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

Bruno

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

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

Lucas

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

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

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

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

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

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Color, Female, Hebrew, J names, Nickname names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Jenny

Jenny originally arose as a nickname for Jane, the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious" from Hebrew, though it's now more often used as anickname for Jennifer, which is the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from) meaning “fair phantom” or “white phantom” or “white specter” from Celtic elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and sebara (phantom, demon, spirit,… Continue reading Jenny

Arabic, D names, Female, Greek mythology, Light, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dia

Dia is an Ancient Greek female name and the name of several figures in Greek mythology. It means "heavenly, divine" derived from PIE root word *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). There is also a Roman goddess called Dea Dia which means "divine goddess", who was associated with growth and fertility in Ancient Roman religion. Dia is also a Spanish and… Continue reading Dia

Color, E names, Elves, Female, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Elvira

Elvira (pr. el-vye-ra or el-vee-ra though I prefer the former pronounciation) is a female given name, the Spanish form of a Visigothic name of uncertain meaning. Some possible meanings listed for it are: "all true" from Germanic elements ala (all) and wer (true); it could also be made up from Proto-Germanic *alja (other, foreign) and wer (true); it could be a variant of Guilvira, an Old… Continue reading Elvira

C names, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Cara

Cara comes from an Italian word, the feminine singular of caro meaning "dear, beloved; precious, expensive"; it comes from Latin cārus (dear, beloved; expensive) via Proto-Italic *kāros (dear) derived from PIE root word *keh₂- (to desire, wish). Cara is also an Irish word meaning "friend" coming from Old Irish carae (friend; relative) via Proto-Celtic *karants (friend) derived from the same PIE root word… Continue reading Cara

Female, Hebrew, J names, Literature, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Virtues/Attributes

Jessica

Jessica first appeared as a name in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596) likely basing it on an existing name, Iscah (which would have been known as Jescha in his time) derived from Hebrew Yiskah meaning "to behold", "foresight" or "one who looks forth". Nicknames: Jess, Jessie/Jessy/Jessi/Jessye Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jessika (German, English) Gessica (Italian) Yessica… Continue reading Jessica

Animals, Deer/Roe, Elements, Fox, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Rey

Rey is a Spanish male name (and word) meaning "king" derived from Latin rex (king, ruler) via a PIE *h₃rḗǵs (king, ruler) from root word *h₃reǵ- (to straighten, to right oneself; right; just). It could also be a short form of Reymundo, a variant spelling of Raymundo, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Raymond, the English form of Germanic Raginmund meaning “advice protector” or “counsel protector… Continue reading Rey

C names, Female, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes

Ciela

Ciela could possibly be a variant of Cielo, a Spanish female name meaning "sky, heaven", taken from a Spanish title of the virgin Mary, which derives from a PIE root word. It may also have arisen as a short form of names that end in -ciela such as Graciela (the Spanish form of Grace). Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Cielo (Spanish,… Continue reading Ciela

A names, Akkadian, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Abel

Abel is a Hebrew male name possibly derived from Hebrew hevel (הֶבֶל) meaning “breath, vapor; vanity” or from Akkadian ablu meaning “son”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen for the name is that it may be related to a word meaning “herdsman”, in reference to Abel’s role as a shepherd while his brother Cain was a farmer. Abel is also a surname… Continue reading Abel

Animals, Female, Hebrew, Lamb/Sheep, R names

Raquel

Raquel is the Portuguese and Spanish form of Rachel, a Hebrew female name meaning "ewe". Origin: Hebrew Variants: Rachel (English, Hebrew, German, French, Dutch) Rachelle (English) Rachael (English) Racheal (English) Rachyl (English) Raschelle (English) Rahel (Biblical Latin) Rakel (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic) Raakel (Finnish) Ráhel (Hungarian) Ráichéal (Irish) Rachele (Italian) Rahela (Romanian, Serbian) Ruchel (Yiddish) Rahela… Continue reading Raquel

Ancient Greek, Blue, Color, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, J names, Mythology, Nature

Jacinta

Jacinta is the Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Hyacinthus, the name of a genus of dark-blue flowers. The origin of the name comes from Ancient Greek huákinthos (referring to a type of blue larkspur, or a certain type of blue color) which seems to originate from a pre-Greek origin. In Greek mythology, the name gets its name from… Continue reading Jacinta

Female, Hebrew, J names, Male, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Jordan

Jordan is an English unisex name, the name of a country in the Middle East named after the river that runs between it and Israel. The name comes from Hebrew yarden meaning "to go down, descend" or "flow down". It was a popular name in the Middle Ages because Crusaders and pilgrims brought the water back from the Jordan… Continue reading Jordan

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

Female, Mythology, Roman mythology, Sabine/Oscan, T names

Tatiana

Tatiana is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I've seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning "daddy", a term used by children; or that it could be from Ancient Greek táttō, the… Continue reading Tatiana

E names, Female, Mythology, Near East mythology, Persian, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Esther

Esther is a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to a Persian word meaning "star", though it could also be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown. Esther is also a Hebrew and French matrynomic surname. Nicknames: Esta (English), Estee (Jewish), Essie (English)… Continue reading Esther