F names, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Scottish mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Fergus

Fergus is the anglicized form of Fearghas, a Gaelic name meaning "man of vigor" composed from fear (man) derived from a PIE root word; and gus "vigor". It's the name of several figures in Irish and Scottish mythology. Fergus is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Fergie, Gus Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Fearghas (Irish, Scottish)  

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Animals, C names, Celtic, Dog, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Colin

Colin originated as an English medieval diminutive of Nicholas, the Englush form of Ancient Greek Nikolaos meaning "victory of the people" made up from Ancient Greek elements nike (victory) and laos (people), both deriving from PIE root words. Colin has also been used as an angliicized form of Scottish names Cailean (meaning "whelp, young dog, puppy" derived from a Proto-Celtic source). Colin is also a surname… Continue reading Colin

B names, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Bellamy

Bellamy comes from a French surname meaning "fair/fine friend" or "handsome/beautiful friend" which comes from French beau/belle (handsome, fine attractive) via Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome) via PIE duenos/duonos(good) which is the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere); and ami (friend) via Latin amicus (friend), a derivative of amare (to love) which could be derived from a PIE root word. It likely originated as a… Continue reading Bellamy

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Breton, Female, Japanese, Light, Moon, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Nora

Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly… Continue reading Nora

Animals, C names, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Conall

Conall is a Gaelic male name meaning "strong wolf" or "strong as a wolf" from Old Irish cú (dog, hound; wolf) which derives from a PIE root word. It belongs to several figures in Irish myth, including Irish hero Conall Cernach. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Conal (Irish) Conell (English) Connall (English) Connell (English) Konall (English)  

C names, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Cara

Cara comes from an Italian word, the feminine singular of caro meaning "dear, beloved; precious, expensive"; it comes from Latin cārus (dear, beloved; expensive) via Proto-Italic *kāros (dear) derived from PIE root word *keh₂- (to desire, wish). Cara is also an Irish word meaning "friend" coming from Old Irish carae (friend; relative) via Proto-Celtic *karants (friend) derived from the same PIE root word… Continue reading Cara

Animals, H names, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Stag, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hartley

Hartley is an English male name derived from an English surname meaning "hart clearing". It's made up from Old English heorot (stag) via Proto-Germanic *herutaz (stag, deer) derived from PIE *ḱerh₂- (horn); and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow), also derived from a PIE root word. Hartley is also an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó hArtghaile meaning "descendant of Artghal", the latter a personal Irish male… Continue reading Hartley

Female, K names, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Kennedy

Kennedy comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Cinnéidigh meaning "descendant of Ceannéidigh’", the latter meaning "ugly head" or "misshapen head" composed from Irish elements ceann (head) and éidigh (ugly, misshapen), though I've also seen the second element as possibly being derived from éide meaning "armor, helmet, clothing" so the name may also mean "armor headed". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kenadie (English)… Continue reading Kennedy

C names, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Courtney

Courtney is an English unisex name originally derived from an English surname derived from a French place called Courtenay, which comes from Curtenus, a Latin name meaning "short" from Latin curtus (short) derived from a PIE root word. It may also have arisen as a nickname for someone with a short nose or someone who was short in stature. As… Continue reading Courtney

Animals, Chinese, Hawaiian, L names, Lion, Moon, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Romanian mythology, Uncategorized, Vietnamese, Word names

Luana

Luana is a female given name that could be derived from a number of sources: it could be a combination of Lou (a short form of Louise and Louisa meaning "famous battle") and Anna (grace, favor); it's also a Hawaiian female name meaning "content, at ease" and "to be at leisure". It was used for a Polynesian character in the 1932 movie Birds… Continue reading Luana

Animals, B names, Birds, Elements, English, Irish, Male, Raven, Surname names, Water

Brennan

Brennan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Braonáin meaning "descendant of Braonán", the latter a diminutive of braon meaning "rain, moisture, drop". It could also be derived from Ó Branáin meaning "descendant of Branán", the latter a diminutive of bran meaning "raven". Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

K names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Kevin

Kevin is the anglicized form of Irish Caoimhín which derives from an older form, Cóemgein meaning "gentle birth" or "handsome birth" from Old Irish elements cóem (kind, gentle, handsome)and gein (birth) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Kevin is also an Irish surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kevyn (English) Kevan (Irish) Kevon (English) Cefin… Continue reading Kevin

B names, Female, Kin/Family, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Briar

Briar refers to a prickly plant or brush with thorns such as sweetbriar and greenbriar. The origin of the word comes from Old English brǣr meaning "briar, bramble" which may be derived from PIE *wert- (to twist, turn). Briar also refers to a pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub. The origin of that word comes… Continue reading Briar

Celtic, Color, F names, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Flannery

Flannery comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Flannghaile meaning "descendant of Flannghal", Flannghal meaning "red valor", "red fury", or "red ardor" made up from Irish flann (red, blood-red) derived from PIE root word *welh₃- (to hit, to strike); and gal (warlike ardor; valor, fury) from Proto-Celtic *galā (might, ability). Flannery could also be the anglicized form of Flannabhra meaning "red eyebrows" from Irish fabhra (eyelash;… Continue reading Flannery

C names, Earth, Elements, Gaelic, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Scottish, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Creagan

Creagan is a variant spelling of Creegan, the anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Croidheagáin meaning "descendant of Croidheagán", the latter a diminutive of Irish croidhe, a dated spelling of croí meaning "heart" derived from PIE root *ḱḗr (heart). Creagan is also a Scottish Gaelic word meaning "rocks", the plural form of creag (rock). Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Scottish Gaelic Variants: Creegan (Irish, English)  

G names, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Numbers, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Gus

Gus is often used as a short form of names such as:  August, derived from Augustus meaning "great", "venerable", "majestic"; Gustavo (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) and Gustav (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German) both deriving from Slavic Gostislav meaning "guest glory" from Proto-Slavic *gȏstь (guest) and slava (glory); Angus, the anglicized form of Scottish Aonghus either meaning "one choice" or "one strength, vigor, force"; the first element of the name comes from… Continue reading Gus

Black/Dark, Color, K names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Kier

Kier (pr. keer) comes from a Scottish surname, a variant spelling of Kerr, a topographical surname for someone who lived near a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood. It comes from Old Norse kjarr meaning "brushwood" or "thicket, scrub". Kier could also be the anglicized form of Irish ceàrr meaning "left; incorrect, wrong" or from Old Irish ciar meaning "black, dark". Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Kier

Animals, Birds, Black/Dark, Color, D names, Dove, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dove

Dove is the name of a bird hat symbolizes peace and innocence. It comes from Old English *dūfe (dove; pigeon) from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ. It may be derived from a PIE root word either relating to a word meaning "dive" in reference to its flight or from PIE *dʰewbʰ- (to whisk; smoke; make obscure). Dove is also the past tense of dive meaning… Continue reading Dove

Elements, Female, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Rialta

Rialta is a female name as well as an Irish word, the anglicized form of ríagalta meaning "regular, habitual; bound by rule". It's also a feminine form of Rialto, the name of a city in Venice. It comes from Rivoaltus meaning "high bank" or "deep river" made up from rivo, the Italian word for "stream, bank, shore, brook" from Latin rīvus derived… Continue reading Rialta

Animals, C names, Dog, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Conri

Conri is an anglicized form of Irish Conrí meaning "wolf king" made up from Old Irish con (dog, hound, wolf) which comes from Proto-Celtic *kū (dog; wolf) derived from PIE *ḱwṓ (dog); and Old Irish rí (king) from Proto-Celtic *rīxs (king) derived from PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) which derives from root word *h₃reǵ- meaning "to straighten, to right oneself". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Conrí (Irish)