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

Herbert

Herbert is an English male name meaning "bright army" made up from Germanic elements hari (army) from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army) derived from a PIE root word; and beraht (bright) via Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) also derived from a PIE root word. Herbert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Herb, Herbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Heribert (Germanic) Haribert (Ancient… Continue reading Herbert

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Female, Mythology, Roman mythology, Sabine/Oscan, T names

Tatiana

Tatiana is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I've seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning "daddy", a term used by children; or that it could be from Ancient Greek táttō, the… Continue reading Tatiana

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diana

Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt, moon, forests, and childbirth, making her the Roman counterpart of Greek goddess Artemis. Though the name is of uncertain origin and meaning, it's been linked to the PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diana is also a Finnish word meaning "slide" and a Spanish… Continue reading Diana

Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, U names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Urban

Urban comes from Latin Urbanus meaning either "city dweller" or "of the city" which comes from Latin urbs which seems to be derived from a PIE root word. Urban is also a word that has become adopted into the English vocabulary referring to a city or town. Another word related to it, urbane, is used to refer to someone… Continue reading Urban

Bright/Clear, Female, Light, Moon, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Roksana

Roksana is the Russian and Polish form of Roxana which ultimately derives from Persian Roshanak which means "bright, light, shining" either from Avestan raoxšna- (radiant, shining) or Middle Persian rōšn (light; bright light). It derives from PIE *lówksneh₂ (moon) from root word *lewk- (bright; to shine; to see). Nicknames: Roxie/Roxy, Rocky/Rockie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Roxana (Latinized Ancient Greek, English, Spanish, Romanian) Roxanna (English) Roxanne… Continue reading Roksana

Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Etruscan mythology, Greek mythology, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Marek

Marek is the Slavic form of Mark which is the English form of Marcus, an Ancient Roman name which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also… Continue reading Marek

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

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… Continue reading Ernest

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

Damian

Damian comes from Latin Damianus derived from Ancient Greek Damianos meaning "to tame, subdue, control" and also "to kill", deriving from the PIE root *demh₂- (to tame, domesticate). Damian is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Damianus (Latinized Ancient Greek) Damianos (Ancient Greek) Damien (French) Damion (English) Damon (English) Damyan (Bulgarian) Damjan (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian,… Continue reading Damian

Female, J names, Kin/Family, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Julia

Julia is the feminine form of Julius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter), the name of the chief god in the Roman pantheon. His name is derived from Indo-European… Continue reading Julia

Female, J names, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Seasons, Unisex, Word names

January

January is the name of the first year of the month. It comes from Roman cognomen Januarius meaning "January" from Latin ianus meaning “archway, covered passageway” derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ey- (to go). Januarius gets its name from the Roman god Janus, who was the god of doorways, transitions, and beginnings, depicted with two heads- one looking forward and the other backward, looking to the future and… Continue reading January

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

Walter

Walter comes from Germanic elements wald (ruler, leader, power) from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (to rule) via Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁– (to rule; strong, powerful); and hari (army), also derived from a PIE root word; so the name means "ruler of the army". Walter is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Walt, Wally Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valter (Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Croatian, Estonian) Gualtiero… Continue reading Walter

D names, Female, Hebrew, Lithuanian, Virtues/Attributes

Danuta

Danuta is a female given name, the Polish form of Danutė, a Lithuanian female name of uncertain origin though it could possibly be a feminine form of Daniel, a Hebrew male name meaning "God is my judge", or possibly as a diminutive of Dana, which may have originated as a variant of Dane, referring to someone who came from Denmark… Continue reading Danuta

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

Ancient Germanic, Animals, German/Germanic, L names, Lion, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Leopold

Leopold is made up from Ancient Germanic elements leud (people) and bald (bold) meaning "bold people", likely referring to a tribe or nation of strong or fearless people, though the first part of the name has also been associated with Latin leo (lion). Leopold is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Leo, Poldi (German nickname) Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants:… Continue reading Leopold

Ancient Greek, Astronomy, Coptic, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, K names, Late Roman, Latin, Mythology, Numbers, Stars/Constellation, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Karina

Karina is either a variant spelling of Carina, a Late Latin name derived from carus meaning "dear, beloved" though it may also be from Latin carina meaning "keel", referring to the keel of a ship and is also the name of a constellation. In Greek myth, Carina is the name of the keel of the ship Argo Navis, which is also the name of… Continue reading Karina

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

Albert

Albert comes from Germanic Adalbert meaning "noble bright" from Germanic elements adal (noble) derived from Proto-Germanic *aþalaz (noble) and and beraht (bright, famous) derived from Proto-Indo-European root word *bhereg- (to shine). Albert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Al, Albie, Bert, Bertie Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Adalbert (Ancient Germanic, German, Polish) Adalberht (Ancient Germanic) Albertus (Latin, Dutch) Adelbert (German, Dutch) Albrecht (German)… Continue reading Albert

E names, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Edmund

Edmund is an English male name made up from Old English elements ead (wealth, fortune, riches) and mund (protection) meaning "rich protection" or "wealthy protector". Ead comes from Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches) and mund also comes from Proto-Germanic *mundō (hand; protection, security) derived from Proto-Indo-European *man- (hand; man, human being). Edmund is the name of an antagonist in Shakespeare's King Lear (1603-1606). Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Eadmund (Anglo-Saxon) Edmond (French)… Continue reading Edmund

Akkadian mythology, Assyrian mythology, Avestan, Babylonian mythology, D names, Female, Georgian mythology, Hebrew, Mythology, Near East mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Danina

Danina is a female given name of uncertain meaning and etymology. At first glance it seems like a feminine form of Daniel meaning "God is my judge" and in some cases it may be based on that; but it also seems to have older roots than that, as the name of one of a pair of pre-Christian… Continue reading Danina