Jet

Jet is the name of a deep black color as well as the name of a type of gemstone. It comes from Old French jaiet via Latin gagates which ultimately comes from Ancient Greek gagates (lignite; jet), supposedly named after a river named Gages near the town of Gagai, a town in Ancient Greek that no longer exists, because…

Jeong-ah

Jeong-ah (정아) is a Korean female name with a variety of meanings depending on the hangul used: 정 정 (靜) jeong “quiet; still, tranquil”; 정 (貞) jeong “virtuous, chaste, loyal”; 정 (晶) jeong “clear; crystal; diamond”; 정 (廷) jeong “royal court; rural court” 아 아 (兒) ah “child; 아 (雅) ah “elegant, neat, tidy”; 아 (娥) ah “good, beautiful”; There are likely other meanings…

Jorie

Jorie is an English female name, a shortened form of Marjorie, a medieval English form of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari. Spelled Jory it’s a Cornish male name, the Cornish form of George which is the English form of Ancient Greek Georgios meaning “farmer, earthworker” via georgos made up from Greek elements ge (earth) and ergon (work). Origin: Sanskrit, Ancient Greek Variants: Jory (English, Cornish)…

Jenna

Jenna is a variant of Jenny, originally a medieval English diminutive of Jane, the feminine form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew. However, Jenny has become more popular as a nickname for Jennifer, the Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from), made up from Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name…

Julep

Julep is the name of a drink originally used to refer to a sweet drink made out of water and sugar, used as a medicinal drink and which later became an alcoholic drink with bourbon or brandy and crushed/shaved ice garnished with mint. The name comes from Persian golab meaning “rosewater”, made up from Persian elements gol…

Junix

Junix is the name of a genus of dragonfly, Junix elumbis, found in Venezuela, as well as the name of a species of weevils in the genus Brachycerus. The name might be derived from Latin junix, an alternative form of iunix meaning “young cow, calf, heifer”, related to iuvenis (young) from which Juno derives. Junix is also a Filipino male name, perhaps a variant spin of Juninho, a…

Julietta

Julietta is a variant of Juliet which ultimately comes from 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…

Jerusha

Jerusha is a Hebrew female name meaning “possession, inheritance” which comes from Hebrew yarásh יָרַשׁ (to inherit; to take possession of). In the Bible, she is the mother of Jotham and the queen of Judah. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jerushah (Hebrew) Yerushah (Biblical Hebrew)  

Juri

Juri is an Estonian and Russian male name, the Slavic form of George meaning “farmer, earthworker”. Juri is also a Japanese female name, likely influenced by Julie, though it has various meanings depending on the kanji used: ju 樹 “tree, timber” + ri 里 “village” (樹里); ju 樹 “tree, timber” + ri 梨 “pear” (樹梨); ju 朱 “vermilion; cinnabar; scarlet” + ri 理 “logic reason” (朱理); ju 朱 “vermilion; cinnabar; scarlet” + ri 里 “village”…

Jinx

Jinx is an English word referring to a charm, a spell, or a hex, something that brings bad luck. It’s a variant spelling of Jynx, the name of a genus of birds; the name comes from Latin Iynx via Ancient Greek iunx meaning “wryneck”. In Greek mythology Iynx was a nymph who supposedly used a magical charm to make Zeus fall in…