Massima

Massima is the feminine form of Massimo, the Italian form of Maximus, which comes from an Ancient Roman family name meaning "greatest". Massima is also an Italian word meaning "maxim, rule, maximum". Origin: Latin Variants: Maxima (Ancient Roman) Maximiliana (Ancient Roman) Máxima (Spanish) Maximiliane (German) Maximilienne (French) Maxine (English) Maxene (English)   Male forms: Massimo (Italian) Maximos … Continue reading Massima

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Piero

Piero is the Italian form of Peter, the English form of Greek Petros meaning "stone, rock". Piero is also an Italian surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Pierino (Italian diminutive) Origin: Greek Variants: Pietro (Italian) Pier (Italian, Dutch) Peter (English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Slovak)   Female forms: Piera (Italian) Pietra (Italian) Pierina (Italian diminutive … Continue reading Piero

Lisa

Lisa originated as a short form of Elizabeth, a female name which comes from Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Mawu-Lisa is also the name of a creator goddess in Dahomey mythology in Benin in West Africa, sometimes described as a pair of twins with Lisa being the male part representing the sun and … Continue reading Lisa

Anna-Maria

Anna-Maria is a female given name, a combination of Anna and Maria: Anna is the Latinate form of Hannah which comes from the Hebrew name Channah meaning "grace" or "favor"; Maria comes from the Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that … Continue reading Anna-Maria

Gennaro

Gennaro is a male given name, the Italian form of Januarius, a Roman cognomen meaning "January" from Latin ianus meaning "archway, covered passageway" derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ey- (to go). Januarius gets its name from the Roman god Janus, who was the god of doorways, transitions, and beginnings, depicted with two heads- one looking forward and the other backward, looking to the future and to … Continue reading Gennaro

Belladonna

Belladonna is an Italian name which means "beautiful lady" from Italian elements bella (beautiful) and donna (lady). Bella is derived from Latin bellus meaning "beautiful, pretty, handsome", while Donna is also derived from Latin domina "lady, mistress of the house". It's the name of a plant known as deadly nightshade, which is poisonous. It supposedly got its name Belladonna because it was used by women to dilate the … Continue reading Belladonna

Clio

Clio is the Latinized form of Greek Kleio meaning "glory" which comes from Greek kleo (to make famous, to celebrate) derived from Proto-Indo-European ḱlew- (to hear). In Greek mythology, Clio is the Muse of history and heroic poetry, the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Clio also seems to have some use as a surname, perhaps derived from the given name. Origin: Ancient … Continue reading Clio

Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning "lady, mistress", the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master). Origin: Aramaic Variants: Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek) Martta (Finnish) Marthe (French, Norwegian) Marte (Norwegian) Márta (Hungarian) Morta (Lithuanian) Maata (Maori) Marfa (Russian)  

Rico

Rico is the Spanish short form of Ricardo, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Richard meaning "brave ruler" or "strong ruler" from Germanic elements ric (power, ruler) and hard (brave, hardy). It's also the Italian short form of Enrico, the Italian form of Henry which means "home ruler" from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, ruler). Rico is also a surname derived from the Old Portuguese word rico meaning "rich" likely … Continue reading Rico

Orlando

Orlando is the Italian form of Roland, a Germanic male name meaning “famous land” or “fame land” composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land), though it's possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning "brave, daring". It's the name of a city in Florida as well as a surname derived from the given name and the name … Continue reading Orlando