue reading Merle

Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Philbert

Philbert is a French male name, a later spelling of Filibert meaning "much brightness" from Germanic elements filu (much) and beraht (bright). The spelling of the name seems to have been changed to resemble Greek philos (friend, lover) or to resemble Philippe, the French form of Philip meaning "lover of horses". Philbert is also a French surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Philbert

Battle/War, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herbert

Herbert is an English male name meaning "bright army" made up from Germanic elements hari (army) from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army) derived from a PIE root word; and beraht (bright) via Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) also derived from a PIE root word. Herbert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Herb, Herbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Heribert (Germanic) Haribert (Ancient… Continue reading Herbert

Astronomy, Female, J names, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jupiter

Jupiter is the name of the chief god of Roman mythology and the Roman counterpart of Zeus in Greek myth, as well as the name of a planet named after him. Traditonally a male name, it has been used as a female name for the 2015 sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending. Does that automatically make it a unisex… Continue reading Jupiter

Blue, Color, Female, G names, Gray, Greek mythology, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European

Glauke

Glauce (pr. glaw-kee) is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including the daughter of King Creon of Corinth, whom Jason abandoned Medea to marry and whom Medea murdered as well as the name of several nymphs. The name comes from Ancient Greek glaukós meaning "blue-gray; gleaming, bright, sparkling" which may be derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Glaucus (Latin)… Continue reading Glauke

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diana

Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt, moon, forests, and childbirth, making her the Roman counterpart of Greek goddess Artemis. Though the name is of uncertain origin and meaning, it's been linked to the PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diana is also a Finnish word meaning "slide" and a Spanish… Continue reading Diana

A names, Bright/Clear, Emotion/Feelings, Japanese, Joy, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Akihiko

Akihiko is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: aki 明 "bright; light" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (明彦); aki 昭 "shining; bright" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (昭彦); aki 彰 "obvious; clear" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (彰彦); aki 聡 "intelligent, clever, bright" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (聡彦); aki 晶 "clear, crystal, sparkle" + hiko 彦 "lad, boy; prince" (晶彦); a 亜 "Asia; rank next; come after"… Continue reading Akihiko

Color, E names, Female, Korean, Silver, Virtues/Attributes

Eunjung

  Eunjung is a Korean female name with a variety of meanings depending on the hangul used such as: 은 (恩) eun "grace, favor, charity" +정 (廷) jeong "court"; 은 (恩) eun  "grace, favor, charity" +정 (婷) jeong "pretty, graceful"; 은 (慇) eun "careful, attentive; abundance" + 정 (婷) jeong "pretty, graceful" 은 (銀) eun "silver (as in money)" +정 (婷) jeong "pretty, graceful"; 은 (慇) eun "careful, attentive;… Continue reading Eunjung

Arabic, G names, Hebrew, Male, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Gable

Gable comes from an English surname of uncertain origin and meaning: It's been linked to Old Norse gafl meaning "gable", which referred to a triangular-shaped hill or it may even be a variant spelling of Gabel, a German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational name for a maker or seller of forks, such as agricultural equipment like hayforks; it's also… Continue reading Gable

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Light, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diva

Diva comes from an English word referring to a distinguished female singer or prima donna which comes from Latin dīva meaning "goddess; female deity", the feminine form of dīvus (godlike, godly; belonging to a deity) which derives from PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diva is also an Indian female name which comes from Old Marathi meaning… Continue reading Diva

A names, Ancient Greek, Elements, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure. It's possible that she was adopted by the Ancient Greeks from the Phoenician goddess Astarte, who was a cognate of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. As for Aphrodite's name, the first part has often been associated with Greek aphros (foam) in reference to her being born from the sea foam though it… Continue reading Aphrodite

Female, Irish, Irish mythology, Mythology, N names, Virtues/Attributes

Niamh

Niamh (pr. neeve) is an Irish female name meaning "bright" or “radiant”. In Irish mythology, Niamh is the daughter of the sea god Manannán. She was the lover of Oisin, a great bard and poet and the son of  Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) who went with her to the land of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth). After what seemed to him three years… Continue reading Niamh

Animals, B names, Birds, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Raven, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Bertram

Bertram is a Germanic and English male name meaning "bright raven", made up from Germanic elements beraht (bright) from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) via PIE *bhereg- (to shine); and hramn (raven) from Proto-Germanic *hrabnaz (raven) from PIE *ḱorh₂-, which is imitative of the harsh sounds. Bertram is also a surname derived from the given name. Bertram was also used by Shakespeare in his play All's Well That Ends Well… Continue reading Bertram

Ancient Greek, Animals, Black/Dark, Color, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, L names, Lion, Male, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Llewellyn

Llewelyn comes from Welsh Llywelyn, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be the Welsh form of Celtic Lugubelenus, a combination of two names: Lugus and Belenus; Lugus is a Celtic god of commerce and craftsmanship who was equated with the Roman god Mercury. Though the exact origin of his name is unknown, it has been linked to Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Llewellyn

A names, Arabic, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Azhar

Azhar is an Arabic male name meaning "shining, bright, radiant" but also meaning "to blossom, to bloom" which both come from the same root word (z-h-r). Azhar is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name as well as being a short form of Azharuddin meaning "brilliant light of religion". Origin: Arabic Variants: Azharuddin (Arabic,… Continue reading Azhar

Female, Gaelic, Irish, Irish mythology, Kin/Family, Mythology, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Neve

Neve is an anglicized form of Niamh, an Irish female name meaning "bright" or "radiant". In Irish myth, Niamh is the daughter of the sea god Manannán. She was the lover of Oisin, a great bard and poet and the son of  Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) who went with her to the land of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth). Time passed differently… Continue reading Neve

Bright/Clear, Color, Female, L names, Light, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Lucera

Lucera is a variant form of Lucero, a Spanish surname which originated as a nickname, a derivative of luz meaning "light" derived from Latin lux via Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (white; light, bright, shine). Lucero del alba is the Spanish term for the Morning Star, the name for the planet Venus. Lucera is also the name of a city in Italy. The name may have been derived… Continue reading Lucera