Sheridan

Sheridan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Sirideáin meaning “descendant of Sirideán”, the latter meaning “searcher” in Gaelic. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “wild man” or “elf”.

Origin: Gaelic

 

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Fiona

Fiona seems to have first been coined by Scottish poet James Macpherson who based it on the Fianna, the name of a group of warriors in Irish mythology, or as the feminine form of Fionn. The name comes from Old Irish finn meaning “fair, blond, white” from Proto-Celtic *windos- (white).

Origin: Proto-Celtic

Variants:

  • Fionna (English, Scottish)

 

Male forms:

  • Fionn (Irish)
  • Fion (Irish)
  • Finn (Irish, English)

 

Dorian

Dorian comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology, they got their name from their founder, Dorus, which at first glance seems related to Greek doron meaning “gift” from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃rom (gift) from the root *deh₃- (to give). However, the exact origins of the name are not uncertain. It’s possible Dorian also derives from Proto-Indo-European *doru- meaning “tree, wood”, the same root word for “spear” in Greek as well. Dorian is also a surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deoradháin meaning “descendant of Deoradhán”, the latter derived from Old Irish deoradh meaning “exile, wanderer, stranger, pilgrim”.

Origin: Greek, Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Dorieus (Ancient Greek)
  • Dorijan (Croatian)
  • Doriano (Italian)
  • Dorián (Hungarian)
  • Doran (Irish)

 

Female forms:

  • Doriane (French)
  • Doriana (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Croatian, Portuguese)
  • Doria (English)

 

Morgan

Morgan is a unisex name though it has two different origins: as a male name it derives from Old Welsh Morcant, a masculine name possibly meaning “sea circle” from Welsh elements mor (sea) and cant (circle), though the first element may also be related to Welsh mawr meaning “large; big; great”; the second element *cant- also means “hundred”. Morgan is also the name of a powerful enchantress in Arthurian legend, depicted as his older half-sister as well as his primary antagonist. She was named by Geoffrey of Monmouth who may have based her name on Muirgen meaning “born of the sea” or “sea-born” from Celtic *mori- (sea) and *genos- (born). Morgens (or morgans) are also the name of water spirits in Welsh and Briton mythology who drowned men to their death as well as also causing heavy floods that destroyed villages and crops. Morgan is also a surname.

Origin: Old Welsh, Gaelic

Male forms:

  • Morcant (Ancient Celtic)

 

Female forms:

  • Morgana (English)
  • Morganna (English)
  • Morgane (French)
  • Morganne (English)
  • Morgaine (French)
  • Morgen (English)

 

Donovan

Donovan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Donndubháin meaning “descendant of Donndubhán”, the latter a given name made up of Gaelic elemens donn (brown) and dubh (black) with diminutive suffix -an meaning “little brown-black one”.

Nicknames: Don, Donny/Donnie

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Donovon (English)

 

Rose

Rose is the name of a flower which derives from Latin rosa meaning “rose” via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning “fame”, originally spelled Rohese or Roese. Rose is also a short form of names like Rosamund, Rosaline or Rosalind, in which case the first part of the name comes from Germanic hros meaning “horse”. Rose is also a surname, derived as a place name for someone who lived near where roses grew or as a nickname for someone with a rosy complexion.

Origin: Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Germanic

Variants:

  • Rosa (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English)
  • Roza (Ancient Germanic, Russian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian)
  • Rosalia (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Late Roman)
  • Rozalia (Polish, Romanian)
  • Rosalie (French, German, Dutch, English)
  • Rosalee (English)
  • Rosamund (English)
  • Rosalind (English)
  • Rosaline (English)
  • Rosie (English)

 

Galvin

Galvin comes from a surname, the anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gealbháin meaning “descendant of Gealbhán”, the latter a personal name meaning “bright white” from geal (bright) and ban (white) which may have originated for someone with blond hair or who had white or gray hair as they grew older; gealbhan is also the Irish word for “sparrow”.

Origin: Gaelic

 

Desmond

Desmond comes from Irish surname Deasmhumhain, made up of Gaelic elements deas (south) and mumhain (Munster), meaning “South Munster” referring to someone who was from a place called Desmond, the name of a kingdom that once existed in Ireland.

Nicknames: Des/Dez, Desi/Dezi

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Desmonde

 

Keegan

Keegan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Mac Aodhagáin, meaning “son of Aodhagán”, the latter a pet diminutive (or sort of nickname) for Aodh, a male given name meaning “fire” from Old Irish Áed deriving from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eydʰ- (to burn, kindle; fire).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Keagan (English)
  • Kegan (English)
  • Egan (English)
  • Eagan (English)

 

Foy

Foy comes from a surname with several possible meanings and origins:

  • it may be derived from Old French foi or from Latin fides meaning “faith”, either used as a nickname for someone who was a pious person or someone who often swore;
  • it may also be a medieval French female name also derived from Foy (or Faith); 
  • it may also be an anglicized of Irish surname Fahey, which comes from Gaelic Ó Fathaidh meaning “descendant of Fathadh”, the latter being a male given name meaning “foundation, base”;
  • it may also be a variant of O’Fee, also an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fiaich meaning “descendant of Fiach”, the latter meaning “raven”.

Origin: Latin, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Foi (Old French)