Remus

Remus is the twin brother of Romulus, the mythical founders of Rome in Roman mythology, who was later killed by him over a dispute on where to build their city. His name is of unknown meaning though it’s possible that the name possibly means “twin”. Remus is also a surname, either from a Germanic given name derived…

Rémy

Rémy is the French form of Latin Remigius which comes from Latin remigis, the genitive singular form of remex meaning “oarsman, rower” via Latin remus (oar) derived from PIE root word *h₁reh₁- (to row). It’s also possible that it could be derived from another Latin name, Remedius, meaning “cure, remedy”. Although primarily used as a male name in France, it’s also had some use…

Roxelana

Roxelana is probably most famously connected to Hurrem Sultan, the wife of the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent who ruled over the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. She was originally a slave and concubine but later became his wife, breaking tradition- sultans never married their concubines. She also became a close confident and advisor in all matters…

Eretria, Eritrea

Eretria is the name of a town in Euboea, Greece, which was once an important polis (city) in Ancient Greece in the 6th/5th century BC. The name means “city of the rowers” made up from from Greek erétēs (rower) and the verb eressein/erettein “to row” ultimately derived from PIE root word *h₁reh₁- ~ *h₁erh₁- (to row), probably so named because…