Skip to main content


Featured Post


Recent posts

Moving Again...

I haven't posted anything here in the last three weeks although I have been posting on another blog. To be honest, for the last few months I've been debating whether Blogger really was a good fit for me.  I originally had a name blog on Wordpress before moving to Blogger roughly nine months ago and as  much as I've liked Blogger, I've decided to go back to Wordpress, although I've decided not to go to my old blog but start a new one. I've also decided to delete this blog (as well as my old one) by the end of the week. I feel bad about this because it's the third time I've decided to start a new name blog
and between the two I've written well over 1600 names- 1,648 to be exact. But part of me doesn't mind. I guess part of being a name lover is obsessively going back to the names you already know, and I do enjoy going back to the research and looking up the etymology behind names.

Anyway, as this is my last post on Blogger, I just wanna say it was…


Mick is often used as a short form of Michael, a Hebrew masculine name meaning "who is like God?", a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God.

Origin: Hebrew

MichaelMickey Mickie MickyMikey Mike


Belina could be the Italian and Gascon form of Béline, either a nickname for Isabelle, which comes from Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew Elisheva, meaning "my God is an oath" or "my God is abundance"; or it could come from Belle, both a short form of Isabelle as well as the French word for "beautiful, beauty". 

Belina could also be a variant form of Belinda, a name of unknown meaning though the first part of the name could be derived from French belle (beautiful) while the second part of the name could be from Germanic element lind (serpent, dragon, snake) or lindi (soft, tender, or linden tree) so essentially the meaning could be "beautiful snake" or "beautiful serpent" or "beautiful soft, tender" or "beautiful linden tree".

Origin: Hebrew, Germanic 

Belinda (English)Béline (French)


Martin comes from the Roman name Martinus meaning “belonging to Mars”, Mars being the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male”. However, it’s possible that Mars is related to a much older source, perhaps from Etruscan Maris (the god of fertility and agriculture), his name of unknown meaning. Mars could also be a contracted form of an older name, Mavors, a cognate of Oscan Mamers, which could possibly be related to Latin mah or margh (to cut) and vor (to turn) essentially meaning “turner of the battle”. Mars could also be derived from the same Proto-Indian-European root as Sanskrit marici meaning “ray of light”, or Proto-Indian-European mer meaning “to die”. It could also be associated with Latin marceo meaning “to (cause to) wither” and “to (make) shrivel” and Latin marcus meaning “hammer”, which would make sense since Mars is the god of war. As well as…


Johnna is the feminine form of John, which is the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: JohnaJonna
Male forms: JohnJon


Tarachand seems to be a Hindu male name meaning meaning "passionate star" or "fierce star", a combination of given names Tara meaning "star" from Sanskrit, and Chand meaning "hot, fierce, passionate". There really wasn't a lot of information I could find behind the name though it has been used as given name. I only came up with the meaning by dividing Tara, which is a legitimate Sanskrit name as well as Chand, so the name does seem likely to be a combination of the two. However I could be wrong so if anyone knows anything about this name please let me know!

Origin: Sanskrit



Fayre is a variant spelling of Fair, a term used to refer to someone who is lovely or attractive, or someone who has blond hair, or someone who is honest and unbiased. It comes from an English surname, a variant of Faegar, which is derived from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (beautiful, fit) from Proto-Indo-European pek (to fasten, place).

Fayre also conjures up images of a street fair.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



Leo comes from Latin word leo meaning “lion”. It’s a constellation representing to the Ancient Greeks the Nemean lion killed by the Greek demigod and hero Herakles (Hercules) as one of his twelve labors. Leo is also one of the signs of the Zodiac, belonging to those born between July 22nd to August 23rd. Apparently those born under this sign are stubborn, loyal and trustworthy, assured, confident and ambitious, but prone to arrogance, jealousy and bossiness. Leo is also a nickname for names like Leopold, a Germanic name meaning “bold people” from elements leud (people) and bald (bold), the first part of the name deliberately changed to resemble leo; and Leonard meaning “brave lion” from Germanic levon (lion) and hard (brave, hardy). Origin: Latin Variants: Leon (Greek, Ancient Greek, English, German, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch)Leontios (Ancient Greek)Leontius (Ancient Greek, Latin)Levon (Armenian)Leoš (Czech)Léo (French)Léon (French)Léonce (French form of Leontios)Lionel (French dimi…


Dora is usually a short form of names like Theodora (meaning “God’s gift”), Isadora (meaning “gift of Isis”), Pandora (meaning "all-giving" or "all-gifted"), Medora (possibly based on Greek Metrodora meaning "mother's gift"), Nymphodora (meaning "gift of the nymph" or "gift of the bride), Menodora (meaning "gift of the moon")   or Dorothy (the English form of Greek Dorothea meaning “gift of God”) though it can also be used as a given name in its own right simply meaning “gift”. Origin: Greek


Endymion is the name of a mortal man who was beloved by the Greek goddess Selene, goddess of the moon, who entreated her father Zeus to make him immortal and he did so by putting him into an eternal sleep in a cave at Mount Latmos. The name comes from Greek endyein meaning "to dive into, to enter".

Meaning: Ancient Greek


Charis is the feminine form of Chares which is derived from Greek charis meaning "grace, kindness, gratitude, loveliness".

In Greek mythology, Charites (the plural form of Charis, also known as the Graces in Roman myth) are three goddesses of grace, beauty, charm, human creativity, mirth, joy, dance, and song. Some of the Charites are Aglaia (godess of beauty, glory, and adornment), Euphrosyne (goddess of mirth, good cheer, jory and merriment), and Thalia (goddess of festivity and banquets) though there have been other Graces mentioned, many of them minor.

Origin: Greek

Charissa (English)Carissa (English)Karissa (English)Caris (English)Haris (Modern Greek)

Male forms: Chares (Ancient Greek)Chariton (Ancient Greek)Khariton (Russian)Haris (Modern Greek)


Eliam is a Hebrew masculine name meaning “God’s people” from Hebrew el (God) and am(people, kinsman). Origin: Hebrew Variants: EliyamElyam


Elena is a cognate of Helen, the English form of Helene, a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”. Elena is also a variant transcription of Yelena, which is the Russian form of Helen. Origin: Greek Variants: Elene (Georgian)Helen (Greek, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)Helena (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Finnish, Estonian, Slovene, Croatian, English)Helene (English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)Elin (Scandinavian, Welsh, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)Elina (Finnish, Swedish)Ileana (Romanian, Spanish, Italian)Yelena (Russian)Eleni (Modern Greek)Elaine (Old French form of Helen)


Jason is the name of a Greek hero in Greek mythology who was the leader of the Argonauts who went in search of the Golden Fleece. He succeeded with the help of Medea, who went against her own father, and though he married her Jason eventually left her for another woman, the princess Creusa of Corinth (who was also known as Glauce) . Angered by his unfaithfulness, Medea sends Creusa a cursed wedding dress that burns her to death when she puts it on, and kills the sons she had with Jason before fleeing to Athens.

Some nicknames are: Jace/Jase, Jae/Jay, and Jayce

Jason comes from Greek iasthai meaning "to heal".

Iason (Ancient Greek)Jayson (English)


Eden is the name of the biblical garden where Adam and Eve came from before being expelled, becoming synonomous with paradise and anyplace that is fertile and utnouched. Although I've seen it listed as meaning "place of paradise" from Hebrew, it could perhaps be derived from Sumerian edin meaning "steppe" or "plain". Eden might also be related to an Aramaic root word meaning "fruitful, well-watered".

Eden was also used as a medieval diminutive of Ede, originally used as a short form of Edith before being used as a unisex given name in its own right. It comes from Old English ead meaning "rich, wealth, fortune". Ede is different from the Hungarian masculine name Ede, a diminutive of Edward. 
Origin: Hebrew, Sumerian, Aramaic, Old English


Eloisa is the Latinate form of Eloise, which is the English form of Old French Héloïse which comes fromHelewise, the medieval English form of Germanic name Helewidis meaning “healthy, wide” from Germanic elements heil (hale, healthy) andwid (wide). Origin: Germanic  Variants: Eloise (English)Héloïse (French)Heloise (French, English)Helewise (Medieval English)Helewidis (Ancient Germanic)Éloise (French)Eloísa (Spanish)Éloïse (French)

Gordan, Gordon

Gordan originates from South Slavic  gord meaning "dignified" or"proud" from Proto-Slavic good. I've also seen it as a surname, and it seems to have Arabic roots as well. When I put it in Google Translate, the meaning came up as "battalion" although I don't know how accurate that is. Gordan is pronounced like gor-dahn.

Gordon is a Scottish surname derived from a place name meaning "spacious fort" from Welsh elements gor (spacious) and din (fort) though I've also seen it listed as possibly being derived from Gallo-Roman personal name Gordus with the locational suffix -on though I couldn't find anything behind the name Gordus. Gordon is pronouced gor-den.

Nicknames for Gordon are Gord and Gordy/Gordie while Danko is the Croatian and Serbian diminutive of Gordan.

Origin: Slavic, Welsh

Gorden (English)

Female forms: Gordana (Slavic)


Sebastian comes from Latin Sebastianus meaning "from Sebaste", Sebaste being a city in Asia Minor (in what is now modern day Turkey). The name is derived from Greek sebastos meaning "venerable, august, exalted", based on the title given to Roman emperors.

Some nicknames for Sebastian are: Bastian and Bastien (French) which can also be used as given names in their own right.

Sebastian is also a surname.

Origin: Greek

Sabastian (English)Sebastianus (Late Roman)Bastian (English)Bastien (French)Sebastijan (Slovene, Croatian)Sebastiaan (Dutch)Sébastien (French)Sebestyén (Hungarian)Sebastiano (Italian)Sebastião (Portuguese)Sevastian (Russian)Sevastyan (Russian)Sebastjan (Slovene)Sebastián (Spanish)

Female forms: Sébastienne (French)Sebastiana (Italian)Bastiana Sebastia 


Jeraldine is a variant spelling of Geraldine, itself the feminine form of Gerald which is composed from Germanic elements ger (spear) and wald (rule) essentially meaning "ruler of the spear".

Origin: Germanic

Geraldine (English)Géraldine (French)

Male forms:
Gerald (English, German)Jerald (English)Jerold (English)Jerrold (English)Gerold (Ancient Germanic)Gerhold (German)Gerolt (Dutch)Gérald (French)Géraud (French)Gearalt (Irish)Gearóid (Irish)Giraldo (Italian)Geraldo (Spanish, Portuguese)Gerallt (Welsh)


Origin: Hebrew Meaning: the English form of Ioseph, the Latin and Greek form of Hebrew Yosef meaning “Yahweh will increase” or “Yahweh will add”. Yahweh is the name for God in Hebrew. Nicknames include: Joe, Joey, Josey/Josie, or Seph
Variants: Josef (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Scandinavian)Yousef (Arabic)Youssef (Arabic)Yusef (Arabic)Yusuf (Arabic, Turkish)Yosef (Hebrew)Hovsep (Armenian)Yusif (Azerbaijani)Joseba (Basque)Josepe (Basque)Ioseph (Biblical Greek & Latin)Ioses (Biblical Greek)Joses (Greek)Yosif (Bulgarian)Josep (Catalan)Josip (Croatian, Slovene)Josephus (Dutch, Latin)Jozef (Slovak, Dutch)Jozefo (Esperanto)Joosep (Estonian)Jooseppi (Finnish)Xosé (Galician)Ioseb (Georgian)Iosif (Russian, Greek, Romanian)József (Hungarian)Seosamh (Irish)Giuseppe (Italian)Iosephus (Latin)Jāzeps (Latvian)Juozapas (Lithuanian)Josif (Serbian, Macedonian)Hohepa (Maori)Josèp (Occitan)Józef (Polish)José (Spanish, Portuguese)Osip (Russian)Seòsaidh (Scottish)Jožef (Slovene)Yosyp (Ukrai…


Linda was originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindimeaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. Linda is also the Spanish and Portuguese word for “beautiful”. Linda is also the name of the mother of Kalevipoeg in Estonian mythology.

Origin: Germanic, Spanish, Portuguese

Variants: LyndaLindyLindiLindieLindLinza (Old Germanic form of Linda)


Yuya is a Japanese masculine name meaning yu 勇 meaning"brave, courage" or yuu meaning "gentle, superior, lithe" or yuu meaning "distant, leisurely" combined with ya 也 meaning "also" or "to be", ya哉, an exclamation, or ya meaning "arrow".

Yuya can also mean "hundred night" written with the kanji 百 (hundred) (night). 

Yuya is also an Ancient Egyptian male name, belonging to a powerful courtier during the 18th dynasty of Egypt, living circa 1390 BCE. His daughter, Tiye, was the wife of Amenhotep III, making her queen of Egypt, and the mother of Akhenaten, and seemed to have a large influence at court. The etymology behind the name is uncertain, though it seems as if Yuya was not of Eyptian origin and may have been Nubian or Mitannian. Some sites say it might means "reed-leaf" from Ancient Egyptian yw or "man with hand to mouth".

Origin: Japanese, Ancient Egyptian

Yuuya (Japanese0Iouiya (…


Miyako is a Japanese feminine name meaning "beautiful night child" from Japanese mi 美 (beautiful), ya (night) and ko (child). It also means "capital" using the kanji 都, though there are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. 

Miyako is also the name of several places in Japan as well as the name of a language spoken in the Miyako Islands.

Origin: Japanese


Abner is a Hebrew masculine name meaning “my father is light” or “father’s light”. As well as being a given name it’s also a surname. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Avner (Hebrew)Abenner (Biblical Greek)


Veronica is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of MacedonianBerenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning “true image” in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped Jesus’s face with the towel and whose image was imprinted upon it. It was known as the Veil of Veronica. Nicknames: Vero, Vera, Ronnie/Ronny, Nica/Nika Origin: Greek Variants: Veronika (Russian, Czech, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Lithuanian, Latvian)Véronique (French)Weronika (Polish, Sorbian)Verônika (Portuguese)Verónica (Spanish)Bérénice (French)Berenice (English, Italian, Ancient Greek)Berenike (Ancient Macedonian)Pherenike (Ancient Greek)Bernice (English)Berniece (English)Bernike (Greek)


Basil is an Arabic masculine name that means "brave, valiant" as well as an English name meaning "king", derived from Greek basileus (king).

As well as being a given name, Basil is also a surname in both cultures.

Basil is also the name of an herb used in cooking.

Origin: Arabic, Greek


Baseel (Arabic)Vasilios (Greek)Basileios (Ancient Greek)Basilius (Ancient Greek)Vasil (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Georgian, Albanian)

Feminine forms:



Tai is a Chinese unisex name meaning "great, extreme" though there's likely other meanings depending on the Chinese characters used.

The name could also be a variant spelling of Tae, a Korean masculine name with a variety of meanings depending on the hanja used; it's also a family name that means "great".

Tai is also a surname in various cultures: In Arabic it's derived from the name of a nisbah, used to indicate a person's origin, tribe affiliation, or ancestry. In this case, it refers to someone from the Tayy tribe which may mean "to plaster".
As a Chinese surname, Tai might have several meanings depending on the characters used, though it could also be a variant transcription of Dai, also a surname.
Origin: Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Japanese


Frederick is the English form of German Friedrich meaning “peaceful ruler” from Germanic elements frid (peace) and ric (ruler, power).

Some nicknames for Frederick are Fred, Freddy/Freddie, and Rick or Ricky/Rickie.
Origin: Germanic
Variants: Fredric (English)Fredrick (English)Friedrich (German)Frédéric (French)Frederic (French, English)Friduric (Ancient Germanic)Frederik (Danish, Dutch)Fredrik (Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish)Frigyes (Hungarian)Friđik (Icelandic)Federico (Spanish, Italian)Federigo (Italian)Fricis (Latvian)Frīdrihs (Latvian)Fryderyk (Polish)Frederico (Portuguese)Friderik (Slovene)Fridericus (Latin)Frederikas (Lithuanian)
Feminine forms: Frederica (English, Portuguese)Frédérique (French)Frederikke (Danish)Fredrika (Swedish, Finnish)Friederike (German)Friđrika (Icelandic)Federica (Italian)Fryderyka (Polish)


Amelia is a variant of Amalia, which is the Latinized form of Germanic Amala meaning “work” from Germanic element amal (work), connoting ideas of industriousness and fertility. It’s often been confused with Aemilia which comes from an entirely different source and has an entirely different meaning. As well as being a female given name, Amelia is also a surname. Origin: Germanic

Variants: Amalia (English, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Dutch, German)Amala (Germanic)Emelia (English)Amilia (English)Amalie (German)Amelie (German)Amelina (Ancient Germanic)Amalija (Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian)Amálie (Czech)Amélie (French)Émeline (French)Amália (Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovak)Amélia (Portuguese)Emmeline (English)Emmalyn (English)Emmaline


Ralph is a contracted form of Ráđúlfr, an Ancient Scandinavian name meaning “wolf counsel” or “counsel wolf” from Old Norse elements ráđ (counsel) and úlfr (wolf).
A masculine given name as well as surname, in British English it’s pronounced as Rayf while in American English it is Ralf.

Ralphie is an obvious nickname for Ralph.
Origin: Old Norse
Variants: Ráđúlfr (Ancient Scandinavian)Radulf (Germanic)Ralf (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)Rafe (English)Raef (English)Raife (English)Raif (English)Raff (English)Raoul (French, Italian)Raul (Portuguese, Italian)Raúl (Spanish)Radolf (German, Dutch)Raül (Catalan)Rædwulf (Old English)Rádhulbh (Irish)


The name of the brightest star in the contellation Lyra and the fifth brightest star in the night sky, Vega derives its name from Arabic- the phrase an-nasr al-wāqi means “the alighting eagle” or “the falling eagle”, and because Vega comes from the wāqi part the name would mean “alighting” or falling”. Vega is also a Spanish surname meaning “meadow” or “plain”, a locational surname indicating where someone lived or used to live. De la Vega means “from the meadow” or “from the plain”. Origin: Arabic, Spanish


As a given name, Franklin originally came from a surname which comes from Middle English frankeleyn meaning “free man” from Old French frauncleinreferring to someone who owned land but was not of noble birth. Nicknames include:Frank and Franky/Frankie Origin: Anglo-Norman
Variants: Franklyn


Ruth is a Hebrew feminine name derived from Hebrew re'ut meaning "friend, companion". In the Old Testament, Ruth was the mother-in-law of Naomi who followed her even after the death of her husband and father-in-law, and was seen as a compassionate and generous woman.

Ruthie is an obvious nickname for Ruth.

Ruth is also derived from Middle English ruthe or reowthe which comes from a Proto-Germanic source meaning "ruth, sorrow" or "compassion pity", perhaps influenced by Old Norse hryggđ which is composed from hryggr (sorrow, grieved) and the Proto-Germanic noun suffix *itho (-th). It's where the surname Ruth is derived from. 

I've also seen Ruth listed as a male name in Limburgish, a short form of Rutger, the Dutch form of Roger meaning "famous spear".


Ibrahim is the Arabic form of Abraham, a Hebrew name that either means “father of many”, or it could be a contraction of Abram meaning “high father” with hamon meaning “many, multitude”.

As well as a given name, Ibrahim is also a surname.
Abraham is an imporant figure in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, and is considered to be the “father of all nations”
One of the nicknames for Ibrahim is Brahim.
إبراهيم‎‎ (Arabic) Ibrāhīm

Variants: Ebrahim (Arabic, Persian)Ibraheem (Arabic)Abraham (Hebrew, English, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)Avraham (Hebrew)Ibragim (Chechen, Ossetian)Aabraham (Finnish)Aapo (Finnish)Abraam (Biblical Greek, Georgian)Ábrahám (Hungarian)Abramo (Italian)Abraão (Portuguese)İbrahim (Turkish)Ibrahima (West African)Abram (Russian, Georgian, Hebrew, English)Avram (Hebrew)Avrum (Yiddish)


Gloria comes from Latin gloria meaning "glory". Obvious nicknames would be Glory, Lori, or Ria.

Variants: Glória (Portuguese)Glòria (Catalan)Gloría (Icelandic)Gloriana (an elaborated form of Gloria created by English poet Edmund Spenser in 1590 for his poem The Faerie Queen)Gloriela (Spanish, Swedish)Glorina