Sherlock

Sherlock is an English surname most famously associated with the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, created by British author Arthur Conan Doyle who first appeared in 1887. As I’ve mentioned, the name itself comes from an English surname meaning “bright lock”, likely in reference to someone who had fair hair. It comes from Old English schir (bright, shining, fair)…

Jenna

Jenna is a variant of Jenny, originally a medieval English diminutive of Jane, the feminine form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew. However, Jenny has become more popular as a nickname for Jennifer, the Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from), made up from Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name…

Yuna

Yuna is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used: it means “night, evening” in the Ryukyu (Okinawan) dialect of Japanese (夕な); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (由奈); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 那 “what?” (由那); yu 優 “tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (優奈) yu 結 “tie, bind, join, organize” + na 愛 “love,…

Henley

Henley comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Henley. While the second element comes from Old English lēah meaning “wood; clearing; meadow”, the first element may possibly be derived from Old English héan via heah meaning “high, tall”, or from Old English henn “hen”. It’s also possible…

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…

Fionnuala

Fionnuala is the name of a figure in Irish mythology, the daughter of King Lir and the sister of Aodh, Fiachra, and Conn. She and her brothers were changed into swans by their stepmother Aoife, a curse that lasted for 900 years. The name is made up from Irish elements finn (fair, white) and guala (shoulder) meaning “fair shoulder” or “fair-shouldered”….

Juniper

Juniper is the name of a type of tree or shrub which comes from Latin iuniperus meaning “juniper tree”. It could be related to Latin iuncus (reed, rush) derived from PIE root *yoy-ni- (juniper berry), combined with *-paro, *-pareo (to produce), though it’s also possible that first element of the name could be derived from Latin iuvenis meaning “young” (from which the…

Yorath

Yorath is a Welsh male name, the anglicized form of Iorwerth meaning “handsome lord” made up of Welsh elements iôr (lord) and berth (fair, handsome, beautiful, fine). Yorath is also a Welsh surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Iolo (Welsh), Iolyn (Welsh) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Iorwerth (Welsh)  

Gwenhwyfar

Gwenhwyfar is a Welsh female name, the Welsh form of Guinevere which is made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name essentially means “fair phantom”, “white phantom” or “white magical being”. In Arthurian legend, Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur and ends up being his eventual downfall. Nicknames: Gwen, Gwennie/Gwenny Origin:…

Rowena

Rowena is an English female given name of uncertain meaning. It was the name of the daughter of the Saxon warrior (and later king) Hengist who was married to Vortigern, a British warlord also known by the title “King of the Britons”. However, the name appears to have first been used by Geoffrey of Monmouth, an English clergyman and chronicler…