Light, M names, Male, Proto-Semitic, Virtues/Attributes


Melchior is the name given to one of three Magi who visited the newborn Jesus Christ. It means "king of light", made up from Hebrew melech (king) and or (light). Melchior is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Melchiorre (Italian) Melchor (Spanish) Melker (Swedish)   Female forms: Melchiora (Italian) Melchiorra (Italian) Melchiorina (Italian)… Continue reading Melchior

Animals, Babylonian mythology, Calf, M names, Male, Mythology, Near East mythology, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Sun, Virtues/Attributes


Mordecai seems to be a variant form of Marduka, a Persian name meaning "servant of Marduk", Marduk being the name of the Babylonian god of heaven, light, battle, and fertility. The name may be derived from Sumerian amar-Utak meaning "calf of Utu", Utu being the name of another Sumerian god of the sun, whose name means "sun". Mordecai is… Continue reading Mordecai

Apricot, B names, Food, Male, Nature, Peach, Proto-Semitic, Slavic, Thunder/Lightning, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Barack is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Barak meaning "blessing", which would make it a cognate of Hebrew Baruch meaning "blessed", both of which derive from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barak is also a Hebrew male name meaning "lightning" which derives from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barack is also a Hungarian word meaning "peach, apricot". Origin: Proto-Semitic, Slavic… Continue reading Barack

E names, Hebrew, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Elijah is the English form of Hebrew Eliyahu meaning “my God is Yahweh” or “Yahweh is my God”. Elijah is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Eli Origin: Hebrew Variants: Elias (Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Dutch, Greek) Ilias (Greek) Helias (Biblical Latin) Eliou (Biblical Greek) Eljas (Finnish) Eelis (Finnish) Elis (Swedish, Medieval… Continue reading Elijah

Ancient Egyptian, Apricot, Chinese, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Food, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Japanese, Love/Beloved, M names, Male, Mythology, Nature, Oat, Plum, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sino-Vietnamese, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Wheat/Barley, Word names


Mai is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: mai 舞 "dance; flit; circle; wheel" ma 麻 "hemp, flax, linen" + i 衣 "clothing, garment, dressing" (麻衣); ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + i 愛 "love, affection, favorite" (真愛); mai 舞 "dance; flit; circle; wheel" + i 以 "by means of; because; compared to" (舞以); mai 真 "true; reality; Buddhist… Continue reading Mai

Hebrew, Male, S names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Samuel is a male given name meaning either "name of God" or "God has heard" and is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Sam, Sammy/Sammie/Sami Origin: Hebrew Variants: Shemu'el (Hebrew) Yishma'el (Hebrew) Shmuel (Hebrew) Samuli (Finnish) Samouel (Biblical Greek) Isma'il (Arabic) Ismail (Arabic, Uyghur) Esmail (Persian, Arabic) İsmail (Turkish) Ismael (Spanish, Biblical… Continue reading Samuel

B names, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Benjamin is the son of Jacob and Rachel in the Bible. His name comes from Hebrew Binyamin meaning "son of the right" or "son of the south" made up from Hebrew ben בֵּן (son) which derives from a Proto-Semitic word; and yamin יָמִין (right (hand), right side; south. Benjamin has also been interpreted as meaning "son of days", probably referencing the advanced age… Continue reading Benjamin

Male, Proto-Semitic, S names, Sun, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Samson comes from Hebrew Shimshon meaning "sun" which derives from Proto-Semitic *śamš- (sun). In the Old Testament, Samson was an Israelite judge with extraordinary strength tied to his long hair and who was eventually betrayed by his lover, Delilah. Samson is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Sampson (Biblical Greek, English) Shimshon (Biblical… Continue reading Samson

Aramaic, Female, Nickname names, Sabine/Oscan, T names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Tanya originated as a Russian diminutive for Tatiana which is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I’ve seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning “daddy”, a term used by children; or that it could be… Continue reading Tanya

Ancient Greek, Animals, Female, Greek mythology, Leopard, Mythology, N names, Proto-Semitic


Nemera is a female name of uncertain origin though it could be derived from Hebrew and Arabic namir/nemer meaning "leopard" derived from Proto-Semitic namir- (leopard). Nemera is also the name of a healthcare company which states that its name is a combination of Nemer and Emera, the latter a variant form of Ancient Greek Hemera meaning "day", the name of a Greek goddess who… Continue reading Nemera