Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Dirk

Dirk is a Low German and Dutch short form of Diederik, which is the Dutch form of Theodoric, a Germanic name meaning “ruler of the people” composed from Proto-Germanic elements *þeudō (people, nation) and *rīks (king, ruler) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Dirk is also the name of a type of dagger which originated with the Scots…

Jet

Jet is the name of a deep black color as well as the name of a type of gemstone. It comes from Old French jaiet via Latin gagates which ultimately comes from Ancient Greek gagates (lignite; jet), supposedly named after a river named Gages near the town of Gagai, a town in Ancient Greek that no longer exists, because…

Norbert

Norbert is a male given name originating from German meaning “north bright”, composed of Germanic elements nord (north) and beraht (bright). Norbert is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Norberto (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) Norbaer (Limburgish) Norbertas (Lithuanian)   Female forms: Norberta (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)  

Henriette

Henriette is the French form of Henri, the French form of Henry meaning “home ruler”, made up from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, rule), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants Henrietta (English, Hungarian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch) Henriëtte (Dutch) Harriet (English) Harriett (English) Harriette (English) Harrietta (English) Henrike (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Hendrika (Dutch) Hendrina…

Hannah

Hannah is a female given name which comes from Hebrew Channah meaning “favor, grace”; it’s also an English surname originating from the given name. As a Scottish surname it could be a variant of Hannay, a name of uncertain origin though it seems to derive from a locational name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Chanah (Hebrew) Chana (Hebrew) Channah (Biblical…

Werner

Werner comes from a Germanic name made up of Germanic elements warin (guard) and hari (army), and is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Wessel (German, Dutch, Frisian), Wetzel (German) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Verner (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian) Garnier (Medieval French) Irnerius (Latin) Wernerus (Latin) Warinhari (Ancient Germanic) Warner (English)    

Joel

Joel is a male given name which comes from Hebrew yoel meaning “Yahweh is God”. Joel is also a surname though it derives from two possible origins. The first is from the given name above; the second is that’s a variant of Jewell, derived from a Breton name, Judikael via French Judicaël, which comes from Old Breton Iudicael “meaning generous lord” or…

Jacob

Jacob is the English form of Latin Iacobus via Ancient Greek Iakobos derived from Hebrew Ya’aqov meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Jacob is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Jake, Coby/Koby, Jack, Jay Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jaycob (English) Jakob (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Dutch, Slovene) Jacobus (Dutch, Late Roman) Jacoby (English) Sjaak (Dutch) Yakub…

Magda

Magda is a Scandinavian short form of Magdalena, a Latinate form of Magdalene, originally a title meaning “of Magdala” in reference to someone who came from the town or village of Magdala, originally located at the Sea of Galilee. Magdala comes from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”. Origin: Hebrew