Berenice

Berenice is the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike derived from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). It’s pronounced be-re-NEE-che in Italian, be-re-NEE-see, or ber-nees in English).

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Bernice (English)
  • Berniece (English)
  • Bérénice (French)
  • Pherenike (Ancient Greek)
  • Bernike (Biblical Greek)
  • Berenike (Macedonian, Ancient Greek)
  • Veronica (Latin transliteration of Berenice)

 

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Verona

Verona is the name of a city in Italy. The origin behind the name is unknown though there are some theories such as that it was a short form of Versus Romae meaning “in the direction of Roma” or that it comes from an expression, Vae Romae meaning “alas Roma” or “cursed Roma”. Verona is also a German contraction of Veronika, a cognate of Veronica which is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning “true image” in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped Jesus’s face with the towel and whose image was imprinted upon it. It was known as the Veil of Veronica.

As a surname, it was used to refer to someone who lived in Verona or came from the city.

Verona has been used as a setting for three of Shakespeare’s plays: Romeo and JulietThe Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew.

Origin: Latin, Greek

 

Bernie

Bernie is a nickname for names like Bernard, a Germanic male name meaning “brave bear” or “hardy bear” from Germanic elements bern (bear) and hard (brave, hardy); Bernadette and Bernardine, both feminine forms of Bernard; and Bernice, a variant spelling of Berenice, which is the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory).

Origin: Germanic, Greek

Variants:

  • Berny (English)
  • Bern (English, Germanic)

 

Porter

Porter comes from an English surname meaning “gatekeeper, doorkeeper” from Old French portier via Latin porta meaning “gate”; it was an occupational name for someone who was a gatekeeper of a town or a large house. Porter could also refer to someone who carried loads for a living with their own strength rather than a cart or a horse, another occupational name which comes from Old French porteour meaning “to carry” via Latin porto (to carry). In the modern era, a porter is someone who works at a hotel who carries luggage.

Origin: Latin

Nika

Nika is a unisex given name with several possible meanings. It’s a Russian short form of Veronika which ultimately comes from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringer of victory, bringing victory”, or any name ending in -nika, as well as also being a short form of Nikita, the Russian form of Greek Niketas meaning “winner, victor”. Nika is also the feminine form of male given name Nikola, the Slavic form of Nicholas “victory of the people”, as well as also being the (male) dimininutive of Nikoloz, the Georgian form of Nicholas.

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Nica (Spanish, Swedish)

 

Topher

Topher is a short form of Christopher, which comes from Greek Christophoros meaning “bearing Christ” or “Christ-bearer” from Greek elements pheros (to carry, to bear, to bring) and Greek given name Christos meaning “anointed”.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Christopher

 

Christopher

Christopher is the English form of Christophoros, a Late Greek name meaning “bearing Christ” from Greek pheros (to carry, to bear, to bring) and Greek given name Christos meaning “anointed”.

Nicknames: Chris, Christie/Christy, Topher, Kit

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Christofer (English)
  • Cristofer (English)
  • Kristopher (English)
  • Kristoffer (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Scandinavian)
  • Christoffer (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Christophe (French)
  • Christoph (German)
  • Christoforos (Greek)
  • Christophoros (Late Greek)
  • Cristoforo (Italian)
  • Cristóbal (Spanish)

 

Female forms:

  • Christophera
  • Christofera

 

Veronica

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Veronica is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory).

However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning “true image” in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped Jesus’s face with the towel and whose image was imprinted upon it. It was known as the Veil of Veronica.

Nicknames: Vero, Vera, Ronnie/Ronny, Nica/Nika,

Variants:

  • Veronika (Russian, Czech, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Lithuanian, Latvian)
  • Véronique (French)
  • Weronika (Polish, Sorbian)
  • Verônika (Portuguese)
  • Verónica (Spanish)
  • Bérénice (French)
  • Berenice (English, Italian, Ancient Greek)
  • Berenike (Ancient Macedonian)
  • Pherenike (Ancient Greek)
  • Bernice (English)
  • Berniece (English)
  • Bernike (Greek)