Griffin

Griffin is the name of a mythical creature believed to have the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. It comes from Old French grifon via Latin gryphus which may be derived from Ancient Greek gryps (griffin) via grúpos meaning "curved" or hooked". It's also possible that the word derives from a pre-Greek origin, perhaps a …

Adonis

Adonis is the name of a young man in Greek mythology, the lover of Aphrodite. His mother was Myrrha, the princess of Cyprus, who had an unnatural lust for her father, Cinyras; it was a curse given to her by Aphrodite when Myrrha's mother bragged that her daughter was more beautiful than the goddess herself. Myrrha managed to trick her father into having …

Jahking

Jahking is the name of a young American actor, Jahking Guillory, and as far as I can tell he's the only one with this name. Apparently the name was created by his father, made up of Jah, a shortened form of Yahweh, the name of the Hebrew god in Judaism (and part of Biblical names such as Isaiah, …

Valery

Valery is a Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian male name, a variant transcription of Valeriy which comes from Valerius, an Ancient Roman cognomen derived from Latin valere meaning “to be healthy, strong” via PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Spelled Valéry, it's a French male name which in this case seems to derive from an Ancient Germanic name, Walaric, Walherich; the second element of the name comes from …

Vortigern

Vortigern is the name of a British warlord in 5th century Britain, though he's an obscure figure and there's not much known about him. He did invite the Saxons (Hengist and Horsa) to Britain in order to fight against the Picts and the Scots, eventually leading to the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain; there have been various portrayals …

Zuma

Zuma is the name of a popular beach in Malibu, California. The name seems to come from a Chumashan word meaning "abundance" (which was originally spelled Sumo), likely in reference to the abundance of nature. The Chumash are a Native American people who originally lived along the California coast before the arrival of the first …

Dirk

Dirk is a Low German and Dutch short form of Diederik, which is the Dutch form of Theodoric, a Germanic name meaning “ruler of the people” composed from Proto-Germanic elements *þeudō (people, nation) and *rīks (king, ruler) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Dirk is also the name of a type of dagger which originated with the Scots …

Bethel

Bethel is the name of a town in the Old Testament, meaning "house of God" made up from Hebrew beth (house) and el (God), both of which derive from a Proto-Semitic origin. Bethel is also a Welsh surname, an anglicized form of ab Ithel meaning "son of Ithael", Ithael coming from Old Welsh Iudhail meaning "bountiful lord". Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European    

Henriette

Henriette is the French form of Henri, the French form of Henry meaning “home ruler”, made up from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, rule), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants Henrietta (English, Hungarian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch) Henriëtte (Dutch) Harriet (English) Harriett (English) Harriette (English) Harrietta (English) Henrike (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Hendrika (Dutch) Hendrina …

Tudor

Tudor is the name of an English royal house as well as the name of a historical era (1485-603), named from the House of Tudor. The name comes from Welsh Tudur which seems to be derived from Proto-Celtic Toutorix meaning "ruler of the people" or "ruler/king of the tribe", composed of Proto-Celtic elements *toutā (people, tribe) and *rīxs (king); making it …

Géza

Géza is a Hungarian male name of uncertain meaning. It seems to have originated as a diminutive of Gyeücsa, a name of uncertain meaning. It may have originated from a Turkic title, yabgu, referring to a ruler, though it's also possible it may have derived from a Chinese or Iranian source. Origin: Uncertain, possibly Turkic or even Chinese …

Kyrian

Kyrian seems to be a variant of Kyrion, a Late Greek male name derived from Greek kyrios meaning “lord”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kyrion (Late Greek)