Ida

Ida is the name of two sacred mountains in Greek mythology, one located on the island of Crete and another in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). The one in Crete is where the god Zeus was supposedly born and hidden, named by two nymphs named Ida and Adrasteia. It may be derived from Ancient Greek í̄d (ἴ̄δη) meaning “wooded hill, wood”…

Sylvia

Sylvia is a variant spelling of Silvia, a Latin female name which is the feminine form of Silvius, a Roman cognomen meaning “wood, forest; orchard, grove” via Latin silva (wood, forest; orchard, grove) derived from Proto-Indo-European *swel-, *sel- (beam, board, frame, threshold). In Roman mythology, Rhea Silvia is the mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, while there’s also…

Doris

Doris is the name of a sea nymph in Greek mythology, daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys, and the wife of the sea-god Nereus with whom she had the Nereids, the fifty daughters of Nereus, one of whom was Thetis, the mother of Achilles. She seems have been the goddess of fishing grounds at the mouth of rivers where free water mingled with sea…

Juan

Juan (pr. hwan; Forvo) is a Spanish and Manx name, the Spanish form of John which comes from Hebrew meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Juan is also a Chinese female name meaning 娟 “beautiful, graceful” though there are other meanings depending on the characters used. Juan is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji…

Gwydion

Gwydion is a Welsh male name meaning “born of trees”, a modern form of Guidgen, made up from Welsh gwŷdd (trees; plough) which comes from Proto-Brythonic *gwɨð (wood, trees) derived form Proto-Celtic *widus (wood, trees), a cognate with Proto-Germanic *widuz (wood); and Proto-Celtic *genos (family, clan; birth) derived from a PIE root word. In Welsh mythology, Gwydion is a hero and a trickster as well as…

Guy

Guy is the Norman French form of Wido, an Ancient Germanic name which originated as a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element witu “wood” or wit “wide”. Guy as also been used as an anglicized transcription of Gai, a Hebrew male name meaning “valley, gorge, ravine”. As a surname it originated from the given name above, but it…

Kylie

Kylie is a female given name. I’ve seen it listed as coming from an Australian Aboriginal word meaning “boomerang”; it could also be a variant form of Kyla, the feminine form of Kyle, which comes from a Scottish surname likely derived from Scottish Gaelic caol meaning “narrows”, “strait”, “channel”. It may also be derived from Scottish Gaelic coille meaning “wood, forest”. Origin:…

Savina

Savina is an Italian female name, the Italian form of Sabina, the feminine form of Ancient Roman cognomen Sabinus meaning “Sabine”, referring to a member of an ancient tribe in Italy that was eventually assimilated into the Roman Empire. From what I could find, it supposedly means “of one’s own” derived from a PIE root word, however I’ve seen…

Lux

Lux is a Latin word meaning “light” which comes from PIE root *lewk- (bright; light; to shine). Lux is also a Germanic short form of Lukas via Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the latter the name of an ancient region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of…