Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Māui

Māui is the name of an island, part of the Hawaiian islands and the second largest island. The island was named after the son of the man who first discovered the island, who was in turn named after the demigod. In Hawaiian and Polynesian mythology, Māui is a demigod as well as a trickster who created the…

Viva

Viva is a Latin word, the feminine form of vivus meaning “alive, living”, and is also a word in several Romance languages meaning “life, live”. It could also be used as a nickname for Vivian, which derives from the same root word meaning “alive, living”, or even as a short form of Aviva meaning “spring” in Hebrew. Viva is…

Celina

Celina seems to be a variant spelling of Selena at first glance, the name of the Greek goddess of the moon, which fittingly means “moon”; though it may also be a short form of Marcelina (or any name ending in celina), the Polish feminine form of Marcellus, an ancient Roman cognomen which originated as a diminutive of Marcus, a Roman praenomen which…

Marius

Marius comes from a Roman family name which can either be used as a masculine form of Maria (the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian…

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…

Martine

Martine is the French, Dutch, and Norwegian feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large…

Marcus

Marcus is a Latin praenomen (given name) of uncertain etymology though it’s likely that it derives from Mars, the Roman god of war and agriculture. The name itself is of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s also possible that Mars is related to a…

Marcy

Marcy is a female given name, a originating as a nickname for names like Marcia, Marcella, Marceline, etc., all of which come from the same source, from the name of the Roman god of war Mars (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related…

Marcella

Marcella is the feminine form of Marcellus, an ancient Roman cognomen which originated as a diminutive of Marcus, a Roman praenomen which may be derived from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars. It’s a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also be from Latin marcus meaning…