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…

Pernell

Pernell is an English surname, a variant spelling of Parnell, a matronymic name of Petronilla, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of Petronius, a Roman family name of uncertain etymology though possibly derived from Latin petro, petronis meaning “rustic; yokel; young ram”. Petronius has also been associated with Ancient Greek petros meaning “rock; stone” but that seems rather shaky. It seems more…

Alison

Alison is a medieval French diminutive of Aalis (Alice) which comes from Germanic Adelais, itself a short form of Adalheidis “noble kind, type” or “of a noble kind”, made up from Germanic elements adal (noble) and heid (kind, sort, type). Alison is also an English and Scottish surname with several possible meanings: it may have originated as a matronymic surname…

Anson

Anson comes from an English surname meaning “son of Agnes” though I’ve also seen some sources list it as meaning “son of Anne“. It could also be derived from a patronymic surname meaning “son of Hann”, the latter a variant of John (meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew) or “son of Anselm” meaning “god’s helmet” or “god’s protection”….

Eve

Eve is the anglicized form of Eva, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Eúa which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”. In the Abrahamic religions, Eve was the very first woman created to be the wife of Adam. Eve is also an English and Dutch surname, either derived from the given name Eve or its Latinate form Eva….

Madison

Madison comes from an English surname, a matrynomic surname meaning “son of Maud”, referring to a man whose mother’s name was Maud, a medieval diminutive of Matilda meaning “strength in battle” or “might in battle”. Despite its meaning, Madison is a popular name for girls. Nicknames: Maddie/Maddy Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Maddison (English) Maddyson (English) Madisyn (English) Madyson…

Esther

Esther is a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to a Persian word meaning “star”, though it could also be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown. Esther is also a Hebrew and French matrynomic surname. Nicknames: Esta (English), Estee (Jewish), Essie (English)…

Sorin

Sorin is a Romanian male name, possibly from Romanian soare meaning “sun” from Latin sol (sun) derived from Proto-Indo-Europan *sóh₂w (sun). Sōrin (宗 麟) also seems to be a Japanese masculine given name, such as Ōtomo Sōrin (who also went by other names), who was a daimyo of the Ōtomo clan in the 16th century (1530-1587). It means “religion; sect; denomination;  main point; …

Donna

Donna comes from the Italian word meaning “woman,” or “lady”, used as a title of respect for the lady of the house. It derives from Latin domina (lady, mistress of the house) from a Proto-Indo-European source, either from *demh₂- (to tame, subdue) or from *dṓm (house, home) via root *dem- (to build). Donna could also be used as a feminine form of Donald, the…