Dace

Dace is is the name of various small freshwater fish belonging to the family Cyprinidae, especially the common dace (Leuciscus leuciscus). The name comes from Middle English dace or darce via Old French dars, a nominative form of dart which is of Proto-Germanic origin *darothuz meaning “dart, spear”, derived from a PIE root word and used to refer to its swiftness…

Leto

Leto is the name of the mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis in Greek mythology by Zeus. When Hera found out that she was pregnant, she constantly pursued her from land to land, preventing her from giving birth. Leto eventually found refuge on the floating island of Delos and gave birth, first to Artemis (who apparently assisted her mother…

Latona

Latona is the Latin version of Greek Leto in Roman mythology, the mother of Apollo and Diana. The origin of the name is uncertain. It has been linked to Lycian lada meaning “wife”, “mother”, or “woman, lady”, which would put it in the same etymological link as Leda, though it’s also been associated with Ancient Greek letho meaning “to forget; the hidden…

Norris

Norris comes from an English surname which comes from Middle English norreis meaning “northerner”, referring to someone who came up from the north or perhaps in reference to a Norseman (Viking), or someone who came from Norway. It could also have been used as a topographical name for someone who lived at the north side of…

Medora

Medora is a female given name of uncertain etymology. It could have originated as a shortened form of Metrodora, an Ancient Greek name meaning “mother’s gift” or “gift of the mother” from Greek elements meter (mother) and doron (gift); or Menodora, meaning “gift of the moon” or “moon’s gift” from Ancient Greek elements mene (moon) and doron (gift). It’s also possible that Medora could have been inspired…

Candace

Candace is a female given name derived from kandake from a title used for the ancient queen rulers of Ethiopia . It derives from Cushitic kdke meaning “queen” or “queen mother”. Origin: Cushitic Variants: Kandake (Biblical) Candice (English) Candis (English) Candyce (English) Kandyse (English) Kandace (English) Kandice (English)  

Georgelle

Georgelle is an English female name, the feminine form of George, the English form of Greek Georgios, which means “farmer, earthworker” from georgos made up from Greek elements ge (earth) and ergon (work). Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Georgette (French, English) Georgia (English, Greek) Georgiana (English, Romanian) Georgina (English, Dutch, German, Spanish) Georgeanna (English) Georgine (English) Georgene (English) Georgine (French) Jorja (English) Gergana (Bulgarian) Đurađa (Serbian,…

Leda

Leda is the queen of Sparta in Greek mythology, the wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, who was seduced by the god Zeus in the form of a swan, on the same night she lay with her husband, though versions differ on whether she gave birth to one egg or two. It’s not clear which of…

Dmitri

Dmitri is the Russian form of Demetrios, a Greek male name meaning “belonging to Demeter“, Demeter being the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, the second element of the name is from Greek meter meaning “mother”. The first part of the name is a little tricky. It could be…

Amaya

Amaya is a Basque and Spanish female name, a variant spelling of Amaia meaning “the end” in Basque, as well as a surname derived from a place name. Amaia is also a Greek name, used as an epithet for the goddess Demeter possibly meaning “without a midwife” or “not yet delivered” from prefix a- (without) and maia (mother, nurse, midwife, lady). Amaya may…