Jocelyn

Jocelyn was originally used as a male name but in the modern era it’s become more popular as a girl’s name, although in France Jocelyn is purely a male given name (Jocelyne being the feminine form of the name). It originated from the name of a Germanic tribe called the Gauts, also known as the Gautzelin,…

Naoki

Naoki is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nao 直 “straight, honest” + ki “tree, plant” (直樹); nao 七 “seven” + ki “deed; skill” (七伎); nao 直 “straight, honest” + ki “chronicle; narrative; account” (直紀); nao 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” + ki 輝 “radiance; shine; sparkle; gleam” (真輝); nao 尚 “esteem” + ki 喜 “rejoice; take pleasure in” (尚喜). Written in hiragana it’s なおき….

Anand

Anand is an Indian male name meaning “happiness, bliss, joy, delight, pleasure” which derives from Sanskrit ānanda (pleasure, happiness, joy, delight, enjoyment). It’s also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Ananda (Indian, Hindi, Tamil)- This name seems to be primarily used as a male name in India and those with Indian…

Felicity

Felicity is an English female given name derived from the word meaning “happiness” which comes from Latin felicitas (happiness, felicity; fruitful, fertility; success, good fortune) which derives from a PIE root word *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse). In Roman mythology, Felicitas is the personification of good fortune and luck. Nicknames: Flicka, Lissy Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Felicitas (Late Roman, German)…

Jay

Jay is an Indian male name, the modern transcription of Jaya, a unisex Indian name meaning “victory” which ultimately derives from PIE root *gʷey- (to win, to conquer; force). Jay is also an English name, a unisex name often used as a nickname for names beginning with the letter j such as James, Jason, or Jane. Jay is also an English and French surname which…

Tate

Tate is an English male name which comes from a surname via Old English personal name Tata, a name of unknown meaning. I’ve seen a source list it as possibly deriving from an Old Norse word teitr meaning “glad, merry, cheerful” via  PIE root word. Tate (and Tata) was also another name for Æthelburh (or Ethelburga) of Kent, an Anglo-Saxon queen…

Joy

Joy is used to refer to a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It comes from Old French joie via Late Latin gaudia, the plural form of gaudium (joy, delight) derived from a PIE root word meaning “to rejoice”. Joy is also an English surname derived from the given name, originally given as a nickname for someone who was cheerful and…

Jewel

Jewel refers to a gem or precious stone, something that is considered a valuable and costly object. The origin of the word comes from Anglo-Norman juel via Old French jouel meaning “treasure, jewel”. The origin of the word is uncertain though it may be based from Latin iocus (or jocus) meaning “joke, jest” derived from PIE *yek- (to speak); or it could be…

Fawn

Fawn is the term for a young deer as well as a light yellowish-brown color. It comes from Old French faon via Latin fētus meaning “pregnant, full of young” derived from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse). Fawn is also an English word, a verb used to refer to someone who is seeking favor from someone through flattery, or to behave affectionately over…