Sherlock

Sherlock is an English surname most famously associated with the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, created by British author Arthur Conan Doyle who first appeared in 1887. As I’ve mentioned, the name itself comes from an English surname meaning “bright lock”, likely in reference to someone who had fair hair. It comes from Old English schir (bright, shining, fair)…

Min-ho

Min-ho (민호) is a Korean male name with a variety of meanings depending on the hanja used:  민 (敏) min “nimble, agile, quick-witted; hard-working”; 민 (民) min “people, nation”; 민 (珉) min “jade”; 민 (旼) min “gentle, affable”; 민 (旻) min “heaven”   호 (皓) ho “bright, clear”; 호 (虎) ho “tiger”; 호 (豪) ho “heroic, chivalrous, brave, overpowering, great”; 호 (鎬) ho “stove; bright”; 호 (旻) ho “autumn sky”; 호 (浩) ho…

Bertha

Bertha is a female given name originating as a short form names beginning with Germanic element beraht meaning “bright, famous”. Berchta (also spelled Perchta) is the name of a Germanic goddess. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Berta (German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Slovene) Berhta (Ancient Germanic) Berthe (French) Bertille (French diminutive of Berthe) Bertina (English)   Male forms:…

Norbert

Norbert is a male given name originating from German meaning “north bright”, composed of Germanic elements nord (north) and beraht (bright). Norbert is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Norberto (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) Norbaer (Limburgish) Norbertas (Lithuanian)   Female forms: Norberta (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)  

Muriel

Muriel is an English female name, an anglicized form of a Scottish Gaelic name Muireall, made up of muir (sea, ocean) and geal (white, bright). Muriel is also a surname originating from the given name. Apparently, Muriel is also the name of an angel in Christianity associated with the month of June and ruler of the sign of Cancer. While…

Aharon

Aharon is the Hebrew form of Aaron, a name of uncertain etymology and meaning. It’s possible that it comes from an Ancient Egyptian source, perhaps aha rw meaning “warrior lion”. It’s also possible that it comes from a Hebrew source with possible meanings of “high mountain”, “bright”, or “exalted”. Origin: Ancient Egyptian, Hebrew Variants Aaron (English, Jewish) Aron (Polish,…

Akiyuki

Akiyuki is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: aki 章 “chapter; section” + yuki 之 “of, this”; aki 明 “bright; clear; light” + yuki 雪 “snow” (明雪); aki 秋 “autumn” + yuki 雪 “snow” (秋雪); aki 晃 “clear” + yuki 志 “purpose; will; determination” (晃志); aki 昭 “shining, bright” + yuki 之 “of, this” (昭之) There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in…

Gilby

Gilby comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Gilby. The second element comes from Old Norse byr meaning “settlement, farm”, while the first part of the name may be a diminutive of Gilbert (meaning “bright pledge” or “bright hostage”), so essentially meaning “Gilbert’s farm” or “settlement of Gilbert”. It’s…

Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,…

Etzel

Etzel is the Germanic form of Attila, its most famous bearer being the 5th century leader of the Huns, an ancient Nomadic people across central Europe, and who was feared by the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Though often depicted as savage, barbaric and merciless, these depictions were made out by his enemies; a closer look by…