Constantine

Constantine is the name of several Roman and Byzantine emperors of the ancient world. It comes from Latin constans meaning “constant, steadfast” derived from a PIE root word. Constantine is also a surname originating from the given name. While overwhelmingly a male name in many countries, in France it’s used as a female name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Camden

Camden comes from an English surname, originating as a locational name for someone who came from a town called Camden. It’s made up of Old English campas (enclosure) and denu (valley), essentially meaning “enclosed valley”. Nicknames: Cam Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kamden (English)  

Christmas

Christmas is a major Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, usually celebrated on December 25. It means “Christ’s mass” from Old English Cristes mæsse and seems to have been used sparingly as a given name, for either gender. Christmas is also an English surname, either originating as a nickname for someone born on that day, or…

Caladium

Caladium is the name of a genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae, also known as elephant eat, heart of Jesus, and angel wings. The name comes from Malay keladi with the Latin suffix -ium. In the language of flowers, Caladium means joy and delight. It’s pronounced kuh-ley-dee-um Origin: Malay  

Candor

Candor is an English noun word used to refer to someone who is sincere and frank in their words or actions. It comes from Latin candor meaning “dazzling white; brightness, radiance” via candere (to shine; glitter, glow) from PIE root word *kand- (to shine). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Candour (British English)  

Clover

Clover is the name of a genus of wildflower, usually with three leaves but occasionally it has four leaves, which is considered lucky. The word comes from Old English cāfre via Proto-Germanic *klaibrǭ (clover), which is of uncertain origin though perhaps deriving from Proto-Germanic *klaiwaz, itself derived from PIE root word *gleh₁y- (to smear; to stick, glue). Clover is also…

Cain

Cain is the name of the firstborn son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel. It seems to be derived from Hebrew qanah meaning “acquired, acquisition” or perhaps related to a root word meaning “to create”; it could also be from qayin meaning “spear” or “smith” Cain is also a Welsh word and female name meaning “lovely,…

Cairo

Cairo is the name of the capital city of Egypt. It comes from Arabic al-qahira اَلْقَاهِرَة meaning “the victorious”, which seems to have received its name from the medieval Arabic name of the planet Mars, al-Najm al-Qāhir (النجم القاهر‎), or “the conquering star”, apparently because it was visible above the city at the time of its founding. Origin: Arabic   Variants:…

Cypress

Cypress is the name of a group of coniferous trees. It comes from Ancient Greek kupárissos (cypress; cypress wood) which derives from an unknown pre-Greek Mediterranean origin, perhaps related to Hebrew gopher/gofer, the name of the wood used to build Noah‘s ark. The cypress tree has a long history of symbolism in many cultures, symbolizing immortality, mourning, and hope,…

Crane

Crane comes from an English surname, originating as a nickname for a tall, thing man or someone with long legs, or had any perceived likeness to the bird. The name comes for Old English cran via Proto-Germanic *kranô which derives from PIE root word *gerh₂- (to cry hoarsely;  crane). Crane could also be a variant spelling of Krane, a…