Nebula

Origin: Latin Meaning: from Latin meaning “cloud”. Nebula is also used in astronomy to refer to an intersteller cloud of gas and dust. Advertisements

August

Origin: Latin Meaning: a form of Augustus, from Latin meaning “great” or “venerable”. It was originally a title given to the first Roman emperor. Gus and Augie are diminutives of the name. Augusta and Augustine are feminine forms of the name, while Auguste is a unisex name (feminine in German, masculine in French) as well…

Valyant

Origin: Latin, English Meaning: the medieval spelling of Valiant from Latin meaning “strong, healthy, brave, courageous”. In the Arthurian Romance, Valyant was a king of Wales and a cousin of Lancelot. Variants: Valiant

Amaris

Origin: Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Latin Meaning: a Hebrew feminine form of Amariah meaning “Yahweh has said” or “Yahweh has promised”. I’ve also seen it listed as an elaborated form of Amaro, an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese name and surname of various meanings. Amaro could be from Germanic name Amalric meaning “work, labor/power”. In Sicily,…

Felixa

Origin: English, Latin Meaning: a feminine form of Felix meaning “lucky, happy”.

Lucretia

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: feminine form of Lucretius, either from Latin lucrum meaning “profit, wealth” or Latin lucror meaning “to gain” or “to acquire”. Variants: Lucretius (m); Lucrezia is the Italian feminine form of the name while Lucrecè is the French unisex variant of the name.

Peregrine

Origin: Latin Meaning: from Latin Peregrinus meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”, the latter referring to those who went on pilgramages. Peregrina is the strictly feminine form of the name. Peregrine is also the name of the Peregrine falcon. Variants: Peregrinus, Pellegrino (Italian), Peregrin, Peregrina (f)

Titus

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: a Roman praenomen possibly related to Latin titulus meaning “title of honor” or titio “fire-brand”, though it’s more likely of pre-Roman origin since it belonged to a Sabine king, Titus Tatius, who co-ruled with Romulus for some years. Variants: Tita and Titia are feminine forms of the name.

Pavo

Origin: Croatian, Latin Meaning: a short form of masculine name Pavao, the Croatian form of Paul meaning “small” or “humble”. Pavo is also Latin for “peacock”, which is what makes it a unisex name in my opinion. Pavo is also the name of a constellation.

Sage

Origin: English, Old French, Latin Meaning: an English word meaning “wise” or “sagacious”. As an English surname it was used as a nickname for a wise person from Old French sage meaning “learned, sensible”, ultimately from Latin sapiere “to taste, discern”. It’s also from Latin salvere meaning “to feel well, wealthy”, the name of a genus of plants.

Vox

Origin: Latin Meaning: voice

Calix

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…

Ovidia

Origin: Latin, Romanian Meaning: a feminine form of Ovid, the English form of Latin Ovidius either from Latin ovum meaning “egg” or Latin ovis “sheep”. It’s also a Romanian feminine form of Ovidiu, the Romanian form of Ovid. I’ve also seen it listed as a Norwegian feminine form of Ove which has several meanings: “inheritance”; “active, at work”. Variants:…

Pax

  Origin: Latin, English Meaning: it means “peace” in Latin, the name of the Roman goddess of peace in Roman mythology. It could also be a variant spelling of an English surname, Packs or Pachs referring to a place name Pacca, as well as from Old French pasques meaning “Easter”. Pax is also an English word  meaning peace.

Lucasta

Origin: Latin, English Meaning: Created by the poet Richard Lovelace from Latin lux (light) and casta (pure) meaning “pure light”. Apparently he based the character on a woman he loved, Lucy Sacheverel.

April

Origin: Latin Meaning: originally the second month in the ancient Roman calendar, April comes from the adjective aperire “to open” in reference to when the trees and flowers begin to open up. Aprilia is an elaborate form of the name This isn’t part of the A-Z challenge but I’ve been doing a profile on each month and…

Tatiana

Origin: Latin Meaning: the feminine form of Tatianus, a derivative of Tatius, of unknown meaning. Tatiana is a name mentioned once in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), as a friend of the author Lemony Snicket. Tanya/Tania is a short form of the name. Variants: Tatyana (Russian); Tatjana (Finnish, German), Tatianna, Tatyanna (English); Tatianus (m); Tatienne…

Remora

Origin: Latin Meaning: from Latin remora meaning “delay”. It’s a genus of fish, also known as suckerfish, because they attach themselves to other fish and boats. The remora actually got their name in the belief that their attaching themselves to the boats slowed them down. Mr. Remora is a teacher in Book 5 (The Austere Academy) who…

Luciana

Origin: Latin Meaning: a feminine form of Latin Lucianus, from Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light”. Variants: Luciano (m), Lucianus (m) Luciana is an alias Esmé Squalor uses in the 7th book (The Vile Village). Luciana can be pronounced as loo-CHAH-nah, loo-SYAH-nah, or loo-THYAH-nah.

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…