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

Wylie

Wylie comes from an English, Scottish, and Irish surname, a variant spelling of Wiley which either originated as a pet form of William (meaning "desiring protection" or "willful protection") or it came about as an English place name with two possible sources. The first is that it means "willow clearing" from Old English wilig (willow) and leah (wood, clearing, meadow);… Continue reading Wylie

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Birds, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, M names, Male, Nature, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Germanic, Seagull, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Maven

Maven comes from an English word referring to someone who is an expert in a particular field, such as wine or coffee; basically a connoisseur. The origin of the word comes from Yiddish mevyn (expert, connoisseur, know-it-all) derived from Hevrew mevin (one who understands, connoisseur, expert). I've also seen Maven listed as an anglicized form of Meidhbhín, an Irish female name… Continue reading Maven

Animals, Female, H names, Hare/Rabbit, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Harley

Harley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing" or "hare wood" made up from Old English hara (hare) derived from a PIE root word, and lēah (wood, clearing) also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Harli (English) Harlee (English) Harlie (English) Harleigh (English)  

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

Kimberly

Kimberly in an English given name derived from a place name. The second element of the name comes from Old English leah meaning "wood, clearing, meadow" while the first part comes from Old English given names Cyneburga (royal fortress), Cynebald (royal, bold) or Cynemaer (royal, famous), so Kimberly means "Cyneburga's wood/clearing", "Cynebald's wood/clearing" or "Cynemaer's wood/clearing". It… Continue reading Kimberly

Animals, H names, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Stag, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hartley

Hartley is an English male name derived from an English surname meaning "hart clearing". It's made up from Old English heorot (stag) via Proto-Germanic *herutaz (stag, deer) derived from PIE *ḱerh₂- (horn); and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow), also derived from a PIE root word. Hartley is also an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó hArtghaile meaning "descendant of Artghal", the latter a personal Irish male… Continue reading Hartley

Color, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, W names, White

Whitley

Whitley comes from an English surname meaning "white clearing" or "white meadow" made up from Old English hwit (white) derived from a PIE root word meaning "bright, white"; and Old English lēah (meadow, clearing) also deriving from a PIE root word. It likely derived from a place name perhaps referring to the color of the tree bark. Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Whitley

B names, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Bradley

Bradley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad clearing" from Old English brād (broad) derived from Proto-Germanic *braidaz (broad, wide) from an unknown source; and lēah (clearing, meadow) from PIE *lówkos (clearing). Bradley has also been used as an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Brolcháin meaning "descendant of Brolachán", Brolachán meaning a diminutive of Brólach. Nicknames: Brad Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants:… Continue reading Bradley