Demelza

Demelza is a Cornish female name which comes from a Cornish place name. The most popular meaning I’ve seen listed for it is “fort of Maeldaf” or “Maeldaf’s fort”, a contracted form of Dinas Maeldaf (dinas being the Cornish word for “fort”) while Maeldaf is an obscure Welsh male name, the first element of the name being “prince”….

Yuhan

Yuhan is a Chinese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: yu: 玉 “jade; precious stone; gem; pure, beautiful”; 愉 “happy; pleased; delightful”; 雨 “rain”; 宇 “house; building; universe”; 裕 “abundant, rich, plentiful”   han: 悍 “fierce; brave, courageous; violent, cruel” Origin: Chinese  

Shika

Shika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: shika 鹿 “deer” (it’s also a Japanese surname); shi 史 “history, chronicle” + ka “can; passable, allowed” (史可); shi 志 “purpose, will; aspire; resolve; motives; plans” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (志佳); shi 紫 “purple, violet” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (紫佳); shi 詩 “poem, poetry” + 夏 “summer” (詩夏). I’ve also seen…

Norris

Norris comes from an English surname which comes from Middle English norreis meaning “northerner”, referring to someone who came up from the north or perhaps in reference to a Norseman (Viking), or someone who came from Norway. It could also have been used as a topographical name for someone who lived at the north side of…

Xavier

Xavier comes from the name of a Basque place name, Etxeberria meaning “the new house” and is also a Portuguese and Catalan surname originating from the given name. Origin: Basque Variants: Zavier (English) Xavior (English) Xzavier (English) Javier (Spanish) Xabier (Basque, Galician) Saveriu (Corsican) Xaver (German) Saverio (Italian) Ksawery (Polish)   Female forms: Xaviera (English) Javiera…

Uri

Uri is a Hebrew male name meaning “my light” as well as also being a Korean word and unisex given name meaning “us, we, our” as a pronoun and “house, pen hutch” as a noun. Uri is the name of a canton in Switzerland, also Latinized as Uronia, which seems to derive from Latin ora meaning “border, rim, edge, frontier,…

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…

Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning “courage, strength, power” from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it’s also a Turkish word meaning “wound”; it’s a Hebrew female name meaning “honeycomb” or “honeysuckle” though it may also be related to Hebrew ya’ar יַעַר meaning “forest, woods, woodland”;…

Stuart

Stuart comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Stewart, an occupational name for someone who was an administrative official of an estate or someone who was in charge of domestic affairs of a household. The names comes from Old English stiweard  meaning “house guardian” from Old English elements stig (house, hall, building) and weard (guardian, watchman) derived from Proto-Germanic *warōną (to watch;…