G names, Male, Nature, Old English, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Grover

Grover comes from an English surname meaning "grove of trees", originally used to refer to someone who lived near a grove which comes from Old English grāf (grove). Grover is also an Indian surname predominantly used by Hindu and Sikh communities which comes from the Indian surname Guruvara/Gorovare which comes from Sanskrit guru meaning "teacher, sage" which ultimately derives from a… Continue reading Grover

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Ancient Greek, D names, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythology, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Daphne

Daphne is the name of a naiad (a female nymph who presided over fountains, wells, springs, rivers, streams, brooks, and any type of fresh water) in Greek mythology. One day she caught the eye of the god Apollo and he pursued her in spite of her rejections. Just as he was about to catch her, Daphne called… Continue reading Daphne

Ancient Greek, D names, Female, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Dionis

Dionis is the Romanian male form of Dionysius, the Latinized form of Dionysus who is the Greek god of wine, revelry, fertility and madness. Although the etymology behind the name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of Zeus” though it could also be related to Proto-Indo-European *dyews meaning “sky, heaven, god” and “shining”. The second part -nysus might be… Continue reading Dionis

D names, Male, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Darwyn

Darwyn is a variant spelling of Darwin, an English male name which comes from a surname via Old Engish given name Deorwine meaning "dear friend", composed from Old English elements deor meaning "dear" when used as an adjective and wine (friend, lord, protector) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Darwin also has another source, as a locational name derived from… Continue reading Darwyn

Color, Female, Greek mythology, Green, M names, Mythology, Nature, Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Myrtle

Myrtle is the name of an evergreen shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Myrtus. It comes from Ancient Greek myrtos meaning "myrtle" which derives from a Semitic root m-r-r meaning "bitter" from which the Arabi مُرّ‎ murr (bitter) and Hebrew מֹר‎ mor (bitterness, acrimony) derive from. Myrtle is also the name of a shade of green. In Greek mythology,… Continue reading Myrtle

Brown, Color, Female, Food, H names, Hazelnut, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names, Yellow

Hazel

Hazel is the name of a tree and the name of a light-brown or yellowish-brown color. The origin of the word comes from Old English hæsel (hazel) via Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (hazel) which derives from a PIE root word. Hazel is also an English surname likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a hazelnut… Continue reading Hazel

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Laura

Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning "laurel". It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laura

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Gaelic, Gray, Hebrew, Honey, L names, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Norman French, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with… Continue reading Laney

Female, Male, Nature, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Palmer

Palmer comes from an English surname meaning "pilgrim" which was originally used to refer to those who had gone to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage. Those who had gone would bring back palm leaves as proof that they had been there. The origin of the word comes from Anglo-Norman palmer via Medieval Latin palmarius via Latin palma (palm of… Continue reading Palmer

Arthurian legends & myths, F names, Fairy, Female, Gaelic, Male, Mythological creatures, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Fay

Fay is an English unisex name which derives from several sources: the first is that it's another word for "fairy", coming from Middle English faie via Latin fata meaning "destiny, fate" derived from PIE root word *bʰeh₂- (to speak, say). In Arthurian legend, it's the epithet of Morgan le Fay (meaning Morgan the fairy); it's also been used as a nickname for… Continue reading Fay

Elements, Female, Gaelic, L names, Latin, Nature, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh

Loralin

Loralin is an English female name, either an elaborated form of Lora, a variant spelling of Laura meaning "laurel' from Latin laurus; a variant of Laureline, a French diminutive of Laura; or it could be a combination of Lora and Lynn, derived from Welsh meaning "lake" derived from Gaelic linne (pond, pool, waterfall). Origin: Latin, Gaelic Variants: Laureline (English, French) Loralyn (English)  

Female, J names, Japanese, Korean, Male, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Seasons, Sound, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Juno

Juno is the wife of the the Roman god Jupiter and the Roman goddess of marriage and women, making her the Greek counterpart of Hera. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it could be linked to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful, young” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life, age, eternity). Juno is traditionally a female given name but… Continue reading Juno

E names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Ewan

Ewan (pr. yoo-an) is a Scottish male name, an anglicized form of Eoghan, a name of uncertain meaning though possibly meaning “of the yew tree” or “born of the yew tree” though I’ve also seen it as possibly being derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning “youth”. Another possible origin for Eoghan is from Celtic Esugenios meaning “good born” derived from Proto-Celtic *esus (good) derived… Continue reading Ewan

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Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning "island" though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning "yew". It's just as possible that Iona may be a variant form… Continue reading Iona

Female, H names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

Holly

Holly refers to a genus of shrubs or trees which comes from Old English holen, holegn (holly) which comes from Proto-Germanic *hulisaz (butcher's broom; holly) derived from  a PIE root word. Holly is also an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Mac Cuilinn meaning "son of Cuilinn", the latter derived from Irish cuilinn meaning "holly" also derived from the same origin as above;… Continue reading Holly

G names, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Gerrick

Gerrick is a variant spelling of Garrick, a variant of Garwick, an English surname derived from a place name: the second element of the name derives from Old English wīċ (settlement; village; dwelling) which ultimately derives from PIE *weyḱ- (to settle; settlement), while the first part of the name may be derived from an English given name, Gara, of uncertain meaning. Garrick is also the anglicized… Continue reading Gerrick

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Dion

Dion is a shortened form of Dionysios, from Dionysus, the name of the Greek god of wine, revelry, fertility and madness. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of Zeus” though it could also be related to Proto-Indo-European *dyews meaning “sky, heaven, god” and “shining”. The second part -nysus might be derived… Continue reading Dion

Apple/Apple tree, Elements, Female, Japanese, M names, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Marina

Marina is the feminine form of Marinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of the sea" or "belonging to the sea", derived from a PIE root word *móri- (sea, ocean; body of water), though Marinus could also be derived from Marius which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the… Continue reading Marina