Alvin

Alvin is an English male name, a variant of either Ælfwine (meaning “elf friend”), Æðelwine (“noble friend”) or Ealdwine (“old friend”). Alvin is also an English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Elvin (English) Alwin (German, Dutch, Ancient Germanic) Alwyn (English) Adalwin (Ancient Germanic) Alfwin (Ancient Germanic) Alboin (Ancient Germanic) Ælfwine (Anglo-Saxon) Æðelwine (Anglo-Saxon) Ealdwine (Anglo-Saxon) Æthelwine (Anglo-Saxon)…

Rowena

Rowena is an English female given name of uncertain meaning. It was the name of the daughter of the Saxon warrior (and later king) Hengist who was married to Vortigern, a British warlord also known by the title “King of the Britons”. However, the name appears to have first been used by Geoffrey of Monmouth, an English clergyman and chronicler…

Ames

Ames comes from an English surname, originating from the Medieval English and French given name Amis which comes from Latin amicus meaning “friend, friendly; amicable” which itself derives from Latin amare (to love) derived from a PIE root word. It seems to have originated as a nickname for someone who was friendly or well-liked. As a German surname it…

Oscar

Oscar is the name of a figure in Irish mythology, the son of Oisín, a hero and a poet, and the fairy Niamh, and the grandson of Fionn mac Cumhail. The name means “deer friend” made up from Middle Irish os (deer) and cara (friend). It could also be derived from Old English Osgar meaning “god spear” made up from…

Yuka

Yuka is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: yu 由 “wherefore; reason, cause” + ka 香 “incense, smell, perfume” (由香); yu 由 “wherefore; reason, cause” + ka 華 “splendor, flower, petal” (由華); yu 由 “wherefore; reason, cause” + ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent” (由佳); yu 結 “tie, fasten, join, organize; end, conclude” + ka 花 “flower” (結花); yu 有 “exist; have; possess”…

Savina

Savina is an Italian female name, the Italian form of Sabina, the feminine form of Ancient Roman cognomen Sabinus meaning “Sabine”, referring to a member of an ancient tribe in Italy that was eventually assimilated into the Roman Empire. From what I could find, it supposedly means “of one’s own” derived from a PIE root word, however I’ve seen…

Anissa

Anissa is a female given name, likely a combination of Anna (the Latinate form of Hannah meaning “favor, grace”) combined with the -issa suffix. It could also be a variant spelling of Anisa, an Arabic female name meaning “friendly, friend, companion, companionable”. Anisa is also a variant form of Anise, the name of a flowering plant in the Mediterranean used as an…

Baldwin

Baldwin is an English male name meaning “bold friend” or “brave friend”, made up from Proto-Germanic elements *balþaz (strong, bold) and *winiz (loved one, friend). Baldwin is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Baldo Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Baldovin (Ancient Germanic) Baudouin (French) Baldovino (Italian) Balduíno (Portuguese) Balduino (Spanish) Boudewijn (Dutch) Maldwyn (Welsh) Baldvin (Icelandic, Faroese) Balduinus…

Wynne

Wynne is an English unisex given name which seems to be derived from Welsh gwyn meaning “blessed, fair, white” deriving from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Wynne may also derive from another source, from Old English wine (friend, lord, protector) via Proto-Germanic *winiz (loved one, friend) derived from a PIE root word. Wynne is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European…