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)  …

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…

Rey

Rey is a Spanish male name (and word) meaning “king” derived from Latin rex (king, ruler) via a PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) from root word *h₃reǵ- (to straighten, to right oneself; right; just). It could also be a short form of Reymundo, a variant spelling of Raymundo, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Raymond, the English form of Germanic Raginmund meaning “advice protector” or “counsel protector…

Lindsey

Lindsey is a varint spelling of Lindsay, an English unisex name which originated as an English and Scottish surname derived from a region in Lincolnshire, England. It means “Lincoln‘s island” from Old English. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Male forms: Lindsay (English, Scottish)   Female forms: Lindsey (English, Scottish) Linsey (English) Lyndsay (English) Lyndsey (English) Lynsey (English) Lindsie (English) Linsay…

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

Lyle

Lyle is an English surname derived from Norman French l’isle meaning “the island”, a topographical name for someone who lived or came from an island. It could also be derived as a habitional name for someone who came from a city in France called Lille, also derived from the source above. It comes from Latin insula (island), a word of…