Etzel

Etzel is the Germanic form of Attila, its most famous bearer being the 5th century leader of the Huns, an ancient Nomadic people across central Europe, and who was feared by the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Though often depicted as savage, barbaric and merciless, these depictions were made out by his enemies; a closer look by…

Mira

Mira is an Indian female name (also spelled Meera). I’ve seen several source list it as meaning “sea, ocean” but I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “prosperous, wealthy, highborn” or “limit, boundary”. Mirabai (or Meera Bai) was a 15th century Hindu princess and poetess who was devoted to the Hindu god Krishna; bai seems to be a feminine…

Oceanus

Oceanus is the name of a Titan, believed to be the personification of an entire river that encircled the world, as believed by the Ancient Greeks. The etymology of the name is uncertain, possibly derived from a pre-Greek origin, though the name ocean has been adopted into the English language referring to a large body of…

Misha

Misha is a Russian male diminutive of Mikhail, the Russian, Belarusian, and Bulgarian form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Although used strictly a male name in Russia, it has had some use as a female given name in the United States. Misha is also a Japanese…

Rami

Rami is an Arabic male name and surname meaning “archer, thrower” which comes from Arabic ramy رَمْي (throwing, flinging shooting); or it could be derived from ram (رام) meaning “to aspire,  to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”. However, ram (رام) is also a Persian word meaning “tame, meek, docile”. Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם)…

Emi

Emi is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: e 恵 “favor; blessing, grace; kindness” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (恵美); e 絵 “picture; drawing; painting; sketch” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (絵美); e 映 “reflect; reflection” + mi 見 “to see; look at” (映見); e 江 “creek; inlet; bay” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (江美); e 恵 “favor; blessing, grace; kindness” + umi 海 “sea, ocean (恵海) There are other…

Adrienne

Adrienne is the French feminine form of Adrien, the French form of Adrian which comes from Latin Hadrian derived from Roman cognomen Hadrianus meaning “from Hadria” or “from Adria”, Adria being another form of the name. It referred to someone who came from the town of Hadria/Adria situated in Northern Italy. The Adriatic sea received its name from the town. Though the origin behind the…

Hind

Hind (pr. hend; Forvo) is an Arabic female name which means “group of camels”, referring to a number that is more than one or two hundred. Hind is also the Arabic name for India which comes from Sanskrit Sindhu meaning “river, stream; flood, waters; sea, ocean” via Proto-Indo-Iranian *síndʰuš (river, stream). Hind (pr. haynd; Forvo) is also an English word- as a noun it…

Adrian

Adrian comes from Latin Hadrian derived from Roman cognomen Hadrianus meaning “from Hadria” or “from Adria”, Adria being another form of the name. It referred to someone who came from the town of Hadria/Adria situated in Northern Italy. The Adriatic sea received its name from the town. Though the origin behind the name is uncertain, it could be from…