Earth, Elements, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, O names, Proto-Indo-European

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… Continue reading Orestes

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Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Male, Nature, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Owen

Owen has two possibly origins and meanings. The first is that it is a modern form of Owain, an Old Welsh name of uncertain origin. It could be a Welsh form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning “well born” or "noble born" from Ancient Greek elements eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also… Continue reading Owen

Animals, Deer/Roe, Fawn, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Oisín

Oisín (pr. o-sheen or aw-sheen) is the name of a mythological figure in Irish mythology, a great warrior and poet who was part of the Fianna; he was also the lover of a fairy woman named Niamh who took him away to Tir na nÓg (the land of the young) for 300 years before he returned to Ireland and died. Oisín was… Continue reading Oisín

Emotion/Feelings, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Odysseus

Odysseus is the name of the king of Ithaca who was well-known for his cunning, brilliance, resourcefulness, and versitility. It was he who came up with the plan for the Trojan horse, ending the ten year-long war, but his pride also cost him another ten years before he finally made it back home. Odysseus was… Continue reading Odysseus

Color, Female, Gold, Male, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Orla

Orla is an anglicized form of Irish given name Órfhlaith which means "golden ruler" or "golden princess" from Old Irish ór (gold) which comes from Latin aurum (gold) derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ews- (to shine; dawn, east); and flaith (sovereignty, ruler; prince) which comes from Proto-Celtic *wlatis derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Orla is also a Danish male name of unknown meaning. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Órfhlaith… Continue reading Orla

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October

October is the name of the tenth month of the year, derived from Latin octo meaning "eight". It comes from Proto-Indo-European *oḱtṓw (eight). It was originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar which originally consisted of ten months. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Oktober (English)  

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, Male, Nature, O names, Unisex, Word names

Oleander

Oleander is the name of a flowering shrub belonging to the genus Nerium, which is poisonous to humans if ingested. The name comes from Late Latin lorandrum from Ancient Greek rhododendron meaning "rose tree" from Ancient Greek elements rhodon (rose) and dendron (tree). The spelling of the name may have been changed to resemble Latin olea meaning "olive tree" because it apparently resembles an olive tree.… Continue reading Oleander

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Orin

Orin could be a variant of Orrin, itself an anglicized form of Odhrán, an Irish male name meaning "little pale green one", or a variant spelling of Oren, a Hebrew male name meaning "pine tree". It's also a surname originating from the given name. Orin is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji… Continue reading Orin

Earth, Elements, German/Germanic, Literature, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, O names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Orlando

Orlando is the Italian form of Roland, a Germanic male name meaning “famous land” or “fame land” composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land), though it's possible that the second part of the name may derived from nand meaning "brave, daring". It's the name of a city in Florida as well as a surname derived from the given name and the name… Continue reading Orlando

Animals, Deer/Roe, English, Female, Male, Middle English, Nature, Norse, O names, Old Norse, Russian, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Olin

Olin is a unisex name, a feminine form of Oline from Scandinavian male name Ole, the Danish and Norwegian masculine form of Olaf which comes from Old Norse Áleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant" from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Olin could also be the male form of Olina which also comes from the same source as Oline. Spelled Olen, it's the Russian word for "deer" as well as also… Continue reading Olin

Emotion/Feelings, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, O names, Proto-Germanic, Virtues/Attributes

Odin

Odin is an Anglicized form of Old Norse Óðinn which comes from óðr meaning "inspiration, rage, frenzy". It comes from Proto-Germanic *Wodanaz meaning "poetic fury" derived from *wodaz (rage, manic inspiration, mad, furious, possessed). In Norse mythology, Odin is the chief god of the Norse pantheon, a complex character who presided over war, art, wisdom, death, and magic, as well as poetry… Continue reading Odin

Ancient Germanic, Male, O names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Otis

Otis comes from a surname derived from Germanic given name Ode, the medieval English form of Otto meaning "wealth, fortune" from Ancient Germanic element aud (wealth, fortune). Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Otto (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, English, Ancient Germanic) Odo (Ancient Germanic) Ode (Medieval English) Audo (Ancient Germanic)   Female forms: Oda (Ancient Germanic) Auda (Ancient Germanic)  

Battle/War, Elves, Kin/Family, Male, Mythological creatures, O names, Old Norse, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Oliver

Oliver is a male given name that has two possible origins. The first is that it could be from Germanic Alfhar from Old Norse Alvar meaning "elf warrior" or "elf army" from Old Norse elements alfr (elf) and arr (warrior, army); or it's derived from another Old Norse name, Áleifr, meaning "ancestor's descendant" from Old Norse anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Oliver is also a surname originating from the… Continue reading Oliver