Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jadin

Jadin is a variant spelling of Jaden,  and while seemingly a modern American name that has become increasingly popular in the last two decades with the aden suffix (alongside Aiden, Hayden, Caden), it's possible that it arose as a variant spelling of Jadon, a Hebrew male name of uncertain meaning though I've seen it listed as either meaning "thankful" or… Continue reading Jadin

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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

Breton, J names, Male, Virtues/Attributes

Judikael

Judikael is the Breton form of Judicaël, itself the French form of Old Breton Iudicael which means "generous lord" or "generous prince" from iud (lord, prince) and cael (generous). Nicknames: Jude, Kael/Cael, Kale/Cale Origin: Breton Variants: Judicaël (French) Iudicael (Old Breton) Yezekael (Breton) Juhel (French) Judael (French) Judel (French) Judhael (French) Judhel (French) Judhellus (Latinized French)   Feminine forms: Judicaëlle (French, Breton)… Continue reading Judikael

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

Bellamy

Bellamy comes from a French surname meaning "fair/fine friend" or "handsome/beautiful friend" which comes from French beau/belle (handsome, fine attractive) via Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome) via PIE duenos/duonos(good) which is the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere); and ami (friend) via Latin amicus (friend), a derivative of amare (to love) which could be derived from a PIE root word. It likely originated as a… Continue reading Bellamy

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

Pauline

Pauline is a French feminine form of Paul which comes from a Roman family name, Paulinus, meaning "small" or "humble" from Latin paulus (little, small) which derives from a PIE root word, *peh₂w- (few, little). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Paulene (English) Pauleen (English) Paulina (Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, Lithuanian, English, Ancient Roman) Pavlina (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek) Polina (Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek) Polya… Continue reading Pauline

Animals, Birds, Blackbird, Elements, Female, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Merle

Merle is the French word for "blackbird" which comes from Latin merula (blackbird) derived from a PIE root word; it's also a French surname which may have derived as a nickname for someone who resembled or had traits of a blackbird. As an English given name, Merle may be a variant spelling of Merrill, an English surname derived from… Continue reading Merle

Female, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-Iranian, Virtues/Attributes

Nicolette

Nicolette originally derived as a French diminutive of Nicole, the French feminine form of Nicholas meaning "victory of the people" coming from Ancient Greek Nikolaos made up from nike (victory) and laos (people), both deriving from PIE root words. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nicoletta (Italian) Nicole (French, English, Dutch, German) Nichole (English) Nicollette (English) Nichola (English) Nikola (German, Polish, Czech, Slovak) Nicola (German, Czech,… Continue reading Nicolette

Ancient Greek, Black/Dark, Color, M names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Maurice

Maurice comes from Late Latin Mauritius, a Roman name, a derivative of Maurus meaning "dark-skinned" in reference to someone who came from the country of Mauritania or who was of Moorish descent. It derives from Ancient Greek mauros (black, dark). Maurice is also an English and French derived from the given name. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Maurus (Late Roman) Mauro (Italian,… Continue reading Maurice

Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Philbert

Philbert is a French male name, a later spelling of Filibert meaning "much brightness" from Germanic elements filu (much) and beraht (bright). The spelling of the name seems to have been changed to resemble Greek philos (friend, lover) or to resemble Philippe, the French form of Philip meaning "lover of horses". Philbert is also a French surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Philbert

Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, G names, Hebrew, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Gael

Gael (pr. ga-el or gale) is an anglicized spelling of Gaël, a Breton male name of uncertain origin and meaning. It could be derived from a contracted form of Gwenaël, a French name meaning "generous" or "white +genereous" from Breton gwenn (white, fair, blessed) derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white); and hael (generous). I've also seen it linked to Gael, the ethonym of an ethnic group related to Ireland,… Continue reading Gael

Female, Hebrew, J names, Literature, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Virtues/Attributes

Jessica

Jessica first appeared as a name in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596) likely basing it on an existing name, Iscah (which would have been known as Jescha in his time) derived from Hebrew Yiskah meaning "to behold", "foresight" or "one who looks forth". Nicknames: Jess, Jessie/Jessy/Jessi/Jessye Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jessika (German, English) Gessica (Italian) Yessica… Continue reading Jessica

Battle/War, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herbert

Herbert is an English male name meaning "bright army" made up from Germanic elements hari (army) from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army) derived from a PIE root word; and beraht (bright) via Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) also derived from a PIE root word. Herbert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Herb, Herbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Heribert (Germanic) Haribert (Ancient… Continue reading Herbert

Etruscan mythology, Female, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Mars

Mars is the name of the god of war in Roman mythology, making Ares his Greek counterpart, although Mars played a more prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. Mars is also the name of a planet. Much like the previous two posts, I consider this a unisex name. As for the etymology… Continue reading Mars

A names, Akkadian, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Abel

Abel is a Hebrew male name possibly derived from Hebrew hevel (הֶבֶל) meaning “breath, vapor; vanity” or from Akkadian ablu meaning “son”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen for the name is that it may be related to a word meaning “herdsman”, in reference to Abel’s role as a shepherd while his brother Cain was a farmer. Abel is also a surname… Continue reading Abel

C names, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Word names

Cadette

Cadette is the feminine singular of cadet in French, which refers to a student in military school training to be an officer in English, derived from French cadet which was used to refer to the younger sons of a noble family who won't inherit. The name comes from Latin capitellum meaning "small head" and "capital or chapter of a… Continue reading Cadette

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

Kevin

Kevin is the anglicized form of Irish Caoimhín which derives from an older form, Cóemgein meaning "gentle birth" or "handsome birth" from Old Irish elements cóem (kind, gentle, handsome)and gein (birth) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Kevin is also an Irish surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kevyn (English) Kevan (Irish) Kevon (English) Cefin… Continue reading Kevin

G names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Geoffrey

Geoffrey is the Norman French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning "peace" while the first element is trickier. It could be derived from Proto-Germanic *gautaz meaning "Geat", Old Germanic gawia meaning "territory", walha meaning "foreigner, Celtic, Gaul", or gisil meaning "hostage, pledge". It's also been conflated with Godfrey in the past meaning "peace of God". Geoffrey is… Continue reading Geoffrey

Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jordan

Jordan is an English unisex name, the name of a country in the Middle East named after the river that runs between it and Israel. The name comes from Hebrew yarden meaning "to go down, descend" or "flow down". It was a popular name in the Middle Ages because Crusaders and pilgrims brought the water back from the Jordan… Continue reading Jordan

Ancient Greek, C names, Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Corinne

Corinne is the French form of Corinna, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Korinna derived from kore meaning "maiden", from which Korë is derived from, the name of an epithet of Persephone, a Greek goddess. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Corinna (English, German, Latinized Ancient Greek) Corina (English, German, Romanian) Korinna (Ancient Greek) Korina (Greek, English) Corine (English) Korine (English) Coreen (English) Koreen… Continue reading Corinne