Dirk

Dirk is a Low German and Dutch short form of Diederik, which is the Dutch form of Theodoric, a Germanic name meaning “ruler of the people” composed from Proto-Germanic elements *þeudō (people, nation) and *rīks (king, ruler) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Dirk is also the name of a type of dagger which originated with the Scots…

Asaya

Asaya is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: asa 朝 “morning; dynasty; regime” + ya 也 “to be” (朝也); asa 朝 “morning; dynasty; regime” + ya 弥 “all the more; increasingly” (朝弥); asa 麻 “hemp; flax; linen” + ya 矢 “arrow” (麻矢); a 亜 “Asia; rank next. come after” + sa 紗 “silk gauze; gossamer” + ya 弥 “all the more;…

Bowie

Bowie comes from an Irish and Scottish surname which seems to be derived from Scottish Gaelic buidhe meaning “yellow”, possibly originating as a nickname for someone who was fair-haired. It’s also possible that it may be an Anglicized form of Ó Buadhaigh meaning “descendant of Buadhach”, Buadhach deriving from buaidh meaning “victory, triumph”. The Bowie knife was named after American pioneer Jim…

Cain

Cain is the name of the firstborn son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel. It seems to be derived from Hebrew qanah meaning “acquired, acquisition” or perhaps related to a root word meaning “to create”; it could also be from qayin meaning “spear” or “smith” Cain is also a Welsh word and female name meaning “lovely,…

Germaine

Germaine is a French female name, the feminine form of Germain, the French form of Germanus, an Ancient Roman cognomen given to those who were from Germany or who came from one of the various Germanic tribes at the time. The origin of the name is uncertain; it may be derived from a Celtic or Gaulish word,…

Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,…

Gerald

Gerald is an English male name, as well as a surname, made up from Germanic elements ger (spear) and wald (rule) essentially meaning “ruler of the spear”. Nicknames: Gerry, Jerry Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Jerald (English) Jerold (English) Jerrold (English) Gerold (Germanic, Ancient Germanic) Gerhold (Archaic German) Gerolt (Dutch) Gérald (French) Géraud (French) Gearalt (Irish) Gearóid (Irish) Giraldo (Italian) Geraldo (Spanish,…

Gertrude

Gertrude is an English and German female given name meaning “spear strength”, made up of Germanic elements ger (spear) and thrud (strength). It was used by Shakespeare for a character in Hamlet (1600) as the mother of the eponymous character. Nicknames: Gert, Gerty/Gertie, Trudy/Trudie, Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic Variants: Gertrud (German, Swedish, Ancient Germanic) Gertraud (German) Geretrudis (Latinized Ancient…

Frankie

Frankie is a nickname for Francis/Frances or any of its forms (Franklin, Francesca, etc.). The name comes from Franciscus, a Late Latin name meaning “Frenchman” which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning “free” or “free man”, though it may also be derived from Proto-Germanic *frankô meaning “spear, javelin”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Franky…

Saxony

Saxony is the name of a region in Germany with a long history. The name comes from the Saxon tribe who originally inhabited the area. Their name may have originated from the name of a type of dagger they used, from Middle English sax from Old English seax meaning “dagger” or “knife” from Proto-Germanic *sahsą (dagger, knife) derived from PIE root word *sek- (to…