Mallory

Mallory comes from an English surname of Norman origin via Old French malheure meaning “unhappy, unlucky”, made up from mal (bad) and eur (fortune, chance), essentially meaning “unfortunate”. It apparently originated as a nickname for someone who was unfortunate. Though Mallory is popular girl’s name, it has had some use as a male name as well. Nicknames: Mal,…

Lamar

Lamar seems to be derived from a surname, a variant of Lamarre, which comes from a locational name via Old French la marre meaning “the pool”, perhaps describing someone who lived near a pool of water, such as a pond or a lake. It also seems to be a Spanish surname, perhaps composed of article la (the) and mar (sea)….

Sydelle

Sydelle is an English female name, of modern coinage. I couldn’t quite find a specific origin or meaning to it, though it’s possible that it may have arisen as a variant (or perhaps another nickname) of Sadie, itself originally a diminutive form of Sarah meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman”. It also does resemble Sydney, which comes from an English surname meaning…

Haddon

Haddon comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a town or village called Haddon. It is composed from Old English elements hǣþ (heath, wasteland, wilderness) combined with dun (hill), meaning “heath hill” or essentially “heath-covered hill”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hadden (English) Haden (German, English)    

Luther

Luther is a male name which comes from a surname of two possible origins and etymologies: as a German surname, it derives from Germanic given name Leuthar, made up of Germanic elements liut (people) and heri, hari (army), essentially meaning “people’s army” or “army people”; as an English surname it comes from Middle English luthier “lute maker” via French  luthier via luth (lute)…

Audra

Audra is a Lithuanian female name and word meaning “storm”; as an English given name, it’s a variant form of Audrey meaning “noble strength”, deriving from an Old English name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Audrey (English)  

Hollister

Hollister comes from an English surname, an occupational name for a brothel-keeper. It comes from Old French holier/hollier, a variant of horier meaning “pimp”, from an agent noun of hore, hure (whore) which derives from a PIE root word. Hollister could also have  originated as a locational surname for someone who lived near a holly tree or a holly…

Mildred

Mildred is an English female name meaning “gentle strength”, which comes from Old English Mildþryð, made up from Old English elements milde (mild, gentle) and þryþ (strength, power). Nicknames: Millie/Milly Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Mildþryð (Old English) Mildrith (English) Mildrid (English)  

Ellis

Ellis comes from an English patronymic surname, a medieval English form of Elijah, a Hebrew male name meaning “my God is Yahweh”. As a Welsh surname, it’s the anglicized form of Welsh Elisedd meaning “kind, benevolent”. Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European  

Maddox

Maddox comes from a Welsh surname, a patronymic name meaning “son of Madoc”, Madoc being a Welsh male name of uncertain meaning. It could possibly be derived from Welsh mad meaning “fortunate, lucky; good” via Proto-Brythonic *mad (good) from Proto-Celtic *matis which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. According to Welsh folklore, there was a Welsh prince (Madog ab Owain Gwynedd) who apparently set…