African, Color, Female, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, W names, White, Word names

Wanda

Wanda is a female given name of uncertain origin. It could have derived from Wend, the name of a Germanic tribe.  Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it has been linked to Germanic *wandern meaning “to wander” deriving from Proto-Germanic *windaną meaning “to wind, to wrap” from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to turn). I’ve also seen it linked to Proto-Celtic… Continue reading Wanda

Color, D names, Female, Gold, Greek mythology, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Doria

Doria is an English female name, likely a twist on either Dora meaning "gift" from Ancient Greek and often used as a nickname for names beginning or ending with dora (Pandora, Dorothy, Isadora, etc.), or it could be a feminine form of Dorian, which comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology,… Continue reading Doria

Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, W names

Wharton

Wharton comes from an English surname, originally a habitational name for someone who came from any of several places in England; the second part of the name comes from Old English tun meaning "enclosure, settlement" while the first part of the name could be from Waefer meaning "wandering" or "winding"; it could also be derived from Old… Continue reading Wharton

Gaelic, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Proto-Indo-European, T names, Thunder/Lightning, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Torin

Torin is a male given name with several possible etymologies: it's an Irish Gaelic name meaning "chief"; it could be related to Irish toirneach meaning "thunder" or Old Irish torann meaning "noise; noise of battle; thunder; tumult); Torin could also be a contracted form of Thorfinn or Torfinn, a Scandinavian male name made up of Thor, the Norse god of thunder whose… Continue reading Torin

E names, Female, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Light, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Eurielle

Eurielle is a female given name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could be the French form of Ancient Greek Euryale, the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including one of the Gorgons. The name means "far-roaming" or "wide-roaming" made up from Ancient Greek eurús εὐρῠ́ς (wide, broad, spacious) and álē ἄλη (wandering) or alúō ἀλύω (to wander… Continue reading Eurielle

Female, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Waverly

Waverly is an English unisex name though the meaning behind it is a bit tricky. Most sites I've gone to list it as meaning "quaking aspen" or "field of quaking aspens". I know that -ley is a popular element in place names, coming from Old English lēah (wood, clearing, meadow). The first element is a little unclear.… Continue reading Waverly

Color, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names, White

Wendell

Wendell is an English surname derived from given name Wendel, a short form of Germanic names beginning with wandal meaning "Vandal", referring to a Germanic tribe who invaded Spain and North Africa. Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it has been linked to Germanic *wandern meaning "to wander" deriving from Proto-Germanic *windaną meaning "to wind, to wrap" from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to… Continue reading Wendell

D names, Earth, Elements, Gaelic, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dorian

Dorian comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology, they got their name from their founder, Dorus, which at first glance seems related to Greek doron meaning "gift" from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃rom (gift) from the root *deh₃- (to give). However, the exact origins of the name are not uncertain. It's possible Dorian also derives from Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Dorian

Color, F names, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Norse, Norse mythology, Old Norse, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Finn

Finn comes from an Irish name meaning "fair", "blessed" or "white" derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Finn is the older spelling of Fionn, which belongs to the name of a warrior in Irish myth known as Fionn mac Cumhaill (or Finn MacCool in English) and the leader of the Fianna. His birth name was Deimne but he was… Continue reading Finn

Akkadian, D names, Female, Libyan, Phoenician, Virtues/Attributes

Dido

Dido (pr. die-do) is the name of the Carthaginian queen featured in Virgil's Aeneid. She was the founder and very first queen of Carthage (located in modern day Tunisia), who killed herself by throwing herself onto a funeral pyre after the Roman hero Aeneas left her to find a new home for the Trojan people. Though Dido's real… Continue reading Dido