Ernest

Ernest is a male given name derived from Old English eornost meaning “serious”, a cognate of Old High German ernust derived from Proto-Germanic *ernustuz (seriousness, earnest) which derives from a PIE root word. The English word earnest derives from the same root word as Ernest, both meaning the same thing. Ernest is also an English and Dutch surname derived from the given name Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Jefferson

Jefferson comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning “son of Jeffrey“, Jeffrey being a medieval variant of Geoffrey, the Norman-French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning “peace” from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (peace, tranquility; sanctuary, refuge) from PIE *priHós (beloved, dear) from root word *preyH- (to love, to please). The first element is a little…

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…

Wren

Wren is the name of small, brownish songbirds with loud and complex songs. It comes from Old English wrenna from Old High German wrendo, wrendilo via Proto-Germanic wrandijô though the source and etymology of the word is unknown. Wren is also an English surname, likely originating as a nickname for someone who resembled the wren in some way such as being…

Matilda

Matilda comes from Old German Mahthildis meaning “strength in battle” or “might in battle” from Germanic elements maht (might, strength) which comes from Proto-Indo-European root word *megʰ- (to be able), and hild (battle) which also comes from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Nicknames: Mattie/Matty, Tilda, Tildy, Tilly/Tillie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Mahthildis (Ancient Germanic) Mathilda (English, Swedish, Ancient Germanic) Matylda (Czech, Polish) Maud (English,…

Marshall

Marshall comes from a surname originally used to refer to someone who was a marshal, an occupational name for someone who looked after horses which later developed into one who held important functions in a royal household, as well as also being an occupational name for someone who was responsible for the custody of prisoners….