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

Animals, Female, M names, Male, Nature, Pine Marten, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Marlow

Marlow comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational surname for someone who came from a place called Marlow. It's made up from Old English elements mere (lake; ocean, sea) and Old English lafe (leavings, remains) essentially meaning "remnants of a lake", perhaps in reference to an area where there had been a lake that… Continue reading Marlow

Black/Dark, Chinese, Color, Female, Food, L names, Male, Plum, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Lee

Lee comes from an English surname, a locational name which comes from Old English lēah meaning "clearing; woodland". Lee is also a variant transcription of Li, a Chinese unisex name with various meanings depending on the characters used such as: 理 "reason, logic"; 立 "stand, establish"; 黎 "black, dark"; 力 "force, power, capability, strength"; *usually masculine; 丽 "beautiful, pretty". Of course there… Continue reading Lee

Animals, C names, Cat, Female, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Cattleya

Cattleya is the name of a genus of orchids named after English botanist William Cattley, Cattley being an English surname made up from Old English catt (cat) and lēah (woodland, clearing, meadow) essentially referring to a clearing or wood frequented by cats, or it could have been used as a locational name for someone who came from a… Continue reading Cattleya

Female, H names, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Hallie

Hallie originated as a nickname for Harriet, the English form of Henriette, the French diminutive of Henri, the French male form of Henry meaning “home ruler” composed from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, ruler). Hallie is also a surname made up from Old English heall (hall; residence) and lēah (wood, meadow, clearing) essentially meaning "dweller at the hall by the meadow", a locational name for… Continue reading Hallie

Earth, Female, Hebrew, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Sally

Sally originated as a nickname for Sarah, a Hebrew female name meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman” which comes from Hebrew root word sarar (to rule, to be princely) from sar (chief, ruler, prince, captain, chieftain, official) which seems to be a cognate of Akkadian šarru (king). Sally is also a surname with several possible meanings: it could have originated as a variant of Sawley, the… Continue reading Sally

Animals, Female, M names, Male, Pine Marten, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Marley

Marley comes from an English surname, originally a locational surname via several places in England. The second element of the name is straightforward, from Old English lēah meaning "wood, woodland, clearing, meadow". The first part of the name is trickier. It could be made up from Old English mǣre (boundary), Old English mearþ ("pine" marten), or Old English myrig (pleasant).… Continue reading Marley

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

Waverly

Waverly is an English unisex name though the meaning behind it is a bit tricky. Most sites I've gone to list it as meaning "quaking aspen" or "field of quaking aspens". I know that -ley is a popular element in place names, coming from Old English lēah (wood, clearing, meadow). The first element is a little unclear.… Continue reading Waverly