Etzel

Etzel is the Germanic form of Attila, its most famous bearer being the 5th century leader of the Huns, an ancient Nomadic people across central Europe, and who was feared by the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Though often depicted as savage, barbaric and merciless, these depictions were made out by his enemies; a closer look by…

Epiphany

Epiphany refers to a Christian holiday that celebrates the physical manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles; it can also be used to refer to a manifestation or appearance of a deity or divine being, or could be used to describe a sudden realization or discovery into something, either personal, religious, scientific, or philosophic. The name itself comes…

Emery

Emery comes from an English surname, the Norman form of Emmerich, a Germanic male name. While the second element of the name comes from ric meaning “power, rule”, the first part of the name is a little more complicated. It could be from Germanic ermen meaning “whole, universal”, amal “work, labor” (which would make it a variant of Amalric), or heim “home”. Emery…

Enrique

Enrique is a Spanish male name, the Spanish form of Henry which comes via Germanic given name Heimirich meaning “home ruler” made up from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, rule). Enrique is also a Spanish surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Kike (Spanish), Quique (Spanish) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Henry (English) Heimirich (Ancient Germanic) Heinrich (Ancient Germanic, German) Henricus (Dutch, Latinized Ancient…

Esmé, Esmée

Esmé(e) comes from Old French meaning “esteemed, beloved”. It was originally a masculine name which seems to have first been used by Scottish noble Esmé Stewart, Duke of Lennox (1542-1583) whose mother was French. It has sometimes been confused with French Aimé(e) meaning “to love, like”. Although Esmé was originally used as a male name, with Esmée…

Eldon

Eldon comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “Ella’s hill” composed from given name Ella (the Norman form of Alia which comes from Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign”) and dun meaning “hill”. I’ve also seen other meaning listed for it, coming from Old English ælf (elf) or elfitu (swan) and denu (valley) meaning “elf valley” or…

Eldrid

Eldrid is a Norwegian female name, the modern form of Old Norse, possibly derived from Old Norse elements eldr (fire) and fríðr (beautiful). Eldrid is also an English male name which comes from Old English Æðelþryð meaning “noble strength” made up from Old English elements Æðel (noble) and þryð (strength).It’s also possible that it’s an Old Norse form of Eldrit, a…

Eka

Eka is an Indonesian unisex name meaning “one, first” via Sanskrit eka (one) from Proto-Indo-Iranian *Háykas (one) derived form PIE root word *óynos (one; single). Eka is also Georgian female name, a short form of Ekaterine, the Georgian form of Katherine, 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…

Elijah

Elijah is the English form of Hebrew Eliyahu meaning “my God is Yahweh” or “Yahweh is my God”. Elijah is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Eli Origin: Hebrew Variants: Elias (Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Dutch, Greek) Ilias (Greek) Helias (Biblical Latin) Eliou (Biblical Greek) Eljas (Finnish) Eelis (Finnish) Elis (Swedish, Medieval…