Māui

Māui is the name of an island, part of the Hawaiian islands and the second largest island. The island was named after the son of the man who first discovered the island, who was in turn named after the demigod. In Hawaiian and Polynesian mythology, Māui is a demigod as well as a trickster who created the…

Icaria

Icaria (also spelled Ikaria) is the name of a Greek island which supposedly derives its name from Icarus of Greek mythology, the son of Daedalus, who escaped the island of Crete by using wings Daedalus had created to fly away. However, Icarus flew too close to the sun, causing the wax that kept his feathers together to melt and he…

Houston

Houston is the name of a city in Texas as well as several other places. It originated from a Scottish surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Houston in Glasgow, Scotland. The name is made up from the given name Hugh meaning “heart, thought, mind, spirit” derived from Proto-Germanic element *hugiz (mind; thought; understanding) which…

Whitney

Whitney comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from a place called Whitney. It means “white island”, made up from Old English elements hwit (white) and eg (island), and can be used as a unisex name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Whitnee (English) Whitni (English) Witney (English)  

Ennis

Ennis comes from an Irish surname with two possible meanings behind it. The first is that it derives from Irish inis meaning “island” via Proto-Celtic *enistī (island) derived from a PIE root word. The second is that it derives from Angus, an anglicized form of Aonghus, a Scottish Gaelic name meaning “either one strength” or “one choice”, made up from Old Irish óen…

Sydelle

Sydelle is an English female name, of modern coinage. I couldn’t quite find a specific origin or meaning to it, though it’s possible that it may have arisen as a variant (or perhaps another nickname) of Sadie, itself originally a diminutive form of Sarah meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman”. It also does resemble Sydney, which comes from an English surname meaning…

Sidney

Sidney comes from an English surname meaning “wide island” made up from Old English elements sidan (wide) and eg (island). It’s also possible that it comes from the name of a town in Normandy, France, St. Denis, Denis being the medieval French form of Dennis, the English form of Dionysius. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the…

Hugh

Hugh is an English male name meaning “heart, thought, mind, spirit” derived from Proto-Germanic element *hugiz (mind; thought; understanding) which could be derived from a PIE source though the etymology behind it is uncertain. Hugh is also an English surname originating from the given name, though as an Irish and Scottish surname it’s an anglicized form of Gaelic names…

Kelsey

Kelsey comes from an English surname via a place name, the name of several towns in Lincolnshire, England. The meaning of the name seems to be uncertain as I’ve seen two different meanings for it: the first is that it could mean “Ceol’s island”, made up from Old English elements ceol (ship) and eg (island); I’ve also seen…

Ada

Ada is a female given name, a short form of names beginning with Germanic element adal meaning “noble” such as Adelaide (meaning “noble kind”). Ada could also be variant spelling of Adah which is a Hebrew female name meaning “ornament”. Ada is also a Turkish word and female name meaning “island”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew, Proto-Turkic Variants: Adah (Hebrew, English)  …