Color, Female, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, White

Wynne

Wynne is an English unisex given name which seems to be derived from Welsh gwyn meaning "blessed, fair, white" deriving from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Wynne may also derive from another source, from Old English wine (friend, lord, protector) via Proto-Germanic *winiz (loved one, friend) derived from a PIE root word. Wynne is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Wynne

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Female, G names, Proto-Indo-European

Gladys

Gladys comes from an old Welsh name, Gwladus, of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from gwlad meaning "country" which derives from a PIE source. It has also been used as the Welsh form of Claudia meaning "lame, crippled". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Gwladys (Welsh) Gwladus (Welsh)  

Hebrew, I names, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Virtues/Attributes

Iago

Iago is the Welsh and Galician form of Jacob or James meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter" from Hebrew Ya'aqov. It's the name of the villain in Shakespeare's Othello (1603). In Welsh it's pronounced ya-go in Welsh and ee-aw-go in Spanish. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jago (Cornish) Yago (Spanish)  

A names, Color, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Silver, Welsh mythology

Arianrhod

Arianrhod is t he name of a figure in Welsh mythology, the mother of Dylan ail Don and Lleu Llaw Gyffes, whom she conceived through magical means. Her name means "silver wheel" from Welsh arian (silver) and rhod (wheel), which may have hinted at an earlier association as a moon goddess. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aranrhod (Welsh)  

Animals, Battle/War, Etruscan, Female, Horses/Stallions, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh, Word names

March

March is the name of the third month of the year, derived from Latin Martius, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of Mars", Mars being the Roman god of war. The name is of uncertain etymology though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. It's also possible that Mars was derived from an older… Continue reading March

Male, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Sun, Virtues/Attributes

Sulgenius

Sulgenius is the name of one of Britain's legendary kings and who features in Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain written around 1136, a fictitious account of the history of the kings of Britain beginning with the Trojans and ending with the death of King Arthur. Sulgenius seems to be a Latinized form of Sulien,… Continue reading Sulgenius

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

Animals, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Joy, Lamb/Sheep, Literature, Norse, Numbers, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European, U names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Una

Una (pr. oo-na or yoo-na) is a female given name with various possible meanings and origins: it's an anglicized form of Irish Úna which derives from uan meaning "lamb" from Proto-Celtic *ognos from PIE *h₂egʷnós (lamb); it may also be derived from Latin una, the feminine form of unus meaning "one" though it also means "together, simultaneously". It derives from Latin unus (one, single; alone) from PIE *óynos (one; single). It was used… Continue reading Una

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

Camber

Camber is the name of the legendary first king of Cambria, which is the Latin name for Wales. The name comes from Welsh Cymro, the plural form of Cymry meaning "Welshman" or "compatriot" from Proto-Brythonic *kumroɣ. Camber is also a word that refers to a slight upward curve or arch of a surface. The origin of that word comes from Old… Continue reading Camber

Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Honey, M names, Nature, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Melrose

Melrose comes from an English surname derived from a place name in Scotland meaning "barren moor" or "barren heath" from Welsh moel (bare, barren; bald) from Proto-Celtic *maylos; and rhos (moor, heath), though the second element may also be derived from Old Irish ros meaning "promontory". However, Melrose as a given name could also be a combination of Mel, either a short… Continue reading Melrose

Color, Female, G names, Nickname names, Proto-Celtic, Virtues/Attributes, White

Gwen

Gwen is a short form of names beginning with gwen such as Gwendolyn, Gwenllian, and Guinevere, though it can also be used as a given name on its own. It comes from Wlesh gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed" derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Gwenn (Breton) Gwenno (originally a Welsh diminutive of Gwen) Gwenog (originally a Welsh diminutive of Gwen)   Male forms: Gwyn… Continue reading Gwen

B names, Female, Male, Old Norse, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Braith

Braith is a name of uncertain meaning though it may be derived from Welsh brith, braith meaning "speckled, mottled, brindled" derived from Proto-Brythonic *briθ (painted, speckled, variegated) which comes from Proto-Celtic *mrixtos (speckled). Braith is also a surname likely derived from the given name though it may be related to Old Norse breiðr meaning "broad". Origin: Proto-Celtic Variants: Brayth (English)  

Female, Male, Norman French, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Wallis

Wallis comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Wallace which is a Scottish and English surname meaning “Welsh” or “foreigner” from Norman French word waleis (foreign), originally used to refer to someone who was a Welshman or who lived at the border between England and Wales. This spelling makes it more of a unisex name than Wallace does. Origin:… Continue reading Wallis

Black/Dark, C names, Color, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Carlyle

Carlyle is a variant spelling of Carlisle, a surname derived from the name of a city in Cumbria, England. The place was originally called Luguvalium, originally a Roman settlement named by the Ancient Romans meaning "strength of Luguvalos", made up of Lugus, a Celtic god associated with the Roman god Mercury; the origin of his name is unknown though it's… Continue reading Carlyle

Female, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh mythology

Rhian

Rhian (pr. ree-an) is a Welsh female name meaning "maiden" from Welsh rhiain which derives from Proto-Celtic *rīganī- (queen). It could also be used as a short form of Rhiannon meaning "great queen" from Celtic Rigantona. In Welsh mythology, Rhiannon is a major figure in the Mabinogion and has been associated with the Gaulish goddess of horses, Epona. Rhian is also a Welsh male name,… Continue reading Rhian

Animals, Arabic, Basque, Bright/Clear, Chinese, Dolphin, Eastern African, Elements, Female, Greek mythology, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Kin/Family, Mythological creatures, Mythology, N names, Nature, Nymphs, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Swahili, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Naia

Naia has several possible meanings: Naia is a Basque female name meaning "wave, sea foam"; It may also be derived from the Naiads, water nymphs who typically inhabit fountains, streams, or any fresh water. The name comes from Ancient Greek nā́ō meaning "to flow" or nâma "running water", both derived from Proto-Indo-European *(s)neh₂- (to swim, to float); Spelled Nai'a, it's a Hawaiian word… Continue reading Naia

E names, Hebrew, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Evan

Evan is the anglicized form of Iefan, the Welsh form of John, the English form of Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning "Yahweh is gracious". Evan is also a surname originating from the given name. Evan could also be used as anickname for Evander or any name beginning with Evan. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Iefan (Welsh) Ifan (Welsh) Ieuan (Welsh) Ioan (Welsh, Romanian,… Continue reading Evan

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Emotion/Feelings, Male, Pictish, Sorrow, Sound, T names

Tristan

Tristan is the Old French form of Drustan,  a Pictish diminutive of Drust likely derived from Celtic drest meaning "riot" or "tumult", possibly in reference to the noise of the "clanking of swords". The spelling was changed to resemble the French word triste meaning "sad, sorrowful", likely because of the tragic affair of Tristan and Isolde- they fell in love after drinking… Continue reading Tristan