Melia

Melia is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, the daughter of the god Oceanus, as well as the name of several figures in Greek mythology; the Meliae are a group of nymphs of the ash tree (also known as the Meliades). The name means “ash tree” from Ancient Greek, a derivative of meli (honey). Melia is also the name…

Herodotus

Herodotus is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Herodotos, made up from the name of the Greek goddess Hera and Greek element dotos (given, granted), essentially meaning “given to Hera” or “granted by Hera”. Although the etymology behind Hera’s name is unclear, it has been associated with Greek heros (hero, warrior), hora (time, season), or haireo (to be chosen). The most famous bearer of…

Erinna

Erinna comes from an Ancient Greek name of unknown origin though it’s been linked to Greek êrinos meaning “spring” or as a variant of Herinna, a variant reconstruction of the name made up from Greek hêrôs meaning “hero” combined with the feminine suffix -inna. There’s a Greek poetess named Erinna belived to have lived around 600 BCE on the island of Telos,…

Kyra

Kyra is a female given name with several possible meanings depending on where it derives from. It could be a variant spelling of Kira, which is a variant spelling of Irish Ciara, the feminine form of Ciar meaning “black, dark” derived from a PIE root word; Kira is also the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros,…

Ciro

Ciro (pr. chee-ro in Italian, cee-ro in Latin American Spanish) is the Italian and Spanish form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been listed for it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the…

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh is the name of the legendary king of Uruk (an ancient Sumerian city-state); he is also the eponymous hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia which is the oldest surviving piece of literature in the world. He may have been based on a historical king named Gilgamesh around the 27th…

Yujiro

Yujiro is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: yu 佑 “to help; assist” + ji 次 “next, order; sequence” + ro 郎 “son” (佑次郎); yu 裕 “abundant; rich; fertile” + ji 次 “next, order; sequence” + ro 郎 “son” (裕次郎); yu 雄 “male, masculine; hero; leader; superiority; excellence” + ji 二 “two” + ro 郎 “son” ( 雄二郎); yu 勇 “courage; bravery; heroism” + ji 治 “reign; govern; regulate” + ro 郎 “son” (勇治郎); yu 裕 “abundant; rich; fertile”…

Torrence

Torrence comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name derived from Gaelic torran meaning “hillock” or “mound”. It may also have derived from an Irish surname, Ó Toráin meaning “descendant of Torán”, the latter an Irish male name meaning “little lord” or “little hero, champion” from Irish tor (lord, hero, champion) and the diminutive suffix -án. It’s also possible…

Denzil

Denzil has several possible meanings but nothing concrete, and they may not even be accurate. It’s from a surname denoting someone who came from a place called Denzell in Cornwall. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “fort”, “fertile highland” or “high stronghold”. I’ve also seen it listed as being a pet form of German name Denz, a short…