Animals, Birds, D names, Duck, Elements, Female, Nature, Old Norse, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Duna

Duna could be used as the strictly feminine form of Dune, used to refer to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions. The origin of the word comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from… Continue reading Duna

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B names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Burke

Burke comes from an English surname meaning "fortress", originally a locational surname for someone who lived near a fortress. It comes from Old English burg via Proto-Germanic *burgz (fortification, stronghold) derived from PIE root word *bʰerǵʰ- (high, lofty; hill, mountain; to rise). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Burk (English)  

Female, K names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kimberly

Kimberly in an English given name derived from a place name. The second element of the name comes from Old English leah meaning "wood, clearing, meadow" while the first part comes from Old English given names Cyneburga (royal fortress), Cynebald (royal, bold) or Cynemaer (royal, famous), so Kimberly means "Cyneburga's wood/clearing", "Cynebald's wood/clearing" or "Cynemaer's wood/clearing". It… Continue reading Kimberly

Animals, Earth, Elements, Fish, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Marlon

Marlon is an English male given name of unknown meaning. It may have originated as a variant spelling of Marland, an English surname derived from a place name meaning "land by lake" or "land by the sea" from English elements mere (lake, pool; sea, ocean) via a PIE root word; and land (land) also derived from a PIE root word.… Continue reading Marlon

Arthurian legends & myths, Elements, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh

Mervyn

Mervyn 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 which is the original… Continue reading Mervyn

English, G names, Latin, Male, Old English, Persian, Place names, Slavic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Gordan, Gordon

Gordan originates from South Slavic  gord meaning "dignified" or"proud" from Proto-Slavic good. The name is pronounced gor-dahn. Spelled Gordon (pr. gor-den), it's a Scottish surname derived from a place name meaning "spacious fort" from Welsh elements gor (spacious) and din (fort) though it may also come from Old English meaning "mud hill" or "dirty hill". Another possible etymology of Gordon is from Gallo-Roman… Continue reading Gordan, Gordon

D names, Earth, Elements, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dune

Dune is an English word referring to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions; the word itself comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from PIE *dʰewh₂- (to close, finish, come full circle). Origin:… Continue reading Dune

Cornish, D names, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Denzil

Denzil has several possible meanings but nothing concrete, and they may not even be accurate. It’s from a surname denoting someone who came from a place called Denzell in Cornwall. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “fort”, “fertile highland” or “high stronghold”. I’ve also seen it listed as being a pet form of German name Denz, a short… Continue reading Denzil

Black/Dark, C names, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Irish, Love/Beloved, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Carey

Carey is an English unisex name, derived from Irish surname Ó Ciardha meaning "descendant of Ciardha", the latter a given name derived from Irish ciar meaning "black" though it may also be derived from Welsh caer meaning "fort, castle", making it a variant form of Carew meaning "fort on the hill". Carey may also be derived from Irish car (love) which comes from Proto-Celtic *kareti (to… Continue reading Carey

Black/Dark, C names, Color, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Carlyle

Carlyle is a variant spelling of Carlisle, a surname derived from the name of a city in Cumbria, England. The place was originally called Luguvalium, originally a Roman settlement named by the Ancient Romans meaning "strength of Luguvalos", made up of Lugus, a Celtic god associated with the Roman god Mercury; the origin of his name is unknown though it's… Continue reading Carlyle

B names, Berry, Female, Food, Latin, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bailey

Bailey is a unisex given name which comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it's an occupational surname meaning "bailiff", referring to someone who was an officer of the court, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff's deputy in charge with keeping order; it derives from Latin bāiulus (carrier, porter; manager, steward); it also… Continue reading Bailey

English, L names, Latin, Male, Middle English, Old English, Place names, Surname names

Lester

Origin: English, Latin Meaning: There are two possible origins to the name. The first is that it could be a variant of litster, a Middle English word meaning “to dye” or “dye”, referring to a textile dyer. Lester is also derived from the name of a city, Leicester; the first part of the name comes… Continue reading Lester