Female, Food, Japanese, Nature, Nickname names, Numbers, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, T names, Vegetables, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Tenna is a female given name, originally a Danish short form of Hortensia, the feminine form of Hortensius, an Ancient Roman family name which seems to be derived from Latin hortus meaning "garden" derived from a PIE root word. Tenna is also a Japanese word   *(天和), the name of a Japanese era which lasted for three years… Continue reading Tenna

A names, Elves, Female, Germanic mythology, Male, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Aubrey is an English unisex name, the Norman French form of Germanic Alberich meaning "elf power" made up from Germanic elements alf (elf) and ric (power). In Germanic mythology, Alberich is a dwarf and appears in the Nibelungenlied, an epic poem in which he guards the treasure of Nibelung. It's also an English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Aubrey

Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, L names, Male, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Lyriel is a modern English name, an elaborated form of Lyre or Lyric, which refers to a type of poetry that expresses subjective thoughts and feelings in a songlike style or form. It comes from Ancient Greek lyrikos via lúra meaning “lyre” which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek origin of uncertain origin. It can even be stretched out to mean… Continue reading Lyriel

Ancient Greek, Etruscan, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nickname names, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Lara is a Russian female name, a shortened form of Larissa, the name of a city in Thessaly, Greece, that dates back to five thousand years ago (it's also the name of a few other towns in the region). Apparently the city received its name from a nymph named Larissa, the daughter of Pelasgus (or the mother in… Continue reading Lara

Female, G names, Latin, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Genever is a variant spelling of Jenever, the Dutch form of Juniper, referring to a shrub or tree with dark-blue berry-like cones that can be used for flavoring gin and has some medicinal use; Jenever is the name of a Dutch wine flavored with juniper. It comes from Latin iuniperus (juniper tree), of uncertain origin though it's been linked to Latin iuncus (rush,… Continue reading Genever

Ancient Greek, Arabic, E names, Female, Hebrew, Malayalam, Nature, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


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. Alaya could also be… Continue reading Elaya

Animals, C names, Dog, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf


Conan is an Irish male name meaning "little wolf" or "little hound" made up from Old Irish cú (dog, hound; wolf) which ultimately derives from PIE *ḱwṓ (dog) and the diminutive suffix -an. Conan is also a surname originating from the given name. Conan is also the name of a few figures in Irish mythology. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Konan (English)  

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


Calla is the name of a genus of flowers and is a common name for the calla lily which belongs to the genus Zantedeschia. Calla comes from Ancient Greek kalós (beauty, beautiful, good) which comes from Proto-Indo-European kal-wo-s, a form of *kal- (beautiful). Calla is also a Latin word, the plural form of callum meaning "hard skin". Calla is also an Italian surname, a… Continue reading Calla

Etruscan mythology, Female, Latin, Light, M names, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Marcy is a female given name, a originating as a nickname for names like Marcia, Marcella, Marceline, etc., all of which come from the same source, from the name of the Roman god of war Mars (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related… Continue reading Marcy

H names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Hugo comes from Proto-Germanic element *hugiz meaning "heart, thought, mind, spirit" which could be derived from a PIE source though the etymology behind it is uncertain. Hugo is also a French, Dutch, and English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Hugo (English) Hugh (English) Hugues (French) Huguo (Ancient Germanic) Ugo (Italian) Hudde (Medieval… Continue reading Hugo

Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Greek mythology, I names, Love/Beloved, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water


Ismay is a female given name which comes from an English surname of uncertain etymology. It could have originated from Old German Ismagin meaning "iron-strength" though the first element could also be related to Old High German īs meaning "ice". Ismay could also be a variant of Ismenia or Ismene, an Ancient Greek female name possibly meaning "knowledge"; in Greek mythology, Ismene… Continue reading Ismay

Battle/War, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Q names, Virtues/Attributes


Quenilda comes from a medieval English name, a medieval form of Cwénhild meaning "wife battle", made up from Old English cwen (woman, wife, queen) and hild (battle, war). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Cwénhild (Anglo-Saxon) Quenild (Old English) Cwenhilde (Old English) Quenylda (Old English) Quenilla (Old English) Quenilla (Old English) Quenella (Old English)  

Battle/War, C names, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Caden comes from an Irish and Scottish surname, a short form of McCadden which is the anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cadáin meaning "son of Cadán", Cadán possibly deriving from Old Irish cath (battle, fight) with the diminutive -an suffix. Caden could also be a variant form of Cade, an English occupational surname for a cooper which comes from Old French cade (barrel, cask) via Latin cadus (bottle, jar,… Continue reading Caden

A names, Female, Hindu mythology, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Astra is a female given name meaning "star" which comes from Latin astrum via Ancient Greek astron which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. In Hindu mythology, an astra refers to a supernatural weapon controlled by a god and which later came to mean any weapon that was released from one's hand (arrow, spear, sword, etc.) Origin:… Continue reading Astra

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


Ryder comes from an English surname, either as an occupational name for someone who was a mounted warrior or a messenger which comes from Old English rīdan (to ride) via Proto-Germanic *rīdaną from a PIE source; it could also be derived from a locational surname, from Old English ried, ryd meaning “clearing in a wood” with the suffix -er as a… Continue reading Ryder

Ancient Greek, Female, L names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Lydian is an adjective referring to Lydia, the name of an ancient kingdom in Asia Minor, which could be used to refer to someone who came from Lydia and is used to describe the people, culture, and language. Lydian has also been used as a Scandinavian male form of Lydia. The kingdom received its name from an early king, Lydus… Continue reading Lydian

D names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Irish mythology, Jealousy, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Doreen is an English female name, a combination of Dora with the -een suffix. Dora is often used as a short name with names beginning or ending with it such as Theodora, Dorothea, etc. Dora comes from Ancient Greek doron meaning "gift" derived from a PIE word. Doreen could also be the anglicized form of Irish Dáireann which I've seen listed as either meaning "sullen, tempestuous"… Continue reading Doreen

Female, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names


Waverly is an English unisex name though the meaning behind it is a bit tricky. Most sites I've gone to list it as meaning "quaking aspen" or "field of quaking aspens". I know that -ley is a popular element in place names, coming from Old English lēah (wood, clearing, meadow). The first element is a little unclear.… Continue reading Waverly