Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thalassa



Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Greek feminine name meaning "sea".

In Greek mythology, Thalassa is the name of a primordial goddess of the sea.





Lionel



Origin: French

Meaning: the French diminutive of Léon meaning "little lion", the French masculine form of Greek Leon meaning "lion".

Lionel is also the name of a knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend, a double cousin of Lancelot.


Variants:
  • Léon
  • Leon 
  • Leonidas (Ancient Greek)
  • Leontios (Ancient Greek)
  • Leontius (Ancient Greek)


Feminine forms:
  • Léone (French)


Halya, Halia, Hali'a



Origin: Ukrainian, Greek, Hawaiian

Meaning: From what I could find, Halya seems to be the Ukrainian form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene probably derived from Greek ‘ελενη (helene) meaning “torch” or “corposant” or possibly related to Greek σεληνη (selene) meaning “moon”.

Halya could also be a variant spelling of Halia, a Greek feminine name meaning "briny". It's the name of a sea-nymph in Greek mythology, who lived on the island of Rhodes and was a lover of the sea god Poseidon. When her sons refused to allow Aphrodite to land on the island, she drove them into a madness that caused them to rape their own mother. Ashamed, Halia threw herself into the sea in suicide while her sons were banished to the dark caves below the island. It was believed by the people of Rhodes that Halia was reincarnated as the sea goddess Leukothea (meaning "white goddess", though Leukothea has been associated with the human princess Ino. 

Hali'a is also a Hawaiian name and word meaning "fond remembrance" or "cherished memory".


Variants:
  • Halia (Greek)
  • Hali'a (Hawaiian)



Desmond



Origin: Irish

Meaning: from Irish surname Deasmhumhain meaning "South Munster" from Gaelic elements deas (south) and mumhain (Munster). It was originally the name of a medieval kingdom in Ireland.

Nicknames: Des, Dezi




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ariadne



Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Greek feminine name meaning "most holy" from Cretan Greek elements ari (most) and adnos (holy).

In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete, who had the Athenians send him seven young men and women every seven years to Crete as a tribute, either as vengeance for the death of his son, or because he had won a successful war against Athens. Either way, he would send the tributes into the labyrinth of the Minotaur (the product of his wife's affair with a bull) in which they would be eaten by it. Theseus, the son of the king of Athens, volunteers, and manages to kill the beast thanks to the help of Ariadne, who had fallen in love with him, by giving him a ball of thread so he could find his way out. Afterward, Ariadne left with Theseus. When they stopped at an island for some rest, Theseus left her behind when she was asleep. Dionysos finds her and makes her his bride.


Variants:
  • Ariadni (Modern Greek)
  • Ariadna (Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Polish, English)
  • Arijana (Croatian)
  • Ariane (French, German, Dutch)
  • Arianne
  • Arianna (Italian)
  • Ariana  
  • Aryana 
  • Aryanna 
  • Arienne 





Fane

Origin: English, Latin Romanian, Irish
Meaning: In English, fane is a word name, an archaic term for a temple or a church or a shrine from Latin fanum (temple, sanctuary). Fane is also an English surname from Middle English fein or fayn meaning "glad, joyful" or "well-disposed", likely originating as a nickname for someone who was cheerful.
Fane is also a Romanian diminutive of Ștefan, the Romanian form of Stephen meaning "crown, wreath" and, more literally, "that which surrounds or encompasses" from Greek.
Fane is also the name of a river in Ireland but I couldn't find a meaning for it in Irish.

Variants
  • Fayne



Benedetta


Origin: Italian

Meaning: the Italian feminine form of Benedetto, itself the Italian form of Latin Benedictus meaning "blessed".

Nicknames: Bettina is the Italian diminutive for Benedetta.



Variants:
  • Benedikta (German)
  • Benedikte (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Bénédicte (French)
  • Benoite (French)
  • Benedicta (Latin)
  • Benedykta (Polish)
  • Benedita (Portuguese)
  • Benita (Spanish)
  • Bengta (Swedish)
  • Bente (Danish)


Male forms:
  • Benedict 
  • Bennett (English)
  • Benedikt (German, Russian, Czech, Icelandic)
  • Benedetto (Italian)
  • Benito (Spanish)
  • Benesh (Yiddish)
  • Benedictus 
  • Benedykt (Polish)



Zalman



Origin: Yiddish

Meaning: the Yiddish form of Solomon, a Hebrew name derived from shalom meaning "peace".


Variants:
  • Solomon



Monday, November 28, 2016

Lionella



Origin: Italian

Meaning: the feminine form of Lionello, the Italian form of Lionel meaning "little lion", a French diminutive of Léon which comes from Greek leon meaning "lion".


Male forms:
  • Lionello (Italian)
  • Lionel 


Aubrey



Origin: Germanic

Meaning: the Norman French form of Germanic Alberich meaning "elf power" or "elf ruler" from German elements alf (elf) and ric (power, rule)


Variants:
  • Aubree
  • Aubrie

Viva



Origin: Latin

Meaning: the feminine form of Vivus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "alive, life, living".

Viva is also used as an exclamation meaning "long live" such as viva la vida ("long live life" in Spanish).



Isaac



Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: from Hebrew masculine name Yitzchaq meaning "he will laugh" or "he will rejoice" from Hebrew tzachaq.

Isaac is the son of Abraham and Sarah in the Old Testament, and the father of twins Esau and Jacob with his wife Rebecca. Apparently, Isaac received his name because when Sarah became pregnant with him, both she and Abraham were very old and his birth brought laughter into their lives.

Nicknames: Ike; Sekel (Yiddish)


Variants:
  • Yitzhak (Hebrew)
  • Itzhak (Hebrew)
  • Isaak (German, Russian)
  • Isak (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish))
  • Sahak (Armenian)
  • Izaak (Polish)
  • Ishaq (Arabic)
  • Ishaaq (Arabic)
  • Ishaak (Arabic)




Sunday, November 27, 2016

Deianeira



Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Greek feminine name meaning "man-destroyer" or "destroyer of her husband" from Greek elements deioo (to destroy) and aner (man).

In Greek mythology Deianera is the second wife of the hero and demi-god Heracles. The daughter of Oeneus, king of Calydon, she was nearly abducted by a centaur named Nessus who attempted to rape her, though she was saved by Heracles who shot him with a poisoned arrow. As he was dying, Nessus  managed to persuade Deianeira that if she took some of his blood and made it into a potion, it would ensure that Heracles would be faithful to her. For whatever reason she believed him, and kept it until Heracles fell in love with Iole, which was when she sprinkled it on his shirt. However, it turns out the centaur's blood is toxic to Heracles and it burns him terribly, driving him mad until he throws himself on a funeral pyre. Deianeira kills herself afterward in despair.

There's also another Deianeira in Greek mythology, an amazon who was (ironically) killed by Heracles during his quest for the girdle of Hippolyta.


Variants:
  • Deianira 



Rupert



Origin: Germanic

Meaning: a Germanic form of Robert from Germanic Hrodebert meaning "bright fame" from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright).


Variants:
  • Robert
  • Robin


Feminine forms:
  • Ruperta (Spanish form of Rupert)
  • Roberta 
  • Robin


Tatia



Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: a feminine form of Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though possibly of Sabine origin.

According to Roman legend, Titus Tatius was the king of the Sabines who co-ruled with the Roman king Romulus for several years until his death. He had a daughter, Tatia, who married Romulus's successor.


Variants:
  • Tatya 
  • Tatiana
  • Tatyana

Male forms:
  • Tatius
  • Tatianus


Eustace



Origin: Greek

Meaning: it's either from Eustachius, a Latin form of Greek Eustachys meaning "fruitful" from Greek elements eu (good) and stachus (ear of corn); or it could be from Eustathius, a Latinized form of Eustathios meaning "well-built" or "good stability" from Greek elements eu (good) and histemi (to stand up, to set up).

Nicknames: Stace, Stacy/Stacey


Variants:
  • Eustice
  • Eustache (French)
  • Efstathios (Modern Greek)
  • Eustachio (Italian)
  • Eustaquio (Spanish, Portuguese)

Feminine forms:
  • Eustacia 
  • Stacia

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Leocadia



Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Spanish feminine name derived from Greek Leukadia from Greek leukas meaning "clear, bright, light".


Variants:
  • Leokadia 
  • Leucadia
  • Leukadia 
  • Léocadie (French)
  • Liocadia 



Male forms:
  • Leocadio (Spanish)
  • Leocadius 
  • Leukadios 
  • Leokadias 
  • Leucadias


Nurasyl




Origin: Kazakh

Meaning: a Kazakh masculine name meaning "noble light" or "honorable light"




Jenna



Origin: English, Cornish, Finnish

Meaning: Jenna could be a variant of Jenny, which was originally a medieval diminutive of Jane, the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious".

Jenna could also a short form of Jennifer, the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar meaning "fair phantom" or "white phantom" from Welsh elements gwen (fair, white) and sebara (phantam, magical being).

Jenna is also the Finnish dimninutive of Johanna, also originating as a feminine form of John.


Variants:
  • Jena

Mario

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Origin: Italian, Spanish

Meaning: the Italian and Spanish form of Marius, an Ancient Roman name that is possibly derived from Latin mas meaning "male". However, it's also possible that Mars comes from an older source, perhaps Etruscan Maris (god of fertility and agriculture) of unknown meaning. 

Mars could also be a contracted form of an older name, Mavors (or Mavort) which could come from Latin verb mah or margh (to cut) and vor (to turn) essentially meaning "turner of the battle" (abarim-publications /Mars)



Variants:
  • Marius (Ancient Roman)
  • Marijo (Croatian)
  • Marios (Greek)
  • Marijus (Lithuanian)
  • Mariusz (Polish)

Alpha



Origin: Phoenician, Hebrew

Meaning: it comes from the first letter of the Greek alphabet, derived from Hebrew and Phoenician aleph meaning "ox, oxen", perhaps because the hieroglyph resembled that of an ox's head.

Alpha is used to describe the beginning of something, or used to describe a leader or someone who is assertive and dominant, as well as used to designate the highest ranked individual in a hierarchy (ex: alpha male, alpha female).

It's also the name of a star system, Alpha Centauri.


Variants:
  • Alfa (English)
  • Aleph 

Lewis



Origin: Germanic

Meaning: the medieval English form of Louis, the French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of Germanic name Ludwig, from Chlodovech, meaning "famous battle" from Germanic elements hlud (famous) and wig (war, battle).

Nicknames: Louie, Louey, Lew, Lou


Variants:
  • Louis 
  • Ludovicus (Ancient Germanic)
  • Ludo
  • Ludwig (German)
  • Luis (Spanish)
  • Luigi (Italian)
  • Ludovico (Italian)


Female forms:
  • Louise
  • Louisa
  • Luisa (Spanish, Italian)
  • Ludovica (Italian)
  • Luigina (Italian)
  • Luigia (Italian)

Quilla



Origin: English, Quechua

Meaning: a feminine fom of Quill, referring to a quill pen made out of a feather's bird, or referring to a spindle or bobbin used in yarn,

Quilla is also the Quechua word for "moon", as well as being the name of the Incan goddess of the moon, Mama Quilla (Mother Moon) who was also the goddess of marriage and seen as a protector of women. Quilla is also spelled Killa.


Variants:
  • Killa (Incan mythology)

Quill



Origin: English, Irish

Meaning: a Middle English word referring to a quill pen made out of the feather of a bird, or referring to a bobbin or spindle used in yarn.

Quill is also an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of O'Cuill (or O'Coill) meaning "descendant of Coll", the latter meaning "hazel tree", "wood" or "shrub". O'Cuill has also been translated as Woods.


Variants:
  • Quilla (a strictly feminine form of the name)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Blanche, Blanchefleur



Origin: French

Meaning: from French meaning "white, fair" while Blanchefleur means "white flower" from French blanche (white) and fleur (flower).

Blanchefleur is also the name of Tristan's mother of Tristan and Isolde, making her the sister of King Mark of Cornwall, as well as the name of the heroine in the romance of Floris and Blanchefleur.




Maximilian



Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: from Roman name Maximilianus meaning "belonging to Maximillus" the latter being a diminutive of Maximus meaning "greatest".

Although it was supposedly created by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III for his son by combining the names of two Roman generals he admired, Fabius Maximus and Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, in the 15th century, although the name has been used prior to that for the names of saints.


Variants:
  • Maximillian
  • Maximilianus (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximillus 
  • Maximus
  • Maximilien (French)
  • Massimiliano (Italian)
  • Maximiliano (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Maksimilian (Russian)
  • Maksymilian (Polish)


Feminine forms:
  • Maximiliane (German)
  • Maximilienne (French)
  • Maxine
  • Maxene
  • Maxima 



Jésusa



Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: the Spanish feminine form of Jésus, from Hebrew Jesus, itself the Greek form of Aramaic Yeshu'a, a contracted form of Yehoshu'a (Joshua) meaning "Yahweh is salvation".


Variants:
  • Josune (Basque)


Male forms:
  • Jésus (Spanish)
  • Jesus
  • Josu (Basque)



Antony



Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: from Roman family name Antonius, of uncertain meaning though it has Etruscan roots.

It could also possibly have Greek roots, possibly meaning "priceless one" or it could be derived from Latin antius meaning "chief, leader"; or it could be related to the town of Antium in Latium, or Latin ante meaning "before", perhaps referring to a premature child.

The most famous bearer of the name, Mark Antony, claimed descent from Anton, a son of the Greek warrior and half-god Heracles, though it seems he made him up in an effort to make his genealogical line more impressive and ancient.

In 16th or 17th century England, the Anthony spelling came into being, from an incorrect belief that it originated from Greek anthos (flower) and it's been a popular spelling ever since.


Variants:
  • Anthony 
  • Antonius (Ancient Roman)
  • Antonio (Spanish, Italian, Croatian)
  • Anton (German, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Danish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Slovene, Macedonian, Croatian, Romanian, Estonian, Finnish)
  • Antoine
  • Antwan
  • Antonie
  • Antonis (Greek)


Female forms:
  • Antonia
  • Antoinette 
  • Antoinetta 
  • Antonella 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Michelle



Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: the French feminine form of Michel, itself the French masculine form of Michael, from Hebrew Mikha'el meaning "who is like God?"


Variants:
  • Michèle
  • Michele 
  • Micheline


Male forms:
  • Michel
  • Michael

Jacoby



Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: an English surname derived from Jacob meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter".


Variants:
  • Jacobie 
  • Jacobi 
  • Jacobee 

Henriette



Origin: Germanic

Meaning: the French feminine form of Henry, a Germanic name meaning "home ruler".

Nicknames: Henny, Etta, Etty


Variants:
  • Henrietta
  • Harriett
  • Harriette
  • Harrietta
  • Harrietta 

Coram



Origin: English

Meaning: an English surname derived from the name of a village called Corham, from English elements corn (corn) and hamm (low-lying meadow) meaning "corn meadow".

Coram is also a Latin word used in the legal sense meaning "before; in the presence of".


Variants:
  • Corham
  • Corum
  • Corram

Melissa



Origin: Greek

Meaning: from a Greek feminine name meaning "bee".

In Greek mythology, this was the name of a nymph, daughter of a Cretan king, who took care of Zeus when he was an infant, feeding him honey as well as milk. She also taught him the use of honey and beekeeping.


Variants:
  • Melisa
  • Melyssa
  • Melitta 
  • Melina 



Male forms:
  • Melissos (Ancient Greek)
  • Melisseus (Ancient Greek)

Steven



Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek Stephanos meaning "crown, wreath", and more literally "that which surrounds or encompasses". The word was used in Ancient Greece for a crown of a winner in games or war.

Nicknames: Steve, Stevie


Variants:
  • Stephanos (Greek)
  • Stefanos (Greek)
  • Stephen 
  • Stephan 
  • Stefen
  • Steffen (Low German, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch)
  • Stefan (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian)
  • István (Hungarian)
  • Etienne (French)
  • Esteban (Spanish)
  • Estevan (Spanish)


Feminine forms:
  • Stephanie
  • Stefanie
  • Stefani 
  • Stefania 
  • Stephania 
  • Stephana 


Kiva



Origin: Irish

Meaning: it could be a variant spelling of Keeva, the Anglicized form of Gaelic feminine name Caoimhe meaning "beautiful, gentle, kind".

I've also seen it listed as being a variant of Akiva, a Hebrew masculine name, ultimately from Yaakov, the Hebrew form of Jacob meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter", although I don't know how accurate that is.


Variants:
  • Keeva (Irish)
  • Caoimhe (Irish)

Absalom



Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: from Hebrew Avshalom meaning "father is peace" from Hebrew elements av (father) and shalom (peace).


In the Old Testament, Absalom is the third son of King David described as a handsome man who rebelled against his father and was killed in battle, apparently when his long hair was caught in the boughs of a tree as his horse was riding beneath it and was killed by Joab, the king's commander.

As a surname, the name came about as a nickname for long hair.



Variants:
  • Absolon (French)
  • Akseli (Finnish)
  • Axel (German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)
  • Aksel (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Avshalom (Hebrew)
  • Abessalom (Biblical Greek)
  • Apsolon (Medieval English)
  • Abselon (Medieval English)



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pyrrha



Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Greek name meaning "flame-colored" or "red" from Greek element pyr (fire).

In Greek mythology, this is the name Achilles took when he hid as a woman to prevent himself from joining the Trojan war.

Pyrrha is also the name of the daughter of Pandora and wife of Deucalion. When Zeus sent a great flood to end the Bronze age, only Pyrrha and Deucalion survived thanks to the latter's father Prometheus who foresaw it and warned them so that they built an ark and survived the flood. Once the flood was over, Deucalion asked an oracle about how to repopulate the earth and he was told to throw the bones of his mother over his shoulder. They picked up rocks (the bones) of mother Gaia and threw it over their shoulders; those thrown by Deucalion formed into men while those thrown by Pyrrha became women.

Together, Pyrrha and Deucalion had three daughters and three sons.


Variants:
  • Pyrra 

Male forms:
  • Pyrrhos
  • Pyrrhus
  • Pyrros 

Pyrrhos



Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Greek name meaning "flame-colored" or "red" from Greek element pyr (fire).

In Greek mythology, Achilles hid as a woman at the court of Lycomedes (or his mother Thetis hid him there) to prevent him from joining the Trojan war. Since the war could not be won without the aid of Achilles, Odysseus disguised himself as a peddler selling women's jewelry and clothes along with a spear and a shield. When Achilles picked up the weapons of war, that's how Odyseeus picked him out.

Another version of the tale goes that Odysseus arranged for an alarm to be sounded, so when the women fled in panic and Achilles stayed behind to fight, he was found out. He took the name Pyrrha when he was hiding out; his son Neoptolemus by Deidamia, a daughter of Lycomedes, was also called Pyrrhus, likely after his father's alter ego.


Variants:
  • Pyrrhus 
  • Pyrros


Female forms:
  • Pyrra 
  • Pyrrha

Crystal



Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek krustallos meaning "ice" or "rock crystal" from Greek kruos (frost).

Crystal is the name for a clear colorless glass or mineral cut into gemstones, or glassware, as well as a term used in science used to describe a solid formed by an orderly repeating pattern.


Variants:
  • Krystal
  • Chrystal
  • Crystle
  • Christelle 
  • Crystalline

Nima



Origin: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Hindu

Meaning: an Arabic unisex name meaning "blessing". It's also a Persian masculine name meaning "just, fair".

Nima could also be a Hebrew name meaning "mercy, grace" or "thread" although the accuracy on that is iffy, and I've also seen it having Indian/Tibetan roots though I couldn't find any accurate meanings or background behind the name.


Variants:
  • Neema

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Averil



Origin: English

Meaning: a feminine form of Averill, a surname derived from given name Eoforhild meaning "boar battle".


Variants:
  • Averill (unisex)

Braden



Origin: Irish, English

Meaning: from an Irish surname meaning "descendant of Bradán", the latter meaning "salmon".

It's also an English surname meaning "broad hillside" or "wide valley" from Old English brade (broad) and denu (valley), 

Doreen



Origin: English, Irish

Meaning: a variant form of Dora from Greek doron meaning "gift".

I've also seen it listed as an Anglicized form of Irish Doireann meaning "sullen, tempestuous" though the name is pronounced Dirren (like Mirren).


Variants:
  • Dorene
  • Doretta 
  • Dora 

Fortesque



Origin: Old French

Meaning: a surname that originally derived as a nickname for a brave and valiant warrior, from Old French fort (strong, brave) via Latin fortis and escu (shield) from Latin scutum, meaning "strong shield".

Nicknames: Fort


Variants:
  • Fortescue
  • Fortescu 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Everild



Origin: Anglo-Saxon

Meaning: from Old English Eoforhild meaning "boar battle" from Old English elements eofor (boar) and hild (battle).


Variants:
  • Eoforhild (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Everilda 


Male forms:
  • Eoforwine (means "boar friend')

Milton



Origin: English

Meaning: from an English surname meaning either "mill settlement" from Old English myln (mill) and tun (town, enclosure, settlement) or it could be from Old English middel (middle) meaning "middle settlement" or "middle town".

Ember



Origin: English

Meaning: from Old English aemerge or Old Norse eimyrja meaning "embers", referring to the smoldering remains of a fire, or a glowing piece of coal or wood from a fire. The embers of a dying fire are apparently symbolic of death and rebirth.

Nolan



Origin: Irish

Meaning: from Irish surname Ó'Nualláin meaning "descendant of Nuallán", the latter meaning either "famous, noble" or "howling" or "shout", from Irish nuall with the diminutive suffix -an.



Variants:
  • Nolen
  • Noland
  • Nolin
  • Nowlan
  • Nowland


Feminine forms:

  • Nola



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Daniella




Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: the feminine form of Daniel, a Hebrew name meaning "God is my judge".

Nicknames: Danni/Dannie


Variants:
  • Danielle (French)
  • Daniela (Bulgarian, Italian, German, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Macedonian, English)
  • Danijela (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian)
  • Danna
  • Dana
  • Dania


Male forms:
  • Daniel
  • Danilo (Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian)
  • Daniele (Italian
  • Danijel (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian)
  • Taniel (Armenian)

Fletcher



Origin: English

Meaning: from an English surname meaning "maker of arrows" or "arrow smith" from Old French fleche, an occupational name referring to someone who made arrows.

Nicknames: Fletch