A names, Arabic, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Almanzo

Almanzo was a name I first came across years ago when I was a girl, reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series of autobiographical books featured around its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, growing up in the American Midwest from the 1870s to the 1890s. Almanzo first appears in Farmer Boy (1933) which focuses on his… Continue reading Almanzo

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Animals, C names, Celtic, Dog, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Colin

Colin originated as an English medieval diminutive of Nicholas, the Englush form of Ancient Greek Nikolaos meaning "victory of the people" made up from Ancient Greek elements nike (victory) and laos (people), both deriving from PIE root words. Colin has also been used as an angliicized form of Scottish names Cailean (meaning "whelp, young dog, puppy" derived from a Proto-Celtic source). Colin is also a surname… Continue reading Colin

Female, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-Iranian, Virtues/Attributes

Nicolette

Nicolette originally derived as a French diminutive of Nicole, the French feminine form of Nicholas meaning "victory of the people" coming from Ancient Greek Nikolaos made up from nike (victory) and laos (people), both deriving from PIE root words. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nicoletta (Italian) Nicole (French, English, Dutch, German) Nichole (English) Nicollette (English) Nichola (English) Nikola (German, Polish, Czech, Slovak) Nicola (German, Czech,… Continue reading Nicolette

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

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

Veronique

Veronique is the anglicized form of Véronique, the French form of Veronica which is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning “true image” in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped… Continue reading Veronique

Female, Greek mythology, Mermaid/Siren, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Sirina

Sirina is a female given name with various meanings attributed to it such as: it's a variant spelling of Serena meaning "calm, tranquil, serene" from Latin serenus; it could also be a variant of Sirin, also a name of uncertain meaning though it could be an elaborated form of Siri, a short form of Sigrid meaning "victory + beautiful, fair" made… Continue reading Sirina

Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Patroclus

Patroclus is the name of one of the Greek warriors in Homer's Iliad, the best friend of Achilles and portrayed as his lover. In the Iliad, Patroclus persuades Achilles to lend him his armor and lead his men into battle when he refuses to fight after his spat with Agamemnon over Briseis. He is killed by Hector in battle and this… Continue reading Patroclus

G names, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Numbers, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Gus

Gus is often used as a short form of names such as:  August, derived from Augustus meaning "great", "venerable", "majestic"; Gustavo (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) and Gustav (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German) both deriving from Slavic Gostislav meaning "guest glory" from Proto-Slavic *gȏstь (guest) and slava (glory); Angus, the anglicized form of Scottish Aonghus either meaning "one choice" or "one strength, vigor, force"; the first element of the name comes from… Continue reading Gus

Emotion/Feelings, Japanese, Joy, Male, Night/Evening, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Shoya

Shoya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: sho 祥 (auspicious, happiness, blessed, good fortune) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 哉 (how, what, alas, question mark); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 也 (to be); sho 将 (leader, commander, general) + ya 也 (to be); sho 星 (star) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 夜 (night, evening); sho 勝 (victory, win, excel, prevail)… Continue reading Shoya

C names, Female, Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Cleopatra

Cleopatra is most famously connected to the last queen of Egypt, the lover of Mark Antony who killed herself rather than surrendering to Octavian's forces. There were actually several princesses with that name, which is why she's Cleopatra VII, as well as also being the name of several minor figures in Greek mythology, including the daughter of… Continue reading Cleopatra

Ancient Greek, Earth, Elements, Female, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Sri Lankan, Sun, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Samantha

Samantha is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Most sites I've been to have listed it as being a feminine form of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning "God has heard" or "name of God"; or it could be a combination of Samuel and Anthea, which comes from Ancient Greek meaning "blossom". It's also possible that… Continue reading Samantha

Animals, B names, Battle/War, Leopard, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Turkic, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Boris

Boris is a Slavic male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could have originated as a short form of Boroslav/Borislav meaning "battle glory" from Slavic *borti- (battle) derived from PIE *bʰerH- (to pierce, to strike) and slava (glory, fame) also derived from PIE *ḱlewos (to hear). Boris may also be derived from Turkic Bogoris which could mean "short, small", "wolf", or "snow leopard". Boris is also… Continue reading Boris

Ancient Greek, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, N names, Virtues/Attributes

Nicanor

Nicanor is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Nikanor which derives from Ancient Greek nike meaning "victory". The origin of the word is uncertain and could derived from a Pre-Greek origin. It has been linked as a cognate of neikos meaning "quarrel, strife" perhaps derived from PIE *neik- (to attack, to quarrel with). In Greek mythology, Nike is the Greek goddess of victory.… Continue reading Nicanor

Ancient Greek, Greek, M names, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Miro

Miro comes from Slavic element miru meaning "peace; world" from Proto-Slavic *mȋrъ derived from a Proto-Indo-European source. Miro is a Slovene and Croatian short form of Miroslav, a Slavic male name meaning "peaceful glory"; though it may also be a short form of names ending in -miro such as Edelmiro (the Spanish form of Ancient Germanic Adelmar meaning "noble famous"). Miro is also an Italian surname derived… Continue reading Miro

A names, Female, Hebrew, Latin, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Annalora

Annalora is an English female name, a combination of Anna, the Latinate form of Hannah which comes from the Hebrew name Channah meaning “grace” or “favor”, and Lora, another spelling of Laura which means "laurel" derived from Latin laurus; laurels were a symbol of victory in Ancient Greece, their leaves used to make a crown for the victors. Origin: Hebrew, Latin Variants: Anna Lora Anna-Lora… Continue reading Annalora

Ancient Greek, Animals, Boar, Dutch, Gaelic, German/Germanic, K names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Scottish, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Kyler

Kyler has two possible origins: the first is that it's a modern blend of names Kyle (a Scottish name meaning "narrows", "strait", "channel" though it may also be derived from Scottish Gaelic coille meaning “wood, forest) and Tyler, an English occupational name for someone who nailed down tiles, which comes from Ancient Greek tégos (roof, cover) derived from Proto-Indo-European root word *(s)teg- "to cover";… Continue reading Kyler

Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Sigmund

Sigmund is the name of a hero in Norse mythology, the son of King Völsung. When his sister Signy marries Siggeir, king of Gautland, a wedding feast is held and the god Odin appears disguised as an old beggar. He plunges a sword into a tree, Barnstokkr, which stands in the center of King Völsung's hall, and whichever man is able to pull it… Continue reading Sigmund

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

Stephanie

Stephanie is 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. Nicknames: Steph/Steff, Steffie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Stefani (English) Stephani… Continue reading Stephanie

African, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Chinese, Dutch, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Estonian, Female, Greek, Hawaiian, Japanese, Joy, K names, Latin, Male, Maori, Native American, Nature, Navajo, Nickname names, Place names, Sound, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Kai

Kai is a name with various origins and meanings: it's a Hawaiian unisex name meaning "sea"; it's also a Japanese name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: (海) "sea, ocean"; (貝) "shellfish"; (快) "cheerful, pleasant, agreeable, comfortable"; (戒) "commandment", and other various meanings; as well as also being a compound of… Continue reading Kai

Bright/Clear, Japanese, Male, Numbers, S names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Shoji

Shoji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "correct; justice; righteous; a number of 1040+ reign;  be at peace;  calm down;  subdue;  quell;  govt;  cure;  heal;  rule;  conserve" (正治); "prosperous; bright; clear + two" (昌二); "shining; bright + two" (昭二); "level + director;  official;  govt office;  rule;  administer" (庄司); "auspicious; … Continue reading Shoji