Fortesque

Fortesque is a variant spelling of Fortescue, an English surname which originally derived as a nickname for a brave and valiant warrior which comes from Old French fort-escu “strong shield”, made up from fort (strong, brave, powerful) via Latin fortis, fortem (strong) derived from a PIE root word; and escu (shield) via Latin scutum (shield) which also derives from a PIE root…

Norris

Norris comes from an English surname which comes from Middle English norreis meaning “northerner”, referring to someone who came up from the north or perhaps in reference to a Norseman (Viking), or someone who came from Norway. It could also have been used as a topographical name for someone who lived at the north side of…

Melody

Melody refers to a pleasant-sounding succession or arrangement of sounds. It means “singing, chanting” which comes from Middle English melodie via Old French deriving from Latin melōdia, itself derived from Ancient Greek melōidíā (song, singing; chant; music) made up from Ancient Greek melos (song, tune, music) and ōidḗ, a contracted form of aoidḗ (song, ode; legend, tale, story), both of which derive from an unknown etymology….

Alair

Alair comes from Allaire, an Old French personal name derived from Hilaire, the French form of Hilarius, an Ancient Roman name meaning “happy, cheerful” from Latin hilaris via Ancient Greek hilarós from hílaos (gracious, merciful; kind, mild, gentle) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word. From what I could find it could be used either a male or female name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Alaire (French) Allaire…

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…

Chandler

Chandler derives from an English surname, originally an occupational name for someone who was a maker or seller of candles, or someone who worked in a large household who was responsible for all the wax and candles, as well as soap. The name comes from Old French chandelier via Latin candelarius from candela (candle) from candere (to shine, glitter, glow) from PIE *kand- (to…

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…

Roan

Roan is a Frisian male name, a form of Ronne which is the Frisian form of Germanic hraben meaning “raven”. It could also be a variant spelling of Rowan, an Irish surname which is the anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning “descendant of Ruadhán”, the latter derived from Irish ruadh meaning “red”, derived as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a ruddy complexion….

Fletcher

Fletcher is an English surname, an occupational surname referring to someone who made arrows. It comes from Old French fleche meaning “arrow” derived from Frankish *fliukkija (arrow) via Proto-Indo-European *plew- (to fly, flow); combined with the suffix -er.  Nicknames: Fletch Origin: Proto-Indo-European