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

Dexter

Dexter comes from an English surname, an occupational name originally used for a female dyer though it's been commonly used as a male given name. Dexter is also a Latin word meaning "right; on the right side" as well as meaning "skillful; adroit" via Latin dextera (right hand) deriving from PIE *deḱs- “right (opposite left) or essentially south”. Nicknames: Dex… Continue reading Dexter

Female, Food, Honey, Insects, M names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Mellifera

Mellifera is the scientific name for honeybees which comes from Latin meaning "honey-bearing" or "bearing honey", made up from mel (honey) and -fer (carrying, bearing, bringing), both go which derive from a PIE root. Interesting fact: Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), known as the father of modern taxonomy, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist. He created the binomial… Continue reading Mellifera

Animals, Calf, Cow, Female, J names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Junix

Ancient Persian, Female, P names, Physical Attributes, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Persis

Persis is a female given name meaning "Persian woman", referring to a woman who came from Persia or had a Persian background, as well as also being another name for Persia. Persia was an empire located in what is now Iran; the name is an Ancient Greek form of Old Persian Pārsa (Persian), derived from an unknown origin. It… Continue reading Persis

Black/Dark, Color, Female, Male, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Onyx

Onyx is the name of a gemstone, a type of chalcedony with alternating  parallel bands, as well as used to refer to a jet-black color. It comes from Latin onyx via Ancient Greek ónux (claw, nail, fingernail) deriving from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Onix (English, Spanish) Ónix (Spanish)  

Female, G names, Gaulish, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Germaine

Germaine is a French female name, the feminine form of Germain, the French form of Germanus, an Ancient Roman cognomen given to those who were from Germany or who came from one of the various Germanic tribes at the time. The origin of the name is uncertain; it may be derived from a Celtic or Gaulish word,… Continue reading Germaine

Blackthorn/Sloe, Brown, Color, Female, Food, Nature, P names, Plum, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Prunella

Prunella is the name of a genus of herbaceous plants, also known as the self-heals, heal-alls, and allheal as well as the name of a genus of birds. It's a variant spelling of Medieval Latin brunella, made up from Latin brunus (brown) combined with diminutive suffix ella. Prunella is also the name of a fabric which in this case seems to derive… Continue reading Prunella

Animals, Arabic, Astronomy, Birds, Dove, Female, G names, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Stars/Constellation, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Zodiac

Gemina

Gemina is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant form of Gemini,  name of the third sign of the zodiac and a constellation which represents twins Castor and Pollux, who had the same mother, Leda, but different fathers: Pollux was the son of Zeus while Castor's father was the Spartan king Tyndareus. The name comes from Latin geminī meaning “twins” from geminus (twin; double, paired),… Continue reading Gemina

D names, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Daedalus

Daedalus is the name of a brilliant inventor in Greek mythology, responsible for designing the labyrinth of the Minotaur for King Minos, as well as constructing an artificial cow so that Minos's wife, Pasiphae, could mate with it, resulting in the birth of the Minotaur. Later, in order to escape from King Minos, Daedalus created wings for… Continue reading Daedalus