Saber

Saber refers to a type of backsword with a curved blade. The word comes from French sabre (single-edged sword) via German Säbel via Hungarian szablya (saber) via szab (to cut), which itself derives from an uncertain source. It could be derived from a Turkic origin or a Tungusic one. Saber is also a Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician, and Occitan…

Malia

Malia is a Hawaiian female name, the Hawaiian form of Mary, the English form of Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr,…

Sevilla

Sevilla is the name of a city in Spain, the capital of Andalusia. It has a long history of colonization of various civilizations, first colonized by the Phoenicians who name dit Spal meaning “valley, plain” in the Phoenician language, from sefela (valley, plain). During Roman rule, the name became Hispalis, than Isbilia when the Moors took over, which eventually…

Corexia

Corexia is an intriguing female name with irritatingly very little information behind it. What I could find is that it’s a Galician female name, or at least I found used once as a Galician name, according to this website I came across which explores medieval names in the western world (here). I’ve noticed that in Galician…

Froila

Froila is a Galician, Spanish, and Portuguese male name which seems to come from a Gothic source. The first element of the name seems to be derived from Proto-Germanic *frawjô meaning “lord” combined with diminutive suffix *ila. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Froilán (Spanish) Froilan (Spanish, English) Froylán (Spanish) Fruela (Spanish) Froia (Spanish)   Female forms: Froilana (Spanish) Froiliuba…

Alma

Alma is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “soul” which comes from Latin anima (soul, spirit, life) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and as a Spanish name derives from this source. However, as an English female name it could possible be derived from Latin almus meaning “nourishing”. In Azerbaijani and Hungarian, alma is a word…

Avila

Avila is the name of a city in Spain (spelled Ávila). The origin of the name is unknown; it may have been originally named as Abula. Avila may also be derived from Germanic avi, of unknown meaning though possibly meaning “desired” or “wished for”. Ávila is also a surname, a locational name for someone who came from…

Lino

Lino is the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Galician form of Linus, the name of a son of the god Apollo in Greek mythology. The name comes from Greek linos meaning “flax” of uncertain etymology though it could possibly be derived from a PIE root word. Lino is also a shortened form of names ending in -lino such as Angelino which derives from Latin Angelus. It…

Terra

Terra is the Latin word for “earth, soil; dry land” and in Roman mythology Terra is the name of a goddess of earth which derives from a PIE root word *ters- (dry), and is also a word in Italian, Galician and Catalan derived from Latin. It’s also possible that Terra is a variant spelling of Tara, (which…

Lois

Lois is a female given name of uncertain origin. It was the name of the grandmother of Timothy, a disciple of St. Paul who wrote two epistles to him. A possible meaning attributed to the name is from Ancient Greek loion meaning “more desirable, agreeable”. However, according to this site it’s also possible that the name may be…