Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Orsino is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Ursinus, a Roman name derived from Latin Ursus meaning "bear" via Proto-Italic *orssos (bear) which derives from a PIE root word. Orsino is also an Italian surname originating from the given name. Orsino features as a character in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (1600-01). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Orso (Italian) Orsolo (Italian) Ursinus (Late… Continue reading Orsino

Male, O names, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Otto is a German male name which started out as a short form of names beginning with the German element aud meaning "wealth, fortune" via Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches). Otto is also a German, Dutch, Swedish, Hungarian, Danish, and English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Odo (Ancient Germanic) Audo (Ancient Germanic) Udo (German)… Continue reading Otto

Blue, Color, Male, Nature, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Odell comes from an English surname which comes from a place name (Woodhill) near in a town in Bedfordshire. It's made up from Old English wād meaning "woad" (woad being the name of plant from which blue dye is extracted from the leaves) and hyll (hill) so essentially meaning "woad hill". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: O'dell (English) Odyll… Continue reading Odell

Male, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Olaf comes from Old Norse Áleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant" made up from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant, heir) both of which derive from a PIE source. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Áleifr (Ancient Scandinavian) Olav (Norwegian, Danish) Oluf (Danish) Olavi (Finnish, Estonian) Olev (Estonian) Ólavur (Faroese) Uolevi (Finnish Ólafur (Icelandic) Amhlaoibh (Irish) Olavo (Portuguese) Amhlaidh (Scottish) Aulay (Scottish)… Continue reading Olaf

Color, Earth, Elements, Gold, Male, O names, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Orville is a male given name that seems to have some mystery behind its origin. Some sites I've went to claim it was invented by English author Fanny Burney for her novel Evelina (1778) while it's also possible that the name comes from a French place name. Either way, the name seems to be derived from French or… Continue reading Orville

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


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

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


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