Adrienne

Adrienne is the French feminine form of Adrien, the French form of Adrian which comes from Latin Hadrian derived from Roman cognomen Hadrianus meaning “from Hadria” or “from Adria”, Adria being another form of the name. It referred to someone who came from the town of Hadria/Adria situated in Northern Italy. The Adriatic sea received its name from the town. Though the origin behind the…

Adrian

Adrian comes from Latin Hadrian derived from Roman cognomen Hadrianus meaning “from Hadria” or “from Adria”, Adria being another form of the name. It referred to someone who came from the town of Hadria/Adria situated in Northern Italy. The Adriatic sea received its name from the town. Though the origin behind the name is uncertain, it could be from…

Kaito

Kaito is a Japanese unisex name (though far more popular for men) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: kai 海 “sea, ocean” + to 斗 “Big Dipper; dipper, ladle” (海斗); kai 海 “sea, ocean” + to 翔“soar, fly” (海翔); kai 海 “sea, ocean” + to 人 “person” (海人); kai 海 “sea, ocean” + to 都 “metropolis, capital, all, everything” (海都); kai 魁 “charging ahead of…

Urban

Urban comes from Latin Urbanus meaning either “city dweller” or “of the city” which comes from Latin urbs which seems to be derived from a PIE root word. Urban is also a word that has become adopted into the English vocabulary referring to a city or town. Another word related to it, urbane, is used to refer to someone…

Miyako

Miyako is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ya 夜 “night; evening” + ko 子 “child” (美夜子); miyako 都 “capital; city” miyako 京 “capital”; mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ya 也 “to be” + 子 “child” (美也子); mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ya 弥 “all the more; increasingly” + ko 子 “child” (美弥子); miya 宮 “shrine; palace” + ko 子 “child” (宮子); miyako 都 “capital; city” + ko 古 “old” (都古); There are…

Shahrazad

Shahrazad is a Persian female name meaning “free city” or “freer of city” from Persian elements shahr (city) and azad (free). I’ve also seen azad meaning “noble” so the name would suggest someone born from a noble lineage, but I’m not too clear of the etymology behind that. Shahrazad is the name of a storyteller in the 1001 Nights,…

Shahryar

Shahryar is a Persian male name meaning “lord of the city” and by extension “lord, king, sovereign”, composed from Persian elements shahr (city) and yar (strength, power). It’s the name of the king in 1001 Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern tales with roots to medieval Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek, Indian, and Jewish sources. In the tales, he finds out…

Cadrian

Cadrian seems to be a modern English name, either an elaborated form of Cade, which has a variety of meanings and origins such as: being an English surname derived from a metonymic occupational surname for a cooper (someone who made and repaired barrels) which comes from Old French cade (cask, barrel); it could also be from a Medieval English given…

Natsu

Natsu is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word name) meaning 夏 “summer”, and is used as a name element among names like Natsuki, a unisex name with a variety of meanings such as 夏稀 (summer + rare); 夏生 (summer + life); 夏紀 (summer + chronicle); and 夏樹 (summer + wood); Natsuko, a…