C names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Concordia

Concordia is the Roman goddess of marital harmony, peace, and understanding (her Greek counterpart is Harmonia). The name comes from Latin concordia (agreement, union, harmony) via Latin concors (agreeing, of one mind) made up from cum (together, with) and cor (heart) both of which derive from a PIE source. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Konkordie (Danish) Konkordija (Croatian, Lithuanian) Konkortia (Greenlandic)   Male… Continue reading Concordia

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Color, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names, Violet/Purple

Violante

Violante is the Latin form of Yolanda, 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 a derivative of Latin viola meaning "violet", related to Ancient Greek ion (violet) which seems to be from a pre-I.E.… Continue reading Violante

Animals, Elements, Female, Fire, Hebrew, S names, Snake/Serpent, Virtues/Attributes

Seraphina

Seraphina is the feminine form of Seraphinus which derives from Hebrew s’rafím, the plural form of saráf which means “to burn” as well as "seraph; venemous serpent". Seraph refers to the highest order of angels with six wings, hands, and feet. They supposedly emit such a bright light that no one can look straight at them which is why they are known as… Continue reading Seraphina

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Laura

Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning "laurel". It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laura

Elements, Etruscan, Fire, I names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Ignatius

Ignatius is a variant spelling of Egnatius, an Ancient Roman family name of unknown meaning though it's likely that it was Etruscan in origin. The spelling of Egnatius was later altered to resemble Latin ignis meaning "fire". Ignatius is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Etruscan, Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Egnatius (Ancient Roman) Ignacio (Spanish) Inácio (Portuguese) Iñaki… Continue reading Ignatius

C names, Color, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Candida

Candida is a Late Roman name derived from Latin candidus meaning "white" derived from PIE root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine, glow). Nicknames: Candy, Dida, Deedee/DeeDee Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Cándida (Spanish) Cândida (Portuguese) Candide (French)   Male forms: Candidus (Late Roman) Candide (French) Cândido (Portuguese) Cándido (Spanish) Candid (English)  

Female, M names, North African, Numbers, Phoenician, Virtues/Attributes

Monica

Monica is a female given name of unknown origins though it's likely derived from a  North African or Phoenician origin. It's often been associated with Latin moneo meaning "to advise, warn" or Ancient Greek monos meaning "one, single, only". Nicknames: Mona (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Origin: North African, Phoenician Variants: Monika (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian,… Continue reading Monica

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, U names

Ursula

Ursula is a female given name meaning "little bear". It is the diminutive of Latin Ursa meaning "female bear" or "she-bear", the feminine form of ursus (bear) from Proto-Italiac *orssos (bear) which derives from PIE *h₂ŕ̥tḱos (bear). Nicknames: Ursel (German), Ulla (German), Uschi (German), Urška (Slovene), Ula (Polish) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ursa (Latin) Urszula (Polish) Úrsula (Portuguese, Spanish) Uršula (Slovene) Orsola (Italian) Orsolina (Italian)… Continue reading Ursula

Animals, Birds, Falcon, Female, Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Peregrine

Peregrine is the English form of Late Latin Peregrinus which means "traveler, foreigner" from Latin peregrē (foreign, abroad) made up from Latin per (through, by means of) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *per- (to go over); and ager (field, farm) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éǵros (field, pasturage). Peregrine is also a surname usually given to those who went on a pilgrimage so it also connotes the idea of a "pilgrim". It's… Continue reading Peregrine

Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

René, Renée

René is the French form of Renatus, a Late Roman name meaning "born again" or "reborn" deriving from Latin nascor (born; begotten) from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (to produce, beget, to give birth). René is the traditional masculine name used in French while Renée is the feminine form of the name, however in English-speaking countries René is used for both males and females. Rene… Continue reading René, Renée

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

Dominic

Dominic is the English form of Late Latin Dominicus meaning "of the Lord" from Latin dominus meaning "master, lord, ruler" derived from Proto-Indo-European *demh₂- (to tame, domesticate). It was traditionally given to a child born on a Sunday. Dominic is also a surname derived from the given name, Nicknames: Dom, Nic, Nicky/Nickie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Domenic (English) Dominick (English) Dominicus (Late Latin,… Continue reading Dominic

C names, Female, Latin, Light, Virtues/Attributes

Claire

Origin: Latin Meaning: Claire is the French feminine form of Clara, the feminine form of Clarus, a Latin name meaning "clear, bright, famous". Variants: Clara (Italian, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman) Klara (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian) Klára (Hungarian, Czech, Slovak) Klāra (Latvian) Chiara (Italian) Clare (English)… Continue reading Claire

Animals, Astronomy, German/Germanic, L names, Latin, Lion, Male, Nickname names, Stars/Constellation, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Zodiac

Leo

Origin: Latin, Germanic Meaning: Leo comes from Latin word leo meaning "lion". It's a constellation representing to the Ancient Greeks the Nemean lion killed by the Greek demigod and hero Herakles (Hercules) as one of his twelve labors. Leo is also one of the signs of the Zodiac, belonging to those born between July 22nd to August… Continue reading Leo

Female, Greek, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Veronica

Origin: Greek Meaning: Veronica is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning "bringing victory" or "bringer of victory" from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning "true image" in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped Jesus's face with the towel… Continue reading Veronica