Arnold

Arnold comes from a Germanic name meaning "eagle power" from Germanic elements arn (eagle) derived from Proto-Germani *arô via Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (eagle); and wald (power, leader, ruler) from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (to rule) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). It was used as a cognate of Anglo-Saxon name Earnweald also meaning "eagle power" from Old English elements earn (eagle) and weald (power, might) eventually replacing it. Arnold … Continue reading Arnold

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Brett

Brett comes from an English surname meaning "Breton", originally used to refer to someone who came from Brittany though it may also have been given to the Celtic inhabitants of Strathclyde, Scotland, who were called Bryttas/Brettas up until the 14th century. Brett is also a German word meaning "plank, board, shelf, tray" which comes from Proto-Germanic *burdą (board, … Continue reading Brett

Abraham

Abraham is a Hebrew masculine name meaning "father of many" or "father of multitudes", though it could also be a contraction of given name Abram meaning "high father" with hamon (many, multitude). Abraham is probably one of the well-known figures in the Bible, the founding father of Judaism and of Christianity and Islam through his descendants. … Continue reading Abraham

Jana

Jana is a multicultural name with several possible meanings: it is the Latinized form of Jane, the feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”; Jana is also the Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German, Slovene, and Catalan feminine form of Jan, a variant form of Johannes which also derives from John;  it's also the Serbian and Croatian form of Ana, a … Continue reading Jana

Edith

Edith is an English female name meaning "wealth, fortune + war" from Old English elements ead (wealth, fortune) from Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches) and gyð (war). Nicknames: Edie, Dee, Eda (Medieval English) diminutive Origin: Old English, Proto-Germanic Variants: Eadgyð (Old English) Eadgyth (Old English) Editha (English) Edythe (English) Edytha (English) Edita (Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Lithuanian) Édith (French) Edit (Hungarian, Swedish) Edyta … Continue reading Edith

Alfred

Alfred is an English male name meaning "elf counsel", made up from Old English elements aelf (elf) via Proto-Germanic *albiz (elf, fairy), of uncertain origin though it's been linked to Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white); and raed (counsel) which also comes from Proto-Germanic *rēdaz (advice, counsel) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂reh₁- (to think, count, reason; arrange). Alfred is also an English surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Alf, Alfie/Alphie, Fred, … Continue reading Alfred

Vera

Vera is a Russian female name meaning "faith" which comes from Proto-Slavic *vě̀ra (faith, belief) derived from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁- (true), though it's also been associated with Latin verus meaning "true, truthful, real", also derived from the same Proto-Indo-European source. Vera is also an Albanian female name derived from verë meaning "summer". Vera is also a Spanish surname meaning "shore, riverbank; side", a place name … Continue reading Vera

Leopold

Leopold is made up from Ancient Germanic elements leud (people) and bald (bold) meaning "bold people", likely referring to a tribe or nation of strong or fearless people, though the first part of the name has also been associated with Latin leo (lion). Leopold is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Leo, Poldi (German nickname) Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: … Continue reading Leopold

Karina

Karina is either a variant spelling of Carina, a Late Latin name derived from carus meaning "dear, beloved" though it may also be from Latin carina meaning "keel", referring to the keel of a ship and is also the name of a constellation. In Greek myth, Carina is the name of the keel of the ship Argo Navis, which is also the name of … Continue reading Karina

Alba

Alba is a female given name which has a few different meanings and etymologies: it's a feminine form of Albus, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "white, bright". The name may be derived from Latin albus meaning “white, bright, clear” from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white); Alba may also be derived from Germanic element alb meaning "elf" from Proto-Germanic *albiz (elf, fairy) which ultimately derives from the same … Continue reading Alba