C names, Elements, Fire, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Colbert

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Arthurian legends & myths, F names, Fairy, Female, Gaelic, Mythological creatures, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Fay

Fay is a female given name which derives from several sources: the first is that it's another word for "fairy", coming from Middle English faie via Latin fata meaning "destiny, fate" derived from PIE root word *bʰeh₂- (to speak, say). In Arthurian legend, it's the epithet of Morgan le Fay (meaning Morgan the fairy); it's also been used as a nickname for… Continue reading Fay

Female, J names, Japanese, Korean, Male, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Seasons, Sound, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Juno

Juno is the wife of the the Roman god Jupiter and the Roman goddess of marriage and women, making her the Greek counterpart of Hera. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it could be linked to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful, young” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life, age, eternity). Juno is traditionally a female given name but… Continue reading Juno

C names, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Carlton

Carlton is an English male name derived from a surname via a place name meaning "settlement of free peasants" or "settlement of free men", referring to numerous places in England made up from Germanic Karl  “man”, originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society,… Continue reading Carlton

C names, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Carla

Carla is the feminine form of Carlo (Italian), Carlos (Spanish, Portuguese), and Carl (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English), all of which come from Charles, an English and French name derived from Germanic name Karl meaning “man”. 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… Continue reading Carla

Female, Literature, Persian, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Shahrazad

Shahrazad is a Persian female name meaning "free city" or "freer of city" from Persian elements shahr (city) and azad (free). I've also seen azad meaning "noble" so the name would suggest someone born from a noble lineage, but I'm not too clear of the etymology behind that. Shahrazad is the name of a storyteller in the 1001 Nights,… Continue reading Shahrazad

Akkadian, Ancient Greek, Animals, Elements, Female, German/Germanic, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Horses/Stallions, L names, Mythology, Nature, Nickname names, Night/Evening, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Sumerian, Virtues/Attributes, Wind/Air

Lita

Lita was originally used as a nickname for names ending in -lita such as Rosalita (Spanish diminutive of Rosa, the Latin form of Rose which derives from Latin rosa meaning “rose” via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning “fame”, originally… Continue reading Lita

F names, Female, Latin, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Francis, Frances

Francis/Frances is 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", or the name could be derived from a type of spear they used. Francis is the typical masculine spelling while Frances is usually used for women.… Continue reading Francis, Frances

C names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Gaelic, Joy, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Carroll

Carroll comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Cearbhall which may derived from Gaelic cearbh meaning "hacking", which may have been a byname for a butcher or a fierce warrior. Carroll could also be a variant spelling of Carol, either a shortened form of Caroline which ultimately comes from Proto-Germanic *karilaz meaning “free man”, though Carol is also an English word meaning "joyful… Continue reading Carroll

Ancient Greek, Animals, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, H names, Horses/Stallions, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Virtues/Attributes

Hippolyta

Hippolyta is an Ancient Greek name, the Latinized form of Hippolyte, the feminine form of Hippolytos meaning "freer of horses" from Ancient Greek elements hippos (horse) and lytos (loosen, undone). In Greek mythology, Hippolyta was an Amazonian queen who possessed a magic girdle which was given to her by her father, the god Ares. It was one of the labors of Hercules… Continue reading Hippolyta

C names, Female, German/Germanic, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Virtues/Attributes

Caroline

Caroline is the French form of Carolina, the feminine form of Carolus which is the Latin form of Charles, derived from Germanic Karl from Proto-Germanic *karilaz meaning "free man", used to refer to men who were not thralls or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society so it connotes the idea of a free man. Nicknames: Carrie Origin: Proto-Germanic   Variants:… Continue reading Caroline

A names, Battle/War, Earth, Elements, English, Gaelic, German/Germanic, Male, Nature, Old English, Physical Attributes, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Arlo

Arlo is an English male name of uncertain meaning. It was used by English poet Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen (1590-1596) as the name of a place called Arlo Hill which he might have based on a real place name, Aherlow, a Gaelic name meaning "lowland between two high lands" or "between two highlands".… Continue reading Arlo

Ancient Germanic, C names, Female, German/Germanic, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Carlotta

Carlotta is the Italian form of Charlotte, itself the French feminine form of Charles which ultimately comes from Karl, a Germanic masculine name meaning “man”, used to refer to men who were not thralls or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society so it connotes the idea of a “free man”. Origin: Germanic Variants:… Continue reading Carlotta

A names, Female, Hindu mythology, Mythology, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes

Aditi

Aditi is an Indian female name meaning "free, limitless, boundless, entire", "freedom, security" or "have nothing to give" in Sanskrit. Aditi is also the name of the Mother Goddess in Hindu mythology, mother of all the gods and of the whole cosmos, as well as being the Goddess of divine wisdom. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Adhiti (Indian)… Continue reading Aditi

C names, Female, German/Germanic, Male, Physical Attributes, Unisex

Charlie

Charlie is often used as a short form of Charles or its feminine forms Charlotte and Charlene, derived from Germanic name Karl meaning "man". 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".… Continue reading Charlie

Anglo-Norman, English, F names, French, Male, Middle English, Old French, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Franklin

Origin: Anglo-Norman Meaning: originally a surname which comes from Middle English frankeleyn meaning "free man" from Old French fraunclein referring to someone who owned land but was not of noble birth. Nicknames include: Frank and Franky/Frankie Variants: Franklyn