Sami

Sami is an Arabic male name meaning “elevated, sublime, supreme, high, lofty” as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. It’s also the Finnish diminutive of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”. It could also be an English short form of Samuel and Samantha. Sami is also a Japanese female name with…

Marlon

Marlon is an English male given name of unknown meaning. It may have originated as a variant spelling of Marland, an English surname derived from a place name meaning “land by lake” or “land by the sea” from English elements mere (lake, pool; sea, ocean) via a PIE root word; and land (land) also derived from a PIE root word….

Marina

Marina is the feminine form of Marinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning “of the sea” or “belonging to the sea”, derived from a PIE root word *móri- (sea, ocean; body of water), though Marinus could also be derived from Marius which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the…

Llyr

Llyr is the name of the Welsh god of the seas and the father of Manannan, also a sea deity. His name comes from Welsh meaning “sea” and “ocean”. Llyr has also been connected to Lear, as in King Lear from Shakespeare’s play though it seems more likely that it derives from a different source. In Welsh, the…

Mervyn

Mervyn is the anglicized form of Merfyn, a Welsh male name of uncertain meaning though several possible meanings attributed to it are: “marrow famous” from Welsh mer (marrow) and myn (eminent); the first element of the name could also possibly be derived from Welsh mawr meaning “large; big; great”; it’s also possible that Mervyn is a variant of Myrddin which is the original…

India

India is the name of a country in South Asia. The name comes from the Indus River, one of the longest rivers in Asia. To the Ancient Greeks, it was known as Indus/Indos while the name became India to the Romans. Its name derives from Sanskrit Sindhu meaning “river, stream; flood, waters; sea, ocean”. India is a popular…

Mio

Mio is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “beauty; beautiful + cherry blossom” (美桜); “beauty; beautiful + cord, thread” (美緒); “beauty; beautiful + center, middle” (美央); “waterway; channel” (澪); Written in hiragana it’s みお.  Mio is also a male name used by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her…

Asherah

Asherah is the name of an ancient Semitic goddess who was worhsipped in the middle east before the advent of polytheism, who features in Akkadian, Hittite, and Canaanite mythologies. She may even have at one point been worshipped as the queen consort of Yahweh and was considered Queen of the Heaven. Asherah was so popular…

Zane

Zane is an English surname of unknown meaning though there have been attempts to link it as a shortened form of Zanelli and Zanetti, both Italian surnames deriving from the given name Zani which is the Italian form of John, the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochana meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Other possible origins include: it may have…

Murphy

Murphy comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Murchadha meaning “descendant of Murchadh”, the latter a given name meaning “sea warrior” from Gaelic elements muir (sea) and cadh (warrior). Origin: Gaelic Variants: Murchadh (Irish, Scottish)- male Murphey (English) Murphie (English)  

Haven

Haven comes from an English word referring to a harbor or port, or any place that is used as a refuge or shelter. Basically it connotes a sense of safety and shelter. The word comes from Old English hæfen meaning “inlet; harbor, port” derived from Proto-Germanic *habnō (harbor; haven) related to Proto-Germanic *habą meaning “sea” from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (to seize; to grab)….

Maraya

Maraya is a variant spelling of Mariah, itself a variant form of Maria which comes from the Hebrew female name 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,…

Morien

Morien is an old Welsh name, a cognate of Muirgen, made up from Celtic elements *mori- (sea) and *geno- (born). In the Arthurian legends, Morien is the son of Agrovale, one of the knights of the Round Table. Traveling in Moorish lands, he meets a beautiful princess whom he slept with and had a son, Morien, though Agrovale leaves before…

Mario

Mario is the Italian and Spanish form of Marius, an Ancient Roman family name which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Ares), a name of uncertain etymology though it’s possible that Mars was…

Mara

Mara is a female given name with multiple origins and meanings: Mara is a Hebrew female name meaning “bitter”, taken on by Naomi from the Old Testament after she had lost her husband and sons, as well as also being a Croatian and Serbian variant of Marija, which comes from the Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning…

Maris

Maris is a female name taken from Latin meaning “of the sea” from Latin mare (sea) derived from Proto-Italic *mari (sea) from Proto-Indo-European *móri (sea). It comes from the Latin title stella maris “star of the sea” used for the Virgin Mary. Maris may also come from Latin mās meaning “male”. Maris is also the name of an Etruscan god of agriculture and fertility, his…

Kai

Kai is a name with various origins and meanings: it’s a Hawaiian unisex name meaning “sea”; it’s also a Japanese name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: (海) “sea, ocean”; (貝) “shellfish”; (快) “cheerful, pleasant, agreeable, comfortable”; (戒) “commandment”, and other various meanings; as well as also being a compound of…

Anna-Maria

Anna-Maria is a female given name, a combination of Anna and Maria: Anna is the Latinate form of Hannah which comes from the Hebrew name Channah meaning “grace” or “favor”; Maria comes from the Hebrew female name 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…

Morgan

Morgan is a unisex name though it has two different origins: as a male name it derives from Old Welsh Morcant, a masculine name possibly meaning “sea circle” from Welsh elements mor (sea) and cant (circle), though the first element may also be related to Welsh mawr meaning “large; big; great”; the second element *cant- also means “hundred”. Morgan is also the name…

Mary

Mary is the English form of Hebrew female name 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 mr “love”. Origin: Hebrew, Ancient…