Ancient Greek, Coptic, Female, Finnish, Greek mythology, K names, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Kolina

Kolina is a female given name. I've seen many sites claim its from Greek meaning "pure" so I'm assuming it's somehow related to 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 “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek… Continue reading Kolina

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Arabic, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Light, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Z names

Zia

Zia is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Ziya derived from Arabic diya (ضياء) meaning "splendor, light, glow" and is also an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Zia is also an Italian word meaning "aunt" which comes from Late Latin thia (aunt) via Ancient Greek theíā (aunt) derived from a PIE root word. Zia is also a Hebrew… Continue reading Zia

A names, Female, German/Germanic, Virtues/Attributes

Adele

Adele is an anglicized spelling of French Adèle which comes from Germanic element adel meaning "noble" which could possibly be derived from a PIE source. Origin: Germanic Variants: Adèle (French) Adela (English, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Ancient Germanic) Adelle (English) Adell (English) Adeline (French, English) Adaline (English) Adalyn (English) Adalynne (English) Adelyn (English) Adelynne (English Adelina (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish,… Continue reading Adele

B names, Brown, Color, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bruno

Bruno is a male given name which derives from a Germanic source, either from Old High German brun meaning "brown" which derives from a PIE root word; or it comes from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ meaning "breastplate; armor, protection". Bruno is an Italian and Portuguese word meaning "brown" as well as also being an Italian and Portuguese surname derived… Continue reading Bruno

Emotion/Feelings, Female, Joy, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Tate

Tate is an English male name which comes from a surname via Old English personal name Tata, a name of unknown meaning. I've seen a source list it as possibly deriving from an Old Norse word teitr meaning "glad, merry, cheerful" via  PIE root word. Tate (and Tata) was also another name for Æthelburh (or Ethelburga) of Kent, an Anglo-Saxon queen… Continue reading Tate

D names, Female, Gaelic, Mythology, Nature, Numbers, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Scottish, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Deanna

Deanna is an English female name which could be the feminine form of Dean, either from Middle English dene meaning "valley", a habitional name for someone who lived near one; or else it’s an occupational surname meaning “dean”, referring to a person who was a dean or someone who worked for one, referring to an ecclesialtical head of a cathedral.… Continue reading Deanna

Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf

Lucas

Lucas is the Latin form of Greek Loukas meaning "from Lucania", the latter the name of an ancient region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred… Continue reading Lucas

Earth, Female, G names, Gaelic, Nature, Scottish

Glenna

Glenna is the feminine form of Glenn, a Scottish name meaning "valley". It comes from Scottish Gaelic gleann, glenn (mountain valley) via Proto-Celtic *glendos (valley) which could be derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Scottish Gaelic Variants: Glena (English) Glenne (English) Glynne (English)   Male forms: Glenn (Scottish, English) Glen (Scottish, English) Glyn (Welsh) Glynn (Welsh)  

Color, Earth, Elements, Gold, Male, O names, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Orville

Orville is a male given name that seems to have some mystery behind its origin. Some sites I've went to claim it was invented by English author Fanny Burney for her novel Evelina (1778) while it's also possible that the name comes from a French place name. Either way, the name seems to be derived from French or… Continue reading Orville

E names, Female, Food, Japanese, Nature, Pear, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Erika

Erika is the feminine form of Erik, itself the Scandinavian form of Eric meaning "ever ruler" or "eternal ruler" which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr. Erica is not only a variant spelling of Erika but it's also the Latin word for "heather" and is the name of a genus of flowers. Erika is also a Japanese female name with… Continue reading Erika

A names, Arabic, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Almanzo

Almanzo was a name I first came across years ago when I was a girl, reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series of autobiographical books featured around its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, growing up in the American Midwest from the 1870s to the 1890s. Almanzo first appears in Farmer Boy (1933) which focuses on his… Continue reading Almanzo

Egyptian, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Near East mythology, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Lily

Lily is the name of a flower which comes from Latin lilia, the plural of lilium derived from Ancient Greek leirion meaning "lily" which seems to be borrowed from Coptic hlēri, hrere (flower) via Demotic hrrj (flower) from Egyptian hrrt (flower) which could possibly be derived from an eastern Mediterranean word. White lilies symbolize purity and love; it was associated with the goddesses Ishtar and Hera, which in… Continue reading Lily

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

Derek

Derek is a contracted form of Dederick, a Low German form of Theodoric, a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the people" composed from Proto-Germanic elements *þeudō (people, nation) and *rīks (king, ruler) both of which derive from Proto-Indo-European. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dederick (English) Derrick (English) Deryck (English) Derick (English) Derric (English) Deric (English) Diederich (German) Theodoric (Latinized form of Dietrich) Theodoricus… Continue reading Derek

Aramaic, Female, Nickname names, Sabine/Oscan, T names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Tanya

Tanya originated as a Russian diminutive for Tatiana which is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I’ve seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning “daddy”, a term used by children; or that it could be… Continue reading Tanya

Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jadin

Jadin is a variant spelling of Jaden,  and while seemingly a modern American name that has become increasingly popular in the last two decades with the aden suffix (alongside Aiden, Hayden, Caden), it's possible that it arose as a variant spelling of Jadon, a Hebrew male name of uncertain meaning though I've seen it listed as either meaning "thankful" or… Continue reading Jadin

Color, Female, Greek mythology, Green, M names, Mythology, Nature, Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Myrtle

Myrtle is the name of an evergreen shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Myrtus. It comes from Ancient Greek myrtos meaning "myrtle" which derives from a Semitic root m-r-r meaning "bitter" from which the Arabi مُرّ‎ murr (bitter) and Hebrew מֹר‎ mor (bitterness, acrimony) derive from. Myrtle is also the name of a shade of green. In Greek mythology,… Continue reading Myrtle

C names, Elements, Fire, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Colbert

Colbert comes from a French Norman surname derived from a Germanic personal name of uncertain meaning. While the second element comes from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) from a PIE source, the first element is confusing. I've seen it listed as possibly being derived from Old English cōl (cool) via Proto-Germanic *kōlaz (cool) from PIE root *gel- (cold; to freeze). It may also be… Continue reading Colbert

Brown, Color, Female, Food, H names, Hazelnut, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names, Yellow

Hazel

Hazel is the name of a tree and the name of a light-brown or yellowish-brown color. The origin of the word comes from Old English hæsel (hazel) via Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (hazel) which derives from a PIE root word. Hazel is also an English surname likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a hazelnut… Continue reading Hazel

A names, Arabic, Breton, Female, Hebrew, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Alia

Alia is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Ali meaning "high, exalted, lofty, sublime". Alia is also an Ancient Germanic form of Ella, the Norman form of Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign”; it could also be a short form of names ending in -ella such as Gabriella and Daniella. Alia could also be the short form of Alianor, a variant… Continue reading Alia

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

Alden

Alden comes from an English surname derived from personal given name Ealdwine meaning "old friend" made up from Old English eald (old) via Proto-Germanic *aldaz (old, grown up) derived from a PIE root word; and wine (friend, lord, protector) which also derives from a PIE root word. Alden could also be a variant form of Aldan or Haldan, a Swedish form of Halfdan, the… Continue reading Alden