Lucky

Lucky is an English word referring to something or someone having or is marked by good luck or someone or something that is fortunate, and often used as a nickname for someone who is lucky though it could also be used as a given name. Lucky is also a surname derived from the given name Luke/Lucas, the English form of Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the name of a 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 Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred wood” or Greek lykos meaning “wolf”.

Origin: Greek, Latin

 

Variants:

  • Luck

 

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Kelly

Kelly comes from a surname, an anglicized form of Ó Ceallaigh meaning “descendant of Ceallach”, Ceallach being an Irish given name of uncertain meaning though possible meanings attributed to it are “bright-headed” or perhaps coming from Irish ceallach “war, strife, contention” or Irish ceall meaning “church”. Kelly could also be derived from Scottish Gaelic coille meaning “wooded area” and “grove, forest, woodland”.

Origin: Gaelic

Female forms:

  • Kelley
  • Kelli
  • Kellie
  • Kelleigh

 

Male forms:

  • Kelley
  • Ceallach (Irish)
  • Ceallagh (Irish)
  • Ceallachán (Irish)

 

Lukan

Lukan is a variant spelling of Lucan, derived from Roman Lucanus meaning “from Lucania”, referring to someone who came from the city of Lucania located in southern Italy. The name seems to be derived from Ancient Greek *leukos meaning “white” and “bright, shining”, or it could be derived from Latin lucus meaning “sacred wood” or “sacred grove” (lucus is also a cognate of lucere meaning “shining, bright” from the same root word as *leukos). Lucan is also a place name in Ireland, deriving its name from Gaelic Leamhcán meaning “place of the elms” from leamhán (elm) and ceann (headland, point).

As well as being a given name, Lukan is also a surname which seems to be derived from the given name. Lucan is also the name of a character in the Arthurian legend, a knight of the Round Table, as well as Butler of the royal court.

Origin: Ancient Greek, Latin, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Lucan (English, Ancient Roman)
  • Lucanus (Ancient Roman)
  • Loukanos (Ancient Greek)

 

Sylvester

Sylvester is the medieval spelling of Silvester, a Roman name meaning “of the wood, of the forest” from Latin silvestris from silva (wood, forest, grove). Sylvester is also a surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Vester, Sly

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Silvester (Late Roman, Dutch, Slovene, Slovak, German, English)
  • Silvestr (Czech)
  • Sylvestre (French)
  • Szilveszter (Hungarian)
  • Silvestro (Italian)
  • Sylwester (Polish)
  • Silvestre (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Silvestras (Lithuanian)
  • Sylvestris (Latin)

 

Female forms:

  • Sylvestra (English)
  • Silvestra (Italian, Slovene)

 

Tamarack

Tamarack is the name of a tree, a species of larch trees. It comes from Algonquian (a Native American language) possibly meaning “wood used for snowshoes”. A poster named Boreas was the one who brought the name to my attention when he (or she) commented on the post about Linden; I’d never heard of it before than although I recognized the pictures when I looked it up. I’ve probably seen trees like that countless times but never knew the name of it.  But the more I think about it, the more I like it.

Nicknames: Tam, Tama, Tammy

Origin: Native American (Algonquian)

*Tamarack is the one with the yellow leaves*