Pilar

Pilar (pr. pee-lar) is a Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan female name meaning “pillar”, taken from the title of the Virgin Mary. Pilar is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Magda

Magda is a Scandinavian short form of Magdalena, a Latinate form of Magdalene, originally a title meaning “of Magdala” in reference to someone who came from the town or village of Magdala, originally located at the Sea of Galilee. Magdala comes from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”. Origin: Hebrew  

Eduardo

Eduardo is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Edward, made up of Old English elements ead (wealth, fortune, rich) and weard (guard, guardian) meaning “rich guardian” or “wealthy guard”. Nicknames: Ed, Eddie/Eddy, Lalo (Spanish), Dado, Du, Duda, Dudu, Edu (Portuguese) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Duarte (Portuguese) Edward (English, Polish) Eadweard (Old English) Eduard (German, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Catalan, Dutch, Estonian, Romanian,…

Basilio

Basilio is the Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Basil, the English form of Latin Basilius via Ancient Greek Basileios/Basileus meaning “king, kingly”. It comes from Proto-Hellenic *gʷatiléus (chief; king) which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek origin, perhaps from Lydian battos (king). The plant basil, used in cooking, gets its name from the source above. Basilio is also a surname originating…

Dan

Dan is a Hebrew male name meaning “to judge”. It’s used as a given name in its own right though it’s often used as a nickname for Daniel, meaning “God is my judge”. Dan is also a Scandinavian male name, a byname meaning “Dane”, referring to someone who came from Denmark or had Danish ancestry. Dan…

Avara

Avara comes from an Italian surname, the feminine form of Avaro which may be derived from an Italian word meaning “mean, miser; avaricious” via Latin avarus (covetous, greedy, avaricious) derived from a PIE root word. Avara is also a Spanish and Portuguese word which means the same thing as the Italian word above. Avara could also be…

Froila

Froila is a Galician, Spanish, and Portuguese male name which seems to come from a Gothic source. The first element of the name seems to be derived from Proto-Germanic *frawjô meaning “lord” combined with diminutive suffix *ila. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Froilán (Spanish) Froilan (Spanish, English) Froylán (Spanish) Fruela (Spanish) Froia (Spanish)   Female forms: Froilana (Spanish) Froiliuba…

Luciana

Luciana is the feminine form of Lucianus, an Ancient Roman cognomen derived from the Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light” from Latin lux (light) derived from a PIE root word *lewk– (light, bright; white). Luciana has various pronunciations depending on the region it’s from: loo-CHAH-nah (Italian), loo-SYAH-nah (Latin American Spanish) or loo-THYAH-nah (European Spanish). Nicknames: Lucy/Lucie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Luciána (Hungarian, Slovak) Lucienne (French)  …

Alcides

Alcides is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Alkeides which comes from Ancient Greek element alke meaning “strength” combined with ides, a Greek patronymic suffix meaning “son of”, so essentially the name means “son of the strong one”. This was the original name of the Greek hero Hercules; apparently, his parents changed his name in an effort to appease Hera‘s wrath toward him…