Alexiroe (pr. ah-leks-ir-oh-ee) is a Greek female name which means “averting flow” in reference to averting a river or a stream. It comes from Greek elements alexi- (against, preventing, protecting) which comes from the same root word as alexo (to defend, help) and rhoe (river, stream) which comes from rheo (to flow).
In Greek mythology, she is one of the Naiads who had a son by King Priam of Troy, Aisakos.
Origin: Ancient Greek
Hikaru is a Japanese unisex name meaning “light” with the kanji 光 or “brightness” with the kanji 輝. Because it’s a unisex name, some kanji characters are used specifically for females while others are used for males only. Some kanji characters used for females are: 光佳留 “light + beautiful, good, excellent + to stay, to keep, to remain, to study abroad”; 光流 “light + to flow, current, flow, stream; to drift, to wander”; 光海 “light + sea, ocean”; 光留 “light + to stay, to keep, to remain, to study abroad”; 妃夏瑠 “a ruler’s wife, queen, empress + summer + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 妃華瑠 “a rulers wife, queen, empress + flower, splendor + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 妃香瑠 “a ruler’s wife, queen, empress + fragrance, fragrant + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; while some kanji used for men are: 光琉 “light + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 太陽 “sun”; 晃 “clear”; and 流星 “to flow, current, flow, stream; to drift, to wander + star”; 弘明 “to spread, enlarge, expand, great + clear, tomorrow, bright”; and many more depending on the kanji.
Mycroft comes from an English surname meaning “farm by the mouth of a stream”, made up of Old English elements mýðe (mouth of a stream) and croft (small enclosed field), likely referring to a place located near the mouth of a stream.
Origin: Old English
Maxwell comes from a Scottish surname meaning “Mack’s stream”, Mack possibly being a form of Magnus, a given name derived from Latin meaning “great”, combined with Old English wella (stream). Mack could also be derived from Gaelic mac (son); Macca might also be derived from Old Norse makr “easy to deal with”.
Origin: Latin, Gaelic
Penna comes from Latin meaning “feather, plume, wing”. It’s also an Italian surname, either derived from the given name, or from Spanish Peña meaning “rock, cliff”, a locational surname referring to someone who lived near a cliff or rocky land.
There’s also the Penna river in India (also known as Penneru) which comes from the Telugu words penu (grand) and yeru (river, stream) or neeru (water).
Origin: Latin, Spanish, Telugu
Beck is an English surname derived from German surname Bach meaning “brook, stream”, a cognate of Old Norse bekkr (stream, brook). It could also be a short form of Becker, another Germanic surname meaning “baker”.
Beck could also be a short form of Beckett, another English surname that comes from the same source as Bach.
It also comes from Middle English beke by way of Old French bec meaning “beak”. It was used as a nickname for someone who had a prominent nose, or which resembled the beak of a bird.
Beck is also a word, used in the idiom “at someone’s beck and call”, referring to someone ready to obey someone’s orders or subject to their slightest whims.
Origin: German, Old Norse, Old French
Douglas is the Anglicized Scottish surname Dubhghlas meaning “dark river” or “dark stream” from Gaelic elements dubh (dark) and glais which means “river, stream” though it also means “green” . It comes from the name of a river in Scotland from which the clan Douglas derives its name.
Nicknames include Doug.
- Dubhghlas (Scottish)
- Douglass (Scottish)