B names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Burke

Burke comes from an English surname meaning "fortress", originally a locational surname for someone who lived near a fortress. It comes from Old English burg via Proto-Germanic *burgz (fortification, stronghold) derived from PIE root word *bʰerǵʰ- (high, lofty; hill, mountain; to rise). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Burk (English)  

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Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Phoenician, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Quechua, S names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Sami

Sami is an Arabic male name meaning "elevated, sublime, supreme, high, lofty" as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. It's also the Finnish diminutive of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”. It could also be an English short form of Samuel and Samantha. Sami is also a Japanese female name with… Continue reading Sami

Animals, H names, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Stag, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hartley

Hartley is an English male name derived from an English surname meaning "hart clearing". It's made up from Old English heorot (stag) via Proto-Germanic *herutaz (stag, deer) derived from PIE *ḱerh₂- (horn); and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow), also derived from a PIE root word. Hartley is also an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó hArtghaile meaning "descendant of Artghal", the latter a personal Irish male… Continue reading Hartley

Animals, Chinese, English, Female, Horses/Stallions, Japanese, Male, Old English, S names, Seasons, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Shun

Shun is a Japanese unisex name (though it seems to be very popular for boys) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "sagacious; genius, excellence" (俊); "high; steep" (峻); "spring, springtime" (春); "true, truth; real" (洵); "type of morning glory; rose of Sharon" (舜) *this kanji seems to be used only for… Continue reading Shun

Cornish, D names, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Denzil

A names, Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Literature, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Artigal

Artigal is a very unusual name. From what I could find, it could be a variant spelling of Artegal, itself an anglicized form of Ardghal, an Irish male name meaning "high valor" from Old Irish ard (high) from Proto-Celtic *ardwos derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂erHdʰ- (high; to grow); and gal (valor, fury) via Proto-Celtic *galā (might, ability). Artegal (Arthegall) is also the name of a knight… Continue reading Artigal

Ancient Germanic, Animals, English, H names, Lamb/Sheep, Male, Middle English, Old Norse, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Howard

Howard comes from an English surname with several possible sources: it may be derived from Anglo-Norman Huard from Germanic name Hughard meaning "brave heart" from hug (heart, mind) and hard (brave, hardy); it may also be derived from Anglo-Scandinavian Haward derived from Old Norse Hávarðr meaning "high guardian" or "high defender" from Old Norse elements há (high) and varðr (guardian, defender); it may also be derived from Middle English ewehirde meaning "ewe… Continue reading Howard

A names, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Abraham

Abraham is a Hebrew masculine name meaning "father of many" or "father of multitudes", though it could also be a contraction of given name Abram meaning "high father" with hamon (many, multitude). Abraham is probably one of the well-known figures in the Bible, the founding father of Judaism and of Christianity and Islam through his descendants.… Continue reading Abraham

B names, Celtic, Female, Literature, Virtues/Attributes

Briana

Briana is the feminine form of Brian, an Irish name of uncertain meaning though it's been linked to Old Celtic element bre meaning "hill" which, by extension, also means "high, noble".It could also be related to Celtic brig- or brigant- meaning "high", briga- meaning "might" and "power", or brigh- meaning "noble, strong, virtuous". Briana is a character in The Faerie Queen,… Continue reading Briana

Color, Greek, Hebrew, J names, Japanese, Latin, Male, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Joden

Joden seems to be a modern name, either an elaborated form of Jody, a diminutive of Joe or Joseph (though it's also been used as a nickname for Judith), a Hebrew male name meaning "Yahweh will increase" or "Yahweh will add"; or it could a variant spelling of Jodan, which could be a combination of given names Joe/Joseph and Dan, a Hebrew male name… Continue reading Joden

Etruscan, Female, Male, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, V names

Volterra

Volterra is the name of a town in Italy that goes back to the time of the Etruscans (who called it Velathri before the Roman conquered it and renamed it Volterrae, eventually becoming Volterra). The name is of Etruscan origin and the first part of the name, vel, might come from a root verb used to… Continue reading Volterra

A names, Animals, Birds, Eagle, Female, Fire, Latin, Literature, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Place names, Spanish, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

Arden

Arden is a place name and a surname that comes from Celtic *ardwo meaning "high". It was used as the name of a forest in William Shakespere's play As You Like It (roughly around 1599), as well as being the name of a real forest in Warwickshire, England. Arden was also the maiden name of Shakespeare's mother, Mary… Continue reading Arden