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 of a character in Shakespeare’s As You Like It (1599/1600).

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Roland (English, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, Hungarian)
  • Rolland (English)
  • Rowland (English)
  • Roeland (Dutch)
  • Rolando (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Roldão (Portuguese)
  • Rolan (Russian)
  • Roldán (Spanish)
  • Loránd (Hungarian)
  • Lóránt (Hungarian)
  • Hrodland (Ancient Germanic)

 

Female forms:

  • Orlanda (Italian)
  • Rolande (French)

 

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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 Olenit’s the Russian word for “deer” as well as also possibly being a variat of Middle English holin, the word for holly.

As a surname, Olin could be from Germanic element odal meaning “heritage, fatherland”.

Origin: Old Norse, Russian, Middle English, Germanic

Female forms:

  • Oline (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Greenlandic)
  • Olina (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Greenlandic, Finnish)

 

Male forms:

  • Ole (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Olaf (Danish, Norwegian, German, Dutch, Polish)
  • Olen

 

Odafin

Odafin is a Yoruba name meaning “the establisher of laws” or “lawmaker”. From what I could find, Odafin is used to refer to the spiritual leader of his clan so it’s not used as a given name but rather a title. I first came across this name on the tv show Law and Order: SVU, as the name of the character Odafin “Fin” Tutuola. It also seems to be a surname, likely referring to someone who was related to an Odafin.

Nicknames: Fin

Origin: African (Yoruba)

Variants:

  • Odofin

 

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 and seers. He has one eye and a large beard, and likes to wander, often in a relenetless pursuit of knowledge. Odin also presided over Valhalla and the valkyries, and is supposed to be killed by the wolf Fenrir at the end of the world known as Ragnarok.

Origin: Proto-Germanic

Variants:

  • Oden (Swedish)
  • Óðinn (Icelandic, Old Norse)
  • Woden (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Wodan (Germanic)
  • Wotan (Germanic)

 

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)

 

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 given name.

Nicknames: Olly/Ollie

Origin: Old Norse

Variants:

  • Olivier (Dutch, French)
  • Olivér (Hungarian)
  • Oliviero (Italian)
  • Oliwier (Polish)

 

Female forms:

  • Olivera (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Olivette (English)
  • Olivia (English, Spanish, Italian, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)