Female, J names, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

July

July is the name of the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calenders, named after Julius Caesar. Julius comes from an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter),… Continue reading July

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Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Color, Female, Hebrew, J names, Nickname names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Jenny

Jenny originally arose as a nickname for Jane, the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious" from Hebrew, though it's now more often used as anickname for Jennifer, which is the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from) meaning “fair phantom” or “white phantom” or “white specter” from Celtic elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and sebara (phantom, demon, spirit,… Continue reading Jenny

Emotion/Feelings, Female, J names, Joy, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Joy

Joy is used to refer to a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It comes from Old French joie via Late Latin gaudia, the plural form of gaudium (joy, delight) derived from a PIE root word meaning "to rejoice". Joy is also an English surname derived from the given name, originally given as a nickname for someone who was cheerful and… Continue reading Joy

Female, J names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Junia

Junia is an Ancient Roman name, the feminine form of Junius which seems to be derived from the name of the Roman goddess Juno. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it could be linked to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful, young” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life, age, eternity). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Iunia (Latin) Iuno (Ancient Roman) Iounia… Continue reading Junia

Breton, Emotion/Feelings, Female, J names, Joy, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jewel

Jewel refers to a gem or precious stone, something that is considered a valuable and costly object. The origin of the word comes from Anglo-Norman juel via Old French jouel meaning "treasure, jewel". The origin of the word is uncertain though it may be based from Latin iocus (or jocus) meaning "joke, jest" derived from PIE *yek- (to speak); or it could be… Continue reading Jewel

Female, Hebrew, J names, Literature, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Virtues/Attributes

Jessica

Jessica first appeared as a name in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596) likely basing it on an existing name, Iscah (which would have been known as Jescha in his time) derived from Hebrew Yiskah meaning "to behold", "foresight" or "one who looks forth". Nicknames: Jess, Jessie/Jessy/Jessi/Jessye Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jessika (German, English) Gessica (Italian) Yessica… Continue reading Jessica

Female, J names, Japanese, Korean, Male, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Seasons, Sound, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Juno

Juno is the wife of the the Roman god Jupiter and the Roman goddess of marriage and women, making her the Greek counterpart of Hera. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it could be linked to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful, young” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life, age, eternity). Juno is traditionally a female given name but… Continue reading Juno

Astronomy, Female, J names, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jupiter

Jupiter is the name of the chief god of Roman mythology and the Roman counterpart of Zeus in Greek myth, as well as the name of a planet named after him. Traditonally a male name, it has been used as a female name for the 2015 sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending. Does that automatically make it a unisex… Continue reading Jupiter

Ancient Greek, Blue, Color, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, J names, Mythology, Nature

Jacinta

Jacinta is the Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Hyacinthus, the name of a genus of dark-blue flowers. The origin of the name comes from Ancient Greek huákinthos (referring to a type of blue larkspur, or a certain type of blue color) which seems to originate from a pre-Greek origin. In Greek mythology, the name gets its name from… Continue reading Jacinta

Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jordan

Jordan is an English unisex name, the name of a country in the Middle East named after the river that runs between it and Israel. The name comes from Hebrew yarden meaning "to go down, descend" or "flow down". It was a popular name in the Middle Ages because Crusaders and pilgrims brought the water back from the Jordan… Continue reading Jordan

Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, J names, Moon, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it's presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning "ruler of the spear") and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler"; Erica is also the Latin word for "heather". I've also seen Jerica listed as the… Continue reading Jerica

Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Nickname names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jude

Jude is a male name, a short form of Judas, the Greek form of Judah meaning "praised" from Hebrew yadá (to praise). It's also used as a short form of Judith, a female given name that either means "woman from Judea", Judea being an ancient region is Israel, though Judith could also be the feminine form of Judah. Jude is also a surname derived from the… Continue reading Jude

Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Nickname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jack

Jack originally began as a medieval diminutive of John from Jankin or Jackin, the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes deriving from Hebrew Yochanan, a Hebrew masculine name meaning "Yahweh is gracious". It could also be a short form of Jacqueline, the French feminine form of Jacques which is the French form… Continue reading Jack

Female, Hebrew, J names, Virtues/Attributes

Janet

Janet was originally used as a medieval diminutive of Jane, itself the feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Jane is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Janette (English) Janetta (English) Janett (English) Jeanette (French, English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch) Jeannette (French, English, Dutch)  

Female, J names, Kin/Family, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Julia

Julia is the feminine form of Julius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter), the name of the chief god in the Roman pantheon. His name is derived from Indo-European… Continue reading Julia

Female, J names, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Seasons, Unisex, Word names

January

January is the name of the first year of the month. It comes from Roman cognomen Januarius 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… Continue reading January

Emotion/Feelings, Female, J names, Joy, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Joyce

Joyce was originally a masculine name before becoming more popular for women. It derives from medieval masculine name Josse, the Old French form of Latin Iudocus which comes from Breton Judoc meaning "little lord" from Breton iudh (lord, chief, king) with the diminutive suffix -an. It derives from a Proto-Indo-European source. It later became associated with the Middle English word joise meaning "to rejoice". Joyce is also… Continue reading Joyce

Albanian, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, J names, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Swahili, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jana

Jana is a multicultural name with several possible meanings: it is the Latinized form of Jane, the feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”; Jana is also the Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German, Slovene, and Catalan feminine form of Jan, a variant form of Johannes which also derives from John;  it's also the Serbian and Croatian form of Ana, a… Continue reading Jana