Animals, Elements, Female, Hare/Rabbit, Japanese, Nature, T names, Water

Toyoko

Toyoko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:  toyo 豊 (lush, abundant, bountiful, plenty) + ko (child) 子; to 兎 (rabbit, hare) + yo 与 (bestow, impart, participate in, award) + ko 子 (child); to 外 (outside, foreign, other) + yo 世 (generation, age, world, society, public) + ko 子 child); toyo 豊 (lush, abundant, bountiful, plenty) + ko 湖 (lake); to 富 (wealth, enrich, abundant) + yo 世 (generation, age, world, society, public)… Continue reading Toyoko

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E names, Germanic mythology, Male, Mythology, Norse, Old Norse, Virtues/Attributes

Egil

Egil comes from an Old Norse name, a variant spelling of Egill which comes from Proto-Germanic Agilaz. It derives from Old Norse element ag meaning “edge (of a sword)” or “blade” or agi meaning “awe, terror”, originally used as a short form of names beginning with the name element. In German mythology, Egil (or Agilaz) is the name of a legendary archer in the Völundarkviða,… Continue reading Egil

Animals, Egg, Female, Food, Lamb/Sheep, Norse, O names, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European

Ovidia

Ovidia is the feminine form of Ovid, the English form of Latin Ovidius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could be related to Latin ovis meaning "sheep" derived from a PIE root, or from Latin ovum meaning "egg" which also derives from a PIE root word. Ovidia could also be a variant spelling of Ovedia, which is not only… Continue reading Ovidia

G names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Gladiolus

Gladiolus is the name of a genus of flowers that have sword-shaped leaves and brightly colored flowers. The name comes from Latin gladiolus meaning "little sword, sword lily" which is a diminutive of gladius (sword) which derives from Gaulish *kladyos (sword) via Proto-Celtic *kladiwos  (sword) from a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning “to break, beat”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Gladio (Italian, Latin) Gladius (Latin)  

B names, Elements, Fire, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Brant

Brant comes from an English surname which derives from an Old Norse given name, Brandr, meaning either "sword" or "fire" from Proto-Germanic *brandaz (firebrand, torch; sword; flaming; fire) via Proto-Indo-European *bʰrenu- (to seethe; spew forth; burn). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brandr (Ancient Scandinavian) Brand (English) Brandt (English)  

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Emotion/Feelings, Male, Pictish, Sorrow, Sound, T names

Tristan

Tristan is the Old French form of Drustan,  a Pictish diminutive of Drust likely derived from Celtic drest meaning "riot" or "tumult", possibly in reference to the noise of the "clanking of swords". The spelling was changed to resemble the French word triste meaning "sad, sorrowful", likely because of the tragic affair of Tristan and Isolde- they fell in love after drinking… Continue reading Tristan

G names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Word names

Gladio

Gladio is the Italian word for Gladius, the Latin word for "sword" and referring to a type of shortsword used by Ancient Roman soldiers. Gladius might possibly be derived from Gaulish *kladyos (sword) from a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning "to break, beat". Although I don't believe Gladio has ever been used as a boy's name before, I think it… Continue reading Gladio

Japanese, K names, Male, Numbers, Virtues/Attributes

Kenji

Kenji is a Japanese male name made up of Japanese elements ken with various meanings of 研 (study, sharpen), 件 (case, matter, example), 健 (strong, healthy); 伸 (to stretch, lengthen, extend); 兼 (connect, combine, concurrent); 券 (ticket, certificate); 剣 (sword); 堅 (firm, steady, hard, strict, solid); 宣 (to declare, to announce, to proclaim); 建 (build,… Continue reading Kenji

B names, Battle/War, Dutch, Elements, English, Female, Fire, Male, Nickname names, Old English, Proto-Germanic, Unisex, Word names

Brandy

Brandy is the name of an alcoholic drink, the shortened for of brandywine which is derived from Dutch brandewijn meaning "distilled wine" or "burnt wine". It could also be a short form, or a feminine form, of Brandon, an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hill covered with broom” from Old English brom (broom, gorse) and dun (hill), likely referring to someone… Continue reading Brandy

B names, Battle/War, Celtic, Earth, English, Fire, Frankish, Male, Old English, Old French, Old Norse, Place names, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Brandon

Brandon is from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "hill covered with broom" from Old English brom (broom, gorse) and dun (hill), likely referring to someone who lived near a place covered with gorse or broom shrubs. However, Brandon could also be derived from Old French brandon from Frankish *brand meaning "firebrand, torch, sword" which ultimately comes from Proto-Germanic *brandaz, a… Continue reading Brandon