Carew

Carew comes from a Welsh and Cornish surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Carew. In Welsh it means “fort on the hill”, made up from Welsh elements caer (castle, fort) and rhiw (slope, hill), though it’s also possible that the second element may be composed of Welsh yw meaning “yew”,…

York

York comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from the city of York in northern England. The name was originally named from Latin Eboracum meaning “yew tree place” which comes from Proto-Celtic *eburos “yew”, combined with the Proto-Celtic possessive suffix *-ākos. The name later became associated with Old English Eoforwic meaning “boar settlement” or “boar village”…

Yuna

Yuna is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used: it means “night, evening” in the Ryukyu (Okinawan) dialect of Japanese (夕な); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (由奈); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 那 “what?” (由那); yu 優 “tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (優奈) yu 結 “tie, bind, join, organize” + na 愛 “love,…

Yvette

Yvette is a French female name, the feminine form of Yves, the French form of Ivo, which derives from Germanic element iv meaning “yew” via Proto-Germanic *īhwaz, derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that the name comes from a Proto-Celtic source, *iwos (yew), which is a cognate of Proto-Germanic *īhwaz. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic Variants: Ivette (Spanish) Evette (English) Yvetta (English, Czech)…

Yvain

Yvain is the French form of Owain, the name of a knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. Yvain is one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and Morgan le Fay. In Yvain, Knight of the Lion he is depicted as seeking revenge for the death of his cousin by the…

Tyree

Tyree comes from a Scottish surname, a shortened form of McIntyre, an anglicized form of  Scottish Gaelic Mac an tSaoir meaning “son of the carpenter”. It’s also possible that Tyree came out as a modern English name, a twist on Tyrese or Tyrone, the name of a Gaelic kingdom in Ireland (Tyrone being the anglicized form of Irish Tír Eoghain meaning “land…

Ivy

Ivy is an English female given name which comes from the word for any of a number of climbing plants with small yellowish flowers. The word comes from Old English ifig via Proto-Germanic *ibahs (ivy) which seems to be derived from a PIE root word. Ivy is also an English surname, a variant spelling of Ivey which seems to have…

Yvonne

Yvonne comes from a French female name, the feminine form of Yvon, a French medieval diminutive form of Yves which ultimately derives from Germanic element iv meaning “yew” via Proto-Germanic *īhwaz which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that the name comes from a Proto-Celtic source, *iwos (yew), which is a cognate of Proto-Germanic *īhwaz. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic…

Ivory

Ivory comes from the hard white substance of dentine formed in the tusks of elephants, walruses, etc. It comes from Latin eboreus (ivory) which could either be derived from a Phoenician or from an Ancient Egyptian source meaning “elephant, ivory”. Ivory is also the name of an off-white creamy color. Ivory is also an English surname…

Ewan

Ewan (pr. yoo-an) is a Scottish male name, an anglicized form of Eoghan, a name of uncertain meaning though possibly meaning “of the yew tree” or “born of the yew tree” though I’ve also seen it as possibly being derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning “youth”. Another possible origin for Eoghan is from Celtic Esugenios meaning “good born” derived from Proto-Celtic *esus (good) derived…