Darnell

Darnell comes from an English surname, originating from the name of a type of plant called darnel that was believed to cause intoxication, also known as Lolium temulentum. It comes via Old French darnelle, possibly derived from a Proto-Germanic origin, *darjaną (to harm, injure). It’s also possible that it may be composed of Old English elements dyrne (hidden; secret) and halh (corner, nook, recess). Origin:…

Laverna

Laverna is the name of a goddess of thieves and the underworld in Roman mythology. It’s possible she may have originally been an Etruscan goddess. There’s no clear etymology behind her name (if she really was originally an Etruscan goddess than it’s possible that her name may be from an Etruscan source long lost)  though…

Sheila

Sheila is an Irish female name, an anglicized form of Síle, the Irish form of Cecilia which comes from Latin Caecilia which is the feminine form of Caecilius, an Ancient Roman family name which comes from Latin caecus meaning “blind; hidden, invisible” via Proto-Italic *kaikos (blind) which derives from PIE *káykos (one-eyed, blind). Sheila could also be a variant spelling of Sheela, an Indian female name meaning…

Elam

Elam is a Hebrew male name either meaning “hidden” or “eternity, forever”; Elam also means “young (unmarried) man”. Elam is also the name of an ancient civilization in what is now southwest Iran. The name itself comes from the Sumerian transliteration of elama or from Elamite haltamti which I’ve seen meaning “lord country”, or perhaps from…

Leto

Leto is the name of the mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis in Greek mythology by Zeus. When Hera found out that she was pregnant, she constantly pursued her from land to land, preventing her from giving birth. Leto eventually found refuge on the floating island of Delos and gave birth, first to Artemis (who apparently assisted her mother…

Latona

Latona is the Latin version of Greek Leto in Roman mythology, the mother of Apollo and Diana. The origin of the name is uncertain. It has been linked to Lycian lada meaning “wife”, “mother”, or “woman, lady”, which would put it in the same etymological link as Leda, though it’s also been associated with Ancient Greek letho meaning “to forget; the hidden…

Cicely

Cicely is a variant spelling of Cecily, a Medieval English form of Cecilia via Latin Caecilia which is the feminine form of Caecilius, an Ancient Roman family name which comes from Latin caecus meaning “blind; hidden, invisible” via Proto-Italic *kaikos (blind) which derives from PIE *káykos (one-eyed, blind). Cicely is also the name of an herb also known as Myrrhis odorata, also known as sweet cicely, sweet…

Hades

Hades is the god of the underworld in Greek mythology and the husband of Persephone. He is the eldest son of Cronus and Rhea and the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. The most important myth he takes part in is his abduction of Persephone and eventual marriage (for part of the year at least). Though the etymology behind his name is uncertain, it’s…

Zephaniah

Zephaniah comes from a Hebrew male name meaning “Yahweh has hidden” or “Yahweh has concealed”. It’s also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Zeph Origin: Hebrew Variants: Tzefanyah (Biblical Hebrew) Zephania (South African)  

Calypso

Calypso is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who was the lover of Odysseus when he ended up shipwrecked on her island Ogygia for seven years though some sources differ on the number of years, as well as whether they had children together. Either way, she refused to let him leave until Zeus sent Hermes to her with instructions to…