Garland

Garland comes from an English surname meaning “triangle land” made up of Old English gara (triangular piece of land) and land (land). It could also have originated as an occupational name for someone who sold garlands. Garland also refers to a wreath of flowers or leaves, as well as also referring to a mark of honor or…

Holland

Holland is the name of a region in the Netherlands divided into two provinces, North Holland and South Holland, which comes from Old Dutch holt lant meaning “wood land”. There seems to be a popular folk etymology that the name comes from hol lant meaning “hollow land” in reference to its low-lying geography, but that seems to be…

Illtyd

Illtyd is a Welsh male name meaning “multitude of land” made up of Welsh elements il (multitude) and tud (land). This was the name of a Welsh saint who lived either in the 5th or 6th century. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Illtud (Welsh) Eltud (Welsh) Hildutus (Latin)  

Meleager

Meleager is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Meleagros, the name of a Greek hero who features in the story of the Calydonian boar hunt. In Greek mythology, Meleager was the son of Althaea and Oeneus, the king of Calydon (though some versions put him as the son of the war god Ares). When he is…

Milan

Milan is the name of a city in Italy, the capital of Lombardy. The name comes from Latin Milano from Latin Mediōlānum of uncertain etymology. The name could be derived from Latin medius (middle, half) and planus (level, flat, even) basically meaning “in the middle of the flat” or “in the middle of the plain”. However, it’s also possible that the name…

Italia

Italia is the Italian name for Italy, apparently named after Italus, a legendary Arcadian king of the Oenotrians, who were among the earliest inhabitants of Italy. The name could possibly be derived from Oscan Víteliú meaning “land of the bulls” or “land of the calves”. Origin: Oscan Male forms: Italus (Latinized Ancient Greek) Italos (Ancient Greek) Italo (Italian)  …

Camelot

Camelot is the name of King Arthur‘s realm. The origin of its etymology is unknown. Some sources cite it as being a corruption of Camlann, the site of the final battle between Arthur and Mordred. The name might derive from *Cambo-landa meaning “crooked land” or *Cambo-glannameaning “crooked bank (of a river), from Proto-Celtic *kambos (crooked) and either Old Irish lann (land) or Gaulish glanna (bank “of…

Sami

Sami is an Arabic male name meaning “elevated, sublime, supreme, high, lofty” as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. It’s also the Finnish diminutive of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”. It could also be an English short form of Samuel and Samantha. Sami is also a Japanese female name with…

Marlon

Marlon is an English male given name of unknown meaning. It may have originated as a variant spelling of Marland, an English surname derived from a place name meaning “land by lake” or “land by the sea” from English elements mere (lake, pool; sea, ocean) via a PIE root word; and land (land) also derived from a PIE root word….