Female, L names, Nature, Place names

Lourdes

Lourdes is a Spanish female name which comes from the name of a town in France. It's a site of pilgrimage for Catholics due to the claims of a 14 year-old peasant girl having seen apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The origin of the name seems uncertain. Apparently the town was named after a Moorish leader… Continue reading Lourdes

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

Loretta

Loretta is a female given name, a variant spelling of Lauretta, an Italian diminutive of Laura, 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. Loretta could also possibly be a variant of Lora. The laurel… Continue reading Loretta

Animals, Astronomy, Birds, Black/Dark, Chinese, Color, Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Japanese, Joy, Korean, Lamb/Sheep, Love/Beloved, Nature, Old Tupi, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Rooster/Cock, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Y names, Zodiac

Yuna

Yuna is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used: it means "night, evening" in the Ryukyu (Okinawan) dialect of Japanese (夕な); yu 由 "wherefore, a reason, cause" + na 奈 "Nara, what?" (由奈); yu 由 "wherefore, a reason, cause" + na 那 "what?" (由那); yu 優 "tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior" + na 奈 "Nara, what?" (優奈) yu 結 "tie, bind, join, organize" + na 愛 "love,… Continue reading Yuna

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

Hollister

Hollister comes from an English surname, an occupational name for a brothel-keeper. It comes from Old French holier/hollier, a variant of horier meaning "pimp", from an agent noun of hore, hure (whore) which derives from a PIE root word. Hollister could also have  originated as a locational surname for someone who lived near a holly tree or a holly… Continue reading Hollister

Animals, Battle/War, D names, Dragon, Female, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Snake/Serpent, Virtues/Attributes

Delinda

Delinda is a female given name which seems to be a modern coinage, probably a combination of the prefix De- combined with 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 rose up as a shortened… Continue reading Delinda

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

Shelby

Shelby comes from an English surname, of uncertain origin though possible a variant of Selby, made up from Old Norse selja (willow) and býr (settlement, farm), essentially meaning "settlement by the willow". It's also possible that Shelby is made up from Middle English schele "hut" combined with býr (farm, settlement). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Shelbee (English) Shelbie (English) Shellby (English) Selby… Continue reading Shelby

Ancient Greek, Color, Earth, Elements, Female, Food, J names, Japanese, Male, Pear, Red/Crimson, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Juri

Juri is an Estonian and Russian male name, the Slavic form of George meaning "farmer, earthworker". Juri is also a Japanese female name, likely influenced by Julie, though it has various meanings depending on the kanji used: ju 樹 "tree, timber" + ri 里 "village" (樹里); ju 樹 "tree, timber" + ri 梨 "pear" (樹梨); ju 朱 "vermilion; cinnabar; scarlet" + ri 理 "logic reason" (朱理); ju 朱 "vermilion; cinnabar; scarlet" + ri 里 "village"… Continue reading Juri

C names, Female, Male, Nature, Unisex, Word names

Cypress

Cypress is the name of a group of coniferous trees. It comes from Ancient Greek kupárissos (cypress; cypress wood) which derives from an unknown pre-Greek Mediterranean origin, perhaps related to Hebrew gopher/gofer, the name of the wood used to build Noah‘s ark. The cypress tree has a long history of symbolism in many cultures, symbolizing immortality, mourning, and hope,… Continue reading Cypress

D names, Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Dryope

Dryope is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including the name of a princess, the daughter of Dryops of Oeta, and who was turned into a black poplar tree. It's made up from Ancient Greek elements drûs (tree; oak) and ops (eye, face), meaning "tree-faced" or "oak-eyed". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Male forms: Dryops (Ancient Greek)  

Female, Gaulish, L names, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Seasons, Virtues/Attributes

Laverna

Laverna is the name of a goddess of thieves and the underworld in Roman mythology. It's possible she may have originally been an Etruscan goddess. There's no clear etymology behind her name (if she really was originally an Etruscan goddess than it's possible that her name may be from an Etruscan source long lost)  though… Continue reading Laverna