A names, Ancient Greek, Female, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes

Angelina

Angelina is a female given name which originated as a diminutive of Angela, the feminine form of Latin Angelus. It comes from Greek angelos “messenger”, though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Nicknames: Angie, Lina Origin: Ancient Greek, Sanskrit Variants:… Continue reading Angelina

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Ancient Greek, Arabic, Breton, Female, Japanese, Light, Moon, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Nora

Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly… Continue reading Nora

Animals, Deer/Roe, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Stag, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herschel

Herschel is a variant spelling of Hershel, originating as a pet form of Hirsh, a Yiddish male name meaning "deer". Apparently, the deer was commonly associated with the tribe of Naphtali. Herschel is also a German surname which may not only be derived from Yiddish Hirsh but it could also derived from German Hirsch which also means "deer, stag", originally an occupational… Continue reading Herschel

Female, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Pauline

Pauline is a French feminine form of Paul which comes from a Roman family name, Paulinus, meaning "small" or "humble" from Latin paulus (little, small) which derives from a PIE root word, *peh₂w- (few, little). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Paulene (English) Pauleen (English) Paulina (Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, Lithuanian, English, Ancient Roman) Pavlina (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek) Polina (Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek) Polya… Continue reading Pauline

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

Rupert

Rupert is the German form of Robert, an English name derived from Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Rupert is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ruprecht (German) Ruperto (Spanish) Robert (English, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian,… Continue reading Rupert

Animals, Elements, Female, Fire, Hebrew, S names, Snake/Serpent, Virtues/Attributes

Seraphina

Seraphina is the feminine form of Seraphinus which derives from Hebrew s’rafím, the plural form of saráf which means “to burn” as well as "seraph; venemous serpent". Seraph refers to the highest order of angels with six wings, hands, and feet. They supposedly emit such a bright light that no one can look straight at them which is why they are known as… Continue reading Seraphina

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Laura

Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning "laurel". It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laura

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Color, Female, Hebrew, J names, Nickname names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Jenny

Jenny originally arose as a nickname for Jane, the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious" from Hebrew, though it's now more often used as anickname for Jennifer, which is the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from) meaning “fair phantom” or “white phantom” or “white specter” from Celtic elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and sebara (phantom, demon, spirit,… Continue reading Jenny

Color, E names, Elves, Female, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Elvira

Elvira (pr. el-vye-ra or el-vee-ra though I prefer the former pronounciation) is a female given name, the Spanish form of a Visigothic name of uncertain meaning. Some possible meanings listed for it are: "all true" from Germanic elements ala (all) and wer (true); it could also be made up from Proto-Germanic *alja (other, foreign) and wer (true); it could be a variant of Guilvira, an Old… Continue reading Elvira

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

Auric

Auric comes from a term in chemistry, an adjective referring to something that is of or containing gold in the trivalent state. It comes from the Au, the chemical symbol for gold, which derives from Latin aurum meaning "gold" derived from a PIE root word. Of course, it's just as possible that Auric is made up from Au (gold) and ric, a… Continue reading Auric

E names, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Elma

Elma may have started out as a short form of names such as Wilhelmina (the feminine form of Wilhelm, the German cognate of William meaning “willful protection” or “desiring protection” made up from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection”) or Anselma (the feminine form of Anselm meaning "god + helmet, protection" or any names endig in elma. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Helma (German, Dutch)   Male forms:… Continue reading Elma

Female, Hebrew, J names, Literature, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Virtues/Attributes

Jessica

Jessica first appeared as a name in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596) likely basing it on an existing name, Iscah (which would have been known as Jescha in his time) derived from Hebrew Yiskah meaning "to behold", "foresight" or "one who looks forth". Nicknames: Jess, Jessie/Jessy/Jessi/Jessye Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jessika (German, English) Gessica (Italian) Yessica… Continue reading Jessica

Battle/War, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herbert

Herbert is an English male name meaning "bright army" made up from Germanic elements hari (army) from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army) derived from a PIE root word; and beraht (bright) via Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) also derived from a PIE root word. Herbert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Herb, Herbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Heribert (Germanic) Haribert (Ancient… Continue reading Herbert

Female, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Word names

Stella

Stella comes from Latin meaning "star" derived froma  PIE root word. It's also possible that Stella is a diminutive form of Styliani, a Greek female name maning "pillar, column, support" . Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Styliani (Modern Greek) Steliana (Romanian form of Stylianos) Stela (Romanian) Estelle (English, French) Estella (English) Estela (Portuguese, Spanish) Estrella (Spanish)   Male… Continue reading Stella

C names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Conrad

Conrad is an English male name meaning "brave counsel" derived from Germanic elements kuoni (brave, bold) and rad (counsel). It's also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Con, Connie, Rad, Cord/Kord (German) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Konrad (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Slovene) Konrád (Hungarian, Czech, Slovak) Coenraad (Dutch) Koenraad (Dutch) Corrado (Italian) Corradino (Italian diminutive of Corrado)… Continue reading Conrad

Female, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Steffie

Steffie is the diminutive form of Stephanie, the feminine form of Stephen, an English male name derived from Greek Stephanos which means “crown, wreath” or more literally “that which surrounds, encircles”. In Ancient Greece, it was used as a word to refer to a winner of a contest. It comes from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Stefani (English) Stephani… Continue reading Steffie

Battle/War, Female, L names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Louisa

Louisa is the feminine form of Louis, the French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of Germanic name Ludwig, from Chlodovech, meaning "famous battle"  or "famous in battle" from Germanic elements hlud (famous) and wig (war, battle). Nicknames: Lou/Lu, Lulu, Louie/Louey Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Louise (French, English, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, German) Lovisa (Swedish) Lovise (Danish, Norwegian) Luise (German)… Continue reading Louisa

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

Kevin

Kevin is the anglicized form of Irish Caoimhín which derives from an older form, Cóemgein meaning "gentle birth" or "handsome birth" from Old Irish elements cóem (kind, gentle, handsome)and gein (birth) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Kevin is also an Irish surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kevyn (English) Kevan (Irish) Kevon (English) Cefin… Continue reading Kevin

B names, Battle/War, Female, Germanic mythology, Mythology, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Brunhild

Brunhild is a variant spelling of Brünhild, an Ancient Germanic name meaning "armor, protection + battle" made up from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ (breastplate) and Proto-Germanic *hildiz (battle, fight) derived from a PIE source. In Germanic mythology, Brunhild (also spelled Brynhildr) is a shieldmaiden and valkyrie. Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brünhild (German) Brunhilde (German, Ancient Germanic) Brunihild (Ancient Germanic) Brynhildr (Ancient Scandanavian, Norse mythology)… Continue reading Brunhild

Female, Mythology, Roman mythology, Sabine/Oscan, T names

Tatiana

Tatiana is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I've seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning "daddy", a term used by children; or that it could be from Ancient Greek táttō, the… Continue reading Tatiana