Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jadin

Jadin is a variant spelling of Jaden,  and while seemingly a modern American name that has become increasingly popular in the last two decades with the aden suffix (alongside Aiden, Hayden, Caden), it's possible that it arose as a variant spelling of Jadon, a Hebrew male name of uncertain meaning though I've seen it listed as either meaning "thankful" or… Continue reading Jadin

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Ancient Egyptian, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Love/Beloved, M names, Nature, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Molly

Molly originally started out as a diminutive of Mary (which comes from Hebrew 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, or from mr “love”) and Margaret (which comes… Continue reading Molly

Breton, Emotion/Feelings, Female, J names, Joy, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jewel

Jewel refers to a gem or precious stone, something that is considered a valuable and costly object. The origin of the word comes from Anglo-Norman juel via Old French jouel meaning "treasure, jewel". The origin of the word is uncertain though it may be based from Latin iocus (or jocus) meaning "joke, jest" derived from PIE *yek- (to speak); or it could be… Continue reading Jewel

Female, S names, Sanskrit, Semitic

Sappho

Sappho is an Ancient Greek female name possibly related to Greek sappheiros meaning "sapphire" either derived from a Semitic source or possibly from Sanskrit sanipriya meaning "dark-colored stone" or more literally "dear to Saturn". The name is famously associated with a 7th century Greek poetess and as a symbol of female homosexuality. Origin: Semitic, Sanskrit    

Female, Japanese, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Riko

Riko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: ri 莉 "jasmine" + ko 子 "child" (莉子); ri 理 "reason, logic" + ko 子 "child" (理子); ri 璃 "glassy; lapiz lazuli" + ko 子 "child" (璃子); ri 里 "village" + ko 子 "child". There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana りこ. Riko could also be a… Continue reading Riko

Elements, Female, Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Pearl

Pearl refers to a smooth rounded bead produced within the shell of a mollusk. This happens when a microscopic object becomes trapped within the mollusk. Natural pearls that occur without human intervention are very rare, making them very valuable. The name comes from Old French perle from Latin perla from perula meaning "little bag" derived from Ancient Greek pḗra (bag, satchel, wallet). It… Continue reading Pearl

Arabic, Birds, Color, Female, Japanese, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, R names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White

Rukiya

Rukiya is an interesting name with two sources: the first is that it's a variant spelling of Ruqayya, an Arabic female name which means "rise, ascent" or "spell, charm, incantation". Rukiya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "detain; fasten + hope; beg, request; rare; Greece +… Continue reading Rukiya

Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Egyptian, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, S names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Sukey

Sukey originally came about as a nickname for Susan or Susannah, which comes from Hebrew name Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”. It could also be a variant spelling of Tsuki, a Japanese word and name meaning "moon" (月) though it's also used as a karate term meaning "thrust" (突き). Suki… Continue reading Sukey

Female, G names, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Gemma

Gemma originally derived as an Italian nickname meaning "gem, gemstone, jewel". It comes from Latin gemma (jewel; bud on a plant) which is either derived from Proto-Indo-European *gembh- (tooth, nail) or Proto-Indo-European *gen- (to produce). Gemma is also an Italian surname originating from the given name. Gemma is used as a term in botany to refer to a… Continue reading Gemma

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Green, Kin/Family, Love/Beloved, Male, P names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yellow

Peridot

Peridot is the name of a gemstone in the olivine family which comes in an olive-green color though in some cases it looks like a yellowish-green color. Though the name is of uncertain etymology, it could be derived from Anglo-Norman pedoretés which comes from Ancient Greek paiderôs meaning "child of love" from paîs (child) and eros (love, desire) though it may also come… Continue reading Peridot

Ancient Greek, D names, Female, Greek, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Diamanto

Diamanto is a Greek female name meaning "diamond" from Old French diamant which comes from Latin adamas derived from Greek adamas meaning "unconquerable, invincible, untamed" made up from Ancient Greek a- (not) and damao (to tame, subdue) which comes from Proto-Indo-European *demh₂- (to tame, domesticate). Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Diamond (English) Diamantina (Greek)  

Female, Japanese, Latin, Latvian, Moon, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Quechua, R names, Roman mythology, Sound, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Runa

Runa has several possible meanings and etymologies such as: it is the Scandinavian feminine form of Rune, derived from Old Norse rún meaning "secret lore" which comes from Proto-Germanic *rūnō (whisper, murmur). it's also a Latin word meaning "dart" or "javelin"; it's also a Latvian word meaning "speech, delivery, talk"; it's also a Quechua word meaning "man, person,… Continue reading Runa

Female, M names, Nature, Sanskrit

Margery

Margery is a medieval English form of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” or "cluster of flowers" ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Marjorie (English) Marjory (English) Margaret (English) Margarita (Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Late Roman, Greek) Margarid (Armenian) Margarit (Armenian) Margarida (Catalan, Portuguese, Galician, Occitan) Margareta (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovene, Dutch,… Continue reading Margery

Ancient Egyptian, Earth, Egyptian, Female, J names, Nature, Persian, Virtues/Attributes

Jaspera

Jaspera is the feminine form of Jasper, a variant of Gaspar or Caspar which comes from a Persian name possibly meaning "treasurer" or "keeper of treasure". It was one of the names of the Three Magi who visited baby Jesus. Jasper is also the name of a variety of an opaque variety of quartz composed of red, yellow, brown… Continue reading Jaspera

A names, Anglo-Norman, Arabic, Brown, Color, English, Female, Norman French, Orange, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Yellow

Amberly

Amberly is an elaboration of Amber, which comes from Arabic ‘anbar(عنبر) meaning "ambergris (gray amber), used to refer to a color that is yellowish-brown-orange or jewelry that is made out of amber, or fossilized tree resin which can sometimes contain the fossils of insects stuck within it. The -lee or -ley ending comes from Old English meaning “clearing” or “grove”,… Continue reading Amberly

African, Battle/War, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Igbo, Japanese, Maori, Nickname names, O names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yoruba

Onika

Onika is an African female name though there doesn't seem to be a lot of accurate information on it. I've seen it with various meanings of "warrior", or it could be derived from Yoruba meaning "one in possession of", or it could be a short form of Onyekachi, an Igbo name meaning "who is greater than… Continue reading Onika

Female, Japanese, Nature, Nickname names, R names, Sanskrit

Rita

Rita is a short form of Margarita, the Latinate form of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning "pearl" ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari. I've also seen it listed as also being an Indian female name, derived from Sanskrit rit meaning "true, enlightened, luminous, brave, honest" . Rita is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the… Continue reading Rita