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

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

Fay

Fay is a female given 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

Animals, Birds, Celtic, Color, Dove, Female, Hebrew, I names, Japanese, Male, Nature, Numbers, Old Norse, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes

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

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

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

Ancient Greek, Animals, Birds, C names, Dragon, Female, Greek mythology, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Snake/Serpent, Swallow, Virtues/Attributes

Celinda

Celinda is a female given name, probably a blend of Celia (which either means "heaven, sky" from Latin Caelia or from a shortened form of Cecelia meaning "blind) and Linda, originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. It's also possible that it's a variant form… Continue reading Celinda

Anatolian, C names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Food, Greek mythology, Joy, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Cherise

Cherise comes from the Norman-French word for cherry (the modern French word is cerise) which comes from Latin cerasus meaning "cherry; cherry tree" via Ancient Greek kerasós (cherry tree) derived from an ancient Anatalion source. Cherise could also be a variant form of Charisse, a variant spelling of Charissa which is an elaborated form of Charis, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “grace, kindness, beauty,… Continue reading Cherise

Algonquian, Female, H names, Male, Native American, Nature, Unisex, Word names

Hickory

Hickory is the name of a type of tree in the genus Carya found in North America and East Asia, its wood considered strong and tough with edible nuts The name comes from Algonquian (perhaps Powhatan), a shortened form of pockerchicory or a similar word to it, of unknown meaning. Nicknames: Hick Origin: Native American Variants: Hickorie (English)  

Ancient Greek, Female, L names, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Unisex

Loris

Loris is the Italian diminutive of Lorenzo, the Italian and Spanish form of Latin Laurentius derived from a Roman cognomen meaning “from Laurentum”, Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus meaning “laurel”. Loris has also been used as a femle name in English, likely for its similarity to names like Laura and Lora. Loris is also the… Continue reading Loris

A names, Arabic, Earth, Elements, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Amir

Amir is an Arabic male name meaning "prince, commander, leader" as well as a word and a title. Amir is also a Hebrew male name meaning "treetop" or "mountain summit". Amir is also an Arabic and Hebrew surname derived from the given name. Origin: Arabic, Hebrew Variants: Aamir (Arabic) Emir (Bosnian, Turkish) Ameer (Arabic) Amír… Continue reading Amir

Celtic, D names, Elements, Female, Gaelic, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Drucilla

Drucilla is a variant spelling of Drusilla, the feminine form of Drusus, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain origin. It supposedly derived from the name of a Gallic chief killed by a Roman soldier, Drausus, possibly meaning “strong”. I’ve also come across as it being derived from Celtic daru- or derwo- both meaning “oak”. It's also possible that Drusus may come from… Continue reading Drucilla

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Male, Nature, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Owen

Owen has two possibly origins and meanings. The first is that it is a modern form of Owain, an Old Welsh name of uncertain origin. It could be a Welsh form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning “well born” or "noble born" from Ancient Greek elements eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also… Continue reading Owen

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Mythology, N names, Nature, Physical Attributes, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Nyssa, Nissa

Nyssa is the name of an ancient town in Cappadocia in Asia Minor, somewhere in what is now modern day Turkey. The name may have been based on Nysa, the name of a mountaineous region where the Greek god Dionysius was raised, though the area itself may have been invented to explain the second element of Dionysius's name. Though the… Continue reading Nyssa, Nissa