Virginia

Virginia is the feminine form of Verginius or Virginius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain etymology. It’s long been associated with Latin virgo meaning “maid, virgin” though it’s also possible that it’s related to Vergilius/Virgilius (from which the name Virgil comes from), also of uncertain etymology though associated with Latin virga meaning “young shoot” or “twig, rod; wand”. It seems more likely, however,…

Vara

Vara is a Spanish and Portuguese surname meaning “rod, stick, cane” via Latin varus (bandy, bow-legged; bent outwards) derived from a PIE root word. Vara was once used as a Spanish and Portuguese unit of length. Vara could also be a short form of Varvara, the Russian, Greek, and Bulgarian form of Barbara meaning “foreign, strange” from Ancient Greek barbaros….

Scipio

Scipio is a Roman cognomen which comes from Latin meaning “staff, walking stick” derived from PIE root word *skabh- (scratch; cut). The most famous bearer of the name is Scipio Africanus, a Roman general and consul regarded to be one of the greatest military minds in the ancient world alongside Hannibal, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar. He defeated Hannibal during the…

Gondlir

Gondlir is the anglicized form of Göndlir, one of the many epithets of the Norse god Odin. It means “wand-wielder” or “wand-bearer” derived from Old Norse gandr (magic staff). Origin: Old Norse Variants: Göndlir (Old Norse)  

Bailey

Bailey is a unisex given name which comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it’s an occupational surname meaning “bailiff”, referring to someone who was an officer of the court, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff’s deputy in charge with keeping order; it derives from Latin bāiulus (carrier, porter; manager, steward); it also…

Taylor

Taylor comes from an English surname from Old French tailleor from Latin taliere meaning “to cut, to split” from Latin talea (slender stick, rod, staff; twig). It was originally an occupational surname referring to someone who worked as a tailor. Origin: Latin Variants: Tayler (unisex) Tayla (female)