Rio

Rio has two separate origins and meanings. The first is that it is a Spanish and Portuguese word and place name meaning "river" derived from Latin rivus (brook, small stream) which comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₃er- (to flow, to move). It's also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian surname derived from the given name referring to someone who lived near … Continue reading Rio

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Emmett

Emmett comes from an English surname which may have been a diminutive of female given name Emma meaning "whole" or "universal" from germanic element ermen. It may have been used as a matrynomic name denoting someone who was the son of a woman named Emma. I've also seen it listed as possibly being derived from a place name, Emmott, which may … Continue reading Emmett

Devon

Devon is the name of a county in England which derives its name from a Celtic tribe who inhabited the area known as the Dumnonii which is made up from Proto-Celtic *dubno- meaning "deep" or "world" and *nanto meaning "stream" or "valley" so the name would mean "deep valley" or "deep stream". It may also be a variant spelling … Continue reading Devon

Aries

Aries is the name of a constellation as well as being the first sign of the zodiac. In Greek mythology it represented the golden ram who was sent by the cloud nymph Nephele to rescue her children, Phrixus and Helle, from being sacrificed due to the machinations of their evil stepmother, Ino. As the ram … Continue reading Aries

Alexiroe

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 … Continue reading Alexiroe

Hikaru

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 … Continue reading Hikaru

Mycroft

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

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". Nicknames: Max Origin: Latin, Gaelic

Penna

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) … Continue reading Penna

Beck

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 … Continue reading Beck