Keene

Keene comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Keen which comes from Middle English kene via Old English cēne meaning “keen, fierce, bold”. It could also be an anglicized form of Gaelic O’ Cathain meaning “descendant of Cathan”, Cathan being a diminutive of cath meaning “battle”. Keen is also an English word referring to something that is sharp or piercing, or referring…

Corexia

Corexia is an intriguing female name with irritatingly very little information behind it. What I could find is that it’s a Galician female name, or at least I found used once as a Galician name, according to this website I came across which explores medieval names in the western world (here). I’ve noticed that in Galician…

Ferdinand

Ferdinand is an Italian and Spanish name made up from Germanic elements  fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning “dangerous journey” or “brave journey”; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning “peace”. Ferdinand is also a surname originating from the given name. Ferdinand was the name of a character in Shakespeare’s The…

Abelard

Abelard is the anglicized form of French Abélard, which seems to be derived from Germanic Adalhard meaning “noble brave” or “brave nobility” from Germanic elements adal (noble) and hard (brave, hardy). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Abélard (French) Adélard (Quebec French) Adalhard (Ancient Germanic) Aldert (Frisian, Dutch) Allard (Dutch) Alard (Ancient Germanic) Adelardo (Italian, Spanish)    

Isamu

Isamu is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: isamu 勇 “courage”; isamu 勲 “merit; distinguished service”; isamu 敢 “daring; brave; bold; sad; tragic; pitiful”; isamu 武 “warrior; military; chivalry; arms”; isamu 力 “power; strength; force” Origin: Japanese There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s いさむ.    

Valyant

Valyant is a variant spelling of Valiant which refers to someone who showed courage and bravery, someone determined and heroic. It comes from Old French vaillant (valiant; brave) via Latin valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Nicknames: Val Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valiant (English)  

Jabari

Jabari is a Swahili male name meaning “brave (one)” which derives from Arabic jabbar جَبَّار (powerful, mighty). I’ve also seen it listed as meaning a variant of Jabir جابر meaning “comforter; to rest with kindness, be nice” but I don’t know accurate that is. Origin: Arabic Variants: Jabbar (Arabic) Jabir (Arabic)  

Bernadette

Bernadette is the French feminine form of Bernard which comes from Germanic name Bernhard meaning “brave bear” or “hardy bear” made up of Germanic elements bern (bear) and hard (brave, hardy). Nicknames: Bernie/Berny, Ettie/Etty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Bernardine (English) Bernadett (Hungarian) Bernardetta (Italian) Bernarda (Spanish, Slovene, Croatian) Bernardita (Spanish)   Male forms: Bernard (English, French, Dutch, Polish, Croatian, Slovene,…

Dina

Dina is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Deen/Dīn meaning “religion, creed” though it also means “debt, loan”, “duty, obligation, law” and “judgement, ruling”; it seems to be derived from a Proto-Semitic root word in reference to a legal sense (obligated conduct; decisions of morality or ethics, judgement, decree, ruling), and is a cognate with…