Christmas

Christmas is a major Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, usually celebrated on December 25. It means “Christ’s mass” from Old English Cristes mæsse and seems to have been used sparingly as a given name, for either gender. Christmas is also an English surname, either originating as a nickname for someone born on that day, or…

Chione

Chione (pr. kee-oh-nee) is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a daughter of the Oceanid Callirrhoe, who was turned into a snow cloud by Hermes. Chione is also the name of an Aurae (wind nymph) who was the goddess of the snow and winter, and daughter of Boreas (god of the north wind, who also had a lover…

Wentworth

Wentworth comes from an English surname, a locational name meaning “Wintra’s enclosure”, Wintra being an Old English word for winter combined with worð (enclosure); it may have referred to a settlement that was only used in winter. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Tori

Tori is often used as a nickname for Victoria, the feminine form of Victor meaning “victor, victory” via Latin victor (victor, conqueror) which derives from a PIE root word. In Roman mythology, Victoria is the name of the Roman goddess of victory (the Roman counterpart of Nike). Tori 鳥 is also a Japanese word meaning “bird; chicken”, as well as also being the…

Natasha

Natasha comes from a Russian diminutive of Natalya, the Russian form of Natalia, a Late Latin name meaning “birth, birthday”, though the name is often associated with Christmas Day because of the expression natale domini (the birth of the Lord), in reference to the birth of Jesus Christ; natalis means “birth” from Latin. Nicknames: Tasha (Russian, English), Nata (Russian) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nataša…

Eirawen

Eirawen is a Welsh female name meaning “snow white” made up from Welsh elements eira (snow) via Proto-Brythonic *ėrɣ (snow) via Proto-Celtic *argyos (white) ultimately deriving from a PIE root word; and wen, a variation of gwen meaning “white, fair, blessed) derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Origin: Proto-Indo-European        

Lumi

Lumi is a Finnish and Estonian word meaning “snow”, used as a female given name, as well as also being an Albanian word meaning “river”. Origin: Finnish, Estonian, Albanian  

Winter

Winter is the name for the coldest season of the year that comes from Proto-Germanic *wintruz (winter) though the etymology behind it is uncertain. It’s possible that it derives from PIE *wend-, the root word of *wed- (wet, water). It’s also possible that it may be derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Winter is also a surname, likely originating as a nickname…

February

February is the name of the second month of the year. It comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa from Latin februum meaning “purification, purging”; the word is of uncertain origin though it could be derived from a Sabine source, from a PIE word *dʰewh₂- (smoke, haze) or from a root word *dʰegʷʰ- (to burn). There’s also a Roman god called…