B names, Celtic, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Brené

Brené is an English female name, a modern coinage which seems to be a combination of the letter B and René(e), the French form of Latin Renatus meaning "born again" or "reborn" which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, though it's also likely that it could be a combination of Briana and René(e); Briana is the feminine form of Brian, an Irish name of… Continue reading Brené

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Female, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Proto-Indo-European, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Teryl

Teryl seems to be a variant spelling of Terrell, an English surname which seems to be derived from Old French tirel via a Norman French nickname, tirel, meaning "to pull", perhaps in reference to pulling on the reins of an animal, though to seems to have originally been used as a nickname for a stubborn person. Terrell may also be derived… Continue reading Teryl

Battle/War, Female, Kin/Family, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Madison

Battle/War, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vivaldi

Vivaldi is an Italian surname of uncertain meaning. It could be derived from Latin Vivaldus meaning "power in combat" or "strength in battle" made up from Old English wīġ (war, battle) via Proto-Germanic *wīgą (fight, battle) derived from a PIE root word; and walda (might, power, authority) also derived from a PIE root word. Vivaldi could also be related to Wigbald, a Germanic name… Continue reading Vivaldi

Battle/War, Female, M names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Mafalda

Mafalda is the Italian and Portuguese form of Matilda, an English female name which comes from Old German Mahthildis meaning “strength in battle” or “might in battle” from Germanic elements maht (might, strength) derived from PIE root word *megʰ- (to be able); and hild (battle) which also derives from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Matilda (English, Swedish, Finnish) Mahthildis (Ancient Germanic) Mathilda… Continue reading Mafalda

B names, Bright/Clear, Celtic, Female, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Virtues/Attributes

Belisama

Belisama is the name of a goddess of light, fire, and crafts as well as lakes and rivers in Celtic mythology who was equated with the Romann goddess Minerva. Though the etymology of her name is uncertain, it could mean "the brightest one" or "most powerful one". It derives from Celtic *bel(l)- meaning either "strong, powerful" or "bright"… Continue reading Belisama

Greek mythology, M names, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Menelaus

Menelaus was the king of Sparta and the husband of Helen in Greek mythology, considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world, and the brother of Agamemnon. After she was abducted by Paris, he, Agamemnon, and the other Greeks head to Troy to get her back, a war which lasts for ten years. The name is made up from Ancient Greek elements meno (to stay,… Continue reading Menelaus

Arabic, Brazilian mythology, Elements, Female, Food, Hebrew, Honey, Insects, Japanese, Mermaid/Siren, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Nymphs, Old Tupi, Persian, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Turkish, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Y names

Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning "courage, strength, power" from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it's also a Turkish word meaning "wound"; it's a Hebrew female name meaning "honeycomb" or "honeysuckle" though it may also be related to Hebrew ya'ar יַעַר meaning "forest, woods, woodland";… Continue reading Yara

Battle/War, Female, M names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Matilda

Matilda comes from Old German Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle" or "might in battle" from Germanic elements maht (might, strength) which comes from Proto-Indo-European root word *megʰ- (to be able), and hild (battle) which also comes from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Nicknames: Mattie/Matty, Tilda, Tildy, Tilly/Tillie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Mahthildis (Ancient Germanic) Mathilda (English, Swedish, Ancient Germanic) Matylda (Czech, Polish) Maud (English,… Continue reading Matilda

B names, Celtic, Female, Literature, Virtues/Attributes

Briana

Briana is the feminine form of Brian, an Irish name of uncertain meaning though it's been linked to Old Celtic element bre meaning "hill" which, by extension, also means "high, noble".It could also be related to Celtic brig- or brigant- meaning "high", briga- meaning "might" and "power", or brigh- meaning "noble, strong, virtuous". Briana is a character in The Faerie Queen,… Continue reading Briana