Milton

Milton comes from an English surname with two meanings. The first is that it means “mill settlement” or “mill by the settlement” from Old English mylen (mill) and tun (enclosure, settlement) or it could be made up from Old English middel (middle) and tun so essentially meaning “middle settlement”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Milan

Milan is the name of a city in Italy, the capital of Lombardy. The name comes from Latin Milano from Latin Mediōlānum of uncertain etymology. The name could be derived from Latin medius (middle, half) and planus (level, flat, even) basically meaning “in the middle of the flat” or “in the middle of the plain”. However, it’s also possible that the name…

Almanzo

Almanzo was a name I first came across years ago when I was a girl, reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series of autobiographical books featured around its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, growing up in the American Midwest from the 1870s to the 1890s. Almanzo first appears in Farmer Boy (1933) which focuses on his…

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

Mio

Mio is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “beauty; beautiful + cherry blossom” (美桜); “beauty; beautiful + cord, thread” (美緒); “beauty; beautiful + center, middle” (美央); “waterway; channel” (澪); Written in hiragana it’s みお.  Mio is also a male name used by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her…

Messalina

Messalina is an Ancient Roman cognomen, the feminine form of Messalla which may have been a corruption of Messana, the name of a city in Sicily (better known as Messina) which seems to have received its name from an ancient Greek town, Messene. Though the etymology behind the name is unknown, it has been linked to Greek mesos meaning “middle”. Messalina is…

Rio

Rio has two separate origins and meanings. The first is that it is a Spanish and Portuguese word and place name meaning “river” derived from Latin rivus (brook, small stream) which comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₃er- (to flow, to move). It’s also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian surname derived from the given name referring to someone who lived near…