Neve, Niamh

 

Origin: Italian, Latin, Spanish, Irish

Meaning: snow; bright/radiant

Variants: Neva, Nieve, Niamh (Irish)

Gender: female

Neve means snow in both Italian, Spanish and Latin but it could also be an anglicization of the Irish Niamh, which means radiance, shine, beauty.

Arion

Origin: Greek, Hebrew

Meaning: braver, melodious

Gender: Male

Variants: Arian, Aryon

In Greek mythology, Arion was the name of a talking horse, the son of Poisedon and Demeter (or a human woman named Ino, as well as being the name of a famous musician in Ancient Greece. According to a few other sites, it’s also a male Hebrew name meaning melodious although I’m not sure how accurate that is.

Cattleya

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Origin: English

Meaning: flower name, person from Catley/ Cat’s clearing

Variants: Cataleya

Gender: Female

Cattleya comes from the genus Cattleya, a type of orchid. It was named after William Catley, whose surname comes from Old English elements catt “cat” and leah meaning “clearing” or “glade”, either meaning “Cat’s clearing” referring to someone by the name of Cat or referring to a clearing frequented by a lot of cats.

Cora

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Origin: Old Greek, Latin, Old Norse, German

Meaning: Based on the Greek Korë, which means maiden, often used to refer to Persephone; it could also come from Latin meaning “little heart”; or could mean ravine in Old Norse

Variants: Korra, Kora

Gender: Female

The name Cora was created by James Fenimore Cooper for his 1826 novel “The Last of the Mohicans”, based on the Greek Korë.

Emma

Origin: German, English

Meaning: universal, whole

Variants: Emmy/Emmie, Ema

Gender: Female

Other languages: Ema (Croatian, Czech, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish)

Emma is currently one of the most popular names in the U.S.; small wonder, since it’s such a short, two syllable name that seems both sweet and sassy and works in a lot of languages worldwide.

Ralph

Origin: Old Norse, English

Meaning: wolf counselor

Variants: Ralf, Rafe

Gender: Male

Other languages: Radulf Ancient Germanic), Raoul (Italian, French), Raul (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)

Comes from the Old Norse name Radulfr (or Radulf). In the Middle Ages, despite its spelling Ralph, it was often pronounced like Rafe. In the U.S., though, it’s definitely pronounced like Ralf.

Andrea

Origin: English, German, Italian, Spanish

Meaning: It’s the Italian masculine form of Andreas meaning “of man” or “belonging to man”.

It’s also a feminine form of Andrew, which means “of man” or “belonging to man”

Variants: Andria, Drew, Andie/Andy

Gender: Unisex

Other languages: Andreas, Andre, Andrew, Ander, Anders (all male); Andriana, Andrina, Drea (all female)

Although Andrea is used as a female name in the U.S., in Italy it’s strictly a male name used for boys, not girls.

Emery

Origin: English, German

Meaning: Norman form of Emmerich, a Germanic name with the possible meanings of “industrious ruler” or “universal ruler”

Variants: Emory, Amerie

Gender: Unisex

Other Languages: Amaury (French), Emerie

Emery is similar to the name Emma, which is very popular right now in the United States. Unlike Emma, it can be used for both boys or girls.

Emery is also the name of a rock (aka corundite) used to make abrasive powder