Reijo

Reijo (pr. ray-yo; Forvo) is a Finnish male name, the Finnish form of Gregory, the English form of Latinized Greek form Gregorius deriving from Greek Gregorios meaning “watchful, vigilant, alert” from Greek gregoros ultimately derived from a PIE root word. Reijo (pr. ray-jo) is also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used (the ones with stars…

Lino

Lino is the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Galician form of Linus, the name of a son of the god Apollo in Greek mythology. The name comes from Greek linos meaning “flax” of uncertain etymology though it could possibly be derived from a PIE root word. Lino is also a shortened form of names ending in -lino such as Angelino which derives from Latin Angelus. It…

Sufyan

Sufyan is an Arabic male name of uncertain meaning though several possible ones have been attached to it. It could mean “light, nimble” or “fast-moving” possibly derived from a Persian source; it could be derived from Arabic ṣafā صَفَا (to be pure, be clear, be serene) or ṣūf صُوف meaning “wool” which comes from the same root word as Sufi, referring…

Angelo

Angelo is the Italian form of Angel which comes from Latin Angelus meaning “angel” via Greek angelos (messenger) though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Angelo is also an Italian word meaning “angel” as well as an Italian surname derived…

Angelina

Angelina is a female given name which originated as a diminutive of Angela, the feminine form of Latin Angelus. It comes from Greek angelos “messenger”, though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Nicknames: Angie, Lina Origin: Ancient Greek, Sanskrit Variants:…

Abel

Abel is a Hebrew male name possibly derived from Hebrew hevel (הֶבֶל) meaning “breath, vapor; vanity” or from Akkadian ablu meaning “son”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen for the name is that it may be related to a word meaning “herdsman”, in reference to Abel’s role as a shepherd while his brother Cain was a farmer. Abel is also a surname…

Angelica

Angelica is a female given name derived from Latin angelicus meaning “angelic” or something that pertains to angels. It comes from Greek angelos “messenger”,though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Angelica is also the name of a genus of…

Shun

Shun is a Japanese unisex name (though it seems to be very popular for boys) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “sagacious; genius, excellence” (俊); “high; steep” (峻); “spring, springtime” (春); “true, truth; real” (洵); “type of morning glory; rose of Sharon” (舜) *this kanji seems to be used only for…

Greer

Greer comes from a Scottish surname which derives from the given name Gregor meaning “watchful, vigilant, alert; to be awake” from Ancient Greek grígoros (quick, fast, swift). Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Grier (Scottish, English) Gregor (Scottish, German, Slovak, Slovene)