Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Kelsey

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Origin: English

Meaning: a surname derived from a place name meaning "ship island" from Old English elements ceol (ship) and eg (island), though I've also seen it listed as meaning "Cenel's island", Cenel being an English given name meaning "brave" or "fierce".


Variants:
  • Kelsi 
  • Kelsie 
  • Kelcey 



Hayden

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Origin: English

Meaning: a surname derived from a place name meaning "hay valley" or "hay hill" from English elements heg (hay) and denu (valley) or dun (hill).

Spelled Haydn, it's a German surname meaning "pagan" or "heathen" from German heide.

I've also seen it listed as a Gaelic surname, O'Hayden, the Anglicized form of Ó hÉidín meaning "descendant of Eidin", the latter being a diminutive of èideadh meaning "dress, garb" or "clothes".



Variants:

  • Hadyn
  • Haden 

Yasmine

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Origin: Arabic, Persian

Meaning: a variant transcription of Yasmin, an Arabic feminine name derived from Persian yasamin meaning "jasmine".


Variants:
  • Yasmin
  • Yasmeen
  • Yasmina 
  • Yasmeena 
  • Jasmine 
  • Jasmin 
  • Yasemin (Turkish)
  • Jasmina (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, MAcedonian)



Zayd

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Origin: Arabic

زيد (Arabic) Zayd

Meaning: an Arabic masculine name which means "to prosper" or "to increase".


Variants:
  • Zaid 


Feminine forms:
  • Zaida 



Monday, March 27, 2017

Tora

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Origin: Scandinavian, Japanese

Meaning: the modern form of Þóra, a feminine form of Thor meaning "thunder" derived from Old Norse Þór (thunder). 

Tora is also a Japanese word and unisex name meaning "tiger".


Variants:
  • Thora (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German)


Male forms:
  • Thor 
  • Tor (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)



Bryce

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Origin: Welsh

Meaning: a variant spelling of Brice, the English and French form of Latin Britius, Bricius, and Brictius likely derived from a Gaulish name, from Welsh element brych meaning "speckled" or "freckled".


Variants:
  • Brice
  • Britius (Latin)
  • Bricius (Ancient Celtic)
  • Brictius (Latin)
  • Brychan (Welsh)
  • Brizio (Italian)



Sola

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Origin: Latin, Japanese

Meaning: it could be a feminine form of Sol meaning "sun" in Latin.

It could also come from Latin sola meaning "alone".

It's also a Catalan surname also derived from Latin sol meaning "sun", derived as a habitional surname from places called Sola referring to a place exposed to the sun. It could also be an occupational surname for a shoemaker from Latin solea meaning "sandal, bottom of a shoe".

Sola is also close in pronounciation to sora, a Japanese word and unisex name meaning "sky", and has sometimes been romanized as such.


Variants:
  • Solá
  • Solà


Lune

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Origin: Latin

Meaning: derived from Latin luna meaning "moon".

Lune is also the French word for "moon" as well as being used as a term in geometry for the part of a plane surface that is bounded by two intersecting arcs or a spherical surface bounded by two great circles.

Lune is also the name of a type of poetry, also known as the American haiku, created by poet Robert Kelly which consists of a 13 syllable poem, with 5 syllables in the first line, 3 in the second, and 5 in the third.


Variants:
  • Luna 
  • Lunette (French)


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Anne

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Origin: Hebrew, Frisian

Meaning: the French feminine form of Anna, the Greek form of Hebrew Channah meaning "favor" or "grace".

Anne is also a Frisian masculine name from Germanic element arn meaning "eagle". It was used as a male name in France, the Netherlands, and even Scotland.


Variants:
  • Ann 
  • Anna 
  • Channah 
  • Hannah 



Alexis

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Origin: Greek

Meaning: derived from Greek alexo meaning "to help, defend". It was originally used as a masculine name becoming more popular for girls, the name of several ancient Greek figures. A male character named Alexis is also featured in Virgil's Eclogue II, as a young man who was beloved by the character Corydon.

In Greek mythology, a young man named Alexis was in love with a young named Meliboea who also loved him, but her parents had already betrothed her to another man. On her wedding day, Meliboea tried to kill herself by jumping off the roof but was unhurt, so she escaped to the seashore, found a boat, and the ropes somehow loosened on their own. The boat led her straight to where Alexis was dining with some friends, reuniting the lovers, and they dedicated two temples to the goddess Aphrodite.


Female forms:
  • Alexia 
  • Alexina 
  • Alessia (Italian)


Male forms:
  • Alexius (Ancient Greek)
  • Alexios (Ancient Greek)
  • Aleksey (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)
  • Aleksei (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)
  • Alessio (Italian)

Daisy

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Origin: Old English

Meaning: derived from Old English dægeseage meaning "day's eye", getting its name because it opens up when the sun rises and closes its petals when it goes down.

Daisy has also been used as a nickname for Margaret, likely because its French form Marguerite, is also the name for the oxeye daisy.

In the language of flowers, daisies symbolize purity, innocence, simplicity, that the sender can keep a secret, and true love because apparently a daisy flower is made up of two different flowers. Apparently, daisies are also known as thunder flowers because they peak during thunderstorms and represent protection from lightning.

In Romany mythology, Vertumnus (the god of gardens and trees) saw a lovely wood nymph named Belides and wanted her, however she didn't want him at all. She ran away from his advances but when it seemed like he was about to catch up to her she turned herself into a daisy (the genus of daisy is named bellis after her).



Hengist

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Origin: Ancient Germanic

Meaning: a Germanic masculine name meaning "stallion".

Hengist, along with his brother Horsa, led the Anglo-Saxon invasion into Britain in the 5th century.


Variants:
  • Hengest