D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Danica

Danica is a female given name deriving from a Slavic word meaning "morning star", referring to the planet Venus. It derives from a PIE source. Danica is also the name of the personification of the Morning Star in Slavic mythology. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Danika (English) Denica (Bulgarian, Macedonian)  

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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

Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, J names, Moon, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it's presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning "ruler of the spear") and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler"; Erica is also the Latin word for "heather". I've also seen Jerica listed as the… Continue reading Jerica

Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, U names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Urban

Urban comes from Latin Urbanus meaning either "city dweller" or "of the city" which comes from Latin urbs which seems to be derived from a PIE root word. Urban is also a word that has become adopted into the English vocabulary referring to a city or town. Another word related to it, urbane, is used to refer to someone… Continue reading Urban

Ancient Greek, Earth, Elements, Female, P names, Place names

Petra

Petra is the feminine form of Peter which is the English form of Greek Petros meaning "stone, rock" as well as being the name of an ancient city in Jordan. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Peta (English) Petrina (English diminutive of Petra) Pietra (Italian) Piera (Italian) Pierina (Italian diminutive of Piero) Peta (English Australian) Perrine (French) Pierrette (French diminutive… Continue reading Petra

Apple/Apple tree, Elements, Female, Japanese, M names, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

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… Continue reading Marina

Female, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zora

Zora comes from a Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora" derived from Proto-Slavic *zorja (dawn). Nicknames: Zorka (Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian), Zorica (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian) Origin: Proto-Slavic Variants: Zorana (Croatian, Serbian) Zorina (Croatian)   Male forms: Zoran (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian) Zorán (Hungarian) Zorin (Croatian)  

Animals, B names, Battle/War, Leopard, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Turkic, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Boris

Boris is a Slavic male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could have originated as a short form of Boroslav/Borislav meaning "battle glory" from Slavic *borti- (battle) derived from PIE *bʰerH- (to pierce, to strike) and slava (glory, fame) also derived from PIE *ḱlewos (to hear). Boris may also be derived from Turkic Bogoris which could mean "short, small", "wolf", or "snow leopard". Boris is also… Continue reading Boris

E names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Ernest

Ernest is a male given name derived from Old English eornost meaning "serious", a cognate of Old High German ernust derived from Proto-Germanic *ernustuz (seriousness, earnest) which derives from a PIE root word. The English word earnest derives from the same root word as Ernest, both meaning the same thing. Ernest is also an English and Dutch surname derived from the given name Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Ernest

Ancient Germanic, Female, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Vida

Vida is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning "life" as well as the Slovene feminine form of Vitus, a Roman name which derives from Latin vita (life) from Proto-Indo-European *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Vida could also be the Slovene feminine form of Wido which comes from an Ancient Germanic element witu "wood" or wid "wide". Vida… Continue reading Vida

Ancient Greek, Greek, M names, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Miro

Miro comes from Slavic element miru meaning "peace; world" from Proto-Slavic *mȋrъ derived from a Proto-Indo-European source. Miro is a Slovene and Croatian short form of Miroslav, a Slavic male name meaning "peaceful glory"; though it may also be a short form of names ending in -miro such as Edelmiro (the Spanish form of Ancient Germanic Adelmar meaning "noble famous"). Miro is also an Italian surname derived… Continue reading Miro

Female, Latin, Nature, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Silvestra

Silvestra is the Italian and Slovene feminine form of Silvester, derived from an Ancient Roman name meaning “of the forest” from Latin silvestris from silva (wood, forest, grove). Origin: Latin Variants: Sylvestra (English)   Male forms: Silvester (Dutch, English, Slovene, Slovak, German, Late Roman) Silvestro (Italian) Silvestr (Czech) Sylvestre (French) Szilveszter (Hungarian) Sylwester (Polish) Silvestre (Spanish, Portuguese) Silvestras (Lithuanian) Sylvestris (Latin)… Continue reading Silvestra

Albanian, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, J names, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Swahili, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jana

Jana is a multicultural name with several possible meanings: it is the Latinized form of Jane, the feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”; Jana is also the Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German, Slovene, and Catalan feminine form of Jan, a variant form of Johannes which also derives from John;  it's also the Serbian and Croatian form of Ana, a… Continue reading Jana

Ancient Germanic, Animals, German/Germanic, L names, Lion, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Leopold

Leopold is made up from Ancient Germanic elements leud (people) and bald (bold) meaning "bold people", likely referring to a tribe or nation of strong or fearless people, though the first part of the name has also been associated with Latin leo (lion). Leopold is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Leo, Poldi (German nickname) Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants:… Continue reading Leopold

Male, Proto-Indo-European, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vladimir

Vladimir comes from Slavic element vladeti meaning "to rule" (derived from Proto-Indo-European *wal "to be strong") combined with meru (great, famous) essentially meaning "great ruler" or "famous ruler". However, the second element has also been associated with miru (peace, world) so the name could also mean "peaceful ruler" or "world ruler". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Waldomar (Ancient Germanic) Valdimárr (Ancient Scandinavian) Uladzimir (Belarusian) Vladimír… Continue reading Vladimir

Ancient Germanic, Battle/War, German/Germanic, H names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Herman

Herman is a male name made up of Germanic elements hari (army) and man (man) meaning "army man". It's also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Germanic Variants: Hermann (German) Hermanus (Dutch, Ancient Germanic) Hariman (Ancient Germanic) Hermanni (Finnish) Armand (French) Ármann (Icelandic) Armando (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Ermanno (Italian) German (Russian)  

J names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Justin

Justin is the English form of Latin Justinus (or Iustinus) meaning "just, lawful, righteous" which comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew- (justice, law) from the root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life age, eternity). Justin is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Iustinus (Latin) Iustus (Latin) Justinus (Ancient Roman) Justus (Late Roman, German, Dutch) Juste (French) Giustino (Italian) Justinas (Lithuanian)… Continue reading Justin

Ancient Greek, Animals, Greek, L names, Latin, Lion, Male, Place names, Surname names

Leon

Leon derives from Greek leon meaning "lion" and is the Latin cognate of Leo. Leon is also a surname which may derive from the given name, originally a nickname for someone who was a fierce warrior, though it may also derive from the name of a city in Spain, León, which may come from Latin legio meaning "legion" since it was originally… Continue reading Leon

Aramaic, Female, M names, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning "lady, mistress", the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master). Origin: Aramaic Variants: Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek) Martta (Finnish) Marthe (French, Norwegian) Marte (Norwegian) Márta (Hungarian) Morta (Lithuanian) Maata (Maori) Marfa (Russian)  

D names, Male, Old French, Place names, Slavic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dober

Dober comes from a Slavic word meaning "good"; it's the name of a settlement (also spelled Dobër and Dobre) in northern Albania. Dober is also a surname of English origin (with various spellings of Dauber, Dawber, Daber, and Doberer), an occupational surname for someone who was a plasterer from Middle English daubere via Old French daubier (whitewash, plasterer). Origin:… Continue reading Dober