Xeno

Xeno is an Ancient Greek female name, the feminine form of Xenon meaning “foreigner, guest” from Ancient Greek xenos (foreigner; stranger, guest) which seems likely to be derived from a Pre-Greek origin. Xeno is absolutely NOT related to Zeno, another Greek name that comes from a different source, related to the name of the Greek god Zeus. Origin:…

Henley

Henley comes from an English surname, originally used as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Henley. While the second element comes from Old English lēah meaning “wood; clearing; meadow”, the first element may possibly be derived from Old English héan via heah meaning “high, tall”, or from Old English henn “hen”. It’s also possible…

Xenia

Xenia is a Greek female name as well as an Ancient Greek concept of hospitality, especially to strangers and those who seek shelter far from home. It was considered such an important concept that it was even given as an epithet of the god Zeus, Zeus Xenios, the protecter of guests. There are often stories in Greek…

Gershon

Gershon seems to be a variant form of Gershom, a Hebrew male name possibly meaning “exile” though it could also be derived from Hebrew ger sham meaning “a stranger there”, though it’s also been interpreted as “a sojourner there”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from the Hebrew verb garash meaning “to drive or cast out”….

Varvara

Varvara is the Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Macedonian form of Barbara which means “foreign, strange”. It comes from Ancient Greek barbaros; it was used by the Ancient Greeks to refer to non-Greek speaking foreigners or those who spoke a language they couldn’t understand. Nicknames: Varya (Russian), Vara (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Barbara (Late Roman, English, Italian, French, German,…

Gaston

Gaston is a French male name, possibly derived from a Germanic name, either from Germanic element gasti meaning “stranger” or “guest” or it could have been given to someone who came from Gascony, a former region in southwest France. Gaston is also a French surname. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Gastón (Spanish) Gastone (Italian)  

Doria

Doria is an English female name, likely a twist on either Dora meaning “gift” from Ancient Greek and often used as a nickname for names beginning or ending with dora (Pandora, Dorothy, Isadora, etc.), or it could be a feminine form of Dorian, which comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology,…

Doran

Doran is an Irish male name which comes from a surname, an anglicized form of O’Deoradhain meaning “descendant of Deorain”, the latter derived from Old Irish deoradán meaning “exile, wanderer” via deorad (stranger, outlander, exile, pilgrim). Doran could also be a variant spelling of Doron which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “gift”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Cole

Cole comes from an English surname from Old English Cola via col meaning “black, charcoal”, originally a descriptive name for someone who had a swarthy appearance. It comes from Proto-Germanic *kulą (coal) derived from PIE root *ǵwelH- (to burn; to shine). Cole is also a shortened form of Nicholas meaning “victory of the people” coming from Ancient Greek Nikolaos made up from nike (victory) and laos (people), both…

Vara

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….