Arabic, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zoya

Zoya is the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian form of Zoe, a Greek female name meaning “life”, derived from PIE root word *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Zoya also seems to have had some use in Hindi and Arabic, either an Arabic form of Zoe or perhaps related to Zahra meaning "to shine, glow; radiant, brilliant" or "flower, blossom" Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Arabic Variants: Zoja (Latvian,… Continue reading Zoya

J names, Male, Mythology, Persian mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Jamshid

Jamshid is a Persian male name, the modern form of Avestan Yima Kshaeta meaning "shining Jam" or "radiant Jam", Jam being the Persian form of Yima which means “twin”, making it a cognate of Sanskrit Yama (which also means “twin”). In Persian mythology, Jamshid is depicted as the fourth greatest king who owned a magical cup that was said to be filled… Continue reading Jamshid

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

Julietta

Julietta is a variant of Juliet which ultimately comes from 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… Continue reading Julietta

Bright/Clear, C names, Color, Female, Light, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Candor

Candor is an English noun word used to refer to someone who is sincere and frank in their words or actions. It comes from Latin candor meaning "dazzling white; brightness, radiance" via candere (to shine; glitter, glow) from PIE root word *kand- (to shine). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Candour (British English)  

African, Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, L names, Mythology, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Sun, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Zulu

Liana

Liana is the name of a type of long-stemmed wooded vines that grows in the jungle, derived from Middle French lien (to bind) via Latin ligo (to bind) which derives from PIE root word *leyǵ- (to bind, tie). Liana is also derived as a short form of names ending in -liana such as Eliana (a possibly a variant of Aeliana, the feminine form… Continue reading Liana

Animals, Color, D names, Gold, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dior

Dior comes from a French surname, apparently a locational name for someone who came from a Diors, Indre, in France. The name could perhaps be related to French d'or meaning "golden". It's also possible that it may be related to Greek dios meaning “of Zeus”, though it could also be related to PIE *dyew" (sky, heaven, god; shining). Dior… Continue reading Dior

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

Leocadia

Leocadia seems to be a variant of Leucadia, the name of a Greek island in the Ionian Sea (also known as Lefkada, Lefkas, and Leukas) which may be derived from Ancient Greek leukos meaning "bright, shining, light, white" derived from PIE root word *lewk (bright; light; white). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Leokadia (Polish) Leocádia (Portuguese) Leucadia (Latin) Leukadia (Latinized Ancient Greek) Léocadie (French)… Continue reading Leocadia

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

Denise

Denise is the French feminine form of Denis, itself derived from Dionysos, the name of the Greek god of the vine, wine, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy, who represented both the intoxicating madness of wine as well as its beneficient qualities. Although the etymology of the name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of… Continue reading Denise

Etruscan, Male, Mythology, Roman mythology, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vulcan

Vulcan is the name of the god of fire, metalworking, the forge, and volcanoes in Roman mythology, the son of Juno and Jupiter. According to myth he was born so deformed that his own mother was horrified by him and threw him from Mt. Olympus and into the depths of the ocean, where he was found by the… Continue reading Vulcan

Chinese, D names, Emotion/Feelings, Hebrew, Japanese, Love/Beloved, Male, Nickname names, Surname names, Swahili, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dai

Dai is a Welsh male name, a diminutive of Dafydd, the Welsh form of David which comes from Hebrew meaning "beloved". I've also seen it listed as being derived from an old Celtic word dei meaning "to shine". Dai is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 "big, large"; dai 太 "plump,… Continue reading Dai