Battle/War, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herbert

Herbert is an English male name meaning "bright army" made up from Germanic elements hari (army) from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army) derived from a PIE root word; and beraht (bright) via Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) also derived from a PIE root word. Herbert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Herb, Herbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Heribert (Germanic) Haribert (Ancient… Continue reading Herbert

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C names, Color, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Candida

Candida is a Late Roman name derived from Latin candidus meaning "white" derived from PIE root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine, glow). Nicknames: Candy, Dida, Deedee/DeeDee Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Cándida (Spanish) Cândida (Portuguese) Candide (French)   Male forms: Candidus (Late Roman) Candide (French) Cândido (Portuguese) Cándido (Spanish) Candid (English)  

Ancient Greek, D names, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Dion

Dion is a shortened form of Dionysios, from Dionysus, the name of the Greek god of wine, revelry, fertility and madness. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of Zeus” though it could also be related to Proto-Indo-European *dyews meaning “sky, heaven, god” and “shining”. The second part -nysus might be derived… Continue reading Dion

Bright/Clear, Female, Light, Moon, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Roksana

Roksana is the Russian and Polish form of Roxana which ultimately derives from Persian Roshanak which means "bright, light, shining" either from Avestan raoxšna- (radiant, shining) or Middle Persian rōšn (light; bright light). It derives from PIE *lówksneh₂ (moon) from root word *lewk- (bright; to shine; to see). Nicknames: Roxie/Roxy, Rocky/Rockie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Roxana (Latinized Ancient Greek, English, Spanish, Romanian) Roxanna (English) Roxanne… Continue reading Roksana

Ancient Greek, Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, Greek, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf

Luke

Luke is the English form of Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the name of a region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred wood” or Greek lykos meaning “wolf”.… Continue reading Luke

B names, Color, Female, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Bianca

Bianca is an Italian female name, a cogante of Blanche meaning "white" from Latin blancus (white) from Proto-Germanic *blankaz (white, gleaming, shining, bright) which derives from PIE *bʰleyǵ- (to shine). Bianca is also an Italian surname as well as having been used twice by Shakespeare for his plays Taming of the Shrew (1593) and Othello (1603). Origin: Proto-Ido-European Variants: Blanche (French, English) Blanch (English) Blanka… Continue reading Bianca

A names, Ancient Greek, Elements, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Aphrodite

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure. It's possible that she was adopted by the Ancient Greeks from the Phoenician goddess Astarte, who was a cognate of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. As for Aphrodite's name, the first part has often been associated with Greek aphros (foam) in reference to her being born from the sea foam though it… Continue reading Aphrodite

Animals, B names, Birds, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Raven, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Bertram

Bertram is a Germanic and English male name meaning "bright raven", made up from Germanic elements beraht (bright) from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (bright, shining) via PIE *bhereg- (to shine); and hramn (raven) from Proto-Germanic *hrabnaz (raven) from PIE *ḱorh₂-, which is imitative of the harsh sounds. Bertram is also a surname derived from the given name. Bertram was also used by Shakespeare in his play All's Well That Ends Well… Continue reading Bertram

Female, J names, Kin/Family, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Julia

Julia is the feminine form of Julius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter), the name of the chief god in the Roman pantheon. His name is derived from Indo-European… Continue reading Julia

C names, Female, Light, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Chandler

Chandler derives from an English surname, originally an occupational name for someone who was a maker or seller of candles, or someone who worked in a large household who was responsible for all the wax and candles, as well as soap. The name comes from Old French chandelier via Latin candelarius from candela (candle) from candere (to shine, glitter, glow) from PIE *kand- (to… Continue reading Chandler

Female, Kin/Family, Latin, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Y names

Yuliana

Yuliana is the Russian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian form of Juliana, the feminine form of Julian which is the English form of Iulianus (or Julianus), an Ancient Roman family name meaning “belonging to Julius”, Julius a name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful, though it could also be related to Iovis, the… Continue reading Yuliana

Ancient Greek, Color, Female, Gold, Greek, Literature, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Orinthia

Orinthia may have been based on Ancient Greek orī́nō meaning "to excite, to stir, to agitate" or it may have been an elaborated form of Orinda, which may have been based on Latin orior meaning "to rise" from a PIE root. It may also have been based on Old Irish ór (gold) which comes from Latin aurum (gold) derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ews- (to… Continue reading Orinthia

Ancient Greek, Animals, Black/Dark, Color, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, L names, Lion, Male, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Llewellyn

Llewelyn comes from Welsh Llywelyn, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be the Welsh form of Celtic Lugubelenus, a combination of two names: Lugus and Belenus; Lugus is a Celtic god of commerce and craftsmanship who was equated with the Roman god Mercury. Though the exact origin of his name is unknown, it has been linked to Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Llewellyn

Cornish, D names, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Denzil

Denzil has several possible meanings but nothing concrete, and they may not even be accurate. It’s from a surname denoting someone who came from a place called Denzell in Cornwall. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “fort”, “fertile highland” or “high stronghold”. I’ve also seen it listed as being a pet form of German name Denz, a short… Continue reading Denzil

C names, Female, Hindu mythology, Male, Moon, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Chandra

Chandra is an Indian unisex name derived from Sanskirt chand ( चन्द ) meaning “moon" and also meaning "to shine, glow". It derives from Proto-Indo-European root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine). In Hindu mythology, Chandra is the Hindu god of the moon. He is depicted as young and beautiful, a two armed god with a club and a lotus, who… Continue reading Chandra

A names, Bright/Clear, Female, Japanese, Light, Male, Sun, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Akira

Akira is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "shining; bright" (昭); "bright; light" (明); "clear; help" (亮); "sparkle; clear; crystal" (晶); "complete; finish" (了); "patent; clear" (彰); "rising sun; morning sun" (旭); "manifest; display; evident; clear" (顯); "bright; light + good; pleasing; skilled" (明良); Written in hiragana… Continue reading Akira

Female, Light, Moon, Mythology, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Noctiluca

Noctiluca is a female name meaning "something which shines by night" from Latin nox (moon) which derives from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (night) and luceo (to shine) which also derives from Proto-Indo-European root *lewk- (to shine, bright; to see); so the name could essentially refer to a moon or a lantern or a lamp or anything that lights up during the night. Noctiluca is the… Continue reading Noctiluca

A names, Arabic, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Azhar

Azhar is an Arabic male name meaning "shining, bright, radiant" but also meaning "to blossom, to bloom" which both come from the same root word (z-h-r). Azhar is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name as well as being a short form of Azharuddin meaning "brilliant light of religion". Origin: Arabic Variants: Azharuddin (Arabic,… Continue reading Azhar

Animals, Brown, Color, Green, H names, Hindu mythology, Male, Monkey, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Tawny, Virtues/Attributes, Yellow

Harisha

Harisha is an Indian male name meaning "lord of monkeys" made up from Sanskrit elements hari and isha (lord). In Sanskrit hari means "tawny, yellow, brown, green" which extends to animals of the same coloring such as a lion, horse, or monkey. It derives from a Proto-Indo-European source, *ǵʰelh₃- (to shine; to flourish; green, yellow). In Hindu mythology, Hari is another name for the gods Vishnu and Krishna.… Continue reading Harisha

Bright/Clear, Color, Female, L names, Light, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Lucera

Lucera is a variant form of Lucero, a Spanish surname which originated as a nickname, a derivative of luz meaning "light" derived from Latin lux via Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (white; light, bright, shine). Lucero del alba is the Spanish term for the Morning Star, the name for the planet Venus. Lucera is also the name of a city in Italy. The name may have been derived… Continue reading Lucera