Haddon

Haddon comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a town or village called Haddon. It is composed from Old English elements hǣþ (heath, wasteland, wilderness) combined with dun (hill), meaning “heath hill” or essentially “heath-covered hill”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hadden (English) Haden (German, English)    

Heath

Heath comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who lived-in or near a heath. It comes from Old English hǣþ meaning “wasteland, wilderness, heath” via Proto-Germanic *haiþī (heath, wasteland), deriving from PIE *kait-, *ḱait- (forest, wasteland, uncultivated land). It could also be used as a short form of Heathcliff (first created by English author Emily Bronte for her novel Wuthering Heights),…

Primrose

Primrose is the name of a flower belonging to the genus Primula. The name is made up of Medieval Latin prima rosa meaning “first rose”, apparently because it was the first flower to start blooming in spring. Primrose is also a Scottish surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Prenrhos, made up…

Erica

Erica is the feminine form of Eric which means “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler” from Old Norse Eiríkr. Erica is also the Latin word for “heather” via Ancient Greek ereike (heath) which may be derived from a Proto-Hellenic root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Ancient Greek Variants: Erika (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovene, Croatian, Italian, Japanese) Ericka (English) Erykah…

Hayden

Hayden comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hay valley” or “hay hill” derived from Old English elements heg (hay) and either denu (valley) or dun (hill). Hayden is also an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó hÉideáin and Ó hÉidín meaning “descendant of Éideán”, the latter a diminutive of Irish éideadh meaning “clothes, armor, dress, garb”. Hayden could also be an…

Briar

Briar refers to a prickly plant or brush with thorns such as sweetbriar and greenbriar. The origin of the word comes from Old English brǣr meaning “briar, bramble” which may be derived from PIE *wert- (to twist, turn). Briar also refers to a pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub. The origin of that word comes…

Heather

Heather refers to a variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers which commonly grow in rocky places. The name comes from Old English hather, hæddre, of uncertain origin and meaning, though it seems the spelling was changed to resemble heath which refers to a tract of uncultivated land or a wasteland overgrown with shrubs; the name derives from Old…

Melrose

Melrose comes from an English surname derived from a place name in Scotland meaning “barren moor” or “barren heath” from Welsh moel (bare, barren; bald) from Proto-Celtic *maylos; and rhos (moor, heath), though the second element may also be derived from Old Irish ros meaning “promontory”. However, Melrose as a given name could also be a combination of Mel, either a short…

Haydn

Haydn comes from a German surname meaning “pagan” or “heathen” from German Heide, which also means “heath, heathland”. It’s also been used as a variant spelling of Hayden, derived from Old English elements heg (hay) and denu (valley) or dun (hill) meaning “hay valley” or “hay hill”. Origin: Old English, Germanic Variants: Hayden (English)