Primrose

Primrose is the name of a flower belonging to the genus Primula. The name is made up of Medieval Latin prima rosa meaning “first rose”, apparently because it was the first flower to start blooming in spring. Primrose is also a Scottish surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Prenrhos, made up…

Malina

Malina is a Slavic female name derived from the word meaning “raspberry”, though it can also be used as a diminutive form of Malcolmina, the Scottish feminine form of Malcolm, 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…

Somerled

Somerled is a Scottish male name, the anglicized form of Old Norse Somarliðr meaning “summer traveler” or “summer passerby” made up of Old Norse elements sumar (summer) and liðr (to pass by). Somerled also seems to be a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Somarliðr Somhairle (Scottish, Irish) Sorley (Scottish, Irish)  

Alastair

Alastair is a Scottish male name, a variant form of Alasdair which is the Scottish form of Alexander which is the Latinized form of Greek Alexandros meaning “defending men” or “defender of men” from Greek elements alexo (to defend, help) and aner (man). In Greek mythology, it was another name for the Trojan prince Paris, famous for abducting Helen, wife of Menelaus, which started the ten…

Christie

Christie is often used as a nickname for Christopher or Christina or any variants of the names, making it a unisex name. The names comes from Ancient Greek Khristos meaning “anointed” or “the anointed one”, via from Ancient Greek khrī́ō (to anoint oneself, to rub) derived from a PIE root word *gʰer- (to rub); Christopher is a combination of Khristos and Ancient Greek pheros…

Rainey

Rainey comes from a Gaelic surname, an anglicized form of O’Raighne meaning “descendant of Raighne”, Raighne perhaps derived from Raonull or Ronald which derives from Old Norse Rognvaldr meaning “powerful advice” or “counsel ruler” from Old Norse elements regin (advice, counsel) and valdr (power, ruler, leader) and a cognate of Germanic name Reynold. Rainey could also be a variant spelling of rainy, an English word referring to weather that is…

Jean, Jeanne

Jean (pr. zhan; Forvo) is a French male name, the French form of John which is the English form of Latin Iohannes via Greek Ioannes which comes from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Jean (pr. jeen) is also an English and Scottish female name, the Medieval English form of Old French Jehane via Jane. Jeanne is the French female form of Jean. Jean is also a…

Merrick

Merrick comes from a Welsh surname, a variant of Meurig which is the Welsh form of Maurice which comes from Late Latin Mauritius, a Roman name which is a derivative of Maurus meaning “dark-skinned”, in reference to someone who came from the country of Mauritania or who was of Moorish descent. It derives from Ancient Greek mauros (black, dark). As an English surname, it derives from…

Mackenzie

Mackenzie comes from a Scottish surname, an anglicized form of Mac Coinnich meaning “son of Coinneach”, the latter a Scottish Gaelic name meaning “handsome, fair, beautiful”. Nicknames: Mack, Mac, Kenzie/Kenzi, Kensi Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic Variants: Makenzie (English) Mckenzie (English) McKenzie (English, Scottish) MacKenzie (English, Scottish)