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…

Joachim

Joachim is a German, French, and Polish male name, a contracted form of Jehoiachin meaning “established by Yahweh”, or Jehoiakim meaning “raised by Yahweh”. It can be pronounced as yo-a-keem in German, yaw-a-kheem in Polish, zhaw-a-keem in French, or jo-a-keem in English. Joachim is also as surname originating from the given name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Ioachim (Latin) Ioakeim (Greek) Jochim…

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…

Jamshid

Jamshid is a Persian male name, the modern form of Avestan Yima Kshaeta meaning “shining Jam” or “radiant Jam”, Jam being the Persian form of Yima which means “twin”, making it a cognate of Sanskrit Yama (which also means “twin”). In Persian mythology, Jamshid is depicted as the fourth greatest king who owned a magical cup that was said to be filled…

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…

Joel

Joel is a male given name which comes from Hebrew yoel meaning “Yahweh is God”. Joel is also a surname though it derives from two possible origins. The first is from the given name above; the second is that’s a variant of Jewell, derived from a Breton name, Judikael via French Judicaël, which comes from Old Breton Iudicael “meaning generous lord” or…

Jacob

Jacob is the English form of Latin Iacobus via Ancient Greek Iakobos derived from Hebrew Ya’aqov meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Jacob is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Jake, Coby/Koby, Jack, Jay Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jaycob (English) Jakob (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Dutch, Slovene) Jacobus (Dutch, Late Roman) Jacoby (English) Sjaak (Dutch) Yakub…

Jesse

Jesse comes from a Hebrew male name possibly meaning “gifted” or “Yahweh exists”. Jesse is also a surname originating from the given name. Although traditionally a male name, it has had occasional use as a female name, likely as a variant of Jessie, which is a nickname for Jessica meaning “to behold”, “foresight” or “one who looks forth”. Nicknames:…