Kari

Kari (pr. kah-ree or care-ee) is a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Katarina, the Scandinavian form of Katherine which is the English form of 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. Though…

Earl

Earl is the name of an English aristocratic title. It comes from Old English eorl meaning “brave man, warrior” via Proto-Germanic *erlaz (man, nobleman) which seems to derive from an uncertain origin. Earl is also an English surname originating from the title. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Earle (English) Erle (English)   Female forms: Earline (English) Earleen (English) Earlene…

Arlena

Arlena is a female given name, a variant of Arlene which may have originated as a variant of Charlene (a feminine form of Charles, which comes from Germanic Karl meaning “man” via Proto-Germanic *karilaz (free man) derived from a PIE root word. It was originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom…

Forsythia

Forsythia is the name of a genus of flowering plants, named after Scottish botanist William Forsyth, Forsyth being a Scottish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Fearsithe meaning “man of peace” or “peaceful man”, made up of Scottish Gaelic elements fear (man; husband) and sìth (peace), the latter also being “fairy”. It’s also possible that Forsyth may have originated as a locational…

Carlos

Carlos is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Charles, which comes from Germanic Karl meaning “man” via Proto-Germanic *karilaz (free man) derived from a PIE root word. It was originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society, connoting the idea of a “free man”. Carlos is also a…

Baron

Baron is the name of a title in English nobility, which is of low rank. It comes from Late Latin barō meaning “man, servant; baron” via Frankis *barō (servant; man, warrior) which may be derived from PIE root word *bʰer- (to bear, carry). It’s also possible that Baron may be related to Old English beorn (man, warrior) but that’s just a possibility….

Celina

Celina seems to be a variant spelling of Selena at first glance, the name of the Greek goddess of the moon, which fittingly means “moon”; though it may also be a short form of Marcelina (or any name ending in celina), the Polish feminine form of Marcellus, an ancient Roman cognomen which originated as a diminutive of Marcus, a Roman praenomen which…

Andro

Andro is a Croatian male name, the Croatian form of Andrew, the English form of Greek  Andreas, derived from Greek andreios meaning “manly, masculine” derived from a PIE root word. Andro is also a Georgian, Corsican, and Sardinian short form of Andria, another form of Andrew.  Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Andrew (English) André (French, Portuguese, German, Dutch) Andre (English) Deandre (English) Drew (English)…

Frankie

Frankie is a nickname for Francis/Frances or any of its forms (Franklin, Francesca, etc.). The name comes from Franciscus, a Late Latin name meaning “Frenchman” which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning “free” or “free man”, though it may also be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô meaning “spear, javelin”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Franky…

Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened form of Katherine, which is the English form of 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. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…