Emi

 

Origin: Japanese, English

恵美 (Japanese)- Emi “blessing, kindness + beautiful”

絵美 (Japanese)- Emi “picture, painting + beautiful”

恵美 子 (Japanese)- Emiko “blessing, kindest + beautiful/child”

絵美子 (Japanese)- Emiko “picture, painting +beautiful/child”

Meaning: a Japanese name me composed of kanji e (恵) “blessing, kindness” + mi (美) “beautiful” meaning “blessing, kindness + beautiful” or from e (絵) “picture, painting” + mi (美) “beautiful”. There are also other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Emi can also be a nickname for Emily meaning “rival” or a variant spelling of Emmy, itself a short form of either Emily or Emma, the latter meaning “whole” or “universal”.

Variants: Emiko is a variant form of Japanese Emi with the -ko suffix meaning “child”.

Eve

Origin: English, Hebrew

חַוָּה (Ancient Hebrew) Chawwah

Meaning: from Hebrew Chawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”.

Eve is also an English word referring to evening, or the day before a date or event.

Evie/Evy is a dimunutive form of the name.

Variants: Eva, Ava; Chawwah (Hebrew); Hawa (Arabic)

Eretria, Eritrea

Origin: Greek

Meaning: the name of a town in Euboea, Greece, meaning “city of the rowers” or “rowing city” from Greek eretes “rower” and verb eressein/erettein “to row”, probably named so because it had a powerful naval force.

Spelled Eritrea, it becomes a country in the Horn of Africa (a peninsula in Northeast Africa). The name comes from an ancient Greek name, eruthra thalassa (red sea), erythros meaning “red”.

The first time I came across this name was on a television series called The Shannara Chronicles, based on a series of books by Terry Brooks. One of the main characters is called Eretria. I thought it was a made up name at first but when I finally got around to looking up this name, to my surprise I found it was a legitimate, historical name, though whether the author knew this or not I don’t know.

Epiphany

Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek epiphaneia meaning “manifestation” and “appearance”.

Having entered the English lexicon, it usually refers to a sudden or striking realization- religious, scientific, philiosophic, etc.

Variants: Epiphanie, Epiphania; Epiphanes (m); Epiphanios (m); Epiphanius (m); Epifanio (m, Italian, Spanish); Epifania (f, Italian, Spanish).

Eucleia

Origin: Greek

Ευκλεια (Greek)

Meaning: “good glory” or “good repute” from Greek eu meaning “good” and kleos meaning  “glory”.

In Greek mythology, Eucleia was a daimona (spirit) of good repute and glory and, along with her sisters Eupheme (acclaim), Eutheia (prosperity), and Philophrosyne (welcome) were probably known as the younger Kharites (Graces).

In Greek vase paintings, Eucleia was often depicted among the attendants of Aphrodite, representing the good repute of a chaste bride.

Eucleia was also sometimes identified with Artemis.

Variants: Eukleia

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

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)

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.

Eldrid

Origin: Norwegian, English

Meaning: from Old Norse Eldríðr meaning “fire beautiful” or “beautiful fire” from elements eldr “fire” and fríðr “beautiful”.

It could also come from Old English Æðelþryð meaning “noble strength” from English elements Æðel “noble” and þryð “strength”. It could also be the Old Norse orm of Eldrit, the Frankish form of masculine Hildifrid meaning “battle,fight/peace, friendship” from elements hild “battle, fight” and frid “peace, friendship”.

Eldrid could also be a variant spelling of masculine Eldred meaning “old counsel”.

Variants: Eldríðr (f, Old Norse); Eldred (m, English)

Eka

 

Origin: Indonesian, Georgian, Finnish

ეკა (Georgian)

Meaning: an Indonesian unisex name meaning “one, first” derived from Sanskrit eka (एक).

It’s also a Georgian feminine name, a short form of Ekaterine, the Georgian form of Katherine which has several possible meanings: “pure, chaste” from the Greek katharos; or it could come from hekateros, “each of the two; singly”; or from Greek aikia meaning “torture”. It could also be a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”.

I’ve also seen it listed as a Finnish masculine name, a variant form of Ekke possibly meaning “edge” as in the edge of a weapon.

Variants: Eko is the Javanese form of Eka.

Ellen

Origin: English, Greek, Dutch

Meaning: a medieval form of Helen, probably derived from Greek ‘ελενη (helene) meaning “torch” or “corposant” or possibly related to Greek σεληνη (selene) meaning “moon”.

Ellen is also a short form of Dutch Eleonora, a cognate of Eleanor meaning “the other Aenor”.

Variants: Helen, Helene, Helena, Hellen, Elena, Eleni, Elene

Eteri

Origin: Georgian

ეთერი (Georgian)

Meaning: ether, air

Eteriani (the tale of Eteri) is a medieval Georgian folk romance based on two lovers Eteri and Abesalom. They love each other and want to marry but Abesalom’s father, the king, refuses to allow the marriage. A courtier, Murman, is also in love with Eteri and sells his soul to the devil so that the marriage between Abesalom and Eteri does not happen. He also makes Eteri very ill and manages to persuade Abesalom that the only way Eteri can be saved is if he gives up on her and allows Murman to marry her instead, since he has the only remedy to save her, and Abesalom reluctantly agrees- and ends up dying since he can’t live without her. Eteri kills herself and the two are buried together, however Murman buries himself alive between them so that even in death he’s still an obstacle to their love. A hedge grows between the tombs, keeping apart a rose and violet growing from the tombs of the lovers.

An opera by Zakaria Paliashvili called Abesalom and Eteri is based on this folk romance, as well as a poem written by Vazha-Pshavela in the mid 1880s.

*All this from Wikepedia*

Eryx

Origin: Greek

Ερυξ (Greek)

Meaning: I’ve seen two different meanings to this name. According to a user-submitted post in Behind the Name, it’s derived from the Greek verb eruko or eryko meaning “to keep in, to curb, to hold back, to restrain”.

According to another source, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names by K.M. Heard, the name might be derived from Greek ereugomai meaning “to belch out/to disgorge/to blurt out”.

Eryx was the name of an ancient city and mountain in Sicily, now known as Erice.

In Greek mythology, Eryx is either the son of Aphrodite and Poseidon, or Butes (who was with the Argonauts). He was killed by Hercules in a wrestling match.

Variants: Erix could be a variant spelling of the name. Eryxo is a feminine form of the name, as well as Erycina, which was also an epithet of Aphrodite.

Eryx is also the name of a genus of nonvenomous boas in southeast Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and southwest Asia.

Esmé, Esmée

Origin: Old French

Meaning: “esteemed” or “beloved” from Old French Aimé. Apparently, Esmé was first recorded for Esmé Stuart, Duke of Lennox (1542-1583) in Scotland, whose parents’ had French ties.

Esmé Squalor is one of the guardians of the Baudelaire children in Book 6 (The Ersatz Elevator), who turns out to be one of the villains and girlfriend of Count Olaf.