Geir

Geir is a Norwegian and Icelandic male name meaning “spear”, derived from Old Norse element geirr (spear) via Proto-Germanic *gaizaz (spear, pike, javelin) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Geirr (Ancient Scandinavian) Gero (German, Ancient Germanic) Gervas (German, Ancient Germanic) Gervasius (Latinized Ancient Germanic) Gervase (English) Gervais (French) Gervasio (Italian, Spanish) Gervásio (Portuguese) Gerwazy…

Eva

Eva is the Latinate form of Eve which comes from Ancient Greek Eúa via Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”. Eva is also a variant transcription of Yeva, the Russian and Armenian form of Eve; it’s also been used as an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish female name meaning “beauty, radiant”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Eve (English) Hawa (Arabic) Eua (Biblical Greek)…

Kelda

Kelda comes from Old Norse kelda meaning “a well, spring, fountain; bog, swamp” which seems to be derived from Proto-Germanic *kwellǭ (wellspring; spring; well) via a PIE root word. Kilda could be a variant spelling of it, but it’s also the name of an archipelago in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, known as St. Kilda. Though the etymology and meaning…

Anna

Anna is the Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anna (also spelled Ana) is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” (亜奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful; safe, secure” + na 南  “south” (安南); an 杏 “apricot” + 奈 “Nara; what?” (杏奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful;…

Solilja

Solilja is an Icelandic female name meaning “sun lily” composed from Old Norse elements sol (sun) and lilja (lily). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Sólilja Sóllilja  

Helga

Helga is a Scandinavian female name, the feminine form of Helge meaning “holy, blessed” from heilagr (holy, blessed) which comes from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, blessed) which is composed from *hailaz (healthy, sound; whole, unbroken; complete) derived from PIE *kóylos (healthy, whole); and *-gaz, an adjective used to denote something meaning “of being, having, or doing”. Nicknames: Olya (Russian diminutive of Olga) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hella (Swedish,…

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)…

Brynja

Brynja (pr. brin-yah) is an Old Norse female name meaning “armor; coat of mail”, derived from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ (breastplate). Origin: Proto-Germanic Male forms: Brynju  

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)