Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Renfred

Renfred is an Old English male name meaning "counsel of peace" or "peaceful counsel" derived from Old English elements regin-, ragin- (advice, counsel) and friþ (peace; refuge, sanctuary). Renfred is also an English surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Raganfrid (Old German) Renfry (Old English) Renfree (Old English) Reynfrey  

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B names, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Bradley

Bradley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad clearing" from Old English brād (broad) derived from Proto-Germanic *braidaz (broad, wide) from an unknown source; and lēah (clearing, meadow) from PIE *lówkos (clearing). Bradley has also been used as an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Brolcháin meaning "descendant of Brolachán", Brolachán meaning a diminutive of Brólach. Nicknames: Brad Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants:… Continue reading Bradley

Emotion/Feelings, Love/Beloved, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, T names, Virtues/Attributes

Truman

Truman comes from an English surname meaning "trusty man, faithful man" from Middle English trewe (true) via Old English treow (truth, fidelity) which comes from Proto-Germanic *triwwiz (true, faithful) from PIE *drew-, *deru- (firm, hard, solid, steadfast); combined with man from Proto-Germanic *mann (man) from PIE *mon- (man, human being). It may have originated as a nickname for someone who was an honest or faithful man. Truman is… Continue reading Truman

Animals, Birds, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Raven, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Raven

Raven is the name of several bird species belonging to the genus Corvus notable for their black plumage and loud, croaking calls. The raven has a long history of symbolism in various cultures and mythologies such as being the symbol of the Greek god Apollo and the Norse god Odin who is always depicted with two ravens- Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) who fly all… Continue reading Raven

C names, Earth, Elements, Female, Fire, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Cinder

Cinder is an English word referring to the ash of a fire after it burns out or a nearly burned piece of coal or wood.. It derives from Old English sinder meaning "dross of iron, slag" from Proto-Germanic *sindraz (metal alag; dross) via Proto-Indo-European *sendhro- (coagulating fluid). The letter change from s- to c- was that it would resemble to Old French cendre meaning "ash (of… Continue reading Cinder

G names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Godfrey

Godfrey is the English form of Germanic name Godafrid meaning "peace of god" from Germanic elements god (god) from Old English which derives from Proto-Germanic *gudą (god, deity) from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰutós (to call, to invoke); and frid (peace) from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (peace, tranquility) which also derives from a PIE source. Godfrey is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Godafrid (Ancient Germanic) Guðfriðr (Old… Continue reading Godfrey

Female, H names, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Heather

Heather refers to a variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers which commonly grow in rocky places. The name comes from Old English hather, hæddre, of uncertain origin and meaning, though it seems the spelling was changed to resemble heath which refers to a tract of uncultivated land or a wasteland overgrown with shrubs; the name derives from Old… Continue reading Heather

Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Warrick

Warrick comes from an English surname via a place name, a variant spelling of Warwick meaning "dam settlement" or "dwelling by the weir", a weir being a small dam near a river or stream which regulates the flow of water downstream. It's made up from Proto-Germanic warją (dam, weir) and Old English wīċ (settlement; village; dwelling) derived from Germanic *wīk- (settlement, village, dwelling) via… Continue reading Warrick

Elements, Female, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Haven

Haven comes from an English word referring to a harbor or port, or any place that is used as a refuge or shelter. Basically it connotes a sense of safety and shelter. The word comes from Old English hæfen meaning "inlet; harbor, port" derived from Proto-Germanic *habnō (harbor; haven) related to Proto-Germanic *habą meaning "sea" from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (to seize; to grab).… Continue reading Haven

Female, Gaelic, Irish, Irish mythology, Kin/Family, Mythology, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Neve

Neve is an anglicized form of Niamh, an Irish female name meaning "bright" or "radiant". In Irish myth, Niamh is the daughter of the sea god Manannán. She was the lover of Oisin, a great bard and poet and the son of  Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) who went with her to the land of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth). Time passed differently… Continue reading Neve

A names, Elves, Male, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Alfred

Alfred is an English male name meaning "elf counsel", made up from Old English elements aelf (elf) via Proto-Germanic *albiz (elf, fairy), of uncertain origin though it's been linked to Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white); and raed (counsel) which also comes from Proto-Germanic *rēdaz (advice, counsel) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂reh₁- (to think, count, reason; arrange). Alfred is also an English surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Alf, Alfie/Alphie, Fred,… Continue reading Alfred

Battle/War, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Wyatt

Wyatt comes from an English surname which comes from a medieval given name, Wyot, from Old English Wigheard made up from Old English elements wig (war, battle) via Proto-Germanic *wīgą (fight, battle) from Proto-Indo-European *weyk-; and heard (brave, hardy) essentially meaning "brave in battle". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Wyat (English) Wyot (Medieval English)  

Female, H names, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Hollis

Hollis comes from an English surname, derived from a place name in reference to someone who lived near a place with holly trees. It comes from Old English holegn meaning "holly" which may possibly be derived from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (to prick). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hollys (English)  

Animals, Birds, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Raven, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Renwick

Renwick comes from a surname derived from a place name meaning "raven settlement", derived from Old English given name Hræfn meaning "raven" from Proto-Germanic *hrabnaz (raven) which comes from a Proto-Indo-European root word word; and wick meaning "village, settlement, dwelling" from Germanic *wīk- (settlement, village, dwelling) via Latin vicus (village; hamlet; street; neighborhood; row of houses) which ultimately derives from Proto-Indo-European *weyḱ- (to settle; settlement). Nicknames:… Continue reading Renwick

Ancient Germanic, German/Germanic, Male, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Wilfrid

Wilfrid is a variant spelling of Wilfred, an English male name meaning "desiring peace" or "desires peace" from Ancient Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and frið (peace). Nicknames: Wil/Will, Wilf Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Wilfred (English) Willifrid (Ancient Germanic) Wilfrith (Anglo-Saxon) Wilfrið (Anglo-Saxon) Guifré (Catalan) Vilfred (Danish) Wilfried (German) Vilfredo (Italian) Wilfredo (Spanish)  

B names, Berry, Female, Food, Latin, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bailey

Bailey is a unisex given name which comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it's an occupational surname meaning "bailiff", referring to someone who was an officer of the court, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff's deputy in charge with keeping order; it derives from Latin bāiulus (carrier, porter; manager, steward); it also… Continue reading Bailey

C names, Earth, Elements, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Water

Clifford

Clifford is an English male name derived from a surname meaning "ford by a cliff" originally used to refer to someone who lived near one. It's made up of Old English elements clif (cliff) derived from Proto-Germanic *klibą (to stick) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *gleybʰ; and Old English ford (ford) also derived from Proto-Germanic *furduz (ford) ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pértus (crossing). Nicknames: Cliff, Ford… Continue reading Clifford

Elements, Female, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, W names, Water, Word names

Wade

Wade comes from an English surname, either derived from Old English wæd meaning "ford" or "shallow water", used to refer to someone who lived near a ford; it comes from Proto-Germanic wadą. Wade may also be derived from an Old English given name, Wada, which comes from Old English wadan meaning "to go" from Proto-Germanic wadaną (to wade, to walk) via Proto-Indo-European *weh₂dʰ- (to… Continue reading Wade

Battle/War, Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, German/Germanic, H names, Latin, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hill

Hill comes from an English surname with several possible meanings such as: it may have derived from a topographical name for someone who lived near or on a hill; the name comes from Old English hyll borrowed from Proto-Germanic *hulliz (stone, rock) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (to rise, to be tall); it may also have been used… Continue reading Hill

Earth, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Word names

Willow

Willow comes from Old English welig from Proto-Germanic *wiligaz via Proto-Indo-European *wel meaning "to turn, to wind, twist". Willow is the name of a tree or shrub from the genus Salix, which grows along damp or watery areas. They are tough and flexible. It's also a surname originally referring to somone who lived near a willow tree. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  … Continue reading Willow