A names, Color, Gold, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Auric

Auric comes from a term in chemistry, an adjective referring to something that is of or containing gold in the trivalent state. It comes from the Au, the chemical symbol for gold, which derives from Latin aurum meaning "gold" derived from a PIE root word. Of course, it's just as possible that Auric is made up from Au (gold) and ric, a… Continue reading Auric

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C names, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Cara

Cara comes from an Italian word, the feminine singular of caro meaning "dear, beloved; precious, expensive"; it comes from Latin cārus (dear, beloved; expensive) via Proto-Italic *kāros (dear) derived from PIE root word *keh₂- (to desire, wish). Cara is also an Irish word meaning "friend" coming from Old Irish carae (friend; relative) via Proto-Celtic *karants (friend) derived from the same PIE root word… Continue reading Cara

Female, J names, Japanese, Korean, Male, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Seasons, Sound, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Juno

Juno is the wife of the the Roman god Jupiter and the Roman goddess of marriage and women, making her the Greek counterpart of Hera. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it could be linked to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful, young” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life, age, eternity). Juno is traditionally a female given name but… Continue reading Juno

Astronomy, Female, J names, Kin/Family, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jupiter

Jupiter is the name of the chief god of Roman mythology and the Roman counterpart of Zeus in Greek myth, as well as the name of a planet named after him. Traditonally a male name, it has been used as a female name for the 2015 sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending. Does that automatically make it a unisex… Continue reading Jupiter

Female, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Word names

Stella

Stella comes from Latin meaning "star" derived froma  PIE root word. It's also possible that Stella is a diminutive form of Styliani, a Greek female name maning "pillar, column, support" . Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Styliani (Modern Greek) Steliana (Romanian form of Stylianos) Stela (Romanian) Estelle (English, French) Estella (English) Estela (Portuguese, Spanish) Estrella (Spanish)   Male… Continue reading Stella

Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, J names, Moon, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it's presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning "ruler of the spear") and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler"; Erica is also the Latin word for "heather". I've also seen Jerica listed as the… Continue reading Jerica

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

Color, Female, Hebrew, L names, Moon, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, White

Levana

Levana is the name of an ancient Roman goddess involved in the rituals of childbirth. The name comes from Latin levare meaning "to lift" which derives from PIE *h₁lengʷʰ- (light (not heavy)). Levana is also a variant transcription of Lebanah, a Hebrew name meaning "white" from Hebrew laban though it is also used as a poetic term for "moon". Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew… Continue reading Levana

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

Urban

Urban comes from Latin Urbanus meaning either "city dweller" or "of the city" which comes from Latin urbs which seems to be derived from a PIE root word. Urban is also a word that has become adopted into the English vocabulary referring to a city or town. Another word related to it, urbane, is used to refer to someone… Continue reading Urban

F names, Female, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Flora

Flora is the name of the Roman goddess of flowers, nature, and spring and the wife of Favonius, the Roman counterpart of the Greek god of the west wind; her Greek counterpart is Chloris. Flora comes from Latin flos meaning "blossom, flower" derived from PIE root word *bʰleh₃- (bloom, flower). Flora is also used to refer to plant life. It's also a… Continue reading Flora

Female, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Priscilla

Priscilla originated as a diminutive form of Prisca, the feminine form of Priscus, an Ancient Roman cognomen  meaning "old, ancient" derived from PIE *per (around; through). Nicknames: Pris, Prissy, Sissy, Cilla Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Priscille (French) Pricilla (English) Prisilla (English) Priscila (Spanish, Portuguese) Priskilla (Biblical Greek) Piroska (Hungarian form of Prisca) Prisca (Ancient Roman, Dutch, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek)… Continue reading Priscilla

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

Rex

Rex comes from Latin rex meaning "king" derived from PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) from root word *h₃reǵ- (to straighten, to right oneself; right; just). Rex is also an English surname, either derived from the given name or as a variant spelling of Ricks, a topographic name for someone who lived near where rushes or reeds grew. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Rexa (English) Regina… Continue reading Rex

A names, Apple/Apple tree, Female, Food, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Taíno, Virtues/Attributes

Anona

Anona could be a variant spelling of Annona, the name of the Roman personification of the yearly harvest. It comes from Latin annona meaning "yearly produce; corn, grain; means of subsistence" derived from annus (year) derived from a PIE root word. Annona is the name of a genus of plants known as the sugar apple; in this case the name… Continue reading Anona

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

Nimo

Nimo is the Italian form of Nemo which derives from Latin meaning "no one" or "nobody", the Latin equivalent of Greek Outis (also meaning "no one"). Némō (νέμω) is also an Ancient Greek verb meaning "to deal out, distribute, dispense" derived from PIE root word *nem- (to distribute; to give, to take); the same root word from which Nemesis (the Greek goddess… Continue reading Nimo

B names, Battle/War, Female, Hebrew, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Belissa

Belissa is an English female given name, perhaps an elaborated form of Belle or Bella perhaps influenced by the spelling of Melissa; both mean "beautiful" in French and Italian respectively, both deriving from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome” via PIE duenos/duonos (good), the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere). However, Bella is also the feminine form of bellum meaning "war; battle, combat" from Latin duellum (war) derived from Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Belissa

C names, Female, Literature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Hellenic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Corisande

Corisande is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Its first use was by Castilian writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo (1450-1504) in his most famous work, Amadís de Gaula (Amadis of Gaul in English), a chivalric romance along the lines of the Arthurian romances. He may have based from Spanish corazón meaning "heart" which comes from… Continue reading Corisande

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Light, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diva

Diva comes from an English word referring to a distinguished female singer or prima donna which comes from Latin dīva meaning "goddess; female deity", the feminine form of dīvus (godlike, godly; belonging to a deity) which derives from PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diva is also an Indian female name which comes from Old Marathi meaning… Continue reading Diva

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, M names, Nature, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Mimozë

Mimozë is the Albanian form of Mimosa, the name of a genus of plants that are sensitive to touch or light. The name comes from Latin mimus meaning "mime" which comes from Ancient Greek mîmos (mime, actor; mimicking, imitation). Origin: Ancient Greek   Variants: Mimosa (English, Spanish, Italian) Mimmu (Finnish) Mimoza (Turkish, Georgian, Albanian, Slovak) Mimóza (Hungarian)