Origin: Welsh Meaning: from Welsh rhiain meaning “maiden” Variants: Rhianu It’s pronounced ree-an


Origin: English Meaning: from an Old English name Dederick, a Low German form of Theodoric meaning “ruler of the people” Variants: Derrick


Origin: English Meaning: from a surname meaning “valley on the river Kent” Variants: Kendell


Origin: Arabic (فارس) Meaning: knight


Origin: English Meaning: from Late Latin Laetitia meaning “joy, happiness” Letitia is the name of a Roman goddess, the personification of happiness Variants: Leticia, Laetitia, Lettice Lettie and Letty are diminutive/nickname forms of the name


Origin: Spanish, Portuguese Meaning: Spanish and Portuguese form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”


Origin: Italian, Russian Виолетта (Russian) Meaning: Italian and Russian form of Violet, from the flower, which ultimately comes from Latin viola meaning “violet” In Russian, it’s pronounced vee-ah-LYE-tah


Origin: Hungarian, Indian, Greek, Japanese Meaning: from Hungarian som meaning “dogwood, cornel tree” Soma is also the name of a plant (and a Hindu god) from which an intoxicating drink is used from that plant for an ancient Vedic ritual. Soma is also the name of a Rigvedic god who somehow became merged or equated with…


Origin: English Meaning: diminutive form of Queen, which comes from Old English cwen meaning “woman, wife”. Also a word name referring to a female monarch/sovereign


Origin: Italian, English Meaning: Italian masculine form of Felix, meaning “lucky, successful”. It’s also a feminine variant of Felicia, also a feminine form of Felix It’s pronounced fe-LEE-che in Italian and fe-leese in English


Origin: Spanish, Portuguese Meaning: the Spanish and Portuguese form of Rachel, meaning “ewe”


Origin: French Meaning: form of Destrier from Anglo-Norman word destrer meaning “warhorse” Variants: Destrie, Destrey


Origin: Hawaiian Meaning: composed of Hawaiian elements lei “flowers, lei” and lani “heavenly” meaning “heavenly flower” or “heavenly lei”


Origin: English, French Meaning: an English surname, an occupational name for a collector of tolls. It’s also from Old French traverser (from late Latin transversare) meaning “to cross”, referring to someone who lived near a bridge or ford

A short break

I’m going to take a short break from this blog for a while so I won’t be posting anything for the rest of the week. Hopefully I’ll be back by the next week or two.


Origin: Cornish Meaning: from a Cornish word meaning first


Origin: Latin Meaning: from Latin ianuarius after the Roman god Janus, whose name means archway. Janus was the god of doors and beginnings and is depicted as having two heads, one looking backwards and the other forwards. Variants: Januarius, Janvier


Origin: Japanese (七 帆 ) Meaning: seven sail from nana七 (seven) and ho 帆 (sail) though there are probably different meanings depending on the different kanji. This was the only definitive meaning I could find online


Origin: Russian ( Аким ) Meaning: Russian form of Joachim which is either a contracted form of Jehoiachin (established by Yahweh) or Jehoiakim (raised by Yahweh). Variants: Yakim


Origin: Greek ( Ευαγγελία ) Meaning: feminine form of Evangelos, meaning “bringing good news” or “bringer of good news” Variants: Evangeline, Evangelina