Guy

Guy is the Norman French form of Wido, an Ancient Germanic name which originated as a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element witu “wood” or wit “wide”. Guy as also been used as an anglicized transcription of Gai, a Hebrew male name meaning “valley, gorge, ravine”. As a surname it originated from the given name above, but it…

Aveline

Aveline is the Norman French form of Germanic Avelina, a diminutive of Avila which derives from Germanic element avi, of unknown meaning though possibly meaning “desired” or “wished for”. Aveline is also the French word for “hazelnut” which comes from Occitan avellana via Latin abellana. Abella or Avella is a town in Campania, Italy, derived from PIE *h₂ébōl (apple). Origin: Ancient Germanic, Proto-Indo-European…

Algernon

Algernon is an English male given name which originated from a Norman French nickname, aux gernons, meaning “having mustaches” or “with mustaches”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Mortimer

Mortimer is an English male name which comes from a surname via a habitional surname. The name comes from a French origin meaning “dead pond” or “dead sea”, made up from Old French mort (dead) via Latin mortuus (dead, having died; decayed, withered) derived from a PIE root word; and Old French mer (sea) via Latin mare (sea) also derived from a…

Bellamy

Bellamy comes from a French surname meaning “fair/fine friend” or “handsome/beautiful friend” which comes from French beau/belle (handsome, fine attractive) via Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome) via PIE duenos/duonos(good) which is the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere); and ami (friend) via Latin amicus (friend), a derivative of amare (to love) which could be derived from a PIE root word. It likely originated as a…

Darcy

Darcy is a unisex given name which comes from a surname with two origins and meanings. The first is that it’s derived from Norman French d’Arcy, a locational surname meaning “from Arcy”. Arcy is of uncertain meaning though it could be linked to Gaulish artio meaning “bear” with the locative suffix -acum (settlement) so the name means “bear settlement”. Darcy is…

Courtney

Courtney is an English unisex name originally derived from an English surname derived from a French place called Courtenay, which comes from Curtenus, a Latin name meaning “short” from Latin curtus (short) derived from a PIE root word. It may also have arisen as a nickname for someone with a short nose or someone who was short in stature. As…

Geoffrey

Geoffrey is the Norman French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning “peace” while the first element is trickier. It could be derived from Proto-Germanic *gautaz meaning “Geat”, Old Germanic gawia meaning “territory”, walha meaning “foreigner, Celtic, Gaul”, or gisil meaning “hostage, pledge”. It’s also been conflated with Godfrey in the past meaning “peace of God”. Geoffrey is…

Lyle

Lyle is an English surname derived from Norman French l’isle meaning “the island”, a topographical name for someone who lived or came from an island. It could also be derived as a habitional name for someone who came from a city in France called Lille, also derived from the source above. It comes from Latin insula (island), a word of…