L names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

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)  

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E names, Germanic mythology, Male, Mythology, Norse, Old Norse, Virtues/Attributes

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,… Continue reading Egil

Female, H names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

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,… Continue reading Helga

Ancient Greek, Earth, Elements, Female, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Sri Lankan, Sun, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Samantha

Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names

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    

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

Animals, Boar, E names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Everardo

J names, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

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… Continue reading Jefferson

B names, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Bradley

Bradley comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad clearing" from Old English brād (broad) derived from Proto-Germanic *braidaz (broad, wide) from an unknown source; and lēah (clearing, meadow) from PIE *lówkos (clearing). Bradley has also been used as an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Brolcháin meaning "descendant of Brolachán", Brolachán meaning a diminutive of Brólach. Nicknames: Brad Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants:… Continue reading Bradley

Emotion/Feelings, Love/Beloved, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, T names, Virtues/Attributes

Truman

Truman comes from an English surname meaning "trusty man, faithful man" from Middle English trewe (true) via Old English treow (truth, fidelity) which comes from Proto-Germanic *triwwiz (true, faithful) from PIE *drew-, *deru- (firm, hard, solid, steadfast); combined with man from Proto-Germanic *mann (man) from PIE *mon- (man, human being). It may have originated as a nickname for someone who was an honest or faithful man. Truman is… Continue reading Truman

C names, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Camber

Camber is the name of the legendary first king of Cambria, which is the Latin name for Wales. The name comes from Welsh Cymro, the plural form of Cymry meaning "Welshman" or "compatriot" from Proto-Brythonic *kumroɣ. Camber is also a word that refers to a slight upward curve or arch of a surface. The origin of that word comes from Old… Continue reading Camber

Animals, B names, Birds, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Raven, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Bertram

Bertram is a Germanic and English male name meaning "bright raven", made up from Germanic elements beraht (bright) from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) via PIE *bhereg- (to shine); and hramn (raven) from Proto-Germanic *hrabnaz (raven) from PIE *ḱorh₂-, which is imitative of the harsh sounds. Bertram is also a surname derived from the given name. Bertram was also used by Shakespeare in his play All's Well That Ends Well… Continue reading Bertram

E names, Female, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Emerson

Animals, Birds, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Raven, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Raven

Raven is the name of several bird species belonging to the genus Corvus notable for their black plumage and loud, croaking calls. The raven has a long history of symbolism in various cultures and mythologies such as being the symbol of the Greek god Apollo and the Norse god Odin who is always depicted with two ravens- Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) who fly all… Continue reading Raven

C names, Earth, Elements, Female, Fire, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Cinder

Cinder is an English word referring to the ash of a fire after it burns out or a nearly burned piece of coal or wood.. It derives from Old English sinder meaning "dross of iron, slag" from Proto-Germanic *sindraz (metal alag; dross) via Proto-Indo-European *sendhro- (coagulating fluid). The letter change from s- to c- was that it would resemble to Old French cendre meaning "ash (of… Continue reading Cinder

Animals, Birds, Brown, Color, German/Germanic, Gray, Latin, Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Raven, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Tawny, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Roan

Roan is a Frisian male name, a form of Ronne which is the Frisian form of Germanic hraben meaning "raven". It could also be a variant spelling of Rowan, an Irish surname which is the anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning “descendant of Ruadhán”, the latter derived from Irish ruadh meaning “red”, derived as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a ruddy complexion.… Continue reading Roan

Cornish, D names, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Denzil

Denzil has several possible meanings but nothing concrete, and they may not even be accurate. It’s from a surname denoting someone who came from a place called Denzell in Cornwall. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “fort”, “fertile highland” or “high stronghold”. I’ve also seen it listed as being a pet form of German name Denz, a short… Continue reading Denzil

Female, H names, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Heather

Heather refers to a variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers which commonly grow in rocky places. The name comes from Old English hather, hæddre, of uncertain origin and meaning, though it seems the spelling was changed to resemble heath which refers to a tract of uncultivated land or a wasteland overgrown with shrubs; the name derives from Old… Continue reading Heather

Color, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names, White

Wendell

Wendell is an English surname derived from given name Wendel, a short form of Germanic names beginning with wandal meaning "Vandal", referring to a Germanic tribe who invaded Spain and North Africa. Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it has been linked to Germanic *wandern meaning "to wander" deriving from Proto-Germanic *windaną meaning "to wind, to wrap" from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to… Continue reading Wendell

Arabic, Color, Elements, Female, Food, Japanese, Nature, Numbers, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Red/Crimson, S names, Surname names, Vegetables, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Senna

Senna is the name of a genus of flowering plants. The etymology derives from Arabic senna (سنا) which may be derived from ṣanʿā meaning "splendor, radiance, brilliance". Senna is also a surname with various possible meanings and origins: it could be derived from a habitional name for someone who lived near a place where senna grew or perhaps derived… Continue reading Senna