Atlas

Atlas is the name of a Titan in Greek mythology who was punished by Zeus after their war with the Titans to hold up the heavens on his shoulders. He had many children, including the Hesperides, the Hyades, and the Pleiades, skilled in astronomy and mathematics, and even features in the Twelve Labors of Hercules and an encounter…

Montgomery

Montgomery comes from an English surname, a locational surname meaning “Gumarich’s mountain”, Gumarich meaning a Germanic personal name meaning “man ruler” or “ruler of man”, made up from Germanic elements guma (man) and ric (power, rule). Nicknames: Monty/Montie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Montgomerie (English)  

Avi

Avi is a Hebrew male name meaning “father” and could also be used as a nickname for Avraham (the Hebrew form of Abraham meaning “father of many” or “father of multitudes”) or Avram or Aviram (meaning “high father”) or any name meaning with Avi. Of course, Avi could also be a short form for female names such as Aviva, Avila or Avis, making it a…

Gilead

Gilead comes from the name of a place in the Old Testament located east of the Jordan river. It comes from Hebrew gil’ad meaning “monument; memorial” though I’ve seen other possible meanings attributed to it such as: “monument of testimony”; “harsh”, rude” from Arabic jal’ad; “perptual fountain”, “heap of stones” or “camel hump”. Whatever its true meaning is, it seems…

Sierra

Sierra is a female given name which comes from the Spanish word meaning “mountain range”, a term applied to mountains with particularly jagged edges; it also means “saw”. It comes from Latin serra (saw) derived from a PIE root word. Sierra is also a Spanish surname, originally a locational surname for someone who came from a place…

Aaron

Aaron comes from Hebrew Aharon, a name of uncertain etymology and meaning. It’s possible that it comes from an Ancient Egyptian source, perhaps aha rw meaning “warrior lion”. It’s also possible that it comes from a Hebrew source with possible meanings of “high mountain”, “bright”, or “exalted”. Aaron is also a surname deriving from the given name….

Orestes

Orestes is the name of several figures in Greek mythology though the most famous one is the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. He killed his mother and her lover to avenge their murder of his father. He was later driven mad by the Furies for murdering his mother though he was later purified of his son by the…

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it’s presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning “ruler of the spear”) and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler”; Erica is also the Latin word for “heather”. I’ve also seen Jerica listed as the…

Amir

Amir is an Arabic male name meaning “prince, commander, leader” as well as a word and a title. Amir is also a Hebrew male name meaning “treetop” or “mountain summit”. Amir is also an Arabic and Hebrew surname derived from the given name. Origin: Arabic, Hebrew Variants: Aamir (Arabic) Emir (Bosnian, Turkish) Ameer (Arabic) Amír…

Lamont

Lamont comes from a Scottish surname which derives from Old Norse given name Logmaðr meaning “law man” made up from Old Norse log, the plural of lag (law) derived from Old Norse leggja (to lay, to put, to place) from Proto-Germanic *lagjaną (to lay, place) derived from a PIE root word; and maðr (man) which also derives from a PIE root word. Lamont may also have…