Ancient Greek, Etruscan, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nickname names, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Lara is a Russian female name, a shortened form of Larissa, the name of a city in Thessaly, Greece, that dates back to five thousand years ago (it's also the name of a few other towns in the region). Apparently the city received its name from a nymph named Larissa, the daughter of Pelasgus (or the mother in… Continue reading Lara

Esperanto, F names, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Fiera is a word in Esperanto meaning "proud"; it's also a word in Spanish meaning "wild animal, wild beast" and also "wild" which comes from Latin fera (wild animal, beast) via ferus (wild, savage; uncivilized) which ultimately derives from PIE *ǵʰwer- (wild; wild animal). Fiera is also an Italian word meaning "fair, exhibition" which comes from Late Latin feria (festival, holy… Continue reading Fiera

H names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


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… Continue reading Hugo

Color, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names, Violet/Purple


Violante is the Latin form of Yolanda, the Spanish form of French Yolande which seems to be possibly influenced from Greek Iolanthe meaning “violet flower” from Greek elements iole (violet) and anthos (flower), though it’s just as likely that it’s a derivative of Latin viola meaning "violet", related to Ancient Greek ion (violet) which seems to be from a pre-I.E.… Continue reading Violante

Earth, Elements, Female, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Surname names, Word names


Sierra is a female given name which comes from the Spanish word meaning "mountain range", a term applied to mountains with particularly jagged edges; it also means "saw". It comes from Latin serra (saw) derived from a PIE root word. Sierra is also a Spanish surname, originally a locational surname for someone who came from a place… Continue reading Sierra

Blue, Color, Elements, I names, Male, Sanskrit, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names


Indio seems to be either a male form of India, the name of a country in South Asia; the name comes from Sanskrit Sindhu meaning “river, stream; flood, waters; sea, ocean”. I've also seen it listed as a variant form of Indigo, the color of a purplish-blue color. The word comes from Ancient Greek indikon meaning "of India" or "Indian dye"… Continue reading Indio

Latin, M names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes


Marcial is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Martial, itself a variant of Latin Martialis, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "belonging to Mars" or "dedicated to Mars". Marcial is also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Galician surname derived from the given name. Origin: Latin, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Martial (Ancient Roman) Martialis (Ancient Roman) Markel (Basque)  

Ancient Persian, C names, Male, Physical Attributes, Sun, Virtues/Attributes


Ciro (pr. chee-ro in Italian, cee-ro in Latin American Spanish) is the Italian and Spanish form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been listed for it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the… Continue reading Ciro

Ancient Greek, Animals, Astronomy, Birds, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Stars/Constellation, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Zodiac

Lyra, Lira

Lyra (pr. lie-ra or lee-ra) is the name of a constellation in which the brightest star in its constellation is Vega. The name receives its name from Greek mythology, representing the lyre of Orpheus, a legendary poet and musician who could charm anything with his music. The name comes from Ancient Greek lúra meaning "lyre" which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek… Continue reading Lyra, Lira

Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Female, G names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Guiomar is a Spanish and Portuguese name, possibly deriving from Wigmar, a Germanic name meaning "famous in battle" made up from wig (war, battle) and māri (famous, renowned). It was the name of a male cousin of Guinevere's in the Vulgate cycle who becomes the lover of Morgan le Fay. Guiomar is also a surname likely derived from the given name. In… Continue reading Guiomar

Arabic, D names, Female, Hebrew, Virtues/Attributes


Dalila is a variant form of Delilah which comes from Hebrew meaning "weak, delicate, languishing" from Hebrew dalal (to hang down, to be low). Dalila is also an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Dalil meaning "guide, leader". It's pronounced da-lee-lah or da-lil-ah as well as de-lie-lah. Origin: Hebrew, Arabic Variants: Delilah (Hebrew, English) Delila (German, Dutch, English) Dalilah (English)  

Ancient Greek, Female, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, V names, Word names


Vara is a Spanish and Portuguese surname meaning "rod, stick, cane" via Latin varus (bandy, bow-legged; bent outwards) derived from a PIE root word. Vara was once used as a Spanish and Portuguese unit of length. Vara could also be a short form of Varvara, the Russian, Greek, and Bulgarian form of Barbara meaning "foreign, strange" from Ancient Greek barbaros.… Continue reading Vara

Kin/Family, Male, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Patricio is the Spanish form of Patrick, an Irish and English name which comes via Latin Patricius meaning “patrician” used to refer to the elite of the Roman aristocracy descended from the founding fathers of Rome. It derives from Latin patres "father" which is the plural form of pater meaning "father; head of the household" derived from a PIE root word. It has… Continue reading Patricio

B names, Brown, Color, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Bruno is a male given name which derives from a Germanic source, either from Old High German brun meaning "brown" which derives from a PIE root word; or it comes from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ meaning "breastplate; armor, protection". Bruno is an Italian and Portuguese word meaning "brown" as well as also being an Italian and Portuguese surname derived… Continue reading Bruno

Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf


Lucas is the Latin form of Greek Loukas meaning "from Lucania", the latter the name of an ancient region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred… Continue reading Lucas

A names, Arabic, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Almanzo was a name I first came across years ago when I was a girl, reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series of autobiographical books featured around its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, growing up in the American Midwest from the 1870s to the 1890s. Almanzo first appears in Farmer Boy (1933) which focuses on his… Continue reading Almanzo

A names, Ancient Greek, Female, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes


Angelina is a female given name which originated as a diminutive of Angela, the feminine form of Latin Angelus. It comes from Greek angelos “messenger”, though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Nicknames: Angie, Lina Origin: Ancient Greek, Sanskrit Variants:… Continue reading Angelina

Animals, Birds, D names, Duck, Elements, Female, Nature, Old Norse, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names


Duna could be used as the strictly feminine form of Dune, used to refer to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions. The origin of the word comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from… Continue reading Duna

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning "laurel". It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laura