Melior

 

Origin: Latin, Breton, English

Meaning: it could be a form of Meliora, from Latin melior meaning “better”. It’s used as the motto for the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, and translate as “ever better” or “always better” on the idea to always strive to be better.

It could also be a corruption of Breton meler meaning “honey-maker”.

Melior also seems to be an English surname, a variant spelling of Mellor derived from a village in Lancanshire or Cheshire. It most likely means “bare hill”.

Melior is also a figure in European folklore, one of the sisters of Melusine who is depicted as a serpent of fish from the waistdown.

It also seems to be very popular in Cornwall, due to Saint Meliorius.

Variants: Meliora, Meliorius (m), Melor, Melora

Ulysses

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Latin form of Greek Odysseus, which either comes from odyssomai “to hate” or oduromai “to lament, bewail”

Ulysses is the Roman counterpart to Odysseus

Variants: Ulyssa (f); Ulysse (French, m); Ulisse (Italian, m); Ulisses (Portuguese, m); Ulises (Spanish, m)

Iris

Origin: Greek

Meaning: rainbow ( Ιρις )

In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and the messanger of the gods.

Iris is also the name of a genus of flowers as well as being a color referring to shades ranging from blue-violet to violet.

Iris is also a term used to describe the colored portion of the eye, responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil and the amount of light reaching the retina

Lester

Origin: English

Meaning: There are two possible origins to the name. The first is that it could be a variant of litster, a Middle English word meaning “to dye” or “dye”, referring to a textile dyer.

Lester is also derived from the name of a city, Leicester; the first part of the name comes from the name of a river, Ligore, combined with Old English ceaster meaning “Roman fort” from Latin castra “camp”. The first part of the name is a little tricky though Ligore most likely came from the name of a tribe living around the area, possibly meaning “dwellers on the river Legra”

Variants: Lestor

Jade

Origin: English, Spanish, French

Meaning: derived from Spanish (piedra de) ijada meaning “colic stone” or “(stone of the) flank” relating to the belief that jade could protect the kidneys and intestines from disease. Jade is believed to symbolize purity, wisdom, justice, loyalty, sincerity and truth

Variants: Jayde, Jada, Giada (Italian), Jaida, Jayda

Hector

Origin: Greek ( ‘Εκτωρ )

Meaning: “holding fast” from Greek εχω (echo) meaning “to hold, to possess”

Hector is a famous figure in the Iliad, the son of King Priam and the brother of Paris. He was one of Troy’s greatest champions against the Greeks and his death by Achilles ultinately spelled the end of Troy.

It’s also the name of King Arthur’s foster father (also known as Ector)

Variants: Hektor

Ayumi

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: It has several different meanings depending on the kanji used.

歩, “progress”, “walking”, “a step”

歩美, “walking, beauty”

歩実, “walking, truth”

鮎己, “sweetfish, oneself”

亜由美, “Asia, reason, beauty”

安愉海, “peaceful, pleasure, sea”

明征魅, “bright, conquer, fascination”

充裕実, “provide, abundant, truth”

歩未, “walking”, “not yet”

It’s also a very rare surname using the hiragana below:

漢人

阿弓

*All of this is from Wikipedia

Yonah

Origin: Hebrew ( יוֹנָה )

Meaning: Hebrew form of Jonah meaning “dove”  ( יוֹנָה )

Spelled Yona, it becomes a word used in Ancient India (by the Pali and Prakrits) to refer to Greek speakers, (its analogue Yavana was used in Sanskrit) as well as being a transliteration for the Ionians

Yonina and Yonit are feminine forms of Yonah

Caden

Origin: Gaelic, English

Meaning: It could be from Gaelic surname Mac Cadáin (or MacCadden) meaning “son of Cadán”, Cadán meaning “battle” from Celtic kat0 and the diminutive suffix –án, although it’s popularity has more to do with the fact that it shares the same sound as Braden, Hayden, and Aiden

Caden is also the name of a commune in Brittany, France

Variants: Kaden, Cayden, Kaydin, Kayden

Marisol

Origin: Spanish

Meaning: A contracted form of Maria de Soledad, the title of the Virgin Mary meaning “Mary of Solitude”.

It could also be a combination of the names Maria (with several possible meanings: to be rebellious; well-fed; bitter, bitterness; or it could come from Egyptian meaning “beloved” or “love”; bitter, drop; myrrh, mistress) and Sol, the spanish word for “sun”

Marisol could also be translated from Spanish mar y sol meaning “sea and sun” though that isn’t it’s original meaning

Drago

Origin: Slavic, Italian

Драго (Serbian)

Meaning: from Slavic element dragu meaning “peace” as well as being a short form of names beginning with the element (such as Dragan, Dragomir, or Dragas, etc.)

It’s also an Italian word meaning “dragon”, the Italian form of Latin draco

Draga is its feminine form