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

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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

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

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

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

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

Blaer

Blaer is an Icelandic unisex name meaning "gentle breeze" or "gust of wind". Although it was used as a masculine name in Iceland, it wasn't until 2013 that it was officially accepted as a female name as well. Origin: Old Norse Variants: Blær (Icelandic)  

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

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