Emotion/Feelings, Female, J names, Joy, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Joy

Joy is used to refer to a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It comes from Old French joie via Late Latin gaudia, the plural form of gaudium (joy, delight) derived from a PIE root word meaning "to rejoice". Joy is also an English surname derived from the given name, originally given as a nickname for someone who was cheerful and… Continue reading Joy

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K names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Kirk

Kirk comes from an English and Scottish surname meaning "church", a topographic name for someone who lived near one. It comes from Old Norse kirkja (church) via Proto-Germanic *kirikǭ (church) which seems to be derived from Ancient Greek kuriakón (church) via kū́rios (lord) derived from PIE root word *keuə- (to swell, spread out, strong, powerful, prevail; vault, swell). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kirke (English)  

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Black/Dark, Color, D names, Female, Gaelic, Irish, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Darcy

Darcy is a unisex given name which comes from a surname with two origins and meanings. The first is that it's derived from Norman French d'Arcy, a locational surname meaning "from Arcy". Arcy is of uncertain meaning though it could be linked to Gaulish artio meaning "bear" with the locative suffix -acum (settlement) so the name means "bear settlement". Darcy is… Continue reading Darcy

Earth, Elements, G names, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Grant

Grant is a male given name which derives from an English and Scottish surname meaning "great, large" from Norman French graund (tall, large) via Latin grandis, grandem (large, great, grand; full-grown; full, abundant; powerful) derived from a PIE root word. Grant also comes from Old English personal Granta, of uncertain meaning though possibly derived from Old English granian meaning "to groan"… Continue reading Grant

Arabic, D names, Female, Greek mythology, Light, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dia

Dia is an Ancient Greek female name and the name of several figures in Greek mythology. It means "heavenly, divine" derived from PIE root word *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). There is also a Roman goddess called Dea Dia which means "divine goddess", who was associated with growth and fertility in Ancient Roman religion. Dia is also a Spanish and… Continue reading Dia

Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Word names

Thorn

Thorn comes from an English word referring to a sharp protective spine of a plant though it can also be used to refer to someone or something that is annoying or troublesome. It comes from Old English þorn (thorn; thorny bush) via Proto-Germanic *þurnuz (thorn, briar) derived from PIE root word *tr̥nós (sharp, stiff). Thorn is also an English surname, originating… Continue reading Thorn

Ancient Egyptian, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Love/Beloved, M names, Nature, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Molly

Molly originally started out as a diminutive of Mary (which comes from Hebrew Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”) and Margaret (which comes… Continue reading Molly

Elements, Etruscan, Fire, I names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Ignatius

Ignatius is a variant spelling of Egnatius, an Ancient Roman family name of unknown meaning though it's likely that it was Etruscan in origin. The spelling of Egnatius was later altered to resemble Latin ignis meaning "fire". Ignatius is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Etruscan, Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Egnatius (Ancient Roman) Ignacio (Spanish) Inácio (Portuguese) Iñaki… Continue reading Ignatius

Color, E names, Elves, Female, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Elvira

Elvira (pr. el-vye-ra or el-vee-ra though I prefer the former pronounciation) is a female given name, the Spanish form of a Visigothic name of uncertain meaning. Some possible meanings listed for it are: "all true" from Germanic elements ala (all) and wer (true); it could also be made up from Proto-Germanic *alja (other, foreign) and wer (true); it could be a variant of Guilvira, an Old… Continue reading Elvira

C names, Elements, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Unisex, Water, Word names

Cove

Cove refers to a small coastal inlet or a small, sheltered narrow bay. The origin of the word comes from Old English cofa (chamber; den; ark; cave) derived from Proto-Germanic *kubô (shed, hut). Cove is also a term in architecture which is used for a concave molding or a concave surface forming a junction between a ceiling and a… Continue reading Cove

D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Danica

Danica is a female given name deriving from a Slavic word meaning "morning star", referring to the planet Venus. It derives from a PIE source. Danica is also the name of the personification of the Morning Star in Slavic mythology. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Danika (English) Denica (Bulgarian, Macedonian)  

Female, J names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Junia

Junia is an Ancient Roman name, the feminine form of Junius which seems to be derived from the name of the Roman goddess Juno. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it could be linked to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful, young” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life, age, eternity). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Iunia (Latin) Iuno (Ancient Roman) Iounia… Continue reading Junia

D names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Dante

Dante is an Italian male name which originally started out as a short form of Durante, the Italian form of Latin Durans meaning "enduring" which derives from a PIE root word. Dante is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Durante (Italian) Durans (Late Roman) Daunte (English) Donte (English) Dontay (English) Dontae (English)… Continue reading Dante

Female, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Proto-Indo-European, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Teryl

Teryl seems to be a variant spelling of Terrell, an English surname which seems to be derived from Old French tirel via a Norman French nickname, tirel, meaning "to pull", perhaps in reference to pulling on the reins of an animal, though to seems to have originally been used as a nickname for a stubborn person. Terrell may also be derived… Continue reading Teryl

A names, Ancient Greek, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, Gaelic, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Light, Moon, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Alaina

Alaina is a variant form of Alana, itself the feminine form of Alan, an Irish and Scottish name of uncertain etymology. It may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning… Continue reading Alaina

Animals, Birds, Blackbird, Elements, Female, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Merle

Merle is the French word for "blackbird" which comes from Latin merula (blackbird) derived from a PIE root word; it's also a French surname which may have derived as a nickname for someone who resembled or had traits of a blackbird. As an English given name, Merle may be a variant spelling of Merrill, an English surname derived from… Continue reading Merle

E names, Female, Hebrew, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Eve

Eve is the anglicized form of Eva, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Eúa which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning "to breathe" or "to live". In the Abrahamic religions, Eve was the very first woman created to be the wife of Adam. Eve is also an English and Dutch surname, either derived from the given name Eve or its Latinate form Eva.… Continue reading Eve

A names, Color, Gold, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Auric

Auric comes from a term in chemistry, an adjective referring to something that is of or containing gold in the trivalent state. It comes from the Au, the chemical symbol for gold, which derives from Latin aurum meaning "gold" derived from a PIE root word. Of course, it's just as possible that Auric is made up from Au (gold) and ric, a… Continue reading Auric

C names, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Cara

Cara comes from an Italian word, the feminine singular of caro meaning "dear, beloved; precious, expensive"; it comes from Latin cārus (dear, beloved; expensive) via Proto-Italic *kāros (dear) derived from PIE root word *keh₂- (to desire, wish). Cara is also an Irish word meaning "friend" coming from Old Irish carae (friend; relative) via Proto-Celtic *karants (friend) derived from the same PIE root word… Continue reading Cara