Darnell

Darnell comes from an English surname, originating from the name of a type of plant called darnel that was believed to cause intoxication, also known as Lolium temulentum. It comes via Old French darnelle, possibly derived from a Proto-Germanic origin, *darjaną (to harm, injure). It’s also possible that it may be composed of Old English elements dyrne (hidden; secret) and halh (corner, nook, recess). Origin:…

Forsythia

Forsythia is the name of a genus of flowering plants, named after Scottish botanist William Forsyth, Forsyth being a Scottish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Fearsithe meaning “man of peace” or “peaceful man”, made up of Scottish Gaelic elements fear (man; husband) and sìth (peace), the latter also being “fairy”. It’s also possible that Forsyth may have originated as a locational…

Benton

Benton comes from an English surname, a locational surname meaning “town by the bent grass” made up from Old English beonet (bent grass) and tun (enclosure, settlement, town). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Arbor

Arbor comes from a word referring to a shady resting place in a garden or a park surrounded by climbing shrubs or vines, made out of latticework. It comes from Latin herba (grass, herb) derived from PIE *gʰreh₁- (to grow, become green). Arbor is also a mechanical term referring to a rotating shaft in a machine or a main…

Musashi

Musashi is a Japanese male name. The etymology behind the name is uncertain. It’s written with the hiragana 武 mu “warrior; military; chivalry; arms” and 蔵 sashi “storehouse; warehouse”. However, there are theories that it derives from the Ainu language from the word muzashi which comes from an older word munzashi which could be derived from Aini mun (grass, weeds), sa (open, exposed, a plain open…

Jareth

Jareth seems to be a blend of Jared (meaning “descent” from Hebrew) and Gareth (the name of one of the Knights of the Round Tale in Arthurian legends. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it has been linked to Welsh gwaredd meaning “gentleness”. It could also be connected to another name, Geraint, the Welsh form of Latin Gerontius meaning “old man” from Greek geron. Other…

Carex

Carex is the name of a genus of grassy plants of sedges that grow in marshy places. The name comes from Latin carex meaning “reedgrass; sedges; rushes” derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Belakayne

Belakayne is a female given name, a variant spelling of Belacane, the name of an African queen who features in the medieval German romance poem Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach based on the Arthurian legends. She is the mother of Parzival’s half-brother Feirefis/Feirefiz through their father Gahmuret. I don’t know from where Eschenbach based the name from. I’ve seen one source list it…

Lena, Lina

Lena originally started out as a short form of names ending in -lena such as Helena (derived from Ancient Greek possibly meaning “torch” or “corposant” though it may also be deirved from Greek selene meaning “moon”), Madgalena (which means “of Magdala” from the name of a village, Magdala deriving from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”), Abilena (a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria, also known…

Abilena

Abilena is a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria (also known as Abila). Although the origin of the name is unknown, it might be from Hebrew possibly meaning “meadow” or “grassy plain”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Abilene Abila