Vivaldi

Vivaldi is an Italian surname of uncertain meaning. It could be derived from Latin Vivaldus meaning “power in combat” or “strength in battle” made up from Old English wīġ (war, battle) via Proto-Germanic *wīgą (fight, battle) derived from a PIE root word; and walda (might, power, authority) also derived from a PIE root word. Vivaldi could also be related to Wigbald, a Germanic name…

Gerrick

Gerrick is a variant spelling of Garrick, a variant of Garwick, an English surname derived from a place name: the second element of the name derives from Old English wīċ (settlement; village; dwelling) which ultimately derives from PIE *weyḱ- (to settle; settlement), while the first part of the name may be derived from an English given name, Gara, of uncertain meaning. Garrick is also the anglicized…

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it’s presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning “ruler of the spear”) and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler”; Erica is also the Latin word for “heather”. I’ve also seen Jerica listed as the…

Riko

Riko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: ri 莉 “jasmine” + ko 子 “child” (莉子); ri 理 “reason, logic” + ko 子 “child” (理子); ri 璃 “glassy; lapiz lazuli” + ko 子 “child” (璃子); ri 里 “village” + ko 子 “child”. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana りこ. Riko could also be a…

Valentine

Valentine comes from Roman cognomen Valentinus which comes from Latin valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous” from valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). It’s a masculine name in Latin but it’s the French feminine form of Valentinus. Valentine is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Valentina (Ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Croatian, Macedonian,…

Emerson

Emerson comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning “son of Emery”, Emery being the Norman form of Emmerich, a German name. While the second element of the name comes from ric meaning “power, rule” from Proto-Germanic *rīks (king, ruler) from PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) via *h₃reǵ- (to straighten; move in a straight line). The first part of the name is a little more complicated. It…

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…

Arnold

Arnold comes from a Germanic name meaning “eagle power” from Germanic elements arn (eagle) derived from Proto-Germani *arô via Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (eagle); and wald (power, leader, ruler) from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (to rule) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁– (to rule; strong, powerful). It was used as a cognate of Anglo-Saxon name Earnweald also meaning “eagle power” from Old English elements earn (eagle) and weald (power, might) eventually replacing it. Arnold…

Orla

Orla is an anglicized form of Irish given name Órfhlaith which means “golden ruler” or “golden princess” from Old Irish ór (gold) which comes from Latin aurum (gold) derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ews- (to shine; dawn, east); and flaith (sovereignty, ruler; prince) which comes from Proto-Celtic *wlatis derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Orla is also a Danish male name of unknown meaning. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Órfhlaith…

Dixie

Dixie was once used as a generic name for the southern U.S. states from the Mason-Dixon line which defined the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and which later defined the boundary between free states and slave states. The name may have originated as a nickname for Dixon, an English patrynomic surname meaning “son of Dick”, the…

Vladimir

Vladimir comes from Slavic element vladeti meaning “to rule” (derived from Proto-Indo-European *wal “to be strong”) combined with meru (great, famous) essentially meaning “great ruler” or “famous ruler”. However, the second element has also been associated with miru (peace, world) so the name could also mean “peaceful ruler” or “world ruler”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Waldomar (Ancient Germanic) Valdimárr (Ancient Scandinavian) Uladzimir (Belarusian) Vladimír…

Frederica

Frederica is the feminine form of Frederick which comes from Germanic Friedrich meaning “peaceful ruler” from Germanic elements frid (peace) and ric (ruler, power). Nicknames: Freddy/Freddie, Rica, Frieda/Freda, Frida Origin: Germanic Variants: Frederika (Dutch, Flemish, Latvian, English) Fredrika (Swedish, Finnish) Fryderyka (Polish) Friðrika (Icelandic) Frederikke (Danish) Frédérique (French) Friederike (German) Federica (Italian)   Male forms: Fredric (English) Frederick (English) Fredrick (English) Friedrich (German) Frédéric…

Harrison

Harrison is an English surname, originally a patrynomic name meaning “son of Harry“, Harry being a medieval form of Henry meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (ruler, power). Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Harryson (English) Harry (English)  

Amara

Amara is an Igbo female name meaning “grace” as well as being a feminine form of Amar, an Indian male name meaning “immortal”. Amara is also an Italian, surname, a variant of Amaro, which is an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese surname of uncertain meaning. It may be derived from Arabic given name Omar meaning “flourishing, life” or Ammar “virtuous, devout”….

Henry

Henry comes from Germanic given name Heimirich meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, rule). It’s also a surname derived form the given name. Shakespeare wrote several historical plays about King Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI of England. Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Heimirich (Ancient Germanic) Heinrich (Ancient Germanic, German) Henricus (Dutch, Latinized Ancient Germanic) Henrik…

Renji

Renji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:  “bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + two” (廉二); “bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + next; order; sequence” (廉次); “romance; in love;…

Hudson

Hudson comes from an English surname, a patrynomic name meaning “son of Hudde,”, the latter a medieval diminutive of either Hugh, which comes from Germanic element hug meaning “heart, spirit, mind”, or a medieval diminutive of Richard, made up of Germanic elements ric (power, rule) and hard (brave, hardy) essentially meaning “strong ruler” or “brave ruler”. Origin: English, Germanic  

Rico

Rico is the Spanish short form of Ricardo, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Richard meaning “brave ruler” or “strong ruler” from Germanic elements ric (power, ruler) and hard (brave, hardy). It’s also the Italian short form of Enrico, the Italian form of Henry which means “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, ruler). Rico is also a surname derived from the Old Portuguese word rico meaning “rich” likely…

Ronald

Ronald is the Scottish form of Ragnvaldr, an Old Norse name meaning “powerful advice” or “counsel ruler” from Old Norse elements regin (advice, counsel) and valdr (power, ruler, leader) and a cogante of Germanic name Reynold. Ronald is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Ron, Ronny/Ronnie Origin: Old Norse Variants: Raghnall (Irish, Scottish) pr. raynel Ranald (Scottish form of…

Richard

Richard is a male name made up of Germanic elements ric (power, rule) and hard (brave, hardy) essentially meaning “strong ruler” or “brave ruler”. Shakespeare wrote two history plays based on King Richard II and King Richard III. Richard is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Richie, Ricky/Rickie, Dick, Dickie/Dicky, Rich Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Ricohard…