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…

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…

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…

Essex

Essex comes from an English surname which comes from the name of a county in England, which gets its name from an ancient kingdom. The name is made up of Old English east (east) and Seaxe (Saxon) meaning “East Saxon”; Seaxe is the plural form of Seaxa (Saxon) which comes from Old English seax meaning “knife, dagger” via Proto-Germanic *sahsą (dagger,…

Ember

Ember comes from an English word used to refer to the smoldering remains of a fire, or a glowing piece of coal or wood remaining after a fire. It comes from Old English aemerge or Old Norse eimyrja meaning “embers”, deriving from Proto-Germanic *aimuzjǭ (ember; pyre), made up of *aimaz (steam, smoke) from PIE root word *h₁ews- (to burn); and *uzjǭ (fire)…

Ellery

Ellery comes from an English surname, a variant of either Hilary or Eulalie. Hilary is the English form of Hilarius and Hilaria, Ancient Roman names meaning “happy, cheerful” from Latin hilaris via Ancient Greek hilarós from hílaos (gracious, merciful; kind, mild, gentle) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Eulalie is the French form of Eulalia, an Ancient Greek name meaning “sweetly speaking” or “well-spoken” . Originally used as a…

Elisha

Elisha is a Hebrew male name meaning “my God is salvation” and is the name of a prophet in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Quran. Although it’s more commonly used as a male given name, it has had use as a female given name, surging in popularity in the 1980s. I don’t…