Rose

Rose is the name of a flower which derives from Latin rosa meaning "rose" via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning "sweetbriar". Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning "fame", originally spelled Rohese or Roese. Rose is also a short form of names like Rosamund, … Continue reading Rose

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Clarence

Clarence was first created as the name of the title  of a dukedom for the second son of King Edward III, Lionel of Antwerp, in 1362. The name apparently came from the town of Clare, Suffolk, because his first wife was a direct descendant of the powerful de Clare family. Clare is a medieval English form of Clara, … Continue reading Clarence

Orlando

Orlando is the Italian form of Roland, a Germanic male name meaning “famous land” or “fame land” composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land), though it's possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning "brave, daring". It's the name of a city in Florida as well as a surname derived from the given name and the name … Continue reading Orlando

Ruth

Ruth is a Hebrew female name of uncertain origin though the most popular theory is that it is linked to Hebrew re'ut meaning "companion" or "friend", though other possible theories include: "refreshment", "appearance, beauty", and "pasture". Ruth may also be related to Middle English word ruthe or reuth meaning "pity, compassion", "sorrow, grief" derived from Old Norse hryggð (sorrow, grief). Ruth is also a … Continue reading Ruth

Valdis

Valdis is used as a short form of Latvian male name Voldemārs, the Latvian cognate of Germanic Waldemar which is derived from Slavic Vladimir meaning "famous ruler" or "great ruler" or "ruler of the world" from elements vladeti (to rule, to control) and meru (great, famous), though the second element of the name has also been associated with miru meaning "peace, world" so the name could … Continue reading Valdis

Umberto

Umberto is the Italian form of Humbert, a Germanic name meaning "bright warrior" or "bright bear cub" from Germanic elements hun (warrior, bear cub) and beraht (bright). I've also seen the first element of the name hun as being connected to the Huns, a nomadic tribe who came from somewhere between the Caucasus and Central Asia. Humbert is also a surname originating … Continue reading Umberto

Risa

Risa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, made of Japanese elements ri meaning: 梨 "pear", 里 "village, hometown", 理 "reason, logic", 莉 "jasmine"; and sa meaning: 紗 "gauze", 沙 "sand", 佐 "assistant, help"; and likely other meanings. It could also be a short form of names like Parisa, a Persian name meaning "fairy, like a fairy" or Marisa, a combination of given names Maria (the Latin … Continue reading Risa

Clarabel

Clarabel is a variant spelling of Claribel, an elaborate form of Clara, the female form of Clarus meaning meaning "clear, bright, famous". There was a character named Claribel in Shakespeare's The Tempest (1610-1611), as well as having been used by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen (1590-1596). Origin: Latin Variants: Claribel Clarabelle Claribell Claribelle … Continue reading Clarabel

Roddy

Roddy is a nickname for Roderick meaning "famous power" from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and ric (power), or it could be a short form of Rodney, a surname meaning "Hroda's island", Hroda being a Germanic given name meaning "fame", and Old English eg (island). Origin: Germanic, Old English Variants: Roderick (English, Scottish, Welsh) Roderic (Catalan, English) Rodney (English) Rodrigo (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Galician) Hroderich … Continue reading Roddy

Orlanda

Orlanda is the feminine form of Orlando, itself the Italian form of Roland, a Germanic male name meaning "famous land" or "fame land" composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land) though it's possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning "brave, daring" Origin: Germanic Female variants: Rolande (French)   Male forms: Orlando (Italian) Rolando (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)