Ancient Greek, Etruscan, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Virtues/Attributes


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… Continue reading Larissa

Animals, Birds, Crow, Earth, Elements, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Raven, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


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;… Continue reading Rocco

Animals, Arthurian legends & myths, Birds, Elements, Falcon, M names, Male, Nature, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


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… Continue reading Merlin

Black/Dark, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, K names, Love/Beloved, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


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… Continue reading Kearie

A names, Color, Fairy, Female, Male, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Red/Crimson, Roman mythology, Turkic, Turkic mythology, Turkish, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yoruba


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… Continue reading Alara

B names, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Scottish, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


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… Continue reading Brody

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


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… Continue reading Marvin

Ancient Greek, Etruscan, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nickname names, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


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… Continue reading Lara

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


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

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


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)