Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Word names

Thorn

Thorn comes from an English word referring to a sharp protective spine of a plant though it can also be used to refer to someone or something that is annoying or troublesome. It comes from Old English þorn (thorn; thorny bush) via Proto-Germanic *þurnuz (thorn, briar) derived from PIE root word *tr̥nós (sharp, stiff). Thorn is also an English surname, originating… Continue reading Thorn

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Female, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Proto-Indo-European, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Teryl

Teryl seems to be a variant spelling of Terrell, an English surname which seems to be derived from Old French tirel via a Norman French nickname, tirel, meaning "to pull", perhaps in reference to pulling on the reins of an animal, though to seems to have originally been used as a nickname for a stubborn person. Terrell may also be derived… Continue reading Teryl

Female, Irish, Latin, Male, Place names, Sabine/Oscan, Scottish, Surname names, T names, Unisex

Torrence

Torrence comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name derived from Gaelic torran meaning "hillock" or "mound". It may also have derived from an Irish surname, Ó Toráin meaning "descendant of Torán", the latter an Irish male name meaning "little lord" or "little hero, champion" from Irish tor (lord, hero, champion) and the diminutive suffix -án. It's also possible… Continue reading Torrence

Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Tenacity

Tenacity refers to something or someone who is persistant, stubborn, and relentless in pursuit of something in spite of any obstacles in the way. It comes from Middle French ténacité from Latin tenācitās (tenacity) from tenax (tenacious; clinging) derived from PIE root word *ten- (to stretch, to extend). Nicknames: Ten Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Etruscan, Female, Male, Nickname names, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Toni

Toni is often used as a short form of Antonia or Antoinette, the feminine form of Antonius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain origin and meaning which seems to be derived from an Etruscan origin. I've seen some sources cite it as possibly having  Greek roots, possibly meaning "priceless one" or it could be derived from Latin antius meaning… Continue reading Toni

Female, Georgian, Hebrew, Literature, Male, Persian, Seasons, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Tariel

Tariel is the name of a male character in The Knight in the Panther's Skin, a Georgian medieval epic poem written in the 12th century by Shota Rustaveli (1160-1220). Tariel is a knight dressed in a panther's skin, the son of a king in India who fell in love with the princess Nestan-Darejan, but who lost her. He is… Continue reading Tariel

Ancient Greek, Animals, Daemons/Spirits, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Irish, Male, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nickname names, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Tracy

Tracy is an English unisex given name derived from a surname originally from a place name in Normandy, France. It derives from Gallo-Roman given name Thracius with a locational suffix meaning "Thracian's settlement" or "domain of Thracius", Thracius being a Roman name referring to someone who came from Thrace or was a Thracian. The name comes from Latin thrax which may… Continue reading Tracy

Ancient Germanic, Animals, Earth, Elements, Female, Gaelic, German/Germanic, Greek, Latin, Male, Nickname names, Sabine/Oscan, Seasons, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Terry

Terry is an English unisex name originally used as a diminutive of Terence (which comes from Roman family name Terentius which is of uncertain meaning though it could be derived from Latin terens meaning "rubbing, wearing away" from Latin terere (to rub, to wear out) though it might also be related to Sabine terenus meaning "soft") or Theresa ( comes from Greek Therasia, the name of… Continue reading Terry

Color, Earth, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, T names, Unisex, Violet/Purple

Thistle

Thistle is the name of a genus of prickly plants which comes from Old English þistel from Proto-Germanic *þistilaz which seems to come from Proto-Indo-European *steig-,*steyg- meaning "to prick". Thistle also refers to a color, a pale purplish color like the flower, as well as also being the national emblem of Scotland. It's also a surname, likely used to… Continue reading Thistle

Earth, Elements, Female, Fire, Male, Sanskrit, T names, Unisex, Word names

Topaz

Topaz comes from Old French topaze, topace which comes from Greek topazos which is derived from Sanskrit tapas meaning "heat, fire". However, according to Roman author, naturalist, and philosopher Pliny, the name came from a remote island in the Red Sea called Topazein meaning "to divine, to locate" though that seems to be folk etymology rather than fact. Topaz is the birthstone of… Continue reading Topaz

Earth, Female, Latin, Male, Nature, Surname names, T names, Unisex

Taylor

Taylor comes from an English surname from Old French tailleor from Latin taliere meaning "to cut, to split" from Latin talea (slender stick, rod, staff; twig). It was originally an occupational surname referring to someone who worked as a tailor. Origin: Latin Variants: Tayler (unisex) Tayla (female)  

Algonquian, Earth, Elements, Female, Male, Native American, Nature, Seasons, T names, Unisex

Tamarack

Tamarack is the name of a tree, a species of larch trees. It comes from Algonquian (a Native American language) possibly meaning "wood used for snowshoes". A poster named Boreas was the one who brought the name to my attention when he (or she) commented on the post about Linden; I'd never heard of it… Continue reading Tamarack

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, English, Female, Greek, Male, Nickname names, Old English, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Teddy

Origin: Greek, Old English Meaning: Teddy is often used as a nickname for Theodore, a masculine name derived from Greek Theodoros meaning "gift of God" or "God's gift" from Greek elements theos (God) and doron (gift). Teddy could also be a nickname for Theodora, the feminine form of Theodore, making it a unisex name. It's also been used as a nickname… Continue reading Teddy