Animals, Birds, D names, Duck, Elements, Female, Nature, Old Norse, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Duna

Duna could be used as the strictly feminine form of Dune, used to refer to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions. The origin of the word comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from… Continue reading Duna

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Female, Food, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Rye, Surname names, Unisex

Ryden

Ryden is a surname which comes from two different backgrounds and meanings. The first is that it is an English surname meaning "rye hill" made up from Old English elements ryġe (rye) and dun (hill, mountain) both of which derive from a PIE source. It originated as a locational name for someone who lived near a hill where rye… Continue reading Ryden

Female, Irish, Latin, Male, Place names, Sabine/Oscan, Scottish, Surname names, T names, Unisex

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… Continue reading Torrence

Female, Gaelic, German/Germanic, H names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

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… Continue reading Hayden

Female, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hope

Hope is a virtue name expressing the attitude, desire or belief that something good or wished for will happen. It comes from Old English hopa, hopian which derives from a PIE root word. Hope is also a Scottish and English surname derived from a habitational name for someone who lived in a small, enclosed valley; it derives… Continue reading Hope

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

Landon

Landon comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "long hill" composed from English elements lang (long) which comes from Proto-Germanic *langaz (long) derived from PIE *dl̥h₁gʰós (long); and dun (hill) which is also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Landen (English) Langdon (English)  

English, G names, Latin, Male, Old English, Persian, Place names, Slavic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Gordan, Gordon

Gordan originates from South Slavic  gord meaning "dignified" or"proud" from Proto-Slavic good. The name is pronounced gor-dahn. Spelled Gordon (pr. gor-den), it's a Scottish surname derived from a place name meaning "spacious fort" from Welsh elements gor (spacious) and din (fort) though it may also come from Old English meaning "mud hill" or "dirty hill". Another possible etymology of Gordon is from Gallo-Roman… Continue reading Gordan, Gordon

D names, Earth, Elements, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dune

Dune is an English word referring to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions; the word itself comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from PIE *dʰewh₂- (to close, finish, come full circle). Origin:… Continue reading Dune

Animals, B names, English, Fish, Gaelic, Male, Old English, Surname names

Braden

Braden comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Bradáin meaning "descendant of Bradán", the latter a Gaelic name meaning "salmon". In Irish mythology, the salmon is associated with wisdom. It's also an English surname, a variant spelling of Bradden meaning "broad valley" from Old English brad (broad) and denu (valley). Origin: Gaelic, Old English Variants: Brayden (English) Braedan (English) Bradán (Ancient Irish)… Continue reading Braden

Animals, Black/Dark, Celtic, Color, D names, Elements, Fawn, Female, Gaelic, Latin, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Stag, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Devon

Devon is the name of a county in England which derives its name from a Celtic tribe who inhabited the area known as the Dumnonii which is made up from Proto-Celtic *dubno- meaning "deep" or "world" and *nanto meaning "stream" or "valley" so the name would mean "deep valley" or "deep stream". It may also be a variant spelling… Continue reading Devon

A names, Basque, Elements, Female, Japanese, Kin/Family, Nature, Night/Evening, Place names, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Amaya

Amaya is a Basque and Spanish female name, a variant spelling of Amaia meaning "the end" in Basque, as well as a surname derived from a place name. Amaia is also a Greek name, used as an epithet for the goddess Demeter possibly meaning "without a midwife" or "not yet delivered" from prefix a- (without) and maia (mother, nurse, midwife, lady). Amaya may… Continue reading Amaya

Battle/War, Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, German/Germanic, H names, Latin, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hill

Hill comes from an English surname with several possible meanings such as: it may have derived from a topographical name for someone who lived near or on a hill; the name comes from Old English hyll borrowed from Proto-Germanic *hulliz (stone, rock) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (to rise, to be tall); it may also have been used… Continue reading Hill

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, French, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Old French, P names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Percy

Percy is a short form of Percival, first created by French poet Chrétien de Troyes for his poem Perceval, the story of the Grail in the 12th century. It's likely the name was based on Welsh Peredur meaning “hard spear” though the spelling of the name was altered to resemble Old French percer val “to pierce the valley”. Percival is one of the… Continue reading Percy

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

A names, Battle/War, Earth, Elements, English, Gaelic, German/Germanic, Male, Nature, Old English, Physical Attributes, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Arlo

Arlo is an English male name of uncertain meaning. It was used by English poet Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen (1590-1596) as the name of a place called Arlo Hill which he might have based on a real place name, Aherlow, a Gaelic name meaning "lowland between two high lands" or "between two highlands".… Continue reading Arlo

Dutch, E names, Earth, English, Female, German/Germanic, Male, Nature, Old English, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Elder

Elder is a Portuguese male name, a variant of Hélder which either derives its name from a Dutch town called Den Helder possibly meaning "hell's door" in Dutch, or "hill/hilly grounds", or it could be a derived from Germanic given name Hulderic meaning "merciful ruler" or "graceful ruler" from Germanic elements hulda (merciful, graceful) and ric (power, rule). Elder is also a surname,… Continue reading Elder

English, Female, German/Germanic, H names, Male, Nature, Old English, Surname names, Unisex

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)