Tuesday

Tuesday comes from Old English Tiwesdæg meaning “Tiw’s day”, Tiw being a Proto-Germanic form of Tyr, the Norse god of law, justice, the sky, and war. It seems to derive from PIE *deywós (god) (the same source as Zeus and Jupiter), a derivative of root *dyew- (to be bright; sky, heaven). In the nursery rhyme, Monday’s Child, Tuesday’s child is full of grace. Origin:…

Landon

Landon comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “long hill” composed from English elements lang (long) which comes from Proto-Germanic *langaz (long) derived from PIE *dl̥h₁gʰós (long); and dun (hill) which is also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Landen (English) Langdon (English)  

Egil

Egil comes from an Old Norse name, a variant spelling of Egill which comes from Proto-Germanic Agilaz. It derives from Old Norse element ag meaning “edge (of a sword)” or “blade” or agi meaning “awe, terror”, originally used as a short form of names beginning with the name element. In German mythology, Egil (or Agilaz) is the name of a legendary archer in the Völundarkviða,…

Helga

Helga is a Scandinavian female name, the feminine form of Helge meaning “holy, blessed” from heilagr (holy, blessed) which comes from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, blessed) which is composed from *hailaz (healthy, sound; whole, unbroken; complete) derived from PIE *kóylos (healthy, whole); and *-gaz, an adjective used to denote something meaning “of being, having, or doing”. Nicknames: Olya (Russian diminutive of Olga) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hella (Swedish,…

Samantha

Samantha is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Most sites I’ve been to have listed it as being a feminine form of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”; or it could be a combination of Samuel and Anthea, which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “blossom”. It’s also possible that…

Vance

Vance comes from an English surname meaning “marsh, fen” from Old English fenn which comes from Proto-Germanic *fanją (fen, marsh, swamp) derived from PIE *pen- (moist; wet; swamp; water; mud). It was originally used as a topographical name for someone who lived near a swamp or marsh. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

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…

Everardo

Everardo is the Spanish form of Everard, the anglicized form of Germanic name Eberhard meaning “wild boar” from Germanic elements ebur (boar, wild) from Proto-Germanic *eburaz which derives from a PIE root; and hard (brave, hardy) which comes from Proto-Germanic *harduz (hard, brave) derived from PIE *kret- (strong, powerful). Everardo is also a Spanish 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…