Hara

Hara is another name for the god Shiva in Hindu mythology, which comes from Sanskrit meaning “seizer, destroyer”. Harihara is a name used to refer to the fused state of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) Hara is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 原 meaning “meadow, plain, field”, likely originating as a locational name, though there are likely…

Kimber

Kimber comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from a place called Kimber. The first element of the name comes from Old English cempa meaning “champion; warrior” and bearu “grove” essentially meaning “grove of the champion”. Kimber could also be used as a shortened form of Kimberly. The second element of the name…

Thorley

Thorley comes from an English surname meaning “thorn clearing”, made up from Old English elements þorn (thorn) and lēah (woodland; clearing, meadow). It was originally a locational name for someone who lived near a place where thorns grew. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Thornley (English)  

Leah

Leah is the name of the first wife of Jacob in the Old Testament, and the older sister of Rachel. The name itself is of uncertain meaning. It’s often been interpreted as meaning “weary, languid, tired” or even “tender, soft, gentle”, which could refer to someone who was gentle in manner. Leah has also been linked…

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…

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…

Stanley

Stanley comes from an English surname meaning “stone clearing” made up from Old English elements stān (stone) and lēah (clearing, woodland, meadow). Nicknames: Stan Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Stanlee (English) Stanlie (English)  

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…

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…

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…