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

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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

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

Josephine

Josephine is the feminine form of Joseph, derived from  Hebrew Yosef meaning “Yahweh will increase” or “Yahweh will add”. Nicknames: Jo, Josie, Seffie/Sephie Origin: Hebrew Variants: Josepha (English, German) Joséphine (French) Josèphe (French) Josée (French) Josette (French diminutive of Joséphine) Josephina (English) Josipa (Croatian) Jozefina (Croatian) Josefa (Spanish, Portuguese, Czech) Josefina (Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish) Josefine (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German, Scandinavian) … Continue reading Josephine

Jane

Jane is a 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. Though Jane is primarily a female given name, it's begun to have some use as a male name. One example would be Jayne Cobb, a male character from the scifi TV … Continue reading Jane

Jamila

Jamila is the feminine form of Jamil, an Arabic male name meaning "beautiful". Origin: Arabic Variants: Jameela Jamillah Gamila (Egyptian Arabic) Djamila (Maghrebi Arabic) Yamila (Latin American Spanish) Cemile (Turkish)   Male forms: Jamil (Arabic) Jameel Gamil (Egyptian Arabic) Cemil (Turkish)  

Jaspera

Jaspera is the feminine form of Jasper, a variant of Gaspar or Caspar which comes from a Persian name possibly meaning "treasurer" or "keeper of treasure". It was one of the names of the Three Magi who visited baby Jesus. Jasper is also the name of a variety of an opaque variety of quartz composed of red, yellow, brown … Continue reading Jaspera

Justine

Justine is the French feminine form of Justin which comes from Latin Justus meaning "just, lawful, righteous", derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew- (justice, law) from the root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life age, eternity). Justin is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Justina (English, Slovene, Czech, Lithuanian, Late Roman) Justýna (Czech) Justyna (Polish) Giustina (Italian) Iustina (Late Roman) … Continue reading Justine

Jaime

Jaime is a variant spelling of Jamie, a nickname for James which is the English form of Late Latin Iacomus via Greek Iakobos, which comes from the Hebrew name Ya'aqov (English form Jacob) meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter". Jaime is also the Spanish and Portuguese male form of James though it's pronounced hie-mee. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jamie (Scottish, English) Jaymee (English) Jayme (English) … Continue reading Jaime

Julian

Julian is the English form of Iulianus (or Julianus), an Ancient Roman family name meaning "belonging to Julius", Julius a name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning "downy-bearded", implying someone who was youthful, though it could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter), the name of the chief god … Continue reading Julian