Ancient Greek, Hebrew, J names, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Jareth

Jareth seems to be a blend of Jared (meaning "descent" from Hebrew) and Gareth (the name of one of the Knights of the Round Tale in Arthurian legends. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it has been linked to Welsh gwaredd meaning “gentleness”. It could also be connected to another name, Geraint, the Welsh form of Latin Gerontius meaning “old man” from Greek geron. Other… Continue reading Jareth

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Female, Japanese, M names, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Mayu

Mayu is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + yu 優 "tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior" (真優); ma 満 "full; fullness; enough; satisfy" + yu 夕 "evening" (満夕); ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + yu 由 "cause, reason; from, arising from" (真由); ma 真 "true; reality; Buddhist sect" + yu 夕 "evening" (真夕); ma 茉 "white jasmine"… Continue reading Mayu

African, Arabic, Chinese, Elements, Female, L names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Zulu

Liyana

Liyana is an Arabic female name meaning "soft, tender, gentle, delicate" from Arabic root word l-y-n (to become soft, tender). It's also a Zulu female name derived from a word meaning "it is raining/it's raining". I've also seen it listed as a Chinese female name meaning "beautiful + elegant, graceful, refined + graceful, elegant" with the Chinese… Continue reading Liyana

K names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Kevin

Kevin is the anglicized form of Irish Caoimhín which derives from an older form, Cóemgein meaning "gentle birth" or "handsome birth" from Old Irish elements cóem (kind, gentle, handsome)and gein (birth) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Kevin is also an Irish surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kevyn (English) Kevan (Irish) Kevon (English) Cefin… Continue reading Kevin

Ancient Greek, Animals, Birds, C names, Dragon, Female, Greek mythology, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Snake/Serpent, Swallow, Virtues/Attributes

Celinda

Celinda is a female given name, probably a blend of Celia (which either means "heaven, sky" from Latin Caelia or from a shortened form of Cecelia meaning "blind) and Linda, originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. It's also possible that it's a variant form… Continue reading Celinda

Arabic, Female, N names, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes

Nadine

Nadine is the French form of Nadia, the diminutive form of Nadezhda, a Russian female name meaning "hope" from Slavic. Nadine could also be a variant spelling of Nadeen, an Arabic female name which is also a variant of Nadia though it comes from an Arabic source meaning “moist, tender, delicate” or “calling”. Origin: Slavic, Arabic Variants: Nadina (Bosnian,… Continue reading Nadine

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, L names, Latin, Moon, Mythology, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes

Lena, Lina

Lena originally started out as a short form of names ending in -lena such as Helena (derived from Ancient Greek possibly meaning "torch" or "corposant" though it may also be deirved from Greek selene meaning "moon"), Madgalena (which means "of Magdala" from the name of a village, Magdala deriving from Hebrew migdal meaning "tower"), Abilena (a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria, also known… Continue reading Lena, Lina

Gaelic, Kin/Family, M names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Melvin

Melvin comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name, a variant of Melville meaning "bad town" from Latin mala (bad) and ville (settlement, town) both of which derive from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Melvin has also been used as an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Mac Gille Bheathain meaning "son of the servant of St. Beathan", Beathan a Gaelic Scottish name… Continue reading Melvin

C names, Female, Latin, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Clemency

Clemency is the feminine form of Clement meaning "merciful, gentle", deriving from Latin clemens (merciful, lenient, mild, gentle). Origin: Latin Variants: Clemence (English) Clémence (French) Clémentine (French) Clementine (English) Clementina (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Late Roman) Clementia (Late Roman) Klementina (Slovene, Croatian) Klementyna (Polish) Klimentina (Macedonian) Clementa (Romanian, Spanish, Dutch, English)   Male forms: Clement (English) Klement (Czech, Slovak)… Continue reading Clemency

Ancient Germanic, Animals, B names, Battle/War, Dragon, Female, German/Germanic, Latin, Mythological creatures, Nature, Snake/Serpent, Virtues/Attributes

Belinda

Belinda is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Though the first part of the name is often associated with Italian  bella meaning "beautiful" (which comes from Latin bellus "beautiful, pretty, handsome"), the name has an older Germanic source, Betlindis, so it seems more likely that the first element is Germanic in origin. While the second… Continue reading Belinda

Arabic, Female, N names, Nickname names, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes

Nadia

Nadia is a variant transcription of Nadiyya, an Arabic female name meaning "moist, tender, delicate" or "calling", as well as a Slavic female name, a diminutive of Nadezhda meaning "hope". Origin: Arabic, Slavic Variants: Nadya (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Arabic) Nadiya (Ukrainian) Nadja (German, Slovene) Nadiyya (Arabic) Nadiye (Turkish) Nadezhda (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Ukrainian)   نديّة (Arabic) "moist, tender,… Continue reading Nadia

Ancient Germanic, Ancient Greek, German/Germanic, Greek, Greek mythology, H names, Male, Mythology, Proto-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hermes

Hermes is the name of the Greek god of commerce and trade, known as the trickster god and the protector of thieves, travelers, and athletes, as well as a messenger of the gods and the god of boundaries. He guided the souls of the dead to the underworld. The son of Zeus and Maia, one… Continue reading Hermes

A names, Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Atalya

Atalya is a variant spelling of Athalia, a Hebrew female name meaning "Yahweh is exalted", or a variant spelling of Attalia, the ancient name of Antalya, a city in Turkey. The name seems to be derived from the name of its founder, Attalos (also spelled Attalus). Though the etymology behind his name is uncertain, it might be derived from… Continue reading Atalya

Arabic, Celtic, Earth, Female, Gaulish, Hawaiian, L names, Light, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Lana

Lana is an Arabic female name deriving from a root word meaning "soft, tender, gentle". It's also a short form of names like Svetlana, a Slavic female name meaning "light" from Slavic svet (light), or Alana, feminine form of Alan, a Celtic name of uncertain etymology though it's been linked to meaning either "little rock" or "handsome" though it might also be… Continue reading Lana

Arthurian legends & myths, B names, Female, German/Germanic, Literature, Virtues/Attributes

Bellicent

Bellicent could be an Old French form of Belissendis, a Germanic name made of elements bili (gentle, kind, fitting, suitable, proper) and swind (strong, brave, powerful) so essentially meaning "gentle power" or "gentle strength". It could also possibly be related to Belenus, the name of a Celtic god of the sun, whose name possibly means "bright, brilliant" In the Arthurian legends, Bellicent… Continue reading Bellicent

A names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Love/Beloved, Male, Nickname names, Norse, Old Norse, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Aki

Aki is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word) meaning 秋 "autumn" though it has other meanings such as 燦 "brilliant, bright, radiance", 明 "clear, tomorrow, bright", 昭 "shining", 彬 "refined, gentle", 爽 "refreshing, clear, invigorating", 晶 "clear, crystal, sparkle", 暁 "daybreak, dawn", 彰 "acknowledge", 晃 "clear", 亜紀 "Asia, come after, next +… Continue reading Aki

Japanese, K names, Male, Night/Evening, Numbers, Seasons, Virtues/Attributes

Kazuya

Kazuya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used.  It's made up of Japanese elements kazu meaning 一 "one", 和 "harmony, peace", 冬 "winter"; 万 "ten thousand"; 三 "three"; and ya meaning 八 "eight"; 矢 "arrow"; 也 "to be, also, too"; 哉 (a final exclamatory particle that has no particular meaning); 優 "excellent, outstanding, kind, tenderness"; 弥 "extensive, full, complete"; 夜 "night"; though there are likely other meanings as well. Kazu can also… Continue reading Kazuya

Japanese, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Y names

Yutaka

Yutaka is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "bountiful; excellent; rich" (豊); "abundant; rich; fertile" (裕); "tenderness, gentleness; excel; surpass; actor; superiority" (優); "tolerent; lenient; generosity; relax; feel at home; be at ease; broadminded" (寛); "good crops; prosperity; a number of 1028" (穣); "warm" (温); "masculine, male; hero;… Continue reading Yutaka

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, G names, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Gareth

Gareth is the name of one of the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian legends, the son of Lot and Morgause, Arthur's older half-sister, which makes him Arthur's nephew. The name first appeared in Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, based on the name Gahariet, an Old French form of the name. The etymology behind the name is… Continue reading Gareth