Ancient Greek, Arabic, Breton, Female, Japanese, Light, Moon, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Nora

Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly… Continue reading Nora

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Female, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Pauline

Pauline is a French feminine form of Paul which comes from a Roman family name, Paulinus, meaning "small" or "humble" from Latin paulus (little, small) which derives from a PIE root word, *peh₂w- (few, little). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Paulene (English) Pauleen (English) Paulina (Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, Lithuanian, English, Ancient Roman) Pavlina (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek) Polina (Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek) Polya… Continue reading Pauline

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Laura

Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning "laurel". It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laura

Female, Hebrew, J names, Literature, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Virtues/Attributes

Jessica

Jessica first appeared as a name in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596) likely basing it on an existing name, Iscah (which would have been known as Jescha in his time) derived from Hebrew Yiskah meaning "to behold", "foresight" or "one who looks forth". Nicknames: Jess, Jessie/Jessy/Jessi/Jessye Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jessika (German, English) Gessica (Italian) Yessica… Continue reading Jessica

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

Kevin

Kevin is the anglicized form of Irish Caoimhín which derives from an older form, Cóemgein meaning "gentle birth" or "handsome birth" from Old Irish elements cóem (kind, gentle, handsome)and gein (birth) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Kevin is also an Irish surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kevyn (English) Kevan (Irish) Kevon (English) Cefin… Continue reading Kevin

Female, Greek mythology, Mermaid/Siren, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Sirina

Sirina is a female given name with various meanings attributed to it such as: it's a variant spelling of Serena meaning "calm, tranquil, serene" from Latin serenus; it could also be a variant of Sirin, also a name of uncertain meaning though it could be an elaborated form of Siri, a short form of Sigrid meaning "victory + beautiful, fair" made… Continue reading Sirina

Female, Mythology, Roman mythology, Sabine/Oscan, T names

Tatiana

Tatiana is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I've seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning "daddy", a term used by children; or that it could be from Ancient Greek táttō, the… Continue reading Tatiana

E names, Female, Mythology, Near East mythology, Persian, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Esther

Esther is a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to a Persian word meaning "star", though it could also be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown. Esther is also a Hebrew and French matrynomic surname. Nicknames: Esta (English), Estee (Jewish), Essie (English)… Continue reading Esther

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diana

Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt, moon, forests, and childbirth, making her the Roman counterpart of Greek goddess Artemis. Though the name is of uncertain origin and meaning, it's been linked to the PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diana is also a Finnish word meaning "slide" and a Spanish… Continue reading Diana

Blue, Color, Female, Greek mythology, I names, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Iris

Iris is the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow and a messanger of the gods. Her name means "rainbow" in Greek derived from PIE root word *weh₁y- (to twist, wind, weave, plait; to wrap, enclose cover). Iris also refers to a genus of flowers which comes from the Greek word for rainbow, as well as… Continue reading Iris

Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, U names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Urban

A names, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Axel

Axel is the Danish form of Absalom, a Hebrew male name meaning "father of peace", as well as being a Scandinavian, Dutch, and German surname derived from the given name. As a Dutch and Belgian surname, it derives as a habitational name for someone who came from a place called Aksel. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Aksel (Danish, Norwegian) Akseli… Continue reading Axel

Apple/Apple tree, Elements, Female, Japanese, M names, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Marina

Marina is the feminine form of Marinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of the sea" or "belonging to the sea", derived from a PIE root word *móri- (sea, ocean; body of water), though Marinus could also be derived from Marius which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the… Continue reading Marina

Animals, Female, Male, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Randi

Randi is primarily a feminine spelling of Randy though it's been used for men as well. Randy is a short form of Randall which derives from Germanic name Randolf meaning “shield of a wolf” or “wolf’s shield” from Germanic elements rand (rim ‘of a shield’) and wulf (wolf). I've also seen it listed as a nickname for Miranda, a female name derived from Latin mirandus meaning "admirable, wonderful" from Latin mīrus (wonderful, marvelous,… Continue reading Randi

E names, Germanic mythology, Male, Mythology, Norse, Old Norse, Virtues/Attributes

Egil

Egil comes from an Old Norse name, a variant spelling of Egill which comes from Proto-Germanic Agilaz. It derives from Old Norse element ag meaning “edge (of a sword)” or “blade” or agi meaning “awe, terror”, originally used as a short form of names beginning with the name element. In German mythology, Egil (or Agilaz) is the name of a legendary archer in the Völundarkviða,… Continue reading Egil

Female, H names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Helga

Helga is a Scandinavian female name, the feminine form of Helge meaning "holy, blessed" from heilagr (holy, blessed) which comes from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, blessed) which is composed from *hailaz (healthy, sound; whole, unbroken; complete) derived from PIE *kóylos (healthy, whole); and *-gaz, an adjective used to denote something meaning "of being, having, or doing". Nicknames: Olya (Russian diminutive of Olga) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hella (Swedish,… Continue reading Helga

D names, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Dorothea

Dorothea is the feminine form of Dorotheos, an Ancient Greek name meaning "gift of God", composed from Ancient Greek elements doron (gift) derived from PIE *déh₃rom (gift); and theós (god) also derived from PIE *dʰéh₁s (god; deity) from root *dʰeh₁- (to do, put, place). Theodora is a reverse of Dorothea meaning "God's gift". Nicknames: Dorie/Dory, Thea, Dorina, Dora Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dorothy (English) Dorthy (English) Dortha (English)… Continue reading Dorothea

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, U names

Ursula

Ursula is a female given name meaning "little bear". It is the diminutive of Latin Ursa meaning "female bear" or "she-bear", the feminine form of ursus (bear) from Proto-Italiac *orssos (bear) which derives from PIE *h₂ŕ̥tḱos (bear). Nicknames: Ursel (German), Ulla (German), Uschi (German), Urška (Slovene), Ula (Polish) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ursa (Latin) Urszula (Polish) Úrsula (Portuguese, Spanish) Uršula (Slovene) Orsola (Italian) Orsolina (Italian)… Continue reading Ursula

Female, J names, Kin/Family, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Julia

Julia is the feminine form of Julius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter), the name of the chief god in the Roman pantheon. His name is derived from Indo-European… Continue reading Julia