Gilroy

Gilroy comes from a surname, the anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Ruaidh meaning “son of the red-haired youth” or it could be derived from Mac Giolla Rí meaning “son of the king’s servant”.

Origin: Gaelic

 

 

Finn

Finn comes from an Irish name meaning “fair”, “blessed” or “white” derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Finn is the older spelling of Fionn, which belongs to the name of a warrior in Irish myth known as Fionn mac Cumhaill (or Finn MacCool in English) and the leader of the Fianna. His birth name was Deimne but he was later nicknamed Fionn when his hair turned prematurely white.

Finn also comes from Old Norse Finnr meaning “a Finn, a Sami, Lapp”, a given name and byname used to refer to someone who came from Finland or was part of the Sami people (also known as Lapps). Although the origin behind  finnr is uncertain it has been linked to Old Norse meaning “wanderer”. Finnr is the name of a dawrf mentioned in the Völuspá, the first poem in the Poetic Edda, a collection of Old Norse poems. Finn is also a surname which could be be derived from both sources, as well as being a short form of names like Finley, Finnegan, or Thorfinn/Torfinn

Origin: Proto-Celtic, Old Norse

Varinats:

  • Fionn (Irish)
  • Fion (Irish)
  • Finnagán (Irish diminutive of Fionn)
  • Fionnán (Irish diminutive of Fionn)
  • Finnán (older form of Fionnán)
  • Finnr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Finnur (Icelandic)
  • Fína (Greenlandic)
  • Finna (Greenlandic)

 

Female forms:

  • Fiona (Scottish, English)
  • Finna (female form of Finnr; Old Norse, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian)

 

Mitchell

Mitchell comes from a surname derived from the given name Michel, the French form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. It could also be derived from Old English michel or mechel/muchel meaning “big”, originally a nickname for a big man. Mitchell has also been used as the Anglicized form of Irish surname Mulvihill which comes from Gaelic Ó Maoil Mhichíl “descendant of the devotee of St. Michael”, as well as also used as an Anglicized form of another surname, Mickschel, a Czech surname.

Nicknames: Mitch

Origin: Hebrew, Old English

Variants:

  • Mitchel (English)

 

Shae

Shae is a variant spelling of Shea, which comes from O’Shea, which is the anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Séaghdha meaning “descendant of Séaghdha”, Séaghdha being a male given name of uncertain meaning though I’ve seen several possible meanings listed for it such as “admirable” or “hawk-like”; “esteem” and “regard”; or “fine, fortunate”.

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Shay
  • Shaye
  • Shea
  • Séaghdha (Irish)

 

Maureen

Maureen is the Anglicized form of Máirín, a diminutive of Máire, the Irish form of Mary which ultimately comes from Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian

Variants:

  • Maurine (English, Irish)
  • Maurene (English)
  • Moreen (English, Irish)
  • Máirín (Irish)
  • Máire (Irish)
  • Mairenn (Irish)
  • Maura (Irish, Scottish, English)
  • Mary
  • Maria

 

Sean

Sean is the Anglicized form of Seán, the Irish form of John which means “Yahweh is gracious”. It’s pronounced shawn for those not familiar of the spelling of the name (I know I mispronounced it when I was younger).

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Seán (Irish)
  • Shawn (English)
  • Shaun
  • Shayne (English)
  • Shane (Irish, English)
  • Deshaun (English)
  • Deshawn (English)
  • Rashaun (English)
  • Keshaun (English)
  • Lashawn (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Seana (Irish, English)
  • Seán (Irish)
  • Shawna (English)
  • Shauna (English)
  • Lashawn (English)