Tourmaline

Tourmaline is the name of a type of borosilicate mineral which can be found in a variety of colors, as well as colorless. It's used as a crystal and gemstone. The origin of the word comes from French tourmaline via Sinhalese tòramalli (Sinhalese being an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the people of Sri Lanka) of unknown meaning. I've seen …

Timberlake

Timberlake comes from an English surname derived from a habitational name meaning "timber lake" or "wood lake", made up from Old English elements timber (timber, wood) and lacu (lake, stream). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Tymberlake (English) Timberlacke (Old English)    

Talon

Talon is an English word referring to the sharp, hooked claw of a bird of prey, such as a hawk or falcon. It comes from Old French talon (heel "of the foot") via talus (ankle, anklebone "of an animal") derived from a PIE root word. Talus also refers to a small die or cube made from the knucklebones …

Thayer

Thayer comes from a surname, a variant of Taillier, a French surname meaning "tailor" via Old French taillier (to cut; to shape) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It originated as an occupational name for someone who worked as a tailor. Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Links: behind the name surnames ancestry.com forebears  

Tarragon

Tarragon is the name of a perennial herb (Artemisia dracunculus) found in Europe and parts of Asia which can be used as a seasoning in cooking. The name comes from Latin tragonia via Arabic tarkun, tarkhon (tarragon, estragon) which itself is borrowed from Ancient Greek drakóntion via drakon (dragon, serpent), via derkomai (to see clearly) derived from PIE root *derḱ- (to see). Tarragon …

Tudor

Tudor is the name of an English royal house as well as the name of a historical era (1485-603), named from the House of Tudor. The name comes from Welsh Tudur which seems to be derived from Proto-Celtic Toutorix meaning "ruler of the people" or "ruler/king of the tribe", composed of Proto-Celtic elements *toutā (people, tribe) and *rīxs (king); making it …

Tierney

Tierney comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized from of Ó Tíghearnaigh meaning "descendant of Tighearnach", the latter derived from Gaelic tighearna meaning "lord" which derives from Proto-Celtic *tigernos (lord, ruler). Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Tighearnach (Irish) Tigernach (Irish) Tiarnach (Irish)  

Thunder

Thunder refers to the loud, rumbling sound that comes after lightning. It comes from Old English þunor meaning "thunder" which ultimately derives from a PIE root word.  Origin: Proto-Indoo-European  

Tora

Tora is the modern form of Þóra, a feminine form of Thor meaning "thunder" derived from Old Norse Þór (thunder). Tora 虎 is also a Japanese word and unisex name meaning "tiger" though there are other meanings depending on the kanji used: to 登 "ascend; climb up" + ra 良 "good; pleasing; skilled" (登良); to 斗 "Big Dipper" + ra 羅 "gauze; thin silk; Rome" (斗羅) There are likely other …

Tai

Tai is a Chinese unisex name (as well as a surname also spelled Dai) with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: tài 太 "very, extreme; excessive; big; highest; elder"; tài 泰 "extreme; greatest; safe, peaceful; big, large; good, excellent;", also used as shortened form of Thailand; Tai can also be used as part of a compound name, …

Timo

Timo is an Ancient Greek female name, the feminine form of Timon which comes from Ancient Greek timao τιμαω meaning "to honor, to esteem". Timo is also the Finnish, German, and Dutch shortened form of Timothy, the English form of Timotheos, a Greek name meaning “honoring God” or “to honor God”. Timo is also a variant of Thiemo, a variant of Thietmar or Dietmar, a German …

Tori

Tori is often used as a nickname for Victoria, the feminine form of Victor meaning “victor, victory” via Latin victor (victor, conqueror) which derives from a PIE root word. In Roman mythology, Victoria is the name of the Roman goddess of victory (the Roman counterpart of Nike). Tori 鳥 is also a Japanese word meaning "bird; chicken", as well as also being the …