Celosia

Celosia (pr. si-loh-zhuh or si-loh-see-a) is the name of a genus of flowers in the amaranth family which gets its name from Ancient Greek keleos meaning “burned” which derives from a Proto-Hellenic source and possibly from a PIE root word but that isn’t certain. The flowers were named because of their flame-like appearance. Origin: Proto-Hellenic    

Seraphina

Seraphina is the feminine form of Seraphinus which derives from Hebrew s’rafím, the plural form of saráf which means “to burn” as well as “seraph; venemous serpent”. Seraph refers to the highest order of angels with six wings, hands, and feet. They supposedly emit such a bright light that no one can look straight at them which is why they are known as…

Bella

Bella is often used as a short form of Isabella, the Latinate and Italian form of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Bella is also the Italian and Spanish word for “beautiful” which derives from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome” via PIE duenos/duonos (good), the diminutive of *dew- (to…

February

February is the name of the second month of the year. It comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa from Latin februum meaning “purification, purging”; the word is of uncertain origin though it could be derived from a Sabine source, from a PIE word *dʰewh₂- (smoke, haze) or from a root word *dʰegʷʰ- (to burn). There’s also a Roman god called…

Nausicaa

Nausicaa is an Ancient Greek female name meaning “burner of ships” from Ancient Greek naûs (ship) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂us (boat) and kaío (to burn, kindle), which may also be derived from a PIE source though the exact origin of the word is unknown. Nausicaa features in Homer’s Odyssey as a princess of Phaeacia who helps a shipwrecked Odysseus by directing him…

Seraphin

Seraphin is a male given name which comes from Latin Seraphinus which derives from Hebrew s’rafím, the plural form of saráf which means “to burn”. Seraph refers to the highest order of angels with six wings, hands, and feet. They supposedly emit such a bright light that no one can look straight at them which is why they are known as the “fiery…

Duilio

Duilio is the Spanish and Italian form of Duilius, a Roman name possibly derived from Latin duellum meaning “war” derived from Proto-Indo-European *dew- “to injure, destroy, burn”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Duilius (Ancient Roman)   Female forms: Duilia (Ancient Roman) Duília (Brazilian)  

Brandy

Brandy is the name of an alcoholic drink, the shortened for of brandywine which is derived from Dutch brandewijn meaning “distilled wine” or “burnt wine”. It could also be a short form, or a feminine form, of Brandon, an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hill covered with broom” from Old English brom (broom, gorse) and dun (hill), likely referring to someone…