Pilar

Pilar (pr. pee-lar) is a Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan female name meaning “pillar”, taken from the title of the Virgin Mary. Pilar is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Eteri

Eteri is a Georgian female name meaning “(a)ether, air”, and eteri is also a Catalan and Italian word meaning “ether” which comes from Latin aether (upper, pure bright air; the heavens; the upper world) via Ancient Greek aither (heaven; aether) derived from PIE root word *h₂eydʰ- (to ignite; fire). The Eteriani (the tale of Eteri) is a medieval Georgian folk romance based…

Miranda

Miranda is a name invented by Shakespeare for his play The Tempest (1610-11) which seems to be based on Latin mirandus (which is to be wondered at, marveled at) via Latin adjective mīrus (wonderful, marvelous, amazing, surprising, awesome) derived from PIE *sméyros (laughing, smiling) via root word *smey- (to laugh, to be glad). Miranda is also. Spanish, Portuguese, and Jewish (Sephardic) surname, a locational name…

Terra

Terra is the Latin word for “earth, soil; dry land” and in Roman mythology Terra is the name of a goddess of earth which derives from a PIE root word *ters- (dry), and is also a word in Italian, Galician and Catalan derived from Latin. It’s also possible that Terra is a variant spelling of Tara, (which…

Drago

Drago (pr. dra-go; Forvo) comes from a Slavic element meaning “precious, dear” via Proto-Slavic *dorgъ (dear, expensive; dear, lovable, precious) derived from a PIE root word. Drago (pronounced the same as above) is also the Italian form of Draco which comes from Latin meaning “dragon”, a Spanish word meaning “dragon tree”, though it’s also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan first-person singular…

Primavera

Primavera means “spring” in many Romance languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan, Asturian) which comes from Vulgar Latin *prīmavēra (spring) made up from Latin primus (first) and *vēra (summer), essentially meaning “first summer”. Apparently vera, which is the plural form of Latin ver (spring), originally meant spring before it somehow shifted to mean “summer” in Vulgar Latin. Nicknames: Prima, Vera Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Calyx, Calix

Calyx comes from Latin meaning “bud; husk, pod, outer covering; eggshell; shells of fruit” which comes from Ancient Greek kálux via kalupto (to cover, conceal) which may possibly be derived from PIE root *kel- (to cover). In botany, it refers to the outermost group of floral parts, the sepals, while in zoology it refers to any of various cup-like…

Roger

Roger is an English given name meaning “famous spear” made up from Germanic elements hrod (famous, fame) and ger (spear). It’s also a surname originating from the given name. As an Irish surname it’s also been used as an anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ruaidhrí meaning “son of Ruaidhrí”, the latter the Irish form of Rory meaning “red king” made up…

Anna

Anna is the Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anna (also spelled Ana) is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” (亜奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful; safe, secure” + na 南  “south” (安南); an 杏 “apricot” + 奈 “Nara; what?” (杏奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful;…