Guinevere

Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur who was in love with Lancelot and whose affair led to her husband's downfall. Guinevere is the Norman French form of Gwenhwyfar, made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name essentially means "fair phantom", "white phantom" or "white magical being". Nicknames: … Continue reading Guinevere

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Ginger

Ginger is name of a flower and spice which comes from Old English gingifer (influenced by Old French gingembre) derived from Latin zingiberi from Ancient Greek zingíberis from Prakrit (Middle Indic) singabera derived from Sanskrit srngaveram meaning "horn body" from srngram (horn) and vera (body), though it may also be derived from an Old Tamil word inchi-ver meaning "ginger root"; it may also be a nickname for Virginia, the feminine form of an Ancient … Continue reading Ginger

Gabrielle

Gabrielle is the French feminine form of Gabriel, which comes from Hebrew Gavri’el meaning “God is my strong man” or “God is my strength”. Nicknames: Gabby, Brielle Origin: Hebrew Variants: Gabriella (Hungarian, Italian, Swedish, English) Gabriela (Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, German, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Bulgarian) Gabrijela (Croatian) Gabriëlle (Dutch) Gabriele (German) Gabrielė (Lithuanian) Gavrila (Romanian)   Male forms: Gabriel … Continue reading Gabrielle

Gentiana

Gentiana is the name of a genus of flowering plants, as well as also being the strictly feminine form of Gentian, derived from the given name Gentius which seems to have gotten its name from an Illyrian king supposedly because he discovered the medicinal properties of the plant. Though the etymology is uncertain, it could be derived from … Continue reading Gentiana

Gita

Gita is an Indian female name meaning "song" from Sanskrit gītā (song). The Bhagavad Gita (the divine song) is a Hindu epic poem in which the god Krishna and the prince Arjuna have a philosophical dialogue about the righteousness of battle against friends and family (Arjuna is about to battle his own cousin).  Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Geet (Hindi, Urdu) … Continue reading Gita

Gale

Gale refers to a very strong wind derived from gaile meaning "wind" of uncertain origin though perhaps related to Old Norse gol (breeze) or Old Danish gal meaning "bad, furious" in reference to the wind, derived from Old Norse gala meaning "to shout, charm away" or from Old English galan meaning "to sing, enchant, call" which ultimately derives form Proto-Indo-European gʰel- (to call, chant, shout). Gale is also … Continue reading Gale

Gilberte

Gilberte (pr. zheel-bert in French; Forvo and Youtube) is the French female form of Gilbert, an English male name meaning "bright pledge" or "bright hostage" from Germanic elements gisil (pledge, host) and beraht (bright). Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Gilberta (Dutch, Italian)   Male forms: Gilbert (Ancient Germanic, German, Dutch, French, English) Giselbert (Ancient Germanic) Gisilbert (Ancient Germanic) Gilberto (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)  

Gerda

Gerda is the feminine form of Dutch and German given name Gerd, a short form of Gerhard, the Scandinavian form of Gerard meaning "brave spear, hardy spear" from Germanic elements ger (spear) and hard (brave, hardy). Gerda is also the name of a Norse goddess and jotunn (giant) in Norse mythology, the wife of Freyr. The name comes from Old Norse garðr meaning "protection, fenced-in, … Continue reading Gerda

Gilda

Gilda comes from Germanic element gild meaning "sacrifice, value", originally a nickname for Ermenegilda, the Italian feminine form of Ermenegildo, itself the Italian form of Spanish and Portuguese name Hermenegildo which comes from a Visigothic name meaning "complete sacrifice" or "whole sacrifice" from Germanic elements ermen (whole, universal) and gild (sacrifice, value). Gilda could also be from Old English gyldan meaning "to gild, to cover with a thin … Continue reading Gilda