C names, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Cara

Cara comes from an Italian word, the feminine singular of caro meaning "dear, beloved; precious, expensive"; it comes from Latin cārus (dear, beloved; expensive) via Proto-Italic *kāros (dear) derived from PIE root word *keh₂- (to desire, wish). Cara is also an Irish word meaning "friend" coming from Old Irish carae (friend; relative) via Proto-Celtic *karants (friend) derived from the same PIE root word… Continue reading Cara

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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

C names, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Carla

Carla is the feminine form of Carlo (Italian), Carlos (Spanish, Portuguese), and Carl (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English), all of which come from Charles, an English and French name derived from Germanic name Karl meaning “man”. It was originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society, connoting… Continue reading Carla

Black/Dark, Color, Female, Literature, M names, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Word names

Morella

Morella is a female given name with several possible meanings and origins: it was used by author Edgar Allan Poe for the eponymous character of his short story Morella (1835). There are several possible inspirations for Poe's character's name: he could have derived it from Latin mors meaning "death" with the diminutive suffix -ella; Morella is also the name… Continue reading Morella

Elements, Female, Hebrew, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Riva

Riva is a diminutive of Rivka, the Hebrew form of Rebecca which has been linked to Hebrew r-b-q meaning “to tie, to join, snare”, and has even been linked to an ensnaring or captivating beauty. Riva is also a surname (Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan) derived from Latin riva meaning "bank, shore" from rīvus (brook, stream) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word;… Continue reading Riva

Animals, Arabic, F names, Female, Horses/Stallions, Mythology, Nature, Norse mythology, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Fulla

Fulla (also known as Volla) is the name of a goddess in Norse mythology, a hand-maiden of Frigg. Her name is of uncertain origin and meaning. It may be related to Old Norse fullr meaning "full" and essentially meaning "bountiful", derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word *pleh₁- (to fill); or from Old Norse fyl meaning "foal" derived from Proto-Germanic *fulją. Fulla is also a Catalan… Continue reading Fulla

Albanian, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, J names, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Swahili, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jana

Jana is a multicultural name with several possible meanings: it is the Latinized form of Jane, the feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”; Jana is also the Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German, Slovene, and Catalan feminine form of Jan, a variant form of Johannes which also derives from John;  it's also the Serbian and Croatian form of Ana, a… Continue reading Jana

A names, Color, Elves, Female, Mythological creatures, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Alba

Alba is a female given name which has a few different meanings and etymologies: it's a feminine form of Albus, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "white, bright". The name may be derived from Latin albus meaning “white, bright, clear” from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white); Alba may also be derived from Germanic element alb meaning "elf" from Proto-Germanic *albiz (elf, fairy) which ultimately derives from the same… Continue reading Alba

Female, G names, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Gemma

Gemma originally derived as an Italian nickname meaning "gem, gemstone, jewel". It comes from Latin gemma (jewel; bud on a plant) which is either derived from Proto-Indo-European *gembh- (tooth, nail) or Proto-Indo-European *gen- (to produce). Gemma is also an Italian surname originating from the given name. Gemma is used as a term in botany to refer to a… Continue reading Gemma

A names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Albert

Albert comes from Germanic Adalbert meaning "noble bright" from Germanic elements adal (noble) derived from Proto-Germanic *aþalaz (noble) and and beraht (bright, famous) derived from Proto-Indo-European root word *bhereg- (to shine). Albert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Al, Albie, Bert, Bertie Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Adalbert (Ancient Germanic, German, Polish) Adalberht (Ancient Germanic) Albertus (Latin, Dutch) Adelbert (German, Dutch) Albrecht (German)… Continue reading Albert

Aramaic, Female, M names, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning "lady, mistress", the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master). Origin: Aramaic Variants: Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek) Martta (Finnish) Marthe (French, Norwegian) Marte (Norwegian) Márta (Hungarian) Morta (Lithuanian) Maata (Maori) Marfa (Russian)  

A names, Female, Latin, Male, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

August

August is the German, Polish, Catalan, and Scandinavian form of Augustus, originally an Ancient Roman title used by Roman emperors after the first and, by some accounts, greatest emperor of Rome, Gaius Octavius, who was the adopted son and heir of Julius Caesar. It means "majestic", "venerable", "great" from Latin augere (to increase). August is also the name of the… Continue reading August

Battle/War, Etruscan, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sabine/Oscan, Surname names

Marcel

Marcel comes from Marcellus, a Roman family name that was originally a diminutive of given name Marcus which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also… Continue reading Marcel

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Sofia

Sofia is a variant of Sophia, which comes from Greek meaning "wisdom". Origin: Greek Variants: Sophia (Greek, English, German) Sophie (French, German, Dutch, English) Sofie (German, Danish, Dutch, Czech) Sohvi (Finnish) Žofia (Slovak) Sofiya (Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Russian) Sofya (Russian) Sofija (Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Lithuanian, Latvian) Žofie (Czech) Sopio (Georgian) Zsófia (Hungarian) Szonja (Hungarian) Soffía (Icelandic)… Continue reading Sofia

G names, Hebrew, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Gabriel

Gabriel is a male name, from Hebrew Gavri'el meaning "God is my strong man" or "God is my strength". It's also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Gabe Origin: Hebrew Variants: Gavril (Romanian, Macedonian, Bulgarian) Gavrail (Bulgarian) Gavri'el (Hebrew) Gavriel (Hebrew) Gavrel (Yiddish) Jabril (Arabic) Jibril (Arabic) Dzhabrail (Chechen) Gabrijel (Croatian, Slovene) Gabriël (Dutch) Gavriil… Continue reading Gabriel

Female, Latin, S names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Serena

Origin: Latin Meaning: the name comes from Latin serenus meaning "clear, tranquil, serene". As well as being a female given name, Serena is also an Italian and Catalan surname which comes from the same source. Variants: Serene (English) Serenity (English)   Male forms: Serenus (Latin) Serene (English)