Godelieve

Godelieve is the Dutch form of Godeliva, an Old English female name, the feminine form of Gottlieb made up of Germanic elements god (God) and lieb (love, dear) or Old High German leiba (descendant, son) via Proto-Germanic *laibō (what is left, remainder, remnant) via *lībaną (to remain, to be left) derived form a PIE root word. Nicknames: Lieve (Dutch) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Godeliva (Ancient…

Olivio

Olivio is a (Brazilian) Portuguese and Italian male name, the masculine form of Olivia, which was used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher via Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or…

Liv

Liv is a Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish female name which comes from Old Norse hlíf meaning “protection, cover, defense, shield”, the spelling influenced by the Scandinavian word liv meaning “life”. In Norse mythology, Líf is one of two humans who will survive the events of Ragnarok, along with Lífþrasir. Liv is also a nickname for Olivia or Olive; Olivia may have been based on Latin Oliva meaning…

Olaf

Olaf comes from Old Norse Áleifr meaning “ancestor’s descendant” made up from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant, heir) both of which derive from a PIE source. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Áleifr (Ancient Scandinavian) Olav (Norwegian, Danish) Oluf (Danish) Olavi (Finnish, Estonian) Olev (Estonian) Ólavur (Faroese) Uolevi (Finnish Ólafur (Icelandic) Amhlaoibh (Irish) Olavo (Portuguese) Amhlaidh (Scottish) Aulay (Scottish)…

Leif

Leif (pr. layf) comes from Old Norse Leifr meaning meaning “descendant, heir”. Origin: Old Norse Variants: Leifr (Ancient Scandinavian) Leiv (Norwegian) Leifur (Icelandic)  

Gottlieb

Gottlieb is the German form of Goteleib which is an Ancient Germanic male name meaning “God’s love” or “beloved by God” or “beloved of God” composed from Old High German elements got (god) from PIE *ǵʰutós (invoked, poured) derived from root word *ǵʰew- (pour, liberate); and lieb (beloved, dear) derived from PIE root word *lewbʰ- (to love). Gottlieb also means “god +offspring, son”, the latter from Old High German leiba (offspring,…

Livia

Livia is an Ancient Roman name, the feminine form of Livius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Latin liveo meaning “to envy” or lividus meaning “blue, envious”. Livia could also be a short form of Olivia, which either derives from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old…

Olin

Olin is a unisex name, a feminine form of Oline from Scandinavian male name Ole, the Danish and Norwegian masculine form of Olaf which comes from Old Norse Áleifr meaning “ancestor’s descendant” from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Olin could also be the male form of Olina which also comes from the same source as Oline. Spelled Olen, it’s the Russian word for “deer” as well as also…

Jared

Jared is the English form of Hebrew name Yared or Yered meaning “descent”, so named because in his time angels descended from Heaven down to earth. Jared could also be related to a root word meaning “to rule, command” and I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “rose”, although I don’t know how accurate that last part is. Jared…