Mira

Mira is an Indian female name (also spelled Meera). I’ve seen several source list it as meaning “sea, ocean” but I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “prosperous, wealthy, highborn” or “limit, boundary”. Mirabai (or Meera Bai) was a 15th century Hindu princess and poetess who was devoted to the Hindu god Krishna; bai seems to be a feminine…

Juniper

Juniper is the name of a type of tree or shrub which comes from Latin iuniperus meaning “juniper tree”. It could be related to Latin iuncus (reed, rush) derived from PIE root *yoy-ni- (juniper berry), combined with *-paro, *-pareo (to produce), though it’s also possible that first element of the name could be derived from Latin iuvenis meaning “young” (from which the…

Alma

Alma is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “soul” which comes from Latin anima (soul, spirit, life) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and as a Spanish name derives from this source. However, as an English female name it could possible be derived from Latin almus meaning “nourishing”. In Azerbaijani and Hungarian, alma is a word…

Gwenhwyfar

Gwenhwyfar is a Welsh female name, the Welsh form of Guinevere which is made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name essentially means “fair phantom”, “white phantom” or “white magical being”. In Arthurian legend, Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur and ends up being his eventual downfall. Nicknames: Gwen, Gwennie/Gwenny Origin:…

Hugh

Hugh is an English male name meaning “heart, thought, mind, spirit” derived from Proto-Germanic element *hugiz (mind; thought; understanding) which could be derived from a PIE source though the etymology behind it is uncertain. Hugh is also an English surname originating from the given name, though as an Irish and Scottish surname it’s an anglicized form of Gaelic names…

Aya

Aya is a female given name which has several possible origins. The first is that it’s an Arabic name, a variant transcription of Ayah meaning “sign, token” and “verse” (such as the verses in the Quran), which derives from a Proto-Semitic root. Aya is also a Hebrew female name meaning “honey buzzard” though I’ve seen some sources…

Huey

Huey is a male given name, a short form of Hugh which means “heart, thought, mind, spirit” from Proto-Germanic element *hugiz meaning “heart, thought, mind, spirit” which could be derived from a PIE source though the etymology behind it is uncertain. Huey could also be used as a nickname for Hubert meaning “bright heart” or “bright mind”. Huey is also a…

Hugo

Hugo comes from Proto-Germanic element *hugiz meaning “heart, thought, mind, spirit” which could be derived from a PIE source though the etymology behind it is uncertain. Hugo is also a French, Dutch, and English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Hugo (English) Hugh (English) Hugues (French) Huguo (Ancient Germanic) Ugo (Italian) Hudde (Medieval…

Ugo

Ugo is the Italian form of Hugh, which comes from Germanic element hug meaning “heart, spirit, mind” derived from a Proto-Germanic source. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Hugh (English) Hugo (English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Ancient Germanic)