Torrence

Torrence comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name derived from Gaelic torran meaning “hillock” or “mound”. It may also have derived from an Irish surname, Ó Toráin meaning “descendant of Torán”, the latter an Irish male name meaning “little lord” or “little hero, champion” from Irish tor (lord, hero, champion) and the diminutive suffix -án. It’s also possible…

Liyana

Liyana is an Arabic female name meaning “soft, tender, gentle, delicate” from Arabic root word l-y-n (to become soft, tender). It’s also a Zulu female name derived from a word meaning “it is raining/it’s raining”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Chinese female name meaning “beautiful + elegant, graceful, refined + graceful, elegant” with the Chinese…

Celinda

Celinda is a female given name, probably a blend of Celia (which either means “heaven, sky” from Latin Caelia or from a shortened form of Cecelia meaning “blind) and Linda, originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. It’s also possible that it’s a variant form…

Lena, Lina

Lena originally started out as a short form of names ending in -lena such as Helena (derived from Ancient Greek possibly meaning “torch” or “corposant” though it may also be deirved from Greek selene meaning “moon”), Madgalena (which means “of Magdala” from the name of a village, Magdala deriving from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”), Abilena (a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria, also known…

Belinda

Belinda is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Though the first part of the name is often associated with Italian  bella meaning “beautiful” (which comes from Latin bellus “beautiful, pretty, handsome”), the name has an older Germanic source, Betlindis, so it seems more likely that the first element is Germanic in origin. While the second…

Miwa

Miwa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “beauty; beautiful + harmony; Japanese style; peace; soften; Japan” (美和); “beauty; beautiful + wheel; ring; circle; link; hoop; counter for wheels and flowers” (美輪); “beauty; beautiful + ring; circle; link; wheel” (美環); “three + wheel; ring; circle; link; hoop; counter…

Terry

Terry is an English unisex name originally used as a diminutive of Terence (which comes from Roman family name Terentius which is of uncertain meaning though it could be derived from Latin terens meaning “rubbing, wearing away” from Latin terere (to rub, to wear out) though it might also be related to Sabine terenus meaning “soft”) or Theresa ( comes from Greek Therasia, the name of…

Hermes

Hermes is the name of the Greek god of commerce and trade, known as the trickster god and the protector of thieves, travelers, and athletes, as well as a messenger of the gods and the god of boundaries. He guided the souls of the dead to the underworld. The son of Zeus and Maia, one…

Lana

Lana is an Arabic female name deriving from a root word meaning “soft, tender, gentle”. It’s also a short form of names like Svetlana, a Slavic female name meaning “light” from Slavic svet (light), or Alana, feminine form of Alan, a Celtic name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to meaning either “little rock” or “handsome” though it might also be…