Farrah

Farrah is a variant spelling of Farah, an Arabic female name (and occasionally a male name) meaning “joy”. Farah is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Farrah is also an English surname, a variant of Farrar, an occupational name for a smith or an ironworker which comes from Middle English ferreor (iron worker, smith) via Latin ferrum…

Damir

Damir is a Slavic male name made up of Slavic elements dan (given) and miru (peace; world) essentially meaning “to give peace”. It’s also possible that Damir is a variant form of Demir, a Turkish male name meaning “iron”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Turkic Variants: Demir (Bosnian, Turkish) Timur (Tatar, Chechen, Kazakh, Uzbek, Russian) Temir (Kazakh) Timour Temur (Georgian) Temuri (Georgian)…

Ismay

Ismay is a female given name which comes from an English surname of uncertain etymology. It could have originated from Old German Ismagin meaning “iron-strength” though the first element could also be related to Old High German īs meaning “ice”. Ismay could also be a variant of Ismenia or Ismene, an Ancient Greek female name possibly meaning “knowledge”; in Greek mythology, Ismene…

Isola

Isola is a female given name of uncertain etymology. It’s an Italian word meaning “island, isle” via Latin īnsula (island) of uncertain origin. It could be derived from Ancient Greek nêsos (island) though it could also possibly be pre-Greek in origin. It’s also been linked to Proto-Celtic *enistī (island) via a PIE root. It’s also possible that Isola…

Sidero

Sidero is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the second wife of Salmoneus, a king, and the stepmother to his daughter Tyro, whom she apparently mistreated. Sidero was later killed by Tyro’s twin sons Pelias and Neleus (fathered by the god Poseidon); she was killed in a temple of Hera‘s which earned her the undying hatred of Pelias, the uncle of Jason of Argonaut…

Orville

Orville is a male given name that seems to have some mystery behind its origin. Some sites I’ve went to claim it was invented by English author Fanny Burney for her novel Evelina (1778) while it’s also possible that the name comes from a French place name. Either way, the name seems to be derived from French or…

Auric

Auric comes from a term in chemistry, an adjective referring to something that is of or containing gold in the trivalent state. It comes from the Au, the chemical symbol for gold, which derives from Latin aurum meaning “gold” derived from a PIE root word. Of course, it’s just as possible that Auric is made up from Au (gold) and ric, a…

Isotta

Isotta is the Italian form of Isolde, a name of uncertain origin though it’s believed to have Celtic roots or it may come from a Germanic name made up of is (ice, iron) and hild (battle) meaning “ice battle” or “iron battle”. In Arthurian legend, Isolde is the name of several figures including an Irish princess who fell in love with Tristan, the nephew of…

Cinder

Cinder is an English word referring to the ash of a fire after it burns out or a nearly burned piece of coal or wood.. It derives from Old English sinder meaning “dross of iron, slag” from Proto-Germanic *sindraz (metal alag; dross) via Proto-Indo-European *sendhro- (coagulating fluid). The letter change from s- to c- was that it would resemble to Old French cendre meaning “ash (of…