Color, E names, Elves, Female, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Elvira

Elvira (pr. el-vye-ra or el-vee-ra though I prefer the former pronounciation) is a female given name, the Spanish form of a Visigothic name of uncertain meaning. Some possible meanings listed for it are: "all true" from Germanic elements ala (all) and wer (true); it could also be made up from Proto-Germanic *alja (other, foreign) and wer (true); it could be a variant of Guilvira, an Old… Continue reading Elvira

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Color, Emotion/Feelings, Female, G names, Hebrew, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

Gael

Gael (pr. ga-el or gale) is an anglicized spelling of Gaël, a Breton male name of uncertain origin and meaning. It could be derived from a contracted form of Gwenaël, a French name meaning "generous" or "white +genereous" from Breton gwenn (white, fair, blessed) derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white); and hael (generous). I've also seen it linked to Gael, the ethonym of an ethnic group related to Ireland,… Continue reading Gael

Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, H names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Humphrey

Humphrey is an English male name meaning either "peaceful warrior" or "peaceful bear cub", made up from Germanic elements hun (warrior, bear cub) and frid (peace). Humphrey is also an English surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Humphry (English) Hunfrid (Ancient Germanic) Onfroi (Medieval French) Hunfrith (Anglo-Saxon)  

Animals, Chinese, Hawaiian, L names, Lion, Moon, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Romanian mythology, Uncategorized, Vietnamese, Word names

Luana

Luana is a female given name that could be derived from a number of sources: it could be a combination of Lou (a short form of Louise and Louisa meaning "famous battle") and Anna (grace, favor); it's also a Hawaiian female name meaning "content, at ease" and "to be at leisure". It was used for a Polynesian character in the 1932 movie Birds… Continue reading Luana

Battle/War, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vivaldi

Vivaldi is an Italian surname of uncertain meaning. It could be derived from Latin Vivaldus meaning "power in combat" or "strength in battle" made up from Old English wīġ (war, battle) via Proto-Germanic *wīgą (fight, battle) derived from a PIE root word; and walda (might, power, authority) also derived from a PIE root word. Vivaldi could also be related to Wigbald, a Germanic name… Continue reading Vivaldi

African, Female, Hebrew, M names, Maasai, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Spanish, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Moran

Moran is a Hebrew unisex name meaning "viburnum shrub" as well as being an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Irish O’Morain and O’Moghrain meaning “descendant of Móran”, Móran being a diminutive of Mór meaning “large” or “great” from a PIE root word. Moran is also a Spanish surname, a habitational surname denoting those who came from… Continue reading Moran

Blue, Color, Elves, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Jealousy, L names, Latin, Mythological creatures, Nickname names, Old Norse, Virtues/Attributes

Livia

Livia is an Ancient Roman name, the feminine form of Livius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it's been linked to Latin liveo meaning "to envy" or lividus meaning "blue, envious". Livia could also be a short form of Olivia, which either derives from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old… Continue reading Livia

Ancient Germanic, Animals, Aramaic, Bears/Bear cubs, E names, Female, Hebrew, Male, Place names, Proto-Germanic, Sumerian, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Eden

Eden is the name of the biblical garden where Adam and Eve came from before being expelled, becoming synonomous with paradise and anyplace that is fertile and utnouched. Although I've seen it listed as meaning "place of paradise" from Hebrew, it could perhaps be derived from an older source, Sumerian edin meaning "steppe" or "plain".… Continue reading Eden

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

Denzil

Denzil has several possible meanings but nothing concrete, and they may not even be accurate. It’s from a surname denoting someone who came from a place called Denzell in Cornwall. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “fort”, “fertile highland” or “high stronghold”. I’ve also seen it listed as being a pet form of German name Denz, a short… Continue reading Denzil

Elements, Female, Gaelic, M names, Male, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Murphy

Murphy comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of Murchadh", the latter a given name meaning "sea warrior" from Gaelic elements muir (sea) and cadh (warrior). Origin: Gaelic Variants: Murchadh (Irish, Scottish)- male Murphey (English) Murphie (English)  

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Kin/Family, Latin, Nature, Nickname names, Night/Evening, Place names, R names, Seasons, Slavic, Spanish, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Raya

Raya is a female given name with a variety of origins and meanings such as: it's used as a short form of Rayna, either a Bulgarian form of Regina meaning "queen" or the feminine form of Rayno derived from Slavic rad meaning "happy, willing"; Raya is also used as a Russian nickname for Raisa, a Russian name of unknown meaning though it may have been… Continue reading Raya

Color, Female, Gaelic, Gray, Irish, L names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Lane

Lane comes from an English surname meaning "lane, path", originally used to refer to someone who lived near a lane as well as being an English word referring to a narrow path or passageway between walls, hedges, or fences. It comes from Old English lane, lanu meaning "lane, street" from Proto-Germanic *lanō perhaps derived from a Proto-Indo-European root. Lane… Continue reading Lane

A names, Battle/War, Elves, Male, Mythological creatures, Old Norse, Surname names, Tamil, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Alvaro

Alvaro is the Italian form of Alvar which comes from Old Norse Alfarr meaning "elf warrior" or "elf army"  from Old Norse elements alfr (elf) and arr (warrior) or herr (army). Alvaro is also a Spanish and Portuguese surname derived from the given name. An alvar is also a type of environment that has poor soil as well as also referring to a group… Continue reading Alvaro

Female, Greek mythology, H names, Male, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hero

Hero is the name of a lover of Leander, a priestess of Aphrodite. They lived on opposite sides of the Hellespont and every night Leander would swim across to meet up with his lover, who would light a lamp at the top of the tower to help guide his way. One night he got caught… Continue reading Hero

African, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Chinese, Dutch, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Estonian, Female, Greek, Hawaiian, Japanese, Joy, K names, Latin, Male, Maori, Native American, Nature, Navajo, Nickname names, Place names, Sound, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Kai

Kai is a name with various origins and meanings: it's a Hawaiian unisex name meaning "sea"; it's also a Japanese name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: (海) "sea, ocean"; (貝) "shellfish"; (快) "cheerful, pleasant, agreeable, comfortable"; (戒) "commandment", and other various meanings; as well as also being a compound of… Continue reading Kai

E names, Earth, Greek, Male, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Evander

Evander is the English form of Evandros, a Greek male name meaning "good man" from Greek elements eu (good) and aner (man). In Roman mythology, Evander was born in Arcadia but later went to Italy, bringing with him the Greek alphabet, laws, and pantheon, and founded the city of Pallantium about sixty years before the Trojan War, and which would… Continue reading Evander

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, H names, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Herodias

Herodias is the feminine form of Herod, a Greek name meaning "song of the hero" from Greek elements heros (hero, warrior) and oide (song, ode). Origin: Greek Variants: Erodiade (Italian) Aradia (Italian) Hérodiade (French) Heroda (English) Herodia Erodias Irodiada (Romanian) Herodiana (Latin)   Male forms: Herod (Ancient Greek) Herodes (Ancient Greek) Herodion (Ancient Greek) Rodion (Russian) Rodya (Russian diminutive of… Continue reading Herodias

Ancient Egyptian, Animals, Earth, H names, Hebrew, Lion, Male, Nature, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Haroun

Haroun is the Arabic form of Aaron, possibly meaning "high mountain", "bright" or "exalted", though the etymology behind the name is uncertain. It seems more likely that it comes from an Egyptian origin whose meaning has long since been lost. However, according to Wiktionary, it's likely related to an Ancient Egyptian aha rw meaning "warrior lion" although… Continue reading Haroun

African, Battle/War, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Igbo, Japanese, Maori, Nickname names, O names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yoruba

Onika

Onika is an African female name though there doesn't seem to be a lot of accurate information on it. I've seen it with various meanings of "warrior", or it could be derived from Yoruba meaning "one in possession of", or it could be a short form of Onyekachi, an Igbo name meaning "who is greater than… Continue reading Onika