Moria

Moria is a female given name with several etymologies and meanings: it's a the name of a Naiad nymph in Greek mythology whose brother Tylos was killed by a dragon, though she later brought him back to life with a magical herb. This myth is similar to the story of Pelops, who had been killed … Continue reading Moria

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Kyle

Kyle 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: Scottish Gaelic Female forms: Kyla (English)  

Keith

Keith comes from a Scottish surname of uncertain meaning though it may be derived from Proto-Brythonic word *koɨd meaning "wood, forest", ultimately from a Proto-Celtic origin. The name may have come from an ancient Germanic tribe known as the Catti who came to Scotland in the 11th century to help the native population defend themselves against the … Continue reading Keith

Bailey

Bailey is a unisex given name which comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it's an occupational surname meaning "bailiff", referring to someone who was an officer of the court, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff's deputy in charge with keeping order; it derives from Latin bāiulus (carrier, porter; manager, steward); it also … Continue reading Bailey

Dorian

Dorian comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology, they got their name from their founder, Dorus, which at first glance seems related to Greek doron meaning "gift" from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃rom (gift) from the root *deh₃- (to give). However, the exact origins of the name are not uncertain. It's possible Dorian also derives from Proto-Indo-European … Continue reading Dorian

Xylander

Xylander seems to have originated as a surname made up of Greek elements xylon (wood, forest) and andros (man) meaning "wood man" or "man of the forest". It was the surname of Wilhelm Holtzman (a German classic scholar in the 16th century) who changed his last name to Xylander which translates into the same meaning as Holtzman, though whether he … Continue reading Xylander

Zylphia

Zylphia may be a variant form of Zelpha, itself a form of Zilpah, a Hebrew female name of uncertain meaning though I've seen it as possibly meaning "frailty" or "drop, drip sprinkle, pour".  Zylphia may also be a variant form of Sylvia which comes from the Latin name Silvius meaning "wood, forest" from Latin silva (wood, forest) derived from Proto-Indo-European *swel-, *sel- (beam, board, … Continue reading Zylphia

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 … Continue reading Lucky

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: … Continue reading Kelly

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 … Continue reading Lukan