Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Phoenician, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Quechua, S names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

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… Continue reading Sami

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Animals, Earth, Elements, Fish, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

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.… Continue reading Marlon

Animals, Earth, Elements, Male, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Rolin

Rolin comes from a French surname of uncertain origin. It could be a variant form of Roland, a male name meaning "famous land" made up from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land), both deriving from a PIE source, though it’s possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning “brave, daring”. Rolin could also be a variant spelling… Continue reading Rolin

Earth, Elements, Female, Lithuanian mythology, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Word names, Z names

Zemina

Zemina is a Czech and Slovak word meaning "earth, soil" as well as also being a Persian word  (زمینه) meaning "background, setting, context" though spelled Zamin/Zameen (زمین) it's a Persian and Urdu word meaning "earth, land, ground, soil". The name comes from Lithuanian žemė (land, earth) from Proto-Balto-Slavic *źemē (earth) via Proto-Indo-European *dʰéǵʰōm (earth) from *dʰeǵʰ-, the same root word from which Zamin/Zameen comes from. Zemina (also spelled Žemyna) is a… Continue reading Zemina

Animals, Earth, Elements, English, Gaelic, Kin/Family, L names, Male, Old English, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Leland

Leland comes from an English surname deriving from a place name in England meaning "fallow land" or "untilled land" from Old English læge (fallow, untilled) and land (land) which comes from Proto-Germanic *landą (land) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *lendh- (2) (land, heath). Leland is also a surname deriving from the given name, though it's also a shortened form of McClellan or McLelland, both an anglicized form of… Continue reading Leland

Ancient Germanic, Color, Earth, Elements, Female, German/Germanic, Greek, Nature, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Y names

Yolanda

Yolanda is the Spanish form of French Yolande which seems to be possibly influenced from Greek Iolanthe meaning "violet flower" from Greek elements iole (violet) and anthos (flower), though it's just as likely that it's derived from Violante derived from Latin viola meaning "violet". Yolanda could also be Germanic in origin, perhaps deriving from Old Germanic iv… Continue reading Yolanda

E names, English, Female, Old English, Proto-Germanic, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Ethel

Ethel is a female given name meaning "noble" from Old English æðel, originally used as a  short form of names such as Etheldred or Ethelberta, making it a cognate of Germanic adal. Ethel also refers to the Anglo-Saxon rune odal which means "homeland; ancestral lands" from Proto-Germanic ǣþel.  Origin: Old English, Proto-Germanic Variants: Ethyl (English) Ethelyn (English)  

Ancient Germanic, Arthurian legends & myths, Earth, Elements, L names, Male, Nature, Nickname names

Lancelot

Lancelot is one of the Knights of the Round Table who was raised by the Lady of the Lake who later has an affair with Guinevere, the wife of his king Arthur, and which ultimately leads to Arthur's death. Lancelot is a double diminutive of Lanzo, a Germanic male name  meaning "land" though it's nickname, Lance, is… Continue reading Lancelot

Earth, Elements, German/Germanic, Literature, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, O names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Orlando

Orlando is the Italian form of Roland, a Germanic male name meaning “famous land” or “fame land” composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land), though it's possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning "brave, daring". It's the name of a city in Florida as well as a surname derived from the given name and the name… Continue reading Orlando

Ancient Germanic, Earth, Elements, German/Germanic, Greek, Irish, Male, Middle English, Persian, Phoenician, Place names, Scottish, Sun, Surname names, T names, Virtues/Attributes

Tyrus

Tyrus has several possible meanings and origins such as being the Latin name of Greek Tyros, the name of an ancient Phoenician port city now known as Tyre, Lebanon (or Sur/Sour in Arabic). It was supposedly the birth place of Europa, who was the mother of King Minos of Crete who was abducted by the Greek… Continue reading Tyrus

Arthurian legends & myths, C names, Earth, Elements, Gaulish, Male, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Water

Camlann

Camlann comes from the legends of King Arthur, the name of a place and the final battle of King Arthur in which he either dies there, killed by Mordred, or was fatally wounded. The name might be derived *Cambo-landa meaning "crooked land" or *Cambo-glanna meaning "crooked bank (of a river), from Proto-Celtic *kambos (crooked) and either Old Irish lann (land) or Gaulish glanna (bank… Continue reading Camlann

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Rayne

Rayne seems to be a variant spelling of Rain on the surface which comes from Old English regn (rain) which might possibly come from Proto-Indo-European *hreg- meaning "moist, wet". It could also be derived from Germanic element ragin meaning "counsel" and used as a short form of names beginning with the element such as Raymond or Rainer (meaning "advice army"). Rayne could also be a medieval female… Continue reading Rayne

Arabic, Earth, Female, Proto-Celtic, S names, Seasons, Virtues/Attributes

Sabrina

Sabrina is the Latin form of Old Welsh Habren or Hafren, the original name of the River Severen in the United Kingdom. The name might be derived from Proto-Celtic *samaros meaning "summer fallow, fallow land" from Proto-Celtic *samos (summer) and *aros (ploughing, ploughed land), or from *samos (summer) and *renwo- (quick, fast) or it could possibly mean "boundary" from an unknown source. Sabrina could… Continue reading Sabrina

Earth, Elements, Female, German/Germanic, Nature, O names, Virtues/Attributes

Orlanda

Orlanda is the feminine form of Orlando, itself the Italian form of Roland, a Germanic male name meaning "famous land" or "fame land" composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land) though it's possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning "brave, daring" Origin: Germanic Female variants: Rolande (French)   Male forms: Orlando (Italian) Rolando (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)  

Earth, Elements, Female, Latin, Nature, P names, Place names, Spanish, Surname names, Telugu, Water

Penna

Penna comes from Latin meaning "feather, plume, wing". It's also an Italian surname, either derived from the given name, or from Spanish Peña meaning "rock, cliff", a locational surname referring to someone who lived near a cliff or rocky land. There's also the Penna river in India (also known as Penneru) which comes from the Telugu words penu (grand)… Continue reading Penna

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Landry

Landry is an English surname derived from an Old French form of Landric, a Germanic masculine name composed of Germanic elements land (land) and ric (power, rule) meaning “land ruler” or “ruler of the land”. Origin: Germanic Variants: Landrie Landri Landree Landerico (Spanish, Italian) Landrigo (Spanish)  

Earth, Elements, German/Germanic, Male, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Roland

Roland is a male name composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land) meaning "famous land", though it's possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning "brave, daring". As well as being a given name, Roland is also a surname. The Song of Roland (Fr: La Chanson de Roland) is a medieval French epic poem about Charlemagne's fighting… Continue reading Roland