Imogen

Imogen was first used by Shakespeare in his play Cymbeline (1609), believed to have been a misspelling of an already existing name, Innogen, a name of uncertain meaning. The name is believed to have been derived from Gaelic inghean meaning “maiden girl” and “daughter” which ultimately derives from PIE root word *ǵenh₁-(to produce, to beget, to give birth). Innogen is…

Hester

Hester is the Latin form of Esther, a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to a Persian word meaning “star”; it’s also possible that the name could be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown. Hester is also a surname though it originates from…

Barry

Barry is the anglicized form of Bairre, an Irish male name which is a diminutive of either Fionnbharr or Barrfhion both of which mean “fair hair” or “fair-headed”, composed of fionn (white, fair) and barr (head). As a surname Barry has several possible origins: as an Irish surname it could be used as an anglicized form of Berach meaning “sharp” or…

Dara

Dara is a given name with a variety of meanings and origins: Dara is a male name in Irish which comes from dair meaning “oak” which comes from Proto-Celtic *daru deriving from a PIE root word. Dara is also an anglicized form of Dáire meaning “fruitful, fertile” and is the name of several figures in Irish mythology; it’s also a…

Melody

Melody refers to a pleasant-sounding succession or arrangement of sounds. It means “singing, chanting” which comes from Middle English melodie via Old French deriving from Latin melōdia, itself derived from Ancient Greek melōidíā (song, singing; chant; music) made up from Ancient Greek melos (song, tune, music) and ōidḗ, a contracted form of aoidḗ (song, ode; legend, tale, story), both of which derive from an unknown etymology….

Connor

Connor is the anglicized form of Gaelic Conchobhar meaning “lover of hounds” from Old Irish con (dog, hound) which derives from Proto-Celtic *kū (dog; wolf) derived from PIE *ḱwṓ (dog); and cobar (desiring) also derived from a PIE root word. Connor is also a surname derived from the given name. In Irish myth, Conchobhar mac Nessa was a legendary king of Ulster who was responsible for…

Duncan

Duncan is the anglicized form of Gaelic Donnchadh which means “brown battle” from Gaelic donn which comes from Proto-Celtic *dusnos (brown) via Proto-Indo-European *dunnos- (dark), and cath (battle) also derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Another possible meaning I’ve seen for the name is “brown chieftain”. Duncan is also a surname derived from the given name. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1606), Duncan is the king of…

Hector

Hector is the name of the Trojan hero, the son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, and the husband of Andromache. He was the most beloved warrior in Troy and considered noble, virtuous, and dutiful. Hector was killed by Achilles and his body dragged around by a chariot (though his body was preserved by Apollo…

Keegan

Keegan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Mac Aodhagáin, meaning “son of Aodhagán”, the latter a pet diminutive (or sort of nickname) for Aodh, a male given name meaning “fire” from Old Irish Áed deriving from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eydʰ- (to burn, kindle; fire). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Keagan (English) Kegan (English) Egan (English) Eagan (English)