Ghislaine

Ghislaine is a French female name, the feminine form of Ghislain which derives from a Germanic word gisil meaning “hostage” or “pledge”, possibly originating as a nickname for a royal child pledged to a foreign court. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Giselle (French, English) Gisella (Italian) Gisela (Spanish, Portuguese) Gisèle (Grench) Gizella Ghislaine (French) Ghyslaine (French) Gisila (Ancient Germanic)…

Gilbert

Gilbert is ab English name name which comes from Proto-Germanic Gisilbert meaning “bright pledge” or “bright hostage”, made up from Germanic elements gisil (pledge, host) and beraht (bright), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Gilbert is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Gil, Bert, Berty/Bertie, Gilby/Gilbie, Gibby Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Giselbert (Ancient Germanic)…

Homer

Homer comes from a Greek name meaning “hostage, pledge” which seems to be derived from Ancient Greek homeros, however it’s also possible that the name means “blind” in some dialects, or at least was used to denote a blind person. Homer is the name of an Ancient Greek poet who is supposed to be the author of…

Giselle

Giselle is a French female given name which comes from Germanic word gisil meaning “hostage” or “pledge”, possibly originating as a nickname for a royal child pledged to a foreign court. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Gisella (Italian) Gisela (Spanish, Portuguese) Gisèle (Grench) Gizella Ghislaine (French) Ghyslaine (French) Gisila (Ancient Germanic) Male forms: Ghislain (French) Ghyslain (French) Gislin…

Cole

Cole comes from an English surname from Old English Cola via col meaning “black, charcoal”, originally a descriptive name for someone who had a swarthy appearance. It comes from Proto-Germanic *kulą (coal) derived from PIE root *ǵwelH- (to burn; to shine). Cole is also a shortened form of Nicholas meaning “victory of the people” coming from Ancient Greek Nikolaos made up from nike (victory) and laos (people), both…

Geoffrey

Geoffrey is the Norman French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning “peace” while the first element is trickier. It could be derived from Proto-Germanic *gautaz meaning “Geat”, Old Germanic gawia meaning “territory”, walha meaning “foreigner, Celtic, Gaul”, or gisil meaning “hostage, pledge”. It’s also been conflated with Godfrey in the past meaning “peace of God”. Geoffrey is…

Jefferson

Jefferson comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning “son of Jeffrey“, Jeffrey being a medieval variant of Geoffrey, the Norman-French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning “peace” from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (peace, tranquility; sanctuary, refuge) from PIE *priHós (beloved, dear) from root word *preyH- (to love, to please). The first element is a little…

Gilberte

Gilberte (pr. zheel-bert in French; Forvo and Youtube) is the French female form of Gilbert, an English male name meaning “bright pledge” or “bright hostage” from Germanic elements gisil (pledge, host) and beraht (bright). Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Gilberta (Dutch, Italian)   Male forms: Gilbert (Ancient Germanic, German, Dutch, French, English) Giselbert (Ancient Germanic) Gisilbert (Ancient Germanic) Gilberto (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)