Mordecai

Mordecai seems to be a variant form of Marduka, a Persian name meaning “servant of Marduk”, Marduk being the name of the Babylonian god of heaven, light, battle, and fertility. The name may be derived from Sumerian amar-Utak meaning “calf of Utu, Utu being the name of another Sumerian god. Mordecai is also a surname originating from the given…

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…

Eldon

Eldon comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “Ella’s hill” composed from given name Ella (the Norman form of Alia which comes from Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign”) and dun meaning “hill”. I’ve also seen other meaning listed for it, coming from Old English ælf (elf) or elfitu (swan) and denu (valley) meaning “elf valley” or…

Hind

Hind (pr. hend; Forvo) is an Arabic female name which means “group of camels”, referring to a number that is more than one or two hundred. Hind is also the Arabic name for India which comes from Sanskrit Sindhu meaning “river, stream; flood, waters; sea, ocean” via Proto-Indo-Iranian *síndʰuš (river, stream). Hind (pr. haynd; Forvo) is also an English word- as a noun it…

Abdul-rahman

Abdul-rahman is an Arabic male name meaning “servant of the merciful”, made up from abdul (servant of the) and rahman (merciful, compassionate). Abdul-rahman is also a surname originating from the given name. Rahman can also be used as a given name on its own. Nicknames: Rahman Origin: Arabic Variants: Abdulrahman (Arabic) Abdul-Rahman (Arabic) Abd al-Rahman (Arabic) Abd Ar-Rahman…

Verna

Verna is the feminine form of Vernon, derived from a Norman surname and place name meaning “alder” from Gaulish word vern referring to someone who lived near a grove of alders. Verna has also been associated with the Latin word vernus meaning “spring”, as well as also being a Latin word meaning “house servant, family slave”, either…

Paige

Paige comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Page meaning “servant, page” via Old French page possibly via Italian paggio (page; pageboy) from Latin pagius (servant) which derives from Ancient Greek paidíon (little child, young child) made up from paîs (child) with the diminutive suffix -ion. Though Paige is overwhelmingly used as a female name, it has occasionally been used…

Monday

Monday is made up from Old English mona (moon) and daeg (day) meaning “moon day” or “day of the moon”. As a surname, Monday comes from Old Norse given name Mundi via mundr meaning “protection, protector” though it could also have originated as a nickname for someone who had a particular association on that day. As an Irish surname, Monday…

Jarvis

Jarvis comes from an English surname derived from the given name Gervais, the French form of Latin Gervasius, a name of uncertain meaning though the first element could possibly be derived from Germanic element geri meaning “spear” while the second element might be from Latin vassus meaning “servant; vassal” which is related to a Celtic element *wassos (young man, squire)…