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…

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

Owen

Owen has two possibly origins and meanings. The first is that it is a modern form of Owain, an Old Welsh name of uncertain origin. It could be a Welsh form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning “well born” or “noble born” from Ancient Greek elements eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also…

Kaya

Kaya is a given name with a variety of meanings and origins such as: it’s a Malay word meaning “wealthy” and “rich, affluent”; Kaya is a Turkish male name meaning “rock” as well as a Turkish surname derived from the same origin as the given name; Kaya could also be an elaborate form of Kay, either…