Fayre

Fayre comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Fair meaning “fair, beautiful” which comes from Old English fæger (beautiful, good-looking, attractive) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. As a surname, Fair could also have been given to someone who had blond hair, or someone who was honest and unbiased. Apparently Fair was also used as a…

Frankie

Frankie is a nickname for Francis/Frances or any of its forms (Franklin, Francesca, etc.). The name comes from Franciscus, a Late Latin name meaning “Frenchman” which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning “free” or “free man”, though it may also be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô meaning “spear, javelin”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Franky…

Fallon

Fallon comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Fallamhain meaning “descendant of Fallamhan”, the latter coming from a byname meaning “leader” derived from Irish follamhnas (supremacy, rule). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Falon (English)  

Felice

Felice (pr. feh-lee-che; Forvo) is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Felix meaning “lucky, successful, auspicious”. It also means “fruitful, fertile, prosperous”, deriving from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse) from which derive several derivatives such as Greek phuo “to make grow” or “to produce”, Latin fio “to become”, fecundus “fertile”, fetus “pregnant” and “offspring” and even femina “woman”. Felice (pr. feh-lee-tsa or fel-eese) is also a female given name, the German feminine form of Felix…

Friday

Friday comes from Old English frīġedæġ meaning “Frigg’s day”, Frigg being the Norse goddess of marriage, childbirth, and the earth. She is also depicted as having the power of foreknowledge and is the wife of Odin. Frigg comes from an Old Norse source meaning “beloved” or “to love” deriving from a PIE root word meaning “to love, to please”. Friday is…

Farrah

Farrah is a variant spelling of Farah, an Arabic female name (and occasionally a male name) meaning “joy”. Farah is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Farrah is also an English surname, a variant of Farrar, an occupational name for a smith or an ironworker which comes from Middle English ferreor (iron worker, smith) via Latin ferrum…

Fay

Fay is an English unisex name which derives from several sources: the first is that it’s another word for “fairy”, coming from Middle English faie via Latin fata meaning “destiny, fate” derived from PIE root word *bʰeh₂- (to speak, say). In Arthurian legend, it’s the epithet of Morgan le Fay (meaning Morgan the fairy); it’s also been used as a nickname for…

Flannery

Flannery comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Flannghaile meaning “descendant of Flannghal”, Flannghal meaning “red valor”, “red fury”, or “red ardor” made up from Irish flann (red, blood-red) derived from PIE root word *welh₃- (to hit, to strike); and gal (warlike ardor; valor, fury) from Proto-Celtic *galā (might, ability). Flannery could also be the anglicized form of Flannabhra meaning “red eyebrows” from Irish fabhra (eyelash;…

February

February is the name of the second month of the year. It comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa from Latin februum meaning “purification, purging”; the word is of uncertain origin though it could be derived from a Sabine source, from a PIE word *dʰewh₂- (smoke, haze) or from a root word *dʰegʷʰ- (to burn). There’s also a Roman god called…