Boston

Boston is the name of the capital in Massachusetts, named after a town in Lincolnshire, England, meaning “Botulf’s settlement” or “Botulf’s stone”, Botulf/Botolph being an Old English name made up of Old English boda (messenger, envoy; prophet) and wulf (wolf), combined with Old English elements tun (settlement) or stan (stone). It was either named after a saint who might have built a monastary around…

Belphebe

Belphebe is a variant spelling of Belphoebe, which was first created by English poet Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen, an allegorical work celebrating the rule of Queen Elizabeth I; Spenser intended her to represent Queen Elizabeth. The name is a combination of belle, a French word and name meaning “beautiful” and Phoebe, a Greek feminine name meaning “bright, pure,…

Barnabas

Barnabas is the Greek form of an Aramaic name of uncertain meaning though it could mean “son of the prophet” or “prophet’s son”, made up from Aramaic bar (son) and nebi “prophet”, or “son of encouragement”. Barnabas is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Barney Origin: Aramaic Variants: Barnaby (English) Barnabus (Greek, English) Barnabás (Hungarian)…

Feidelm

Feidelm is an Irish female name which is borne by several women in Irish mythology, including the daughter of Conchobar Mac Nessa (the King of Ulster in the Ulster cycle),  and a female prophetess and learned poet. The meaning behind the name is unknown. It could possibly be a feminine form of Feidlimid (also spelled Féilim), a male name…

Phoebe

Phoebe is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a Titan goddess of bright intellect who was often associated with the moon and was the grandmother of Apollo and Artemis (through her daughter Leto) and Hecate (by her other daughter, Asteria). Phoebe was also used as an epithet by both Artemis and Selene. The name comes from Ancient Greek phoîbos meaning “pure, bright,…

Sibyl

Sibyl comes from Greek and Romany mythology which was used to refer to female oracles or prophetesses who were sent visions by the gods. The name comes from Ancient Greek sibulla meaning “sibyl”, a word of uncertain origin though it could have originated as a variant of theobule meaning “divine counsel” from Attic Greek. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Sybil (English)…

Sibella

Sibella is a variant form of Sibyl meaning “sybil” which originally referred to female oracles or prophetesses who were sent visions by the gods in Greek and Roman legend. The name comes from Ancient Greek sibulla, a word of uncertain origin though it could have originated as a variant of theobule meaning “divine counsel” from Attic Greek. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants:…

Barnaby

Barnaby is a Medieval English form of Barnabas, the Greek form of an Aramaic name of uncertain meaning though it could mean “son of the prophet” or perhaps “son of encouragement”. It’s also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Barney Origin: Aramaic Variants: Barnabas (English, German, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek) Barnabé (French) Barnabás (Hungarian)…