Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, Virtues/Attributes, X names

Xenia

Xenia is a Greek female name as well as an Ancient Greek concept of hospitality, especially to strangers and those who seek shelter far from home. It was considered such an important concept that it was even given as an epithet of the god Zeus, Zeus Xenios, the protecter of guests. There are often stories in Greek… Continue reading Xenia

G names, Hebrew, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Gershon

Gershon seems to be a variant form of Gershom, a Hebrew male name possibly meaning "exile" though it could also be derived from Hebrew ger sham meaning "a stranger there", though it's also been interpreted as "a sojourner there". I've also seen it listed as being derived from the Hebrew verb garash meaning "to drive or cast out".… Continue reading Gershon

Ancient Greek, Female, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Varvara

Varvara is the Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Macedonian form of Barbara which means "foreign, strange". It comes from Ancient Greek barbaros; it was used by the Ancient Greeks to refer to non-Greek speaking foreigners or those who spoke a language they couldn't understand. Nicknames: Varya (Russian), Vara (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Barbara (Late Roman, English, Italian, French, German,… Continue reading Varvara

Female, Japanese, Nature, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Sonoko

Sonoko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: sono 園 "garden; park" + ko 子 "child" (園子); sono 苑 "garden; park; farm" + o 乃 (a possessive particle; from, whereupon, accordingly) + ko 子 "child" (苑乃子); sono 苑 "garden; park; farm" + ko 子 "child"; sono 苑 "garden; park; farm" + ko 胡 ""barbarian; foreign" (苑胡); sono 苑 "garden; park; farm" + ko 香… Continue reading Sonoko

A names, Earth, Elements, Elves, Female, Hebrew, Malay, Male, Mythological creatures, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Agar

Agar is the Spanish and Russian form of Hagar, a Hebrew female name of uncertain meaning and origin. It’s been linked to Hebrew meaning “to flee” and “flight”, or perhaps meaning “to drag away” or “stranger, foreigner”. Agar is also an English male given name and surname in English, a late medieval form of Edgar (coming from an Old… Continue reading Agar

Ancient Greek, Female, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names, Word names

Vara

Vara is a Spanish and Portuguese surname meaning "rod, stick, cane" via Latin varus (bandy, bow-legged; bent outwards) derived from a PIE root word. Vara was once used as a Spanish and Portuguese unit of length. Vara could also be a short form of Varvara, the Russian, Greek, and Bulgarian form of Barbara meaning "foreign, strange" from Ancient Greek barbaros.… Continue reading Vara

Ancient Greek, Greek, Male, Virtues/Attributes, X names

Xenon

Xenon is an Ancient Greek male name meaning "foreigner, guest" from Ancient Greek xenos (foreigner; stranger, guest) which seems likely to be derived from a Pre-Greek origin. Xenon is also the name of a chemical element. Origin: Ancient Greek Female forms: Xeno (Ancient Greek) Xena (English) Xenia (Greek, Ancient Greek) Zena (English) Zeena (English) Zenia (English… Continue reading Xenon

Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Polexia

Polexia is not a name that has much information behind it. From what I could find, it seems to be the anglicized spelling of Poleksija (the name of a former Serbian princess who also had a sister named Kleopatra), the Serbian form of Polyxena, an Ancient Greek female name meaning "entertaining many guests" or essentially "very hospitable" from Ancient… Continue reading Polexia

G names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Geoffrey

Geoffrey is the Norman French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning "peace" while the first element is trickier. It could be derived from Proto-Germanic *gautaz meaning "Geat", Old Germanic gawia meaning "territory", walha meaning "foreigner, Celtic, Gaul", or gisil meaning "hostage, pledge". It's also been conflated with Godfrey in the past meaning "peace of God". Geoffrey is… Continue reading Geoffrey

G names, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Numbers, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Gus

Gus is often used as a short form of names such as:  August, derived from Augustus meaning "great", "venerable", "majestic"; Gustavo (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) and Gustav (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German) both deriving from Slavic Gostislav meaning "guest glory" from Proto-Slavic *gȏstь (guest) and slava (glory); Angus, the anglicized form of Scottish Aonghus either meaning "one choice" or "one strength, vigor, force"; the first element of the name comes from… Continue reading Gus