Rhea

Rhea is the name of a Titan in Greek mythology, the mother of Zeus and his siblings, and the wife of Cronus. When Cronus swallowed their children after birth for fear of a prophecy in which he would be overthrown by one of them, Rhea managed to save the youngest, Zeus, and had him smuggled away, and in which he…

Judson

Judson comes from an English surname, a patronymic name meaning “son of Judd”, Judd being the Medieval English form of Jordan, the name of a country in the Middle East named after the river that runs between it and Israel. The name comes from Hebrew yarden meaning “to go down, descend” or “flow down”. It was a popular name in the…

Jory

Jory is a Cornish male name, the Cornish form of George which is the English form of Ancient Greek Georgios meaning “farmer, earthworker” via georgos made up from Greek elements ge (earth) and ergon (work). As a female given name, Jory could be used as a short form of Marjory, a variant spelling of Marjorie (a Medieval English variant of Margery) which comes from Margaret via Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” ultimately derived…

Jordan

Jordan is an English unisex name, the name of a country in the Middle East named after the river that runs between it and Israel. The name comes from Hebrew yarden meaning “to go down, descend” or “flow down”. It was a popular name in the Middle Ages because Crusaders and pilgrims brought the water back from the Jordan…

Naia

Naia has several possible meanings: Naia is a Basque female name meaning “wave, sea foam”; It may also be derived from the Naiads, water nymphs who typically inhabit fountains, streams, or any fresh water. The name comes from Ancient Greek nā́ō meaning “to flow” or nâma “running water”, both derived from Proto-Indo-European *(s)neh₂- (to swim, to float); Spelled Nai’a, it’s a Hawaiian word…

Rio

Rio has two separate origins and meanings. The first is that it is a Spanish and Portuguese word and place name meaning “river” derived from Latin rivus (brook, small stream) which comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₃er- (to flow, to move). It’s also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian surname derived from the given name referring to someone who lived near…

Dana

Dana is an English unisex name though it has multiple origins and meanings. As an English given name it’s derived from a surname, a variant of Dane, referring to someone who came from Denmark or had Danish descent. It could also be a variant of D’Aunay, a Huguenot French name derived from several place names in France called Aunay,…

Roma

Roma is the Latin name for the city of Rome, a name of uncertain etymology though the name’s origins have often been linked to its founder, Romulus, meaning “of Rome”. However, it’s likely that Romulus may have derived his name from the city and other theories regarding Rome’s meaning are: it might be from Greek rhōmē meaning “strength” or “might”; rheo or…