Barclay

Barclay comes from a Scottish surname via a locational name for someone who came from a place called Barclay. The name itself comes from English Berkeley meaning “birch wood” or “birch clearing”, made up from Old English elements beorc (birch) and lēah (wood, clearing) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Berkeley (English) Barkley (English)    

Houston

Houston is the name of a city in Texas as well as several other places. It originated from a Scottish surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Houston in Glasgow, Scotland. The name is made up from the given name Hugh meaning “heart, thought, mind, spirit” derived from Proto-Germanic element *hugiz (mind; thought; understanding) which…

Moira

Moira is the anglicized form of Máire, the Irish form of Mary, the English form of Hebrew Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from…

Bruce

Bruce comes from a Scottish surname of Norman origin, originally a locational name for someone who came from a town called Brix in Normandy, though that seems to be an uncertain theory. The origin of the name is uncertain. It could be derived from a Gaulish word; it could possibly mean “willow”, perhaps a locational name for…

Hannah

Hannah is a female given name which comes from Hebrew Channah meaning “favor, grace”; it’s also an English surname originating from the given name. As a Scottish surname it could be a variant of Hannay, a name of uncertain origin though it seems to derive from a locational name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Chanah (Hebrew) Chana (Hebrew) Channah (Biblical…

Melville

Melville comes from a Scottish surname of Norman origin, a locational name for several towns in Normandy called Malleville meaning “bad town”, made up of from French mal (bad) and ville (town, settlement), which may have come about because of poor soil around the area. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Melvin (English) Melvyn (English) Malvin (English)    

Makar

Makar is the Russian form of Makarios, an Ancient Greek male name meaning “blessed, happy” from Ancient Greek makar (blessed). Makar is also a Scottish term for a poet or a bard. It’s the equivalent of English word maker. Its plural form is makaris. Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Makari (Russian) Makariy (Russian) Makarios (Late Greek) Macarius (Latinized Late Greek)…

Keeva

Keeva is an anglicized form of Caoimhe, an Irish female name meaning “dear, gentle, beautiful” which comes from Irish caomh (dear, gentle; lovely) via Old Irsh cóem derived from a PIE root word; it’s related to the same root word as Kevin. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Caoimhe (Irish, Scottish) Kiva (English) Keavy (Irish, Scottish)  

Arabel

Arabel seems to be a shortened form of Arabella, an English and Scottish female name of uncertain origin. It may be derived from Latin orabilis meaning “yielding to prayer” from Latin orare (to pray, beg; to orate) derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that Arabella is a variant of Annabella, a variant of Annabel which is a variant form of Amabel,…

Bunty

Bunty originated as a Scottish and English pet-name for a girl. It may have originated from Scottish buntin meaning “plump”; it may also be derived from bunt meaning “to butt”, in reference to a lamb that butts with its head. The term bunting (which is also a surname) is used as a term of endearment for a child;…