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

Cortez

Cortez is an anglicized form of Cortéz, a Spanish surname which comes from cortés meaning "courteous, polite" via Latin court (court), which derives from a PIE root word. It may have originated as a nickname for someone who was courteous or had nice manners (though it may also have originated as an ironic nickname for someone who was the… Continue reading Cortez

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H names, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Huxley

Huxley comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a town called Huxley. The second element comes from Old English lēah meaning “wood, woodland, clearing, meadow”, while the first element could be derived from Old English personal name Hucc, of uncertain meaning. It may be derived from Old English hoc which refers to either the marshmallow plant, as well as… Continue reading Huxley

Animals, Birds, Color, Female, H names, Hebrew, Hen, Male, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White

Henley

Henley comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Henley. While the second element comes from Old English lēah meaning “wood; clearing; meadow”, the first element may possibly be derived from Old English héan via heah meaning "high, tall", or from Old English henn "hen". It's also possible… Continue reading Henley

Elements, L names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Lamar

Lamar seems to be derived from a surname, a variant of Lamarre, which comes from a locational name via Old French la marre meaning "the pool", perhaps describing someone who lived near a pool of water, such as a pond or a lake. It also seems to be a Spanish surname, perhaps composed of article la (the) and mar (sea).… Continue reading Lamar

H names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Haddon

Haddon comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a town or village called Haddon. It is composed from Old English elements hǣþ (heath, wasteland, wilderness) combined with dun (hill), meaning "heath hill" or essentially "heath-covered hill". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hadden (English) Haden (German, English)    

H names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hollister

Hollister comes from an English surname, an occupational name for a brothel-keeper. It comes from Old French holier/hollier, a variant of horier meaning "pimp", from an agent noun of hore, hure (whore) which derives from a PIE root word. Hollister could also have  originated as a locational surname for someone who lived near a holly tree or a holly… Continue reading Hollister

Battle/War, C names, Female, Hebrew, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh, Word names

Cain

Cain is the name of the firstborn son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel. It seems to be derived from Hebrew qanah meaning "acquired, acquisition" or perhaps related to a root word meaning "to create"; it could also be from qayin meaning "spear" or "smith" Cain is also a Welsh word and female name meaning "lovely,… Continue reading Cain

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

Shelby

Shelby comes from an English surname, of uncertain origin though possible a variant of Selby, made up from Old Norse selja (willow) and býr (settlement, farm), essentially meaning "settlement by the willow". It's also possible that Shelby is made up from Middle English schele "hut" combined with býr (farm, settlement). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Shelbee (English) Shelbie (English) Shellby (English) Selby… Continue reading Shelby

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

Darnell

Darnell comes from an English surname, originating from the name of a type of plant called darnel that was believed to cause intoxication, also known as Lolium temulentum. It comes via Old French darnelle, possibly derived from a Proto-Germanic origin, *darjaną (to harm, injure). It's also possible that it may be composed of Old English elements dyrne (hidden; secret) and halh (corner, nook, recess). Origin:… Continue reading Darnell