Juniper

Juniper is the name of a type of tree or shrub which comes from Latin iuniperus meaning “juniper tree”. It could be related to Latin iuncus (reed, rush) derived from PIE root *yoy-ni- (juniper berry), combined with *-paro, *-pareo (to produce), though it’s also possible that first element of the name could be derived from Latin iuvenis meaning “young” (from which the…

Gwenhwyfar

Gwenhwyfar is a Welsh female name, the Welsh form of Guinevere which is made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name essentially means “fair phantom”, “white phantom” or “white magical being”. In Arthurian legend, Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur and ends up being his eventual downfall. Nicknames: Gwen, Gwennie/Gwenny Origin:…

Seith

Leith comes from Middle Welsh seith meaning “seven” which comes from Proto-Brythonic *seiθ (seven) via Proto-Celtic *sextam (seven) derived from PIE root word *septḿ̥ (seven). The modern Welsh word is saith though as far as I know neither has ever been used as a given name name. Seith has also been used as an anglicized form of seiðr, an Old Norse word meaning “witchcraft,…

Gondlir

Gondlir is the anglicized form of Göndlir, one of the many epithets of the Norse god Odin. It means “wand-wielder” or “wand-bearer” derived from Old Norse gandr (magic staff). Origin: Old Norse Variants: Göndlir (Old Norse)  

Ramla

Ramla is an Arabic female name meaning “sand”. In Swahili, the phrase piga ramli means “to tell the future”, ramli meaning “divination, fortune-telling” in Swahili which is derived from Arabic raml (sand). Origin: Arabic Variants: Ramlah (Arabic)   رَمْلَة (Arabic)  

Guinevere

Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur who was in love with Lancelot and whose affair led to her husband’s downfall. Guinevere is the Norman French form of Gwenhwyfar, made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name essentially means “fair phantom”, “white phantom” or “white magical being”. Nicknames:…

Kaitlin

Kaitlin is a variant spelling of Caitlin, itself the Anglicized form of Caitlín the Irish form of Katherine which comes from Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads, from hekas possibly meaning “far…

Maya, Maia

Maya is the name of the Mayan civilization and its people, a Mesoamerican civilization that stretched out in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemela, El Salvador, and Honduras, though it’s of unknown meaning.  Maya is also an Indian girl’s name meaning “illusion” or “magic” in Sanskrit, featuring as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hindu mythology,…

Cato

Cato is an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “wise” in Latin. Cato is also a Dutch diminutive of Catharina, the Dutch and Swedish form of Katherine. Katherine comes from Greek name Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name…