Frankie

Frankie is a nickname for Francis/Frances or any of its forms (Franklin, Francesca, etc.). The name comes from Franciscus, a Late Latin name meaning “Frenchman” which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning “free” or “free man”, though it may also be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô meaning “spear, javelin”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Franky…

Charles

Charles comes from Germanic Karl meaning “man” via Proto-Germanic *karilaz (free man) derived from a PIE root word. It was originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society, connoting the idea of a “free man”. Charles is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames:…

Chuck

Chuck originates as a nickname for Charles, the English form of Germanic Karl meaning “man” via Proto-Germanic *karilaz (free man) derived from a PIE root word. It was originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society, connoting the idea of a “free man”. Nicknames: Chuckie/Chucky Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Françoise

Françoise is a French female name, the feminine form of François which is the French form of Franciscus, a Late Latin name meaning “Frenchman” which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning “free” or “free man”, though it may also be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô meaning “spear, javelin. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Francine (French,…

Frisco

Frisco can be used as a shortened form of Francisco, the Spanish and Portuguese form of  Francis, the English form of Late Latin Franciscus meaning “Frenchman” which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning “free” or “free man”, though it may also be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô meaning “spear, javelin). Frisco has…

Charlotte

Charlotte is the French feminine form of Charlot, which is the French male diminutive of Charles which comes from Germanic Karl meaning “man” via Proto-Germanic *karilaz (free man) derived from a PIE root word. It was originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society, connoting the idea of…

Sissy

Sissy is used as a nickname for names like Elizabeth (meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance” from Hebrew ‘Elisheva) , Cecilia/Cecelia (which comes from a Roman family name via Latin caecus meaning “blind”), Priscilla (which also comes from an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “old, ancient”) and Frances (which comes from Late Latin Franciscus meaning “Frenchman” which…

Kainoa

Kainoa is a Hawaian unisex name, though far more popular for boys than girls. It means “the namesake” made up of ka (the) and inoa (name; namesake), though it’s also been interpreted as being composed of kai (sea) and noa (free of taboo; a commoner). Nainoa is a variant of the name with the same meaning. Origin: Hawaiian Variants: Nainoa…

Colbert

Colbert comes from a French Norman surname derived from a Germanic personal name of uncertain meaning. While the second element comes from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) from a PIE source, the first element is confusing. I’ve seen it listed as possibly being derived from Old English cōl (cool) via Proto-Germanic *kōlaz (cool) from PIE root *gel- (cold; to freeze). It may also be…