Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened form of Katherine, which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

Tora

Tora is the modern form of Þóra, a feminine form of Thor meaning “thunder” derived from Old Norse Þór (thunder). Tora 虎 is also a Japanese word and unisex name meaning “tiger” though there are other meanings depending on the kanji used: to 登 “ascend; climb up” + ra 良 “good; pleasing; skilled” (登良); to 斗 “Big Dipper” + ra 羅 “gauze; thin silk; Rome” (斗羅) There are likely other…

Robert

Robert is an English male name, the anglicized form of Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright). Robert is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Rob/Robb, Robbie/Robby, Bobby/Bobbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Róbert (Hungarian, Icelandic) Roberto (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Roibeárd (Irish) Roopertti (Finnish) Roberts (Latvian) Robertas (Lithuanian) Raibeart (Scottish) Rupert (English,…

Kent

Kent comes from an English surname which originated as a locational name for someone who came from the name of a county in England. In Old English the name was spelled as Cent which originated from Latin Cantium, meaning “coastal district” or “corner-land, land on the edge”, derived from a Brythonic source. Kent is also used as…

Maximilian

Maximilian comes from the Roman name Maximilianus which derives from Maximus meaning “greatest” derived from PIE root *méǵh₂s (great, big). Although it was supposedly created by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III for his son by combining the names of two Roman generals he admired, Fabius Maximus and Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, Maximilian has had use before than. Nicknames: Max, Maxi Origin:…

Matthias

Matthias is a male given name, a variant of Matthew which comes from Hebrew Mattityahu meaning “gift of Yahweh” made up from matan (gift) and yah, the contracted form of Yahweh. Matthias is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Hebrew   Variants: Matthew (English) Mathew (English) Matthaios (Biblical Greek) Matthias (English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Biblical Greek) Matia (Basque) Mattanyahu (Biblical…

Marius

Marius comes from a Roman family name which can either be used as a masculine form of Maria (the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian…

Sylvia

Sylvia is a variant spelling of Silvia, a Latin female name which is the feminine form of Silvius, a Roman cognomen meaning “wood, forest; orchard, grove” via Latin silva (wood, forest; orchard, grove) derived from Proto-Indo-European *swel-, *sel- (beam, board, frame, threshold). In Roman mythology, Rhea Silvia is the mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, while there’s also…

Vivian

Vivian comes from the Latin name Vivianus, a Late Roman masculine name meaning “alive, living” derived from a PIE root word. Vivian has been used as both a male and female name. Vivian is also an English and French surname. Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Male forms: Vivien (French) Vivianus (Late Roman) Vyvyan (English, Cornish)   Female forms:…