Origin: Latin

Meaning: a short form of Calixtus from Roman Callistus, the Greek form of Kallistos meaning “most beautiful”. The Callistus spelling was perhaps influenced by Latin calix meaning “wine cup”.

Calix is also a Catalan and Portuguese surname, perhaps deriving from Portugeuse cálice or Catalan càlic both meaning “communion cup”. In Catalan it could perhaps be derived from calitx, a type of throwing game.

Variants: Calixtus, Callistus


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 the Volsci and daughter of King Metabus and his wife Casmilla (of whom she was likely named after). When Metabus was overthrown he fled with his infant daughter. When he got to the river Amasenus he tied baby Camilla to a spear, prayed to the goddess Diana (Artemis’s Greek counterpart) and promised her his daughter’s servitude and virginity if she made it safely across, which she did. When Camilla grew up she was a great warrior, and so swift she could run across water without getting her feet wet. She also sided against Aeneas and the Trojans but was killed in battle.

Variants: Camille (French, unisex); Kamilla, Kamila, Camillus (Ancient Roman), Camila (Spanish, Portuguese)


Origin: Indian

चण्ड (masculine form of Chandra)

चण्डा (feminine form of Chandra)

Meaning: derived from Sanskirt chand ( चन्द ) meaning “to shine” or “shining”, ultimately meaning “moon”

Chandra is the Hindu god of the moon. He is depicted as young and beautiful, a two armed god with a club and a lotus, who rides his chariot across the sky every night pulled by ten white horses. He also came to be merged with the Vedic god Soma (a name I already profiled earlier), both of whom are moon deities.

While Chandra is a unisex name, Chander is a purely masculine form of the name.


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


Origin: English

Meaning: a surname from Middle English caisere, ultimately from German kaiser from Roman cognomen Caesar meaning “hairy”, though Cayzer may have been used as a nickname for someone who behaved imperiously, as Caesar was often used as a title of an emperor or leader after Julius Caesar

Variants: Cayser, Kayzer, Keyzor


Origin: Greek ( Κιρκη )

Meaning: Latinized form of Greek Kirke, either meaning “bird” or else derived from Greek

kirkoô “to secure with rings” or “hoop around”

Circe (SUR-see) is a prominent figure in the Odyssey. An enchantress, she turned Odysseus’s men into pigs but was beaten by him with the help of the Greek god Hermes. He stayed with her for a year before finally leaving.

Circe was also the aunt of Medea, another famous enchantress from the Argo

Variants: Kirkê (pronounced KER-kee)


Origin: English from Latin credere “to believe”

Meaning: an English word meaning “that which is believed” or to any system, doctrine or formula of religious belief or any system or codification of belief of opinion

It comes from Old English  credocreda from Latin credo meaning “I believe”, from credere “to believe”