Kimber

Kimber comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from a place called Kimber. The first element of the name comes from Old English cempa meaning “champion; warrior” and bearu “grove” essentially meaning “grove of the champion”. Kimber could also be used as a shortened form of Kimberly. The second element of the name…

Carew

Carew comes from a Welsh and Cornish surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Carew. In Welsh it means “fort on the hill”, made up from Welsh elements caer (castle, fort) and rhiw (slope, hill), though it’s also possible that the second element may be composed of Welsh yw meaning “yew”,…

Larissa

Larissa is the name of a city in Thessaly, Greece, that dates back to five thousand years ago (it’s also the name of a few other towns in the region as well). Apparently the city received its name from a Greek nymph named Larissa, and which means “stronghold”, “citadel”, or “fortress”. I’ve also seen other sites…

Rocco

Rocco is an Italian male name which comes from an Ancient Germanic element of uncertain meaning though I’ve seen several possible meanings for it: Proto-Germanic *hrōkaz (rook, crow), hrok (rest), rohon (to roar, shout). It’s also possible that Rocco is a variant form of Rocca, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Rocca, meaning “fortress, stronghold;…

Merlin

Merlin is a key figure in Arthurian legend, a sorcerer who is Arthur’s closest adviser and ally. It comes from Welsh Myrddin meaning “sea fortress” made up from Proto-Celtic elements *mori (sea) and *dūnom (stronghold, rampart). The name was Latinized into Merlinus by Geoffrey of Monmouth because its regular form, Merdinus, was similar to the Anglo-Norman word merde that meant excrement. Myrrdin Wyllt is…

Kearie

Kearie seems to be a variant spelling of Kyrie which comes from the Greek phrase Kyrie eleison meaning “Lord, have mercy”, Kyrie being the vocative form of Kyrios meaning “lord” or “master”. I’ve also seen Kearie listed as a variant of Carey  which comes from an Irish surname, Ó Ciardha, meaning “descendant of Ciardha”, the latter a given name derived from Irish ciar meaning “black” though it may…

Alara

Alara is a unisex name with several possible etymologies: it’s a Turkish female name, or at least it appears in Turkic mythology as a water fairy who is able to grant wishes as well as the name of a historic castle located in southern Turkey, built under the Byzantine Empire. I couldn’t find a meaning…

Brody

Brody comes from a Scottish, Irish, and English surname, a variant spelling of Brodie, a habitational name with several possible meanings: it could be derived from Gaelic brothach meaning “muddy place”; it could also be derived from Scottish Gaelic brothaigh meaning “rampart” or “fortification”; it’s also possible that Brody could be made up from Old English brad-eage meaning “broad eye”, originally…

Marvin

Marvin is a variant of Mervyn, which is the anglicized form of Merfyn, a Welsh male name of uncertain meaning though several possible meanings attributed to it are: “marrow famous” from Welsh mer (marrow) and myn (eminent); the first element of the name could also possibly be derived from Welsh mawr meaning “large; big; great”; it’s also possible that Mervyn is a variant of Myrddin…

Lara

Lara is a Russian female name, a shortened form of Larissa, the name of a city in Thessaly, Greece, that dates back to five thousand years ago (it’s also the name of a few other towns in the region). Apparently the city received its name from a nymph named Larissa, the daughter of Pelasgus (or the mother in…