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 an island (the name is of uncertain meaning but has been linked to several possible meanings such as Greek theros “summer”, therizo “to harvest, to reap”, ther “wild beast”, or therao “to hunt”).

As an surname, however, Terry comes from medieval given name Thierry, the Norman French form of Theodoric meaning “ruler of the people” from Germanic elements theud (people) and ric (power); it could also be an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Mac Toirdhealbhaigh meaning “son of Toirdhealbhach”, the latter being a personal given name meaning “one who is like Thor” or “one who is like thunder”; or it’s a French surname deirved from Occitan terrin meaning “earthenware vessel, earthenware vase”, an occupational surname for a potter, which comes from Latin terra (earth).

Origin: Latin, Greek, Germanic, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Terrie
  • Terri
  • Teri

 

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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 refer to someone who lived near an abundance of thistles or used as a nickname for someone who had a prickly personality.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

 

 

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 Novemer and associated with love and good luck, as well as believed to have healing properties.

Origin: Sanskrit

Variants:

  • Topaze

 

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)

 

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 before than although I recognized the pictures when I looked it up. I’ve probably seen trees like that countless times but never knew the name of it.  But the more I think about it, the more I like it.

Nicknames: Tam, Tama, Tammy

Origin: Native American (Algonquian)

*Tamarack is the one with the yellow leaves*

Tatum

Tatum comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “Tata’s homestead” from Old English Tata, a given name of unknown meaning though it could mean “dad” derived from child’s speech, and hām (homestead, village, estate).

Origin: Old English

 

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 for Edward, an English masculine name composed from Old English elements ead (wealth, fortune) and weard (guard, guardian) meaning “wealthy guard” or “rich guard/guardian”.

Teddy is also a word, referring to a woman’s one piece undergarment, as well as referring to a teddy bear, a plush toy bear that got its name from the 26th President Theodore Roosevelt, because he apparently refused to shoot a bear cub on a hunting trip.

Variants:

  • Teddie
  • Theodore
  • Theodora
  • Edward