Tourmaline

Tourmaline is the name of a type of borosilicate mineral which can be found in a variety of colors, as well as colorless. It's used as a crystal and gemstone. The origin of the word comes from French tourmaline via Sinhalese tòramalli (Sinhalese being an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the people of Sri Lanka) of unknown meaning. I've seen …

Arrosa

Arrosa is a Basque female name, the Basque form of Rose, the name of a flower 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”. Arrosa also means "pink" in Basque. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning …

Benoit

Benoit (pr. ben-wa; Forvo) is a French male name, the French form of Benedict, the English form of  Late Latin Benedictus meaning “blessed”, made up from bene (good) and dicere (to say, speak) both of which derive from a PIE origin. Benoit is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Benoît (French) Benoist (French, Medieval French)      

Metis

Metis is the name of a Titaness in Greek mythology, the personification of good counsel, prudence, cunning, and wisdom. She was the one who made a potion to force Cronus to throw up the children he had swallowed, helped Zeus during the war of the Olympian gods against the Titans, and was his first wife. However, a …

Apollon

Apollon is a Greek and French variant of Apollo, the name of the Greek god of prophecy, medicine, the sun, light, music, poetry, plague and disease, and one of the most important gods in both the Greek and Roman pantheon; and the twin brother of Artemis, the children of Leto and Zeus. Apollon is also a French surname. The origin …

Valery

Valery is a Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian male name, a variant transcription of Valeriy which comes from Valerius, an Ancient Roman cognomen derived from Latin valere meaning “to be healthy, strong” via PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Spelled Valéry, it's a French male name which in this case seems to derive from an Ancient Germanic name, Walaric, Walherich; the second element of the name comes from …

Bayard

Bayard is a male given name meaning "reddish brown" though it later became associated with someone of exceptional courage and integrity, such as Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (lord of Bayard), a French knight in the late 15th century who was considered the epitome of a chivalrous knight, earning the title le chevalier sans peur et sans …

Regis

Regis comes from French Régis, which comes from a surname meaning "of the king" or "ruler" from French régir (to govern) via a PIE root word; it originated as an occupational name for someone who worked in the king's household. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Régis (French)  

Lysette

Lysette is a female given name, a variant spelling of Lisette, originally a French diminutive of Élisabeth, the French form of Elizabeth, an English female name which comes from Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Lisette (French, English) Lisetta (Italian) Lysetta (English)  

Chantal

Chantal comes from a French surname meaning "stone, stony" which comes from Old Occitan cantal (stone); although its popularly become associated with Old French chant (song), there's no etymological link between the two. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Chantel (English) Chantelle (English) Shantel (English) Shantelle (English)  

Tarragon

Tarragon is the name of a perennial herb (Artemisia dracunculus) found in Europe and parts of Asia which can be used as a seasoning in cooking. The name comes from Latin tragonia via Arabic tarkun, tarkhon (tarragon, estragon) which itself is borrowed from Ancient Greek drakóntion via drakon (dragon, serpent), via derkomai (to see clearly) derived from PIE root *derḱ- (to see). Tarragon …

Roxanne

Roxanne is a female given name which comes from Persian Roshanak meaning “bright, light, shining” either from Avestan raoxšna- (radiant, shining) or Middle Persian rōšn (light; bright light). It derives from PIE *lówksneh₂ (moon) from root word *lewk- (bright; to shine; to see). Nicknames: Rox, Roxy/Roxie, Anne, Annie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Roxane (French, English, Ancient Greek Roxana (Latinized Ancient Greek, English, Spanish, Romanian) Roksana …