Malcolm

Malcolm is a male name, the anglicized form of Scottish Máel Coluim meaning "servant of St. Columba", referring to someone who followed Irish abbot and missionary St. Columba who spread Christianity into Scotland. Máel means “servant, devout follower” when combined with a name element (as a word it also means “bald, shaved, tonsured”) combined with given name Coluim, the Gaelic … Continue reading Malcolm

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Gordan, Gordon

Gordan originates from South Slavic  gord meaning "dignified" or"proud" from Proto-Slavic good. The name is pronounced gor-dahn. Spelled Gordon (pr. gor-den), it's a Scottish surname derived from a place name meaning "spacious fort" from Welsh elements gor (spacious) and din (fort) though it may also come from Old English meaning "mud hill" or "dirty hill". Another possible etymology of Gordon is from Gallo-Roman … Continue reading Gordan, Gordon

Blaine

Blaine comes from a Scottish surname meaning "yellow" from Bláán, a diminutive of blá (yellow), perhaps derived as a nickname for someone who had a sallow complexion. It's also a shortened form of MacBlain meaning "son of Blain" or Mac Gille Blaan meaning "son of the servant of (St.) Blaan". Blain is also an English word referring to a skin swelling or sore, … Continue reading Blaine

Greer

Greer comes from a Scottish surname which derives from the given name Gregor meaning “watchful, vigilant, alert; to be awake” from Ancient Greek grígoros (quick, fast, swift). Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Grier (Scottish, English) Gregor (Scottish, German, Slovak, Slovene)  

Connor

Connor is the anglicized form of Gaelic Conchobhar meaning "lover of hounds" from Old Irish con (dog, hound) which derives from Proto-Celtic *kū (dog; wolf) derived from PIE *ḱwṓ (dog); and cobar (desiring) also derived from a PIE root word. Connor is also a surname derived from the given name. In Irish myth, Conchobhar mac Nessa was a legendary king of Ulster who was responsible for … Continue reading Connor

Fingal

Fingal is the anglicized form of Fionnghall, a Scottish Gaelic name meaning "white stranger" from Gaelic elements fionn (white, fair) via Proto-Celtic *windos (white) and gall (stranger) via Old Irish gall (stranger, foreigner) which comes from Latin Gallus meaning "Gaul", referring to someone who came from there though it later came to mean "foreigner" from a Proto-Indo-European source. Nicknames: Fin Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Fionnghall … Continue reading Fingal

Kenna

Kenna is a Scottish female name, the feminine form of Kenneth, itself the anglicized form of two Gaelic names: Coinneach which derives from Gaelic caoin meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful, kind”; and Cináed meaning “born of fire”. Kenneth is also a surname derived from the given name. Kenna is also a Scottish and Irish surname deriving from the given name, as well … Continue reading Kenna

Leland

Leland comes from an English surname deriving from a place name in England meaning "fallow land" or "untilled land" from Old English læge (fallow, untilled) and land (land) which comes from Proto-Germanic *landą (land) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *lendh- (2) (land, heath). Leland is also a surname deriving from the given name, though it's also a shortened form of McClellan or McLelland, both an anglicized form of … Continue reading Leland

Melvin

Melvin comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name, a variant of Melville meaning "bad town" from Latin mala (bad) and ville (settlement, town) both of which derive from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Melvin has also been used as an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Mac Gille Bheathain meaning "son of the servant of St. Beathan", Beathan a Gaelic Scottish name … Continue reading Melvin

Morna

Morna is the anglicized form of Muirne, an Irish female name meaning "festive, high-spirited" though I've also seen it listed as meaning "joy, affection". In Irish mythology, Muirne was the mother of Fionn mac Cumhail. She loved a man, Cumhall, from another tribe but her father forbade her marriage and so Cumhall abducted her. He was later killed in battle but … Continue reading Morna