Griffin

Griffin is the name of a mythical creature believed to have the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. It comes from Old French grifon via Latin gryphus which may be derived from Ancient Greek gryps (griffin) via grúpos meaning "curved" or hooked". It's also possible that the word derives from a pre-Greek origin, perhaps a …

Valery

Valery is a Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian male name, a variant transcription of Valeriy which comes from Valerius, an Ancient Roman cognomen derived from Latin valere meaning “to be healthy, strong” via PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Spelled Valéry, it's a French male name which in this case seems to derive from an Ancient Germanic name, Walaric, Walherich; the second element of the name comes from …

Barrett

Barrett is an English and Irish surname with several possible origins: Barrett comes from an English surname which seems to have arisen as a nickname for a quarrelsome or deceitful person, which comes from Old English barat, barrette (trouble, trickery, deception, strife) via an Old French word referring to commerce such as bartering and haggling; it …

Tilda

Tilda is an English female given name which originated as a nickname for Matilda meaning "strength in battle" or "might in battle" from Germanic elements maht (might, strength) and hild (battle). Tilda could also be used as a nickname for Clotilda which also comes from another Germanic name, Chlotichilda, meaning “famous battle” or “battle fame” made up from Germanic elements hlud (fame) and hild (battle). …

Brio

Brio is the name of a musical term, con brio (with vigor),  brio meaning "vigor, vivacity, liveliness". The word comes from Spanish brío (vigor, mettle, zeal, verve) via Old Occitan briu (wild, vigor) from Proto-Celtic *brigos (might, power, strength) derived from a PIE root word. It's also possible that brio originated as a shortened form of ebrius, a Latin word meaning "drunk, intoxicated". Origin: …

Iphigenia

Iphigenia is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Iphigeneia, the name of a daughter of the Spartan king Agamemnon. He was also the older brother of Menelaus, whose wife Helen's abduction by Paris of Troy led to the ten year war between the Trojans and the Greeks. However, Agamemnon had offended the goddess Artemis and she refused to allow the Greek ships to sail unless …

Geon

Geon (pr. kun; Forvo) is a Korean male name with a variety of meanings depending on the hangul used: 건 建 geon "to build, to construct"; 健 geon "strong; firm"; 虔 geon "respect"; 乾 geon "sky"; 鍵 geon "key" There are other meanings depending on the hanja used. It can also be used as part of a compound name. It's also …

Tyra

Tyra is a Scandinavian female name which comes from Old Norse Þýri which is either a variant of Þórví (an Ancient Scandinavian name composed of Thor, the Norse god of thunder whose name means "thunder" and ví "holy", so the name essentially means "holy Thor" or "Thor is holy") or a variant of Þórveig (meaning "Thor's strength" or "strength of …

Wildred

Wildred seems to be a very rare name which seems to be made up of Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and dred/þryð (strength) so essentially meaning "desiring strength" or "willful strength". It seems to have been used as a unisex name. Wildred also seems to be a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Wildrid (English) …

Ennis

Ennis comes from an Irish surname with two possible meanings behind it. The first is that it derives from Irish inis meaning "island" via Proto-Celtic *enistī (island) derived from a PIE root word. The second is that it derives from Angus, an anglicized form of Aonghus, a Scottish Gaelic name meaning “either one strength” or “one choice”, made up from Old Irish óen …

Tahmina

Tahmina is the name of a figure in Persian mythology, who features in Ferdowsi's Shahnameh in the story of Rostam and Sohrab. When Rostam is searching for his lost horse Rakhsh and enters the kingdom of Samangan, becoming the guest of the king whose daughter, Tahmina, falls in love with him at first sight. She visits him in the night wanting …