Valko

Valko is a Bulgarian male name meaning “wolf” via Bulgarian valk вълк meaning “wolf” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. Valko is also a surname which seems to be derived from a pet form of Czech and Slovak Valentin via Latin Valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous”; or from Hungarian Valér, from Latin valerius meaning “to be strong”. It could also…

Sage

Sage comes from an English word meaning “wise”, referring to someone who was wise and knowledgable. It comes from Latin *sapius via *sapere (to taste, to discern, to be wise) derived from PIE root word *sap- (to taste, to try out). Sage is also the name of an herb used in cooking, Salvia officinalis (common sage). The origin of…

Valentina

Valentina is the feminine form of Valentine which comes from Roman cognomen Valentinus via Latin valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous” from valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Nicknames: Val, Tina Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valentine (French, English) Walentyna (Polish) Valentína (Slovak) Valentyna (Ukrainian)   Male forms: Valentine (English) Valentinus (Ancient Roman) Valentin (French, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian,…

Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with…

Shalmaneser

Shalmaneser is an Akkadian male name, the name of several Assyrian kings. The name means “Shulmanu is foremost” or “Shulmanu is distinguished”, Shulmanu (also spelled Shulman) being the name of a Mesopotamian god of the underworld, fertility, and war. Shulmanu means “health” or “well-being”. Origin: Akkadian Variants: Šulmānu-ašarēdu  

Helga

Helga is a Scandinavian female name, the feminine form of Helge meaning “holy, blessed” from heilagr (holy, blessed) which comes from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, blessed) which is composed from *hailaz (healthy, sound; whole, unbroken; complete) derived from PIE *kóylos (healthy, whole); and *-gaz, an adjective used to denote something meaning “of being, having, or doing”. Nicknames: Olya (Russian diminutive of Olga) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hella (Swedish,…

Valentine

Valentine comes from Roman cognomen Valentinus which comes from Latin valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous” from valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). It’s a masculine name in Latin but it’s the French feminine form of Valentinus. Valentine is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Valentina (Ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Croatian, Macedonian,…

Valerie

Valerie is the English, Czech, and German form of Valeria, the feminine form of Ancient Roman cognomen Valerius which comes from Latin valere meaning “to be healthy, strong” from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Valerie is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Val, Vally/Vallie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valérie (French, Czech) Valeria (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman) Valarie (English)…

Delaney

Delaney comes from an English surname with two possible sources: the first is that it may be derived from a Norman French place name, de l’aunaie, meaning “from the alder grove”; the second is that it comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Dubhshláine meaning “descendant of Dubhshláine”, the latter made up from Gaelic elements dubh (black) and…