Female, Food, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Rye, Surname names, Unisex

Ryden

Ryden is a surname which comes from two different backgrounds and meanings. The first is that it is an English surname meaning "rye hill" made up from Old English elements ryġe (rye) and dun (hill, mountain) both of which derive from a PIE source. It originated as a locational name for someone who lived near a hill where rye… Continue reading Ryden

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Animals, Female, H names, Hare/Rabbit, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Harley

Harley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing" or "hare wood" made up from Old English hara (hare) derived from a PIE root word, and lēah (wood, clearing) also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Harli (English) Harlee (English) Harlie (English) Harleigh (English)  

Female, K names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kimberly

Kimberly in an English given name derived from a place name. The second element of the name comes from Old English leah meaning "wood, clearing, meadow" while the first part comes from Old English given names Cyneburga (royal fortress), Cynebald (royal, bold) or Cynemaer (royal, famous), so Kimberly means "Cyneburga's wood/clearing", "Cynebald's wood/clearing" or "Cynemaer's wood/clearing". It… Continue reading Kimberly

Animals, H names, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Stag, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hartley

Hartley is an English male name derived from an English surname meaning "hart clearing". It's made up from Old English heorot (stag) via Proto-Germanic *herutaz (stag, deer) derived from PIE *ḱerh₂- (horn); and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow), also derived from a PIE root word. Hartley is also an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó hArtghaile meaning "descendant of Artghal", the latter a personal Irish male… Continue reading Hartley

Color, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, W names, White

Whitley

Whitley comes from an English surname meaning "white clearing" or "white meadow" made up from Old English hwit (white) derived from a PIE root word meaning "bright, white"; and Old English lēah (meadow, clearing) also deriving from a PIE root word. It likely derived from a place name perhaps referring to the color of the tree bark. Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Whitley

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Rhodes

Rhodes is the name of an island in Greece with quite a few possible meanings. The first is that it comes from Greek rhódon meaning "rose" which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. It may also be based on Greek rhoíā meaning "pomegranate". Rhodes may also be pre-Greek in origin,… Continue reading Rhodes

B names, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Bradley

Bradley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad clearing" from Old English brād (broad) derived from Proto-Germanic *braidaz (broad, wide) from an unknown source; and lēah (clearing, meadow) from PIE *lówkos (clearing). Bradley has also been used as an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Brolcháin meaning "descendant of Brolachán", Brolachán meaning a diminutive of Brólach. Nicknames: Brad Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants:… Continue reading Bradley

Animals, Color, Deer/Roe, English, Male, Nature, Old English, Place names, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Reed

Reed comes from an English surname which comes from multiple sources: it comes from Old English rēad meaning "red" from Proto-Germanic *raudaz via Proto-Indo-European *h₁rewdʰ- (red); it was originally a nickname given to someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion; it's also from Old English ried meaning "clearing", likely a topographical surname for someone who lived in or near one; it comes… Continue reading Reed

Animals, Boar, E names, English, Female, Male, Old English, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Everly

Everly comes from an English surname derived from a place name. It means "wild boar clearing" from Old English eofor (wild boar; boar) and lēah (woodland, clearing, meadow) which comes from Proto-Germanic *lauhaz (clearing, meadow) derived from Proto-Indo-European *lowkos- (clearing, open space), a cognate of Latin lūcus (sacred grove, wood). It's also possibly that it's a combination of the English word ever meaning "at all times; continuously;… Continue reading Everly

Ancient Greek, Female, Food, Latin, Male, P names, Pear, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Parley

Parley is an English word (also spelled parlay) meaning "to talk, to speak, to confer", referring to a temporary truce between enemies. It derives from French parler (to speak, to talk) which comes from Latin parabola (comparison, likeness; parable) via Ancient Greek parabole (to set side by side). Parley is also an English surname derived from a place name meaning "pear… Continue reading Parley

A names, Elements, English, Female, Fire, Nature, Old English, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Aithley

Aithley is an English female name which seems to have originally been a surname. The meaning behind it is unclear. I've seen it listed as meaning "born in a garden" but I'm not too convinced of the meaning. I know that the last part, -ley, comes from Old English lēah meaning "clearing, meadow, woodland", so the surname might have… Continue reading Aithley

A names, Anglo-Norman, Arabic, Brown, Color, English, Female, Norman French, Orange, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Yellow

Amberly

Amberly is an elaboration of Amber, which comes from Arabic ‘anbar(عنبر) meaning "ambergris (gray amber), used to refer to a color that is yellowish-brown-orange or jewelry that is made out of amber, or fossilized tree resin which can sometimes contain the fossils of insects stuck within it. The -lee or -ley ending comes from Old English meaning “clearing” or “grove”,… Continue reading Amberly

English, Female, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Old English, R names, Rye, Surname names, Unisex

Reilly, Riley

  Reilly comes from an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic surname  Ó Raghallaigh meaning "descendent of Raghailleach", the latter a name of unknown meaning. Although Riley is another spelling of name, it also has a different source, from an English place name meaning "rye clearing" composed of Old English elements ryge (rye) and leah (clearing, meadow). Origin: Gaelic, Old… Continue reading Reilly, Riley

English, Female, Greek, Hebrew, L names, Latin, Nature, Nickname names, Virtues/Attributes

Leanne

Leanne is an English feminine name composed of two given names: Lee, from an English surname meaning "clearing", and Anne, the French form of Anna, the Latin form of Hebrew Hannah (or Channah) meaning "favor, grace" Liane could also be a short form of names like Éliane (the French form of Aeliana, the feminine form… Continue reading Leanne