Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Saber

Saber refers to a type of backsword with a curved blade. The word comes from French sabre (single-edged sword) via German Säbel via Hungarian szablya (saber) via szab (to cut), which itself derives from an uncertain source. It could be derived from a Turkic origin or a Tungusic one. Saber is also a Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician, and Occitan…

Brio

Brio is the name of a musical term, con brio (with vigor),  brio meaning “vigor, vivacity, liveliness”. The word comes from Spanish brío (vigor, mettle, zeal, verve) via Old Occitan briu (wild, vigor) from Proto-Celtic *brigos (might, power, strength) derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that brio originated as a shortened form of ebrius, a Latin word meaning “drunk, intoxicated”. Origin:…

Ira

Ira (pr. eye-rah) is a Hebrew male name meaning “watchful”. In Russia and other Slavic countries, Ira (pr. ee-rah) is a female given name, a diminutive of Irina, the Slavic form of Irene, which comes from Greek Eirene meaning “peace”. In Greek mythology, Eirene is the Greek goddess of peace and the season of the spring, and is one of the Horae/Horai, goddessess of…

Caridad

Caridad is a Spanish female name (and word) meaning “charity” which comes from Latin cāritās, cāritātis (dearness; costliness; charity; regard, esteem) via cārus (dear, beloved; expensive) derived from PIE root *keh₂- (to desire, wish). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Sola

Sola is a Spanish surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Sola. The name comes from Latin sol meaning “sun”. It’s also possible that it’s an occupational name for a shoemaker which comes from Latin solea meaning “sandal; sole of a shoe”. Sola is also a Latin word meaning “alone,…

Cielo

Cielo is a Spanish and Italian word meaning “sky, heaven” which derives from Latin caelum (heaven, sky) via a PIE root word. It’s used as a Spanish female name and is also a Spanish surname. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ciela (Spanish, English)  

Florentino

Florentino is a Spanish male name, the Spanish form of Late Latin Florentinus, a derivative of Florentius meaning “prospering, flourishing” via Latin florens (flourishing, prospering, blossoming) derived from a PIE root word. Florentino is also a Spanish surname. Nicknames: Tino Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Florentinus (Late Latin) Florentius (Late Latin) Florencio (Spanish) Florêncio (Portuguese) Florent (French) Florentin (French, German,…

Hernán

Hernán is a Spanish male name, a shortened form of Hernando, the medieval Spanish form of Ferdinand, made up from Germanic elements  fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning “dangerous journey” or “brave journey”; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning “peace” which would change the meaning to “peaceful journey” or “peaceful traveler”. Hernán is…

Nana

Nana is both a female and male given name with multiple origins and meanings behind it: Nana is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nana 七 “seven”; na 菜 “greens; vegetables” + na “Nara; what?” (菜奈); na 奈 “Nara; what?” + na 々 (used to indicate the repetition of the kanji before it);…