Orla

Orla is an anglicized form of Irish given name Órfhlaith which means "golden ruler" or "golden princess" from Old Irish ór (gold) which comes from Latin aurum (gold) derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ews- (to shine; dawn, east); and flaith (sovereignty, ruler; prince) which comes from Proto-Celtic *wlatis derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Orla is also a Danish male name of unknown meaning. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Órfhlaith … Continue reading Orla

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Dixie

Dixie was once used as a generic name for the southern U.S. states from the Mason-Dixon line which defined the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and which later defined the boundary between free states and slave states. The name may have originated as a nickname for Dixon, an English patrynomic surname meaning "son of Dick", the … Continue reading Dixie

Merari

Merari is a Hebrew masculine name meaning "bitter" or "strong" as in the sense of something having a strong taste. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”, the same root word as Mary. In the Bible, Merari is the son of Levi and the brother … Continue reading Merari

Kenta

Kenta is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "healthy; health; strength; persistence + plump; thick; big around" (健太); "build + plump; thick; big around" (建太); Written in hiragana it's けんた. Nicknames: Ken Origin: Japanese    

Matilda

Matilda comes from Old German Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle" or "might in battle" from Germanic elements maht (might, strength) which comes from Proto-Indo-European root word *megʰ- (to be able), and hild (battle) which also comes from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Nicknames: Mattie/Matty, Tilda, Tildy, Tilly/Tillie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Mahthildis (Ancient Germanic) Mathilda (English, Swedish, Ancient Germanic) Matylda (Czech, Polish) Maud (English, … Continue reading Matilda

Valerian

Valerian comes from Roman cognomen Valerianus which comes from Latin valeo meaning "to be healthy, strong", derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Valerian is also the name of a flower and an herb, as well as a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valerius (Ancient Roman) Valerianus (Ancient Roman) Valérian (French) Valère (French) Walerian (Polish) … Continue reading Valerian

Briana

Briana is the feminine form of Brian, an Irish name of uncertain meaning though it's been linked to Old Celtic element bre meaning "hill" which, by extension, also means "high, noble".It could also be related to Celtic brig- or brigant- meaning "high", briga- meaning "might" and "power", or brigh- meaning "noble, strong, virtuous". Briana is a character in The Faerie Queen, … Continue reading Briana

Kenya

Kenya is the name of a country in Africa named after Mount Kenya. The origin of the name itself is not clear- it could be a corruption of the Kikuyu, Embu, and Kamba words Kirinyaga, Kirenyaa and Kiinyaa which mean "God's resting place" in all three languages. The mountain represents an important aspect within their cultures, believing … Continue reading Kenya

Saeran

Saeran seems to be a male name possibly of Irish origin maning "noble" although I'm not sure of the accuracy of that. I've also seen it listed as coming from Welsh Saer meaning "carpenter, wright" with the diminutive suffix -an meaning "Saer the younger" or "little Saer". There's a church in Wales called St. Saeran's Church dedicated to Saint … Continue reading Saeran

Gabrielle

Gabrielle is the French feminine form of Gabriel, which comes from Hebrew Gavri’el meaning “God is my strong man” or “God is my strength”. Nicknames: Gabby, Brielle Origin: Hebrew Variants: Gabriella (Hungarian, Italian, Swedish, English) Gabriela (Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, German, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Bulgarian) Gabrijela (Croatian) Gabriëlle (Dutch) Gabriele (German) Gabrielė (Lithuanian) Gavrila (Romanian)   Male forms: Gabriel … Continue reading Gabrielle