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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Breton, J names, Male, Virtues/Attributes

Judikael

Judikael is the Breton form of Judicaël, itself the French form of Old Breton Iudicael which means "generous lord" or "generous prince" from iud (lord, prince) and cael (generous). Nicknames: Jude, Kael/Cael, Kale/Cale Origin: Breton Variants: Judicaël (French) Iudicael (Old Breton) Yezekael (Breton) Juhel (French) Judael (French) Judel (French) Judhael (French) Judhel (French) Judhellus (Latinized French)   Feminine forms: Judicaëlle (French, Breton)… Continue reading Judikael

Ancient Greek, Hebrew, J names, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Jareth

Jareth seems to be a blend of Jared (meaning "descent" from Hebrew) and Gareth (the name of one of the Knights of the Round Tale in Arthurian legends. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it has been linked to Welsh gwaredd meaning “gentleness”. It could also be connected to another name, Geraint, the Welsh form of Latin Gerontius meaning “old man” from Greek geron. Other… Continue reading Jareth

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, 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

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

Hebrew, J names, Male, Moon, Place names, Surname names

Jericho

Jericho is the name of an ancient city in the West Bank as well as a surname derived from the given name. The meaning behind the name is uncertain though possible meanings ascribed to it are "moon" from Hebrew yareach or it could be derived from Hebrew reyach meaning "fragrant, smell". In Arabic it's known as Ariha which also means… Continue reading Jericho

Emotion/Feelings, Hebrew, J names, Love/Beloved, Male, Virtues/Attributes

Jedekiah

Jedekiah is a name with surprisingly little information on it though it has had use as a given name. My best guess is that it's a variant of Jedidiah, a Hebrew name meaning "beloved of Yahweh", though if anyone knows more about it please let me know. Nicknames: Jed Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jedikiah (English) Jedidiah (Hebrew, English)… Continue reading Jedekiah

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

J names, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Jefferson

Jefferson comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning "son of Jeffrey", Jeffrey being a medieval variant of Geoffrey, the Norman-French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning "peace" from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (peace, tranquility; sanctuary, refuge) from PIE *priHós (beloved, dear) from root word *preyH- (to love, to please). The first element is a little… Continue reading Jefferson

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

Hebrew, J names, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Jeremiah

Jeremiah comes from a Hebrew male name meaning "Yahweh has uplifted" or "Yahweh has exalted". Jeremiah is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Jerry, Jeremy, Jere Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jeremy (English) Jeremia (English) Hieremias (Biblical Latin) Ieremias (Biblical Greek) Yirmiyahu (Biblical Hebrew) Jeremias (Portuguese, German, Finnish) Jorma (Finnish) Jérémie (French) Jérémy (French)… Continue reading Jeremiah

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

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

J names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Justin

Justin is the English form of Latin Justinus (or Iustinus) meaning "just, lawful, righteous" which comes 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: Iustinus (Latin) Iustus (Latin) Justinus (Ancient Roman) Justus (Late Roman, German, Dutch) Juste (French) Giustino (Italian) Justinas (Lithuanian)… Continue reading Justin

Hebrew, J names, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

James

James is an English male name derived from Late Latin Iacomus via Greek Iakobos, which comes from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov (English form Jacob) meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. James is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Jaime/Jamie/Jamey, Jimmy/Jimmie, Jim Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jaymes (English) Yakub (Arabic) Yaqoob (Arabic) Yaqub (Arabic) Jakes (Basque) Jacob (English, Dutch, Swedish,… Continue reading James