Elaya

Elaya is a name with a murky etymology behind it. At first glance it seems to be made up, a modern American name containing two popular sounds and that could be the case. It could also be a variant spelling of Alaya, an Indian word meaning “storehouse, dwelling, abode”; there’s a Buddhist term, ālāyavijñāna, which means “storehouse consciousness”…

Emerson

Emerson comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning “son of Emery”, Emery being the Norman form of Emmerich, a German name. While the second element of the name comes from ric meaning “power, rule” from Proto-Germanic *rīks (king, ruler) from PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) via *h₃reǵ- (to straighten; move in a straight line). The first part of the name is a little more complicated. It…

Warrick

Warrick comes from an English surname via a place name, a variant spelling of Warwick meaning “dam settlement” or “dwelling by the weir”, a weir being a small dam near a river or stream which regulates the flow of water downstream. It’s made up from Proto-Germanic warją (dam, weir) and Old English wīċ (settlement; village; dwelling) derived from Germanic *wīk- (settlement, village, dwelling) via…

Renwick

Renwick comes from a surname derived from a place name meaning “raven settlement”, derived from Old English given name Hræfn meaning “raven” from Proto-Germanic *hrabnaz (raven) which comes from a Proto-Indo-European root word word; and wick meaning “village, settlement, dwelling” from Germanic *wīk- (settlement, village, dwelling) via Latin vicus (village; hamlet; street; neighborhood; row of houses) which ultimately derives from Proto-Indo-European *weyḱ- (to settle; settlement). Nicknames:…

Zebulon

Zebulon is a name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Ugartic zbl meaning “prince”, linked to the same root word as Jezebel meaning “where is the prince?” or “not exalted”. Zebulon may originally have been used as an epithet for the god Ba’al. Other theories of the name link to Hebrew zabal meaning “to exalt, to honor”; zeved “gift, dowry”; or…