Friday, September 30, 2016

Yao-ji



Origin: Chinese

Meaning: this was a hard name to find any concrete information on. Like all Chinese names the meaning depends on the Chinese characters used. It appears to be a unisex name.

Yaoji is also the name of a Chinese mountain goddess.

If you separate the names, Yao is a Chinese unisex name with various meanings of: "goblin"; "phantom"; "mother-of-pearl"; "jade"; "dark"; "deep"; "brilliant"; "glorious"; "high"; "sage"; "mound, round mass (of earth)"; and "sparkle, dazzle".

Ji is a unisex Sino-Korean name meaning "wisdom, intelligent" and likely other meanings depending on the characters used. Ji is also a Chinese surname.


Variants:
  • Yao-Ji
  • Yaoji

Orsino



Origin: Italian

Meaning: the Italian form of Roman Ursinus, derived from Ursus meaning "bear".


Variants:
  • Ursinus (Late Roman)
  • Ursus (Late Roman)
  • Urs (German)
  • Orso (Italian)

Feminine forms:
  • Orsina (Italian)
  • Ursa (Late Latin)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Colby



Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: an English surname and place name from Old Norse nickname koli meaning "coal, dark" and býr meaning "town, settlement". 

Variants:
  • Kolby 
  • Colbie

Anand



Origin: Indian

Meaning: an Indian masculine as well as a surname meaning "happiness, bliss" in Sanskrit.


Feminine forms:
  • Ananda (also a unisex name)
  • Anandi

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Zita



Origin: Italian, Hungarian, Greek

Meaning: it means "little girl" in Tuscan Italian. It's also the Hungarian feminine diminutive of Felicitás, the Hungarian form of Latin Felicitas meaning "good luck, fortune". 

It could also be from Greek zetein meaning "to seek" or "seeker".

Zita is also the name of a Hittite prince though I couldn't find much info on the name.

Variants:
  • Zyta (Polish)
  • Zeta (also the last letter of the Greek alphabet)

Dante



Origin: Italian

Meaning: a medieval short form of Durante, the Italian form of Latin Durans meaning "enduring".


Variants:
  • Durante (Italian)
  • Durans (Late Roman)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Eiry



Origin: Welsh

Meaning: a Welsh name meaning "snow", probably a variant of another Welsh name, Eira, also meaning "snow".

It's pronounced Ei-ree


Variants:
  • Eira

Cain



Origin: Hebrew, Welsh, French, English

Meaning: Derived from the Hebrew root word qanah meaning "acquired" or "acquisition"; it could also be from qayin meaning "spear" or "smith".

Cain is also a Welsh feminine name meaning "beautiful", usually a short form of names such as Ceinwen or Ceindeg. Also spelled Keyne. It's pronounced kyne in Welsh.

It's also a surname from French Caen, a town in Normandy derived from Gaulish elements catu (battle) and magos (field, plain) meaning "battle field" or "battle plain", as well as an English surname from Middle English cane referring to a "cane, reed", an occupational surname for someone who gathered reeds for weaving baskets or for floor covering.

In the Bible, Cain is the firstborn son of Adam and Eve and the older brother of Abel. He was a tiller of the ground while Abel was a shepherd and when they made an offering to God, He prefered Abel's sacrifice over Cain's. In his jealousy, Cain killed his younger brother becoming the first human to kill.


Variants:
  • Kain (Biblical Greek)
  • Kayin (Hebrew)
  • Kane
  • Cane

Nora



Origin: English, Arabic

Meaning: a short form of names ending in nora such as Honora or Honoria meaning "honor" or Eleanor/Eleanora/Lenora meaning "the other Aenor".

Nora is also an Arabic feminine name related to Nura, the strictly feminine form of Nur meaning "light".


Variants:
  • Norah
  • Norina (Italian diminutive of Nora)
  • Nóirín (Irish diminutive of Nora)
  • Noreen/Norene 

Eamon



Origin: Irish

Meaning: a variant of Éamonn, the Irish form of Edmund meaning "wealthy protection" from Old English elements ead (wealth, fortune) and mund (protection).

It's pronounced Ay-mon or Aim-an.


Variants:
  • Éamonn
  • Éamon
  • Eamonn
  • Eamon
  • Edmund

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pegan



Origin: Irish

Meaning: a variant form of Pegeen which is an Anglicized form of Peigín, the Irish form of Peggy which itself is a short form of Margaret meaning "pearl".

 Peigín is pronounced PEG-een while Pegan is PEG-an.

Peg is usually a short form of the name.


Variants:
  • Peigi (pronounced PEG-ee)
  • Pegeen

Andro



Origin: Croatian, Georgian, Greek

Meaning: the Croatian form of Andrew meaning "manly, masculine" from Greek andreios. It's also a Georgian short form of masculine given name Andria, which is also the Georgian and Corsican form of Andrew.

Andro is also the Greek genitive of aner meaning "man".

Ozanne



Origin: English

Meaning: a variant spelling of Osanne, the French form of Italian Osanna derived from Hebrew Hosanna, a Hebrew liturgical word meaning "deliver us" or "save us".


Variants:
  • Osanna (Italian)
  • Osanne (French)
  • Hosanna (Hebrew)

Maui



Origin: Polynesian, Hawaiian

Meaning: the etymology behind the name seems uncertain but I've seen possible meanings such as "the left hand", "to live or to subsist", or "turning aside".

In Polynesian and Hawaiian mythology, Maui is a demigod as well as a trickster who created the Pacific islands, caught the sun with a lasso made from his sister's hair to stop it from moving so fast, giving people more hours in the day; lifted the sky high so people would be able to stand upright; it's also believed that he discovered the art of fire and shared it with the people. In all the myths, however, Maui is often depicted as brave, heroic, and compassionate to the people as well as intelligent.

Maui is also the name of an island, part of the Hawaiian islands.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Unity



Origin: English, Latin

Meaning: an English word from Middle English unite itself from Anglo-French unité derived from Latin unitas from unus meaning "one". It's used to refer to a state or quality of being one or whole; unified or united into one mind, feeling, or argument.

Wilmer




Origin: Germanic

Meaning: comprised from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and meri (famous) meaning "desiring fame" or "famous desire".


Variants:
  • Willamar (Ancient Germanic)
  • Wilmar
  • Willmer 
  • Vilmar (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)

Jorie



Origin: English

Meaning: a short form of Marjorie, a medieval variant of Margery, from given name Margaret meaning "pearl".

It's a different name from the spelling Jory, itself the Cornish masculine form of George.



Variants:
  • Jori

Xander



Origin: English

Meaning: a short form of Alexander from Greek Alexandros meaning "defending men" or "defender of men" or "Protector of men" from Greek alexo (to defend, protect, to help) and aner (man).



Variants:
  • Zander


Feminine forms:
  • Xandra
  • Zandra

Friday, September 23, 2016

Wildred



Origin: English


Meaning: this seems to be a very rare name but I'm guessing it's made up of Germanic element wil (will, desire) and Anglo-Saxon dred/þryð (strength) so essentially meaning "desiring strength" or "willful strength".


The first time I heard this name was on TV show Major Crimes where a female character was named Wildred, though the first time I heard it I mistook it for Mildred. It was such an unusual name that I had to look it up. I found a few bearers of the name, mostly old women, though it was also used by a few men as well. 





Ira



Origin: Hebrew, Russian, Sanskrit, Polynesian, Latin, Greek, Basque

Meaning: I thought Ira would be an easy name to profile but as it turns out, it actually has quite a bit of background. It is a masculine Hebrew name meaning "watchful", pronounced eye-rah.

It's also a Russian feminine diminutive of Irina, a cognate of Irene meaning "peace"- it's pronounced EE-rah.

It also seems to be a Sanskrit unisex name. As a masculine name it means "wind" while as a feminine name it means "speech", "comfort", "earth", "refreshment", "water", "enjoyment"; it seems to have some usage in Hindu mythology, being an epithet of the goddess Saraswati.

Ira is also the name of a Polynesian sky goddess, but I couldn't find a meaning behind the name.

Ira is also the Latin word for "wrath".

Ira is also the modern Greek form of Hera (prnounced EE-rah), which is of uncertain meaning but could mean "hero, warrior", "period of time", or "to be chosen".

It's also a Basque surname meaning "bracken" or "fern".




Elyse



Origin: English

Meaning: a variant spelling of Elise, itself a short form of Elizabeth meaning "my God is an oath" or "my God is abundance".


Variants:
  • Elise
  • Elisa
  • Elysa
  • Elissa/ Elyssa

Oleg



Origin: Russian

Meaning: the Russian form of Helge, from Old Norse name Helgi meaning "holy, blessed".


Variants:
  • Helgi (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Helge (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German)
  • Oleh (Ukrainian)
  • Aleh (Belarusian)

Feminine forms:
  • Olga
  • Helga 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Yanyu



Origin: Chinese

Meaning: depending on the Chinese characters used, a Chinese name can have a variety of meanings. From what I've found, Yanyu can mean "misty rain" or swallow jade".

Yanyu is also a combination of two name elements which can be used on their own or combined with other name elements: Yan, a unisex name meaning "beautiful, gorgeous" (used as a feminine name), or "cliff, rocks", "mist, smoke" or '"voluptuous" and likely other meanings depending on the character used. Yu is also a unisex name meaning "jade, gem", "pleasant, delightful", or "rain"; it could also have other meanings as well.

Yanyu seems to be a unisex name.


Variants:
  • Yan-Yu
  • Yan-yu

Hollister



Origin: English, French

Meaning: an occupational surname for a brothelkeeper, from Old French holier/hollier, a variant of horier meaning "pimp", from an agent noun of hore, hure meaning "whore". Apparently Hollier was also used as an abusive nickname.

Hollister is also an English habitational surname referring to someone who lived near a holly grove or a holly tree, derived from Middle English holie or holin meaning "holly".


Variants:
  • Hollier

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ivette



Origin: Spanish

Meaning: the Spanish form of Yvette, itself the French feminine form of Yves, a medieval French form of Ivo, from a Germanic element meaning "yew".


Variants:
  • Yvette (French, English)
  • Yvonne (French, English)
  • Evonne
  • Evette
  • Ivet (Bulgarian)
  • Iveta (Czech, Slovak)
  • Yvetta



Cortez



Origin: Spanish, Portuguese

Meaning: a Spanish and Portuguese surname derived from Old French corteis or curteis meaning "courteous" or "polite".

It's also a habitational surname referring to someone who came from a place called Cortes, itself the plural form of corte meaning "court".


Variants:

  • Cortés (Spanish, Castalian, Galician, Valencian)
  • Cortès (Catalan)
  • Cortês (Portuguese)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Willa




Origin: English

Meaning: a short form of Wilhelmina or a feminine form of William composed of Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). It could also just be an elaborated form of Germanic element wil meaning "will, desire".


Variants:
  • Wylla

Raleigh



Origin: English

Meaning: from a surname either means "red clearing" from Old English read (red) and leah (clearing,wood) or it means "roe deer clearing" from Old English ra (roe) and leah (clearing, wood)

It's pronounced rah-lee.


Variants:
  • Rawley

Monday, September 19, 2016

Aeronwy



Origin: Welsh

Meaning: a combination of Aeron, either from the Welsh word aeron meaning "fruits" or "berries" or the Welsh form of Celtic Agrona meaning "battle, slaughter" combined with the suffix -wy meaning "river"  esstenially meaning "river of fruits/berries" or "river of slaughter/battle".

It's pronounced eye-RAWN-wee; the link to forvo is below, though it can also be pronounced air-AWN-wee.

http://forvo.com/search/aeronwy/

Darcy



Origin: Norman French, Irish

Meaning: from a surname derived from Norman French d'Arcy referring to someone who came from a place called Arcy in France, which could be derived from Gaulish personal name ars meaning "bear" with the suffix -acum meaning "settlement".

Darcy is also an Anglicized form of Irish surname O Dorchaidhe meaning "descendant of Dorchaidh", dorcha meaning "black" or "gloomy".


Variants:

  • Darcey
  • Darcie
  • Darci
  • D'Arcy

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nana



Origin: Japanese, Greek, Georgian, English

七 (Japanese) "Seven"

菜   (Japanese) "Vegetables, greens"

Meaning: a Japanese feminine name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. It could mean "vegetables, greens" from na 菜 with the phonetic character of na  , but it also means "seven" as well. 

It's also a Greek name, a diminutive of Ioanna, the Greek form of Joanna, the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious".

It's also a Georgian feminine name of unknown mean, with Nanuli being the diminutive form of it.

Nana is also a word in English, referring either to a grandmother or a nursemaid/nanny.

In Greek mythology, Nana is the name of a naiad-nymph who inhabited a river in Phrygia (central Anatolia). She was impregnated by an almond that fell in her lap, grown from a tree that had sprung up from the castrated genitals of the hermaphroditic deity Agdistis (who later became Cybele after the castration) and give birth to a son, Attis. This Nana's name is most likely Phrygian in origin though I couldn't find the etymology behind the name.

Qamar



Origin: Arabic

Meaning: from an Arabic word meaning "moon", used as both a masculine and feminine name.


Kimberly



Origin: English

Meaning: the latter part of the name, ley, comes from old English leah meaning "wood" or clearing while the first part comes from given names Cyneburga (royal, fortress), Cynebald (royal, bold) or Cynemaer (royal, famous), so Kimberly means "Cyneburga's wood/clearing", "Cynebald's wood/clearing" or "Cynemaer's wood/clearing". It was once used for boys before becoming more popular for girls.

Nicknames: Kim, Kimber, Kimmy


Variants:
  • Kimberley
  • Kimber



Fenton



Origin: English

Meaning: from a habitational surname meaning "marsh town" or "marsh enclosure".

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Laverna



Origin: Latin, French

Meaning: the name of the Roman goddess of thieves and the underworld. Though there's no clear etymology to her name, it could be related to Latin latere (robber); lavare (referring to bath thieves); or from levare (shop lifters).

Laverna could also be a variant form of Laverne, derived from a French place name derived from a Gaulish word vern meaning "alder", though it's also been associated with Latin vernus meaning "of spring" or "springlike".


Variants:

  • Laverne
  • Lavern (a unisex name)

Masculine forms:
  • LaVern
  • Lavern

Guerino



Origin: Italian

Meaning: the Italian form of Warin, from an ancient Germanic name derived from the Germanic element warin meaning "guard, protect".


Variants:

  • Warin (Ancient Germanic)
  • Guarin (Medieval French)
  • Guerin (Medieval French)
  • Guarino (Italian)

Summer



Origin: English, German

Meaning: referring to the warmest season of the year, between spring and autumn.

Summer is also a word referring to a beam or lintel.

Spelled Sommer, it becomes a German surname with a variety of meanings: "summer"; "basket, wickerwork, drum"; long and slim stake, pile, post"; "sumpter, animal driver".


Variants:
  • Sumer
  • Sommer
  • Somer

Meriwether



Origin: English

Meaning: from a surname meaning "happy weather", originally derived from a nickname for someone with a cheerful disposition.


Variants:
  • Merriweather
  • Merryweather
  • Merrywether

Friday, September 16, 2016

Xenia



Origin: Ancient Greek

Meaning: derived from Greek xeno (foreigner, guest) meaning "hospitality".


Xenia is also an ancient Greek concept of hospitality in which the host must be hospitable to the guest and provide them with food, drink, and gifts, and the guest must be courteous to the host, not burden them and, if possible, provide them with a gift. Xenia was also considered very important in Ancient Greek, in case a stranger happened to be a god in disguise, as well as featuring prominently in many Greek myths.. One of the epithets of the Greek god Zeus, the king of the gods, was Zeus Xenios, the protector of guests, while his daughter Athena was Athena Xenia.

Xenia is also the name of a genus of coral.

Interesting fact: the name of the popular character from the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess was based on Greek xenos.


Variants:
  • Xene (Greek)
  • Xeno (Greek)
  • Xena
  • Ksenija (Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, Slovene)
  • Zenia (English)
  • Senja (Finnish)
  • Ksenia (Polish)
  • Kseniya, Oksana, Oxana, Aksinya (Russian)
  • Oksana, Oxana (Ukrainian)

Masculine forms:
  • Xenos
  • Xenon
  • Xenios/ Xenius

Mordecai



Origin: Persian

Meaning: a form of Marduka, a Persian name  meaning "servant of Marduk", the latter being the chief Babylonian god of heaven, light, battle and fertility, as well as healing. He killed the goddess Tiamat (who was also represented as a dragon) and created the world out of pieces of her body.

It's the name of the cousin and adopted father of Esther, who would later become the queen of Persia.

Variants:
  • Mordechai (Hebrew)
  • Mordikai (English)
  • Mardochaeus (Greek)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cecelia



Origin: Latin

Meaning: a variant spelling of Cecilia, the feminine form of Latin Caecilius meaning "blind".

Nicknames:
  • Cece/Cecey
  • Sissy/Cissy
  • Celia
  • Lia
  • Cilla (Swedish)
  • Cille, Sille, Silje (Danish)
  • Silje (Norwegian)
  • Silja (Finnish)
  • Cilla, Silke (Dutch)
  • Silke, Zilla (German)
  • Cila (Croatian, Slovene)


Feminine variants:
  • Cecilia 
  • Cecily
  • Cicely
  • Caecilia (Ancient Roman)
  • Cecilie (Danish, Norwegian, Czech)
  • Cécile (Dutch, French)
  • Cecilija (Croatian)
  • Cäcilia, Cäcilie, Caecilia (German)
  • Cecília (Portuguese, Slovak, Hungarian)
  • Sileas (Scottish)
  • Sheila, Síle (Irish)
  • Cecylia (Polish)
  • Tsetsiliya (Russian)

Male forms:
  • Cecil (English)
  • Cecilio (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian)

Lonan



Origin: Irish

Meaning: from Irish Gaelic lon (blackbird) with the diminutive suffix -an meaning "little blackbird".


Variants:
  • Lonán

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Agnetha



Origin: Scandinavian

Meaning: the Scandinavian form of Agnes, from Greek hagnos meaning "chaste".

It's pronounced ag-NE-tah.

Variants:
  • Agnes (English)
  • Agnes, Agneta (Swedish)
  • Agnes (Norwegian)
  • Agnes, Agnete, Agnethe (Danish)

Plutarch



Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek ploutos (wealth, riches) and archos (master) meaning "wealthy master".


Variants:
  • Ploutarchos (Ancient Greek)
  • Plutarco (Spanish)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rupinder



Origin: Punjabi, Indian

Meaning: from Sanskrit rupa (beauty) combined with the name of the Hindu god Indra meaning "beauty of Indra", Indra being the Hindu god of rain and thunderstorms.

Rupinder is a unisex name.



Sunder



Origin: Indian, English

Meaning: a variant of Sundara which comes from Sanskrit meaning "beautiful". Sundara is found in Hindu mythology, as well as being another name of the Hindu god Krishna.

Sunder is also an English word meaning "to separate, divide; sever".

Variants:
  • Sundara
  • Sundar

Monday, September 12, 2016

Pikake



Origin: Hawaiian

Meaning: the Hawaiian word for the jasmine flower, Pikake is also the Hawaiian word for "peacock". Apparently, the princess of Hawaii, Princess Kaiulani, loved peacocks and when the jasmine flower was brought to Hawaii it quickly became her favorite flower, naming it after her favorite animal.

It's pronounced pee-kah-kay.

Davey



Origin: English

Meaning: a diminutive of David or its feminine form Davina from Hebrew Dawid meaning "beloved".


Masculine variants:
  • Dave
  • Davy/Davie
  • David

Feminine variants:
  • Davina
  • Davida
  • Davinia/Davenia

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tyche



Origin: Greek

Meaning: "chance, luck, fortune".

In Greek mythology, Tyche is the goddess of fortune, chance, providence and fate; she also governed the prosperity, fortune and destiny of a city. Fortuna is her Roman counterpart.

It's pronounced ty-kee.

As I was looking up the name Tycho in the previous post, I kept seeing it and Tyche as coming from the same root but I honestly couldn't find any concrete evidence that they were so I treated them as separate names.

Tycho



Origin: Greek

Meaning: the Latinized form of Greek Tychon meaning "hitting the mark".

It's pronounced ty-ko.

Variants:
  • Tychon (Greek)
  • Tyge (Danish)
  • Tygo (Dutch)
  • Tikhon (Russian)
  • Tyko (Swedish)