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

Alden

Alden comes from an English surname derived from personal given name Ealdwine meaning "old friend" made up from Old English eald (old) via Proto-Germanic *aldaz (old, grown up) derived from a PIE root word; and wine (friend, lord, protector) which also derives from a PIE root word. Alden could also be a variant form of Aldan or Haldan, a Swedish form of Halfdan, the… Continue reading Alden

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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

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

Cara

Cara comes from an Italian word, the feminine singular of caro meaning "dear, beloved; precious, expensive"; it comes from Latin cārus (dear, beloved; expensive) via Proto-Italic *kāros (dear) derived from PIE root word *keh₂- (to desire, wish). Cara is also an Irish word meaning "friend" coming from Old Irish carae (friend; relative) via Proto-Celtic *karants (friend) derived from the same PIE root word… Continue reading Cara

A names, Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Greek, Hebrew, Love/Beloved, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Amos

Amos comes from Hebrew meaning "carried (by God)" which comes from a Hebrew verb meaning "to carry, load; burden". It's also a surname which could be derived from the given name, but it also has another origin as an English surname derived from Old French Amis, originally a nickname meaning "friend" which comes from Latin amicus (friend), a… Continue reading Amos

Female, Japanese, M names, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Mayu

Mayu is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + yu 優 "tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior" (真優); ma 満 "full; fullness; enough; satisfy" + yu 夕 "evening" (満夕); ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + yu 由 "cause, reason; from, arising from" (真由); ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + yu 夕 "evening" (真夕); ma 茉 "white jasmine"… Continue reading Mayu

A names, Anise, Arabic, Egyptian, Female, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Anisa

Anisa is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Anis 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 herb and spice. The name comes from Latin anisum meaning "anise" derived from Ancient Greek anison which seems to be derived from an Egyptian source.… Continue reading Anisa

D names, Female, Male, Native American, Sioux, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Dakota

Dakota is a unisex given name as well as the name of two states in the US: North and South Dakota. The name derives from a Native American tribe belonging to the Sioux tribe meaning "friend, friendly" or "allies". It's also known as Lakota and Nakota in different dialects of the language. Nicknames: Kota, Koda Origin: Native… Continue reading Dakota

Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Joy, Love/Beloved, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Winston

Winston comes from an English surname derived from a place name with two possible meanings: it could either be derived from Wynnstan, an Old English name meaning "joy stone" from Old English elements wyn (joy) which comes from Proto-Germanic *wunjō (joy, delight, pleasure) derived from PIE *wenh₁- (to love); and stan (stone) which also derives from a PIE root word; Winston may also derive from… Continue reading Winston

A names, Animals, Boar, Color, Elements, Green, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Arvin

Arvin has three possible etymologies and meanings: the first is that is a variant transcription of Arvind, an Indian male name meaning "lotus" from Sanskrit aravinda; Arvin could be a variant of Irvin, an English surname which would either be a variant of Irwin meaning "boar friend" from a Proto--Indo-European source; or it could be a variant of Irving, a Scottish surname… Continue reading Arvin

Ancient Egyptian, Arabic, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Z names

Zane

Zane is an English surname of unknown meaning though there have been attempts to link it as a shortened form of Zanelli and Zanetti, both Italian surnames deriving from the given name Zani which is the Italian form of John, the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochana meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Other possible origins include: it may have… Continue reading Zane

Animals, Boar, Gaelic, I names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Irwin

Irwin comes from an English surname derived from Old English given name Eoforwine meaning "boar friend" from Old English eofor (boar) from Proto-Germanic *eburaz (boar)  from a Proto-Indo-European source; and wine (friend, protector, lord) from Proto-Germanic *winiz (friend, loved one) which also derives from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (to wish, love, desire). Irwin is also derived from a Gaelic surname, the anglicized form of O' hEireamhoin meaning "descendant of Eireamhan", the… Continue reading Irwin

Animals, Birds, Female, Hindu mythology, Japanese, M names, Male, Mythology, Night/Evening, Numbers, Peacock, Place names, Sanskrit, Sound, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Mayura

Mayura comes from Sanskrit mayūra (मयूर) meaning "peacock", an Indian male name. In Hindu mythology, the peacock is a sacred bird believed to have been created from the feathers of the Garuda, also a legendary bird in HIndu myth. Mayura is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "cocoon +… Continue reading Mayura

Arabic, Elements, Female, Night/Evening, S names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes, Wind/Air

Samira

Samira is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Samir meaning "companion in evening talk" or "night conversation companion", referring to someone who stayed up into the evening talking to friends. Samira is also an Indian female name, also the feminine form of Samir, an Indian male name meaning "wind, air" in Sanskrit. Origin: Arabic, Sanskrit Variants: Sameera… Continue reading Samira

Elves, Emotion/Feelings, English, Female, Gaelic, Hebrew, Love/Beloved, Mythological creatures, Nature, Nickname names, Old English, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Indo-Iranian, Sanskrit, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vina

Vina is an Indian and Indonesian female name meaning "lute" which comes from the Sanskrit word veena, which is also a word for the Indian stringed musical instrument. It derives from Proto-Indo-Iranian *wī́nā (lute). Vina is also a short form of names such as Davina (a feminine form of David meaning "beloved" from Hebrew), Alvina (a feminine form of Alvin meaning either… Continue reading Vina

Female, Japanese, T names, Virtues/Attributes

Tomoyo

Tomoyo is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "wisdom; knowledge; intellect; reason + generation; world; society" (智世); "ethics; companion + generation; world; society" (倫世); "to know; wisdom + generation; world; society" (知世); "wisdom; knowledge; intellect; reason + substitute; change; convert; world; society" (智代); "friend + generation; world;… Continue reading Tomoyo

Color, Female, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Welsh, White

Winnifred

Winnifred is a variant spelling of Winifred, the anglicized form of Gwenfrewi, a Welsh female name meaning "blessed peace" or "fair peace" from Welsh elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and frewi (peace, reconciliation). It may also be related to Winfred, an Old English male name meaning "peaceful friend" or "friend of peace" from wine (friend) and frid (peace). Nicknames: Winnie, Win, Fred, Freddie/Freddy Origin: Welsh… Continue reading Winnifred

Battle/War, Emotion/Feelings, Female, German/Germanic, Hebrew, Male, Nickname names, Old Norse, R names, Sorrow, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Ruth

Ruth is a Hebrew female name of uncertain origin though the most popular theory is that it is linked to Hebrew re'ut meaning "companion" or "friend", though other possible theories include: "refreshment", "appearance, beauty", and "pasture". Ruth may also be related to Middle English word ruthe or reuth meaning "pity, compassion", "sorrow, grief" derived from Old Norse hryggð (sorrow, grief). Ruth is also a… Continue reading Ruth