Albert

Albert comes from Germanic Adalbert meaning "noble bright" from Germanic elements adal (noble) derived from Proto-Germanic *aþalaz (noble) and and beraht (bright, famous) derived from Proto-Indo-European root word *bhereg- (to shine). Albert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Al, Albie, Bert, Bertie Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Adalbert (Ancient Germanic, German, Polish) Adalberht (Ancient Germanic) Albertus (Latin, Dutch) Adelbert (German, Dutch) Albrecht (German) … Continue reading Albert

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Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning "lady, mistress", the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master). Origin: Aramaic Variants: Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek) Martta (Finnish) Marthe (French, Norwegian) Marte (Norwegian) Márta (Hungarian) Morta (Lithuanian) Maata (Maori) Marfa (Russian)  

Blaer

Blaer is an Icelandic unisex name meaning "gentle breeze" or "gust of wind". Although it was used as a masculine name in Iceland, it wasn't until 2013 that it was officially accepted as a female name as well. Origin: Old Norse Variants: Blær (Icelandic)  

Alexander

Alexander is the Latinized form of Greek Alexandros meaning "defending men" or "defender of men" from Greek elements alexo (to defend, help) and aner (man). In Greek mythology, it was another name for the Trojan prince Paris, famous for abducting Helen, wife of Menelaus, which started the ten year Trojan war. It's also the name of Alexander the Great, king of … Continue reading Alexander

Odin

Odin is an Anglicized form of Old Norse Óðinn which comes from óðr meaning "inspiration, rage, frenzy". It comes from Proto-Germanic *Wodanaz meaning "poetic fury" derived from *wodaz (rage, manic inspiration, mad, furious, possessed). In Norse mythology, Odin is the chief god of the Norse pantheon, a complex character who presided over war, art, wisdom, death, and magic, as well as poetry … Continue reading Odin

Helena

Helena is the Latinate form of Helen, the English form of Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it's been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”. Helena has different pronounciations depending on where you’re from. It’s he-LE-nah, hay-LAY-nah or he-le-nah. I prefer the he-le-nah pronounciation. Origin: Ancient Greek … Continue reading Helena

Andrea

Andrea is both a male name in Italy, the Italian form of Greek Andreas meaning "manly, masculine", while it's also a female name in other parts of the world, being the feminine form of Andrew, which also happens to be the English form of Greek Andreas. Origin: Greek Male variants: Andreas (Ancient Greek) Andrew (English)   Female forms: Andreina … Continue reading Andrea

Sandra

Sandra was originally a nickname for Alessandra, the Italian form of Alexandra, a Greek female form of Alexander meaning "defender of man" or "defending men" from Greek alexo (to defend, help) and aner (man), though it could also be a nickname for Alexandra as well. Sandra could also be a nickname for another Greek name, Cassandra, possibly meaning "exceling man", … Continue reading Sandra

Agnes

Agnes is the Latinized form of Hagne, a Greek female name meaning "pure, chaste" from Greek hagnos (pure, chaste). The name later became associated with Latin agnus meaning "lamb" because of a virgin-martyr who died for her faith in ancient Rome, even though the name has nothing to do with it. Nicknames: Aggie Origin: Greek Variants: Hagne (Ancient Greek) Hagno (Ancient … Continue reading Agnes