Vox

Vox is a Latin word meaning “voice” via Proto-Italic *wōks (voice) derived from PIE root noun *wṓkʷs (voice, speech) from root word *wekʷ- (to speak, to sound out). Vox is also an English surname which arose as a variant form of Fox, the name of the animal; it was likely originally derived as a nickname for someone who was cunning and…

Palmyra

Palmyra was the Greek and Roman name of an ancient city in Syria known as Tadmur/Tadmor in Arabic. The name may have been used as a translation of Tadmor meaning “date palm” or “palm tree” in Arabic; if so, the name would be derived form Latin palma (palm tree; date tree; palm of the hand) or Ancient Greek palame. Palmyra…

Marius

Marius comes from a Roman family name which can either be used as a masculine form of Maria (the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian…

Norma

Norma is a female given name which seems to have first been used by Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini for his opera Norma (1831). He may have possibly based it from Latin norma meaning “rule; standard, pattern; a carpenter’s square”, though it could also be used as a feminine form of Norman which comes from an English surname, a byname originally given to those…

Sarra

Sarra is the Biblical Greek and Latin form of Sarah which comes from Hebrew meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman” via Hebrew root word sarar (to rule, to be princely) from sar (chief, ruler, prince, captain, chieftain, official) which seems to be a cognate of Akkadian šarru (king). Sarah seems to have been used as a title for royal women. Sarra is also an Italian surname, the…

Rami

Rami is an Arabic male name and surname meaning “archer, thrower” which comes from Arabic ramy رَمْي (throwing, flinging shooting); or it could be derived from ram (رام) meaning “to aspire,  to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”. However, ram (رام) is also a Persian word meaning “tame, meek, docile”. Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם)…

Terra

Terra is the Latin word for “earth, soil; dry land” and in Roman mythology Terra is the name of a goddess of earth which derives from a PIE root word *ters- (dry), and is also a word in Italian, Galician and Catalan derived from Latin. It’s also possible that Terra is a variant spelling of Tara, (which…

Evangelia

Evangelia is a Greek female name which is the Latin plural form of evangelium meaning “good news; gospel” derived from Ancient Greek euángelos (bringing good news) composed from eu (good, well) and angelos (messenger), both deriving from a PIE root source. Nicknames: Eva, Evie/Eevee/Evy, Evangie/Evangi, Lia Origin: Proto-Indo-European     Variants: Evangeline (English) Evangelina (Spanish, English) Evangeliya (Bulgarian) Evangelija (Macedonian) Vangelija (Macedonian) Évangéline (French)…

Pavo

Pavo is a Latin word meaning “peacock” via Ancient Greek taos (peacock) which derives from an unknown origin though perhaps from Tamil. It’s also possible that it is onomatopoeic, deriving from Latin paupulo. Pavo is also the Croatian short form of Pavao, the Croatian form of Paul meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) which derives from a PIE root word, *peh₂w- (few, little). Pavo…