Iphigenia

Iphigenia is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Iphigeneia, the name of a daughter of the Spartan king Agamemnon. He was also the older brother of Menelaus, whose wife Helen‘s abduction by Paris of Troy led to the ten year war between the Trojans and the Greeks. However, Agamemnon had offended the goddess Artemis and she refused to allow the Greek ships to sail unless…

Demetrius

Demetrius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Demetrios, itself the masculine form of Demeter, the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture and the mother of Persephone. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, the second element of the name is from Greek meter meaning “mother”. The first part of the name is a little tricky. It could be linked…

Ira

Ira (pr. eye-rah) is a Hebrew male name meaning “watchful”. In Russia and other Slavic countries, Ira (pr. ee-rah) is a female given name, a diminutive of Irina, the Slavic form of Irene, which comes from Greek Eirene meaning “peace”. In Greek mythology, Eirene is the Greek goddess of peace and the season of the spring, and is one of the Horae/Horai, goddessess of…

Venatrix

Venatrix comes from a Latin word meaning “huntress”, making it the feminine form of Venator “hunter”. Venatrix is also an epithet for Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt (as well as nature, fertility, and the moon, among other things). Nicknames: Vena, Trix, Trixie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Male forms: Venator (Latin)    

Hara

Hara is another name for the god Shiva in Hindu mythology, which comes from Sanskrit meaning “seizer, destroyer”. Harihara is a name used to refer to the fused state of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) Hara is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 原 meaning “meadow, plain, field”, likely originating as a locational name, though there are likely…

Sola

Sola is a Spanish surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Sola. The name comes from Latin sol meaning “sun”. It’s also possible that it’s an occupational name for a shoemaker which comes from Latin solea meaning “sandal; sole of a shoe”. Sola is also a Latin word meaning “alone,…

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…

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…

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…

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…