Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Origin: Greek

Meaning: a variant of Hesperia, itself the feminine form of Hesperos meaning "evening".

In Greek mythology, Hesperos is the personification of the evening star. The Hesperides were the goddess-nymphs of evening as well as being the guardians of the golden apples; their mother was Hesperis.

Masculine forms:

  • Hesperos
  • Hesperus

Feminine forms:
  •  Hesperia
  • Hesperis


Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek therao (to hunt) essentially meaning "hunter".

Another meaning I've seen is that is comes from Greek thêr meaning "wild animal" + the male suffix -ôn. Potnia Theron is an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis meaning Queen/Mistress of the Wild Beasts.


  • Théron (French)

Monday, August 29, 2016


Origin: Turkish, Nubian, Indian, English

Meaning: I couldn't find a particular meaning behind the name though the most common thing I came across was that it was a Turkish name; it's also a masculine name, belonging to a King of Kush (an ancient Nubian kingdom). Alara of Nubia was the first founder of the Napatan royal dynasty

Alara is also the name of a hermet saint and teacher of yogi meditation , Ālāra Kālāma; he also lived during the time of the Buddha and was one of his early teachers.

Alara is also the name of a water fairy in Turkic mythology, originating from Lake Baikal (a rift lake in Russia) and made from the tears of a thousand women. She takes on the appearance of a beautiful little girl with butterfly-like wings made out of light, and which sprinkle water when she beats them. Because her beauty and youth depend on water,  she must always stick close to the water. Alara has the power to remove hate and greed from people's hearts and make them capable of true love. Those who want Alara's help but must travel to the lake where she was last seen and and tie a colorful ribbon around the branch of a blooming lakeside tree; if the ribbon was cut from the handkerchief last used to wipe off the tears of a heartbroken person then the wish is more likely to become true. Wishes must be made under a cloudless night sky shortly before dawn and Alara answers the wisher with a light breeze, a shooting star, a light show of bioluminescent algae, or even by manifesting herself and talking to the wish maker. 

Alara could also just be a variant form of Lara with the a prefix, meaning either "citadel" or "to talk".

Alara Castle is a historic fortification located in Southern Turkey.

Interesting fact: Turkic mythology are myths and legends found in Turkey that have long been influenced by migrations and wars and  by other mythologies such as Tatar, Finnic, and Indo-European; as well as being influenced by Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism as well as Tengriist and Shamanist traditions, as well as Islamic symbols. From what I've seen so far, it's actually a very fascinating subject.


Origin: French, Germanic

Meaning: from a surname derived from French Maçon, the French form of Mason meaning "stoneworker", an occupational name for a stoneworker or brick layer. 

It also seems to be derived from a habitational name, Mâcon, an oblique form of Germanic personal name Mako, from Mago, a short form of a compound name from maht meaning "strength, power".

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Origin: Latin

Meaning: "harmony" or "unity".

The name of the Roman goddess of marital harmony, peace and understanding, Concordia is the Roman counterpart to the Greek goddess Harmonia. Her opposite is Discordia (or Eris in Greek myth).

  • Concord (male)


Origin: Ancient Germanic

Meaning: an English surname derived from French given name Gervais, from Gervasius, a Latinized form of a Germanic name from Germanic element ger meaning "spear" + a second element of unknown meaning though possibly derived from Celtic vassus meaning "servant" so essentially meaning "servant of the spear".

Masculine variants:
  • Gervais (French)
  • Gervasius (Ancient Germanic, Latinized)
  • Gero (German)
  • Gervas (German)
  • Geirr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Geir (Icelandic, Norwegian)
  • Gervase (English)
  • Gervasio (Italian, Spanish)
  • Gervásio (Portuguese)
  • Gerwazy (Polish)
  • Jervis (English)

Feminine variants
  • Gervaise (French)

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Origin: Welsh

Meaning: composed of Welsh elements lili (lily) and gwen (white, fair, blessed) meaning "lily white" or "white lily" or "fair/blessed lily".

Variants: Lilwenn


Origin: Latin

Meaning: the English form of Latin Caelestinus, a derivative of Caelestis meaning "of the sky, heavenly".

Celestine is a unisex name that seems to be more commonly used for girls than boys, yet it does have a legitimate use of being used on men.

Masculine variants: 
  • Célestin (French)
  • Celestino (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Celestyn (Polish)
  • Caelestinus (Latin)
  • Caelestis (Latin)

Feminine variants:
  • Célestine (French)
  • Celestina (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Celestyna (Polish)

Friday, August 26, 2016


Origin: Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Georgian

Ника (Russian) Nika

ნიკა (Georgian) Nika

Meaning: the Russian diminutive of Veronika (and other names ending in -nika), a cognate of Veronica, the Latin form of Berenike, the Macedonian form of Greek Pherenike meaning "bringing victory" from Greek pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). Nika is also the short form of masculine name Nikita, the Russian form of Greek niketas meaning "winner, victory".

Nika is also the Slovene and Croatian feminine form of Nikola, a cognate of Nicholas, meaning "victory of the people".

It's also the masculine diminutive of Nikoloz, the Georgian form of Nicholas.


Origin: Arabic, Turkish

يوسف‎‎ (Arabic)

Meaning: Arabic and Turkish form of Yosef, the Hebrew form of Joseph meaning "He will add" or "God will add/increase".


  • Yusuf, Yousef, Youssef (Arabic)
  • Yusif (Azerbaijani)
  • Yosef (Hebrew)


Origin: Italian; English, Scottish

Meaning: the feminine form of Rosso, an Italian surname derived from Latin Russus meaning "red".

Rossa could also be a feminine form of Ross, a Scottish surname from Gaelic ros meaning "promontory, headland".

  • Ross 


Origin: Welsh

Meaning: from Welsh llwyd meaning "gray" or "brown" especially when it is used in conjunction with other nouns or adjectives such as penllwyd (brown-headed) or llwydwyn (gray-white).

It was originally a descriptive name referring to someone with gray hair or, alternatively, someone with brown or mousy-colored hair.

  • Loyd
  • Floyd (English form of the name)
  • Llwyd (Welsh)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Origin: French

Meaning: a diminutive form of Anne, the French form of Anna, ultimately deriving from Hannah, from Hebrew Channah, meaning "favor" or "grace".

Since -ette is a diminutive form meaning "little" the name means "little Ann(e)" or "little Nan" (Nan also being a diminutive form of Ann(e).

Nicknames: Nan, Etta, Etty/Ettie

  • Nannette
  • Nanetta 
  • Nannetta 


Origin: Latin, Greek

Meaning: from Latin agaricum from Greek agarikon, deriving its name from a town called Agaria. Though the exact meaning of the name is unclear, it could mean "tree fungus" or referring to some sort of tree fungus.

Agaric is the name of a genus of mushrooms known as fly agaric as well as once being applied to refer to tree fungus.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Origin: Irish

Meaning: possibly a feminine form of Feidlimid, a unisex name which possibly means "beauty" or "ever good" in Irish Gaelic.

In Irish mythlogy, this name is borne by several women, including the daughter of Conchobar mac Nessa (king of Ulster in the Ulster cycle) as well a prophetess and poetess.

Delma is a short form of the name.


  • Fedelm
  • Fidelma
  • Fedelma
  • Feidhelm
  • Feidlimid (unisex)


Origin: Hebrew

Λαζαρος  (Ancient Greek) Lazaros

Meaning: the Latinized form of Greek Lazaros, itself the Greek form of Eleazar, a Hebrew name meaning "(my) God has helped".


  • Lazaros (Greek)
  • Eleazar (Hebrew)
  • El'azar (Hebrew)
  • Elazar 
  • Lazar (Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian)
  • Lazzaro (Italian)
  • Lazare (French)
  • Lázaro (Spanish)


Origin: Persian, Hebrew

וַשְׁתִּי (Ancient Hebrew)- Washtiy

Meaning: the name most likely has Persian origins and perhaps means "beautiful" or "best".

It could also be related to Hebrew, meaning either "thread" or "when drinking" or "that drinks".

Interesting fact: the Hebrew alphabet doesn't have a V so Vashti was originally Washti, from the letter waw, the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet; it's also a demonstrative article meaning "and" as well as meaning "hook" or "peg", used strictly for the hook/pegs that kept the curtains of the tabernacle in place.

Variants: Washti


Origin: Greek

Meaning: the English form of Latin Gregorius, from Greek Gregorios meaning "watchful, alert".

Greg/Gregg are short forms of the name. 

Masculine variants:

  • Grigor, Krikor (Armenian)
  • Grigor (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Welsh)
  • Gregor (German, Scottish, Slovak, Slovene)
  • Greger (Swedish)
  • Reijo, Reko (Finnish)
  • Gregorio (Italian, Spanish)
  • Grégoire, Grégory (French)
  • Grigori, Grigoriy, Grigory, Grisha (Russian)

Feminine forms:

  • Gregoria (Italian, Spanish, Late Greek)

Monday, August 22, 2016


Origin: Swahili (East African), Welsh, English, Arabic, Basque, Hawaiian, Greek

نايا‎‎ (Arabic)

Meaning: a very multicultural name with many meanings. The most common I keep seeing is that it is a variant spelling of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning "purpose", "will", or "resolve"; a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning "bright"; or it could be a short form of Antonia (the feminine form of Anthony, meaning unknown) or Natalia (meaning "Christmas day").

Naya is also an Arabic feminine name derived from Persian nay or ney, referring to a musical instrument also known as saz.

It could also be a variant spelling of Naia, a Basque name meaning "wave, sea foam".

It could also be a variant spelling of Hawaiian Nai'a, the Hawaiian word for "dolphin".

And lastly, Naya could be a variant of Naida, from Greek Naiad which refers to a type of water nymph in Greek mythology; the name means "to flow" or "running water".

Variants: Naia, Naiyah


Origin: Greek

Εὐήνωρ (Ancient Greek)

Meaning: Although I couldn't find a site that listed the meaning of this name, I believe that the first part is from Greek element eu which means "good" and that that is the meaning of the name. 

In Greek mythology, Evenor (or Euenor) and his wife Leucippe (Leukippe) are autochthons, mortals who spring from the earth itself and are therefore tied to the very land itself. They have a daughter, Cleito (Kleito) who marries Poseidon and they have five pairs of twin sons, who ruled over the island of their birth called Atlantis, named after the oldest son Atlas.

Evenor is also mentioned briefly in Homer's Odyssey, whose son is one of Penelope's persistent suitors later killed by Telemachus, as well as belonging to a few minor figures in Greek history.

I suppose, if you want to stretch it, Evenora could be the feminine form of the name.

Variants: Euenor

Feminine forms: 

  • Evenora


Origin: English

Meaning: a combination of Greek Melanie (black, dark) or Greek Melissa (bee) with the suffix -inda. Melinda can also be a combination of Greek meli (honey) and Linda, which is either from a Germanic element meaning "soft, tender" or from the Spanish and Portuguese word linda meaning "beautiful".

Some short forms of the name are Mindy, Lindy, Meli, & Linda.

Variants: Malinda


Origin: English

Meaning: an English surname meaning "merchant, trader" denoting someone in that occupation, from old French mercier which itself comes from Latin mercarius meaning merchandise.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Origin: German

Meaning: from German Deutsch meaning "Dutch", an archaic term that once referred to the German people as a whole, whether by language, dialect, or a homeland. It is now more commonly used to refer to the inhabitants of the Netherlands.


Origin: Italian, English

Meaning: a short form of Isabella, the Latinate form of Isabel which is the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth meaning "my God is an oath" or "my God is abundance".

Bella is also the Italian word for "beautiful".

Variants: Belle is the French form of the name, also meaning beautiful in French.

As a surname, it possibly comes from a habitational name from the Basilicata Bella in Potenza, perhaps named from Latin labellum meaning "little basin".


Origin: English

Meaning: from a surname meaning "maker of cord" or "seller of cord", derived from Old French corde meaning "rope" via Latin chorda and Greek khorde.

Cord, Dell, and Cordy are diminutive forms of the name.


Origin: Arabic, African

Meaning: Zaïre (or Zaire) is a name created by Voltaire for a play, perhaps basing it from Zahrah meaning either "blooming flower" or "bright, shining, radiant".

Zaire was also the name of what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The name came from a Portuguese adaption of the Congo river from Kongo word nzere or nzadi meaning "river that swallows all rivers".


Origin: Welsh

Meaning: Unfortunately I couldn't find any meaning behind this name, but there was a Welsh bishop (and later saint) by the name in 7th century Wales (he died in 640). However, it's possible his name is either a form of or corruption of Sulio, perhaps related to Sulien, related to Sulgen, meaning "born of the sun" or "born from the sun"- but that is a stretch and total guesswork on my part.


Origin: French

Meaning: the French feminine form of George, derived from Greek Georgios meaning "farmer, earthworker".

Georges is the French masculine form of George, pronounced zhorzh.

Georgie, Gigi and Ettie are short forms of the name.


  • Georgetta (English)
  • Georgietta
  • Georgine
  • Georgina 
  • Georgiana 
  • Georgia



Origin: Ancient Germanic

Meaning: from Germanic elements fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning "dangerous/brave journey"; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning "peace".

Ferdi/Ferdy is a short form of the name.

Masculine variants: 

  • Fernand (French)
  • Fernando (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Ferdinando (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)
  • Ferran (Catalan)
  • Ferdynand (Polish)
  • Ferdinánd, Nándor (Hungarian)
  • Fernão (Portuguese)
  • Hernando, Hernán, Nando (Spanish)

Feminine forms: 
  • Ferdinanda (Italian, German)
  • Fernanda (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)
  • Fernande (French)

Link to my old blog

I've come over from wordpress from A Blog of Characters. The link to is is pasted below. I'm looking forward to seeing how Blogger works out for me and hopefully I'll post even more names. For anyone curious, I'm not sure if I'll repost some of the names I've already written it about (though I have a suspicion I might, since I'm starting anew, so to speak).

Saturday, August 20, 2016



Origin: French

Meaning: the feminine form of François, the French form of Franciscus meaning "Frenchman".

  • Frances

Male forms:
  • François (m)
  • Francis



Origin: Scottish

Meaning: a Scottish surname from given name Blaan meaning "yellow".

Variants: Blain, Blayn, Blayne