Arabic, Brazilian mythology, Elements, Female, Food, Hebrew, Honey, Insects, Japanese, Mermaid/Siren, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Nymphs, Old Tupi, Persian, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Turkish, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Y names

Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning "courage, strength, power" from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it's also a Turkish word meaning "wound"; it's a Hebrew female name meaning "honeycomb" or "honeysuckle" though it may also be related to Hebrew ya'ar יַעַר meaning "forest, woods, woodland";… Continue reading Yara

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Ancient Greek, Black/Dark, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Food, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Japanese, Literature, Love/Beloved, M names, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Nymphs, Place names, Sindarin, Virtues/Attributes

Moria

Moria is a female given name with several etymologies and meanings: it's a the name of a Naiad nymph in Greek mythology whose brother Tylos was killed by a dragon, though she later brought him back to life with a magical herb. This myth is similar to the story of Pelops, who had been killed… Continue reading Moria

K names, Male, Nature, Proto-Celtic, Surname names

Keith

Keith comes from a Scottish surname of uncertain meaning though it may be derived from Proto-Brythonic word *koɨd meaning "wood, forest", ultimately from a Proto-Celtic origin. The name may have come from an ancient Germanic tribe known as the Catti who came to Scotland in the 11th century to help the native population defend themselves against the… Continue reading Keith

Earth, Elements, Greek, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Surname names, X names

Xylander

Xylander seems to have originated as a surname made up of Greek elements xylon (wood, forest) and andros (man) meaning "wood man" or "man of the forest". It was the surname of Wilhelm Holtzman (a German classic scholar in the 16th century) who changed his last name to Xylander which translates into the same meaning as Holtzman, though whether he… Continue reading Xylander

Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Water, Z names

Zylphia

Zylphia may be a variant form of Zelpha, itself a form of Zilpah, a Hebrew female name of uncertain meaning though I've seen it as possibly meaning "frailty" or "drop, drip sprinkle, pour".  Zylphia may also be a variant form of Sylvia which comes from the Latin name Silvius meaning "wood, forest" from Latin silva (wood, forest) derived from Proto-Indo-European *swel-, *sel- (beam, board,… Continue reading Zylphia

Battle/War, Earth, Female, Gaelic, Irish, K names, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Scottish, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kelly

Kelly comes from a surname, an anglicized form of Ó Ceallaigh meaning "descendant of Ceallach", Ceallach being an Irish given name of uncertain meaning though possible meanings attributed to it are "bright-headed" or perhaps coming from Irish ceallach "war, strife, contention" or Irish ceall meaning "church". Kelly could also be derived from Scottish Gaelic coille meaning "wooded area" and "grove, forest, woodland". Origin:… Continue reading Kelly

Earth, Latin, Male, Nature, S names, Surname names

Sylvester

Sylvester is the medieval spelling of Silvester, a Roman name meaning "of the wood, of the forest" from Latin silvestris from silva (wood, forest, grove). Sylvester is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Vester, Sly Origin: Latin Variants: Silvester (Late Roman, Dutch, Slovene, Slovak, German, English) Silvestr (Czech) Sylvestre (French) Szilveszter (Hungarian) Silvestro (Italian) Sylwester (Polish) Silvestre… Continue reading Sylvester