Baron

Baron is the name of a title in English nobility, which is of low rank. It comes from Late Latin barō meaning “man, servant; baron” via Frankis *barō (servant; man, warrior) which may be derived from PIE root word *bʰer- (to bear, carry). It’s also possible that Baron may be related to Old English beorn (man, warrior) but that’s just a possibility….

Alvis

Alvis is an anglicized spelling of Alvíss, the name of a dwarf in Norse mythology. He was supposed to marry Thrud, the daughter of the Norse god Thor. However, Thor wasn’t too pleased with the arrangement so he came up with a trick requiring the dwarf to prove his wisdom by continually asking him questions until sunrise, when the…

Gunther

Gunther is the name of a historical king who appears in the Germanic saga Nibelungenlied, wanting to marry Brunhild, a shieldmaiden or valkyrie, but a fiercely strong and independent woman. She sets a series os tasks for Gunther that are impossible for him to do, so his oath-brother (and later brother-in-law) Siegfried took his place with the aid…

Isamu

Isamu is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: isamu 勇 “courage”; isamu 勲 “merit; distinguished service”; isamu 敢 “daring; brave; bold; sad; tragic; pitiful”; isamu 武 “warrior; military; chivalry; arms”; isamu 力 “power; strength; force” Origin: Japanese There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s いさむ.    

Liv

Liv is a Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish female name which comes from Old Norse hlíf meaning “protection, cover, defense, shield”, the spelling influenced by the Scandinavian word liv meaning “life”. In Norse mythology, Líf is one of two humans who will survive the events of Ragnarok, along with Lífþrasir. Liv is also a nickname for Olivia or Olive; Olivia may have been based on Latin Oliva meaning…

Fortesque

Fortesque is a variant spelling of Fortescue, an English surname which originally derived as a nickname for a brave and valiant warrior which comes from Old French fort-escu “strong shield”, made up from fort (strong, brave, powerful) via Latin fortis, fortem (strong) derived from a PIE root word; and escu (shield) via Latin scutum (shield) which also derives from a PIE root…

Ivory

Ivory comes from the hard white substance of dentine formed in the tusks of elephants, walruses, etc. It comes from Latin eboreus (ivory) which could either be derived from a Phoenician or from an Ancient Egyptian source meaning “elephant, ivory”. Ivory is also the name of an off-white creamy color. Ivory is also an English surname…

Musashi

Musashi is a Japanese male name. The etymology behind the name is uncertain. It’s written with the hiragana 武 mu “warrior; military; chivalry; arms” and 蔵 sashi “storehouse; warehouse”. However, there are theories that it derives from the Ainu language from the word muzashi which comes from an older word munzashi which could be derived from Aini mun (grass, weeds), sa (open, exposed, a plain open…

Aaron

Aaron comes from Hebrew Aharon, a name of uncertain etymology and meaning. It’s possible that it comes from an Ancient Egyptian source, perhaps aha rw meaning “warrior lion”. It’s also possible that it comes from a Hebrew source with possible meanings of “high mountain”, “bright”, or “exalted”. Aaron is also a surname deriving from the given name….

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…