A to Z challenge

I’ve heard of the A to Z challenge some time ago and thought it would be an interesting theme to do. Since my blog is all about names, I’ve decided to do just that- post names in alphabetical order from A Series of Unfortunate Events, one of my favorite book series. Link to A-Z challenge…

Melia

Origin: Greek, English, Gaelic, Georgian Μελια (Greek) Meaning: a derivative of meli meaning “honey” as well as being the word for “ash tree”. It could also be a diminutive of Amelia, a variant of Amalia from Germanic element amal meaning “work, labor”. I’ve also seen Melia listed as a surname of Gaelic origins, from O’Maille/O’Maele, referring to male descendants…

Todd

Origin: English Meaning: from Middle English todde meaning “fox”

Some links to other name blogs

These are some links to other name blogs I like to go to, in no particular order. There’s probably more but these are the ones I go to often: http://britishbabynames.typepad.com http://appellationmountain.net http://bewitchingnamesplus.blogspot.co.uk http://namesaremygame.blogspot.com http://dmnes.org http://www.babynamewizard.com http://nookofnames.com https://legitbabenames.wordpress.com https://blogofcharacters.wordpress.com http://www.onceuponatimebabynames.blogspot.com http://www.greek-names.info http://rosesandcellardoors.blogspot.com http://thebeautyofnames.blogspot.com https://lolamac.wordpress.com http://waltzingmorethanmatilda.com https://namingthefishes.wordpress.com http://www.japanese-names.org http://www.behindthename.com

Camilla

Origin: Latin, Etruscan Meaning: feminine form of Latin Camillus, a term referring to an acolyte, a youth employed in rituals and sacrifice of ancient Roman religion. Camilla is also the name of a warrior in the Aenead, whose name likely comes from Etruscan origin of unknown meaning. In the Aenead, Camilla was a member of…

Sidon

Origin: Greek, Hebrew Meaning: Sidon was the name of a chief city in ancient Phoenicia (now known as Saida, in Lebanon) which was founded in the 3rd millennium BC, a place famous for its purple dye. The name most likely comes from Phoenician Tzidhon  “fishing place” or “fishery” from tzud (to hunt, capture) though there also seems to…

Yvonne

Origin: French Meaning: French feminine form of Yvon, a medieval diminutive of Yves ultimately derived from Old German element iv meaning “yew” Variants: Ivonne (German), Ivet (Bulgarian), Ivona (Czech, Slovak, Macedonian, Croatian), Evonne, Lavonne/Lavone

Cymbeline

Origin: Ancient Celtic Meaning: an Anglicized form of Cunobelinus meaning “hound of Belenus” from old Celtic element koun (hound) combined with the name of a Celtic god, Belenus. Variants: Cunobelinus

Kelly

Origin: Irish Meaning: Anglicized form of Irish Ceallach, which could mean “bright-headed”. It could also come from Old Irish ceallach meaning “war, strife” or ceall “church”. Variants: Kelley, Kelli, Kellie, Kelleigh; Ceallach, Ceallagh

Howard

Origin: English Meaning: an English surname derived from several possible sources: it could be from Anglo-Norman Huard, from Germanic Hughard meaning “heart, mind + brave, hard” from Germanic elements hug (heart, mind) and hard (brave, hardy). It could be from Anglo-Scandanavian Haward, from Old Norse Hávarðr meaning “high + guardian, defender” from Old Norse elements há (high) and varðr (guardian, defender). It…

Vivaldi

Origin: Germanic, Latin, Italian Meaning: it could be a Latin form of Vivaldus meaning “power, strength in combat” from Old German elements wig (fight, battle, warrior) and walda (might, power). I’ve also seen it listed as coming from Latin vita meaning “life”. Vivaldi is an Italian surname, most famously worn by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, a Baroque composer whose best known…

Ozias

Origin: Greek Οζιας (Ancient Greek) Meaning: form of Uzziah ( עֻזִּיָּה ) meaning “my power is Yahweh” or “my strength is Yahweh” Variants: Uzziah (Hebrew)

Vanessa

Origin: English Meaning: a famous name created by the author Jonathan Swift for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa (1713). He created it by taking the first three letters of his lover’s surname (Esther Vanhomrigh) and adding the pet form Essa. Vanhomrigh is a Dutch surname and van means “from”, referring to a habitational surname, while Esther either…

Aiden

Origin: Irish, Scottish Meaning: variant spelling of Aidan, which is the Anglicized form of  Aodhán, from old Irish Áedán, a dimunitive of Áed/Aodh meaning “fire”, a name borne by several figures in Irish mythology Variants: Aidan, Ayden, Adan, Aodh, Aodhán, Áed

Amberly

Origin: English Meaning: an elaboration of Amber influenced by Kimberly. Amber is from Arabic ‘anbar(عنبر), referring fossilized tree resin, while the -lee or -ley ending is from Old English meaning “clearing” or “grove”. However, it also has a long history as a surname. Although the origins are unclear, from what I could find it could be an occupational name…

Boston

Origin: English Meaning: the name of the capital in Massachusetts, named after a town in Lincolnshire, England, meaning “Botulf’s settlement” or “Botulf’s stone”. It was either named after a saint who might have built a monastary around the area in the 7th century, or a landowner who happened to have the same name. Boston could also…

Ylva

Origin: Old Norse Meaning: “she-wolf” derived from Old Norse úlfr meaning “wolf” Ulf is a masculine form of the name. ~The photo above are actually coyotes, not wolves, but I seriously love this photo~

March

Origin: Latin, Welsh,  English Meaning: from Latin Martius, named after the Roman god of wars Mars, whose name comes from Latin mas meaning “male” or “manly”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Welsh form of Mark (pronounced the same) which also comes from Mars. As well as being the third month of the year, march is…

Harley

Origin: English Meaning: a surname from a place name meaning “hare clearing” from Old English hara “hare” and leah “clearing, wood” . Variants: Harli, Harlee, Harleigh

Paden

Origin: Irish, Scottish, English Meaning: I’ve seen it described as a modern invention using the popular aden suffix but it also has a long history as a surname as well. It could be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Páidín meaning “son of Páidín”, Páidín being a pet form of Pádraig/Patrick (Patrician/nobleman). It could also be a…