Elaphria

Origin: Greek

Meaning: from what I could find, it’s a Greek word that means “lightness”, referring to a levity or fickleness of mind.

I’m not sure if this has ever been used for an actual name, though there is a species of moth called Elaphria. If anyone has any more info on this name, let me know.

Variants: Elafria

 

Links:

http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/elaphria.html

Shannon

Origin: Irish

Meaning: It may be related to Old Irish sen meaning “old, ancient” and abhainn meaning “river”. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “wise”.

It’s also the Anglicization of Gaelic surname Ó Seanáin meaning “descendant of Seanán”, the latter meaning “old”. It could also be related to O’Sionain, referring to someone who worked with straw.

As well as also being the name of the longest river in Ireland, Shannon is also associated with the Irish goddess Sionna

Ephraim

Origin: Hebrew

אֶפְרָיִם (‘Efrayim)

Εφραιμ (Greek)

Meaning: from Hebrew ‘Efrayim meaning “fruitful”. However, I’ve also seen it listed as either being derived from Hebrew masculine noun ‘aper (אפר) meaning “covering” or “bandage” or from masculine noun ‘eper (אפר) meaning “ashes”.

Variants: Efraim; Evron (Yiddish)

Perun

Origin: Slavic

Meaning: “thunder”. I’ve also seen it listed as coming from an Indo-European root word parg meaning “to strike, to slay”, or perhaps coming from another Proto-Indo-European root word perku “oak”.

In Slavic mythology, Perun is the god of thunder and lightning and the highest god in the Slavic pantheon. He’s also associated with the oak tree.

Isannah

Origin: English

Meaning: the closest I could find regarding the name’s etymology is that it most likely a smooh of the names Isabel or Isabella (meaning “my God is abundance” or “my God is oath”) and Susannah (which means “lily”, “rose” and “lotus”).

Interesting fact: I first came across this name in history, being the name of one of the daughters of Paul Revere.

Rami

Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Indian

رامي (Arabic)

רמי (Hebrew)

Meaning: in Arabic it either comes from the verb rami (رامي) meaning “to throw” referring to either an archer or a good marksman; or it could be from ram (رام) meaning “to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”.

Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם) meaning “high, exalted” as well as being a short form of either Rahamim, which could mean “compassionate” or “affectionate” or Yermiyahu, the Hebrew form of Jeremiah meaning “Yahhew has uplifted”.

Rami is also a surname, both in Arabic and in Indian, the latter deriving from Rama meaning “pleasing” or “charming”.

Everina

Origin: English, Old Norse

Meaning: I couldn’t find much information on this name but the closest I could come up with is that the first part of the name, Ever, most likely comes from Old English eofor meaning “boar”, so Everina is likely an elaborate form of that.

Everina could also be a variant form of Everine, a Nordic name which also ultimately comes from an Old Norse element meaning “boar”.

Of course, in modern times, Everina could also be an elaborate form of the English word ever meaning “at all times; always”; “continuously”; “at any time”.

Variants: Everine

*Interesting fact: Mary Wallstonecraft, who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) had a sister named Everina.

Freyr

Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: lord

In Norse mythology, Freyr is the Norse god of fertility and the weather, and the husband of Gerd, a frost giantess, for whom he gave up a magical sword just to be with her though, without it, he will be killed during Ragnorak.

Freyr is also the twin brother of Freya, another Norse goddess.

Freya is the feminine form of the name, meaning “lady”.

Variants: Frey

Pandora

Origin: Greek

Πανδωρα (Greek)

Meaning: from Greek elements pan “all” and doron “gift” meaning “all gifted” or “all giving”.

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first mortal woman created by the gods for the Titan Prometheus, who had stolen fire and given it to the humans. Displeased with this, Zeus and the other gods created Pandora, each giving her a particular gift such as beauty, cunning, needlework, etc., explaining the meaning of her name such since she’d been given a gift by the gods. Pandora is given a jar by Zeus and warned never to open it; her curioisty got the best of her and when she finally did open the jar she let out all the evils in the world, except for hope, which remained in the jar, although I’ve never understood that particular part of the myth. If hope remained in the jar, wouldn’t that mean it never got into the world?

Merlin

Origin: Welsh, English

Meaning: from Welsh Myrddin meaning “sea fortress”.

Meaning: Merlin is a key figure in the King Arthur romance, a sorcerer who is Arthur’s closest adviser and ally. The name was Latinized into Merlinus by Geoffrey of Monmouth because its regular form, Merdinus, was similar to the Anglo-Norman word merde that meant excrement.

Myrrdin Wyllt is a figure in Medieval Welsh legend, depicted as a madman after a battle in which his lord was killed, who went to live in the forest with the animals and received the gift of prophecy. Interestingly enough, this Myrrdin was the same person Geoffrey of Monmouth took and conflated with his character of Merlin .

Merlis is also the name of a species of falcon.

Variants: Merlin, Merlyn

Ida

Origin: Germanic, Greek, Old Norse, Irish, Hindu, Japanese

Meaning: a multicultural name with many meanings, Ida is from the Germanic element id meaning “work, labor”.

It’s also a Greek feminine name, the name of a mountain on the island of Crete, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus, as well as being the name of the nymph who nursed him as a baby, along with another nymph, Adrasteia. The Greek meaning is unknown though I have seen it possibly coming from Greek idê and ida meaning “woodland”.

I’ve also seen Ida listed as being a variant of Iðunn, an Old Norse goddess from Old Norse  (again) and unna (to love).

It also seems to be an Anglicization of Irish Íde possibly meaning “thirst”.

Ida is also a name found in Hindu myth, a variant of Ila, a god or goddess who seemed to change gender frequently.

Ida is also a Japanese surname though I couldn’t find any meaning on it.

Jane, Jayne

Origin: Old French, Hebrew

Meaning: the English form of Old French Jehanne, the feminine form of Johannes or Ioannes, ultimately coming from John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” or “God is gracious”.

Interesing fact: before I saw the tv show Firefly, Jane has always been a girl’s name for me but after Firefly and Alec Baldwin’s character Jayne, it’s become a unisex name in my eyes. I can actually meet a male Jane/Jayne and not bat an eyelash, especially after watching The Mentalist in which the main male character is often referred to by his surname, Jane. Interesting how perceptions of names change with the media, no?

Wade

Origin: English

Meaning: an English surname that either comes from an Old English place name meaning “a ford” or from Old English given name Wada, from wadan meaning “to go”.

Wade is also the English word meaning “to walk in water”, “to proceed or move with difficulty” or “to become involved in something in a forceful, direct or careless way”.