Odette

Odette is the French diminutive of Oda, a Germanic female name derived from Germanic aud meaning “wealth, fortune” derived from Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches), though it may also be derived from Germanic odal meaning “fatherland”. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Odetta (English) Oda (Ancient Germanic, German, Norwegian) Auda (Ancient Germanic) Odilia (Ancient Germanic) Odila (Ancient Germanic) Odelia (English) Ottoline (English) Ottilie (German) Odilie (German) Ute…

Riko

Riko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: ri 莉 “jasmine” + ko 子 “child” (莉子); ri 理 “reason, logic” + ko 子 “child” (理子); ri 璃 “glassy; lapiz lazuli” + ko 子 “child” (璃子); ri 里 “village” + ko 子 “child”. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana りこ. Riko could also be a…

Emerson

Emerson comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning “son of Emery”, Emery being the Norman form of Emmerich, a German name. While the second element of the name comes from ric meaning “power, rule” from Proto-Germanic *rīks (king, ruler) from PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) via *h₃reǵ- (to straighten; move in a straight line). The first part of the name is a little more complicated. It…

Ethel

Ethel is a female given name meaning “noble” from Old English æðel, originally used as a  short form of names such as Etheldred or Ethelberta, making it a cognate of Germanic adal. Ethel also refers to the Anglo-Saxon rune odal which means “homeland; ancestral lands” from Proto-Germanic ǣþel.  Origin: Old English, Proto-Germanic Variants: Ethyl (English) Ethelyn (English)  

Harrison

Harrison is an English surname, originally a patrynomic name meaning “son of Harry“, Harry being a medieval form of Henry meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (ruler, power). Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Harryson (English) Harry (English)  

Henry

Henry comes from Germanic given name Heimirich meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, rule). It’s also a surname derived form the given name. Shakespeare wrote several historical plays about King Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI of England. Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Heimirich (Ancient Germanic) Heinrich (Ancient Germanic, German) Henricus (Dutch, Latinized Ancient Germanic) Henrik…

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…

Rico

Rico is the Spanish short form of Ricardo, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Richard meaning “brave ruler” or “strong ruler” from Germanic elements ric (power, ruler) and hard (brave, hardy). It’s also the Italian short form of Enrico, the Italian form of Henry which means “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, ruler). Rico is also a surname derived from the Old Portuguese word rico meaning “rich” likely…

America

America is a unisex given name usually given in honor of the United States of America. It comes from Italian male name Amerigo, the medieval Italian form of Emmerich, a Germanic male name. While the second element of the name comes from ric (power, rule), the first part of the name is a little more complicated. It could be…

Rie

Rie (pr. ree-eh in Japanese; Forvo) is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. Some possible meanings are: 理恵 “logic, reason + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 利恵 “profit, advantage, benefit + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 梨絵 “pear tree + picture, painting, drawing, sketch”; 理江 “logic, reason + inlet, bay, creek”; 理絵 “logic, reason +picture, painting, drawing, sketch”; 里枝 “village, hometown +…

Heinz

Heinz is a diminutive of Heinrich though it can be used as a given name on its own, the German form of Henry meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (ruler). Heinz is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Germanic Variants: Heinrich (German) Henry (English)  

Risa

Risa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, made of Japanese elements ri meaning: 梨 “pear”, 里 “village, hometown”, 理 “reason, logic”, 莉 “jasmine”; and sa meaning: 紗 “gauze”, 沙 “sand”, 佐 “assistant, help”; and likely other meanings. It could also be a short form of names like Parisa, a Persian name meaning “fairy, like a fairy” or Marisa, a combination of given names Maria (the Latin…

Perry

Perry is a nickname for Peregrine, from Latin Peregrinus meaning “traveler”, or Percival, likely 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”. Perry is also an English surname which comes from Middle English perrie meaning “pear tree”, referring to someone who lived near a pear tree. It comes…

Hestia

Hestia is the name of the Greek goddess of the hearth, home, family and domestic life, and the Greek counterpart to the Roman goddess Vesta. The name comes from Ancient Greek hestia meaning “hearth, home”. Origin: Ancient Greek      

Nikita

Nikita is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Greek Niketas meaning “winner, victor”, or from Greek Aniketos meaning “unconquerable”. It’s also an Indian female name originating from a completely different source, from Sanskrit niketa meaning “house, habitation”. Origin: Ancient Greek, Sanskrit Female variants: Niketa (Indian, Marathi, Hindi)   Male variants: Mykyta (Ukrainian) Mikita (Belarusian) Niketas (Ancient Greek) Aniketos (Ancient…

Harriet

Harriet is the English form of Henriette, the French diminutive of Henri, the French male form of Henry meaning “home ruler” composed from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, ruler). Origin: Germanic Variants: Harriette (English) Harriett (English) Harrietta (English) Henrietta (English, Hungarian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch) Henriette (French, English, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian)   Male forms: Harry (English) Henry (English)  

Harry

Harry is a medieval form of Henry which comes from Germanic given name Heimirich meaning “home ruler” from Germanic heim (home) and ric (power, ruler). Harry could also be a short form for Harold, a modern form of Old English Hereweald meaning “army leader” or “army ruler” from Old English here (army) and weald (ruler, leader, power) which ultimately comes from Ancient Germanic. As well…