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…

Baudelaire

Baudelaire comes from a French surname which comes from the name of a heavy dagger. It comes from Medieval Latin badelarius meaning “short sword”, a corruption of baselard/basilard which seems to come from German Basler messer, meaning Basler knife referring to a knife made in Basel, Germany.  

Brenda

Brenda is a female name of uncertain etymology. It could be a feminine form of Brandr meaning “sword” or “torch, firebrand; fire, flame” which derives from a PIE root word; or it could be a feminine form of Brendan, an anglicized form of Irish Bréanainn meaning “prince, king” which derives from a Proto-Celtic root. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic Male forms: Brendan…

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)…

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,…

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…

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)  

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)  

Ensifer

Ensifer comes from Latin meaning “sword-bearer” or “sword-bearing” from Latin ensis (sword) and fero (to bear, carry). Origin: Latin Variants: Ensifera (Latin) f Ensis (Latin) u