Alana

Alana is the feminine form of Alan, an English male name of uncertain etymology which may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning “to nourish, grow” from Proto-Indo-European…

Alma

Alma is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “soul” which comes from Latin anima (soul, spirit, life) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and as a Spanish name derives from this source. However, as an English female name it could possible be derived from Latin almus meaning “nourishing”. In Azerbaijani and Hungarian, alma is a word…

Cornelius

Cornelius is an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain etymology though often associated with Latin cornu meaning “horn” which ultimately derives from PIE root word *ḱerh₂- (horn; head, top) though it’s also possible that it derives from root *ḱer- (to grow, to nourish). Cornelius is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Corey, Neal/Neil Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants:…

Cornelia

Cornelia is the feminine form of Cornelius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain etymology though often associated with Latin cornu meaning “horn” which ultimately derives from PIE root word *ḱerh₂- (horn; head, top) though it’s also possible that it derives from root *ḱer- (to grow, to nourish). Nicknames: Nell, Nelly, Nelia, Lia Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kornelia (German,…

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…

Alison

Alison is a medieval French diminutive of Aalis (Alice) which comes from Germanic Adelais, itself a short form of Adalheidis “noble kind, type” or “of a noble kind”, made up from Germanic elements adal (noble) and heid (kind, sort, type). Alison is also an English and Scottish surname with several possible meanings: it may have originated as a matronymic surname…

Alaina

Alaina is a variant form of Alana, itself the feminine form of Alan, an Irish and Scottish name of uncertain etymology. It may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning…

Elana

Elana is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant spelling of Ilana, which is the feminine form of Ilan, a Hebrew male name meaning “tree”, though it could also be a feminine form of Elon, another Hebrew male name meaning “tree, oak tree”; Elana could also be a variant form of Helena,…

Alan

Alan is a male name of uncertain etymology which may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning “to nourish, grow” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂el- (to grow,…