Gilgamesh

Origin: Akkadian, Sumerian

Meaning: though the meaning is not clear, I’ve seen it listed as meaning something to the effect of “the ancestor is a young man” or “may the (mature) man become a young man again”.

Variants: Bilgamesh (Sumerian); Gilgamos (Greek)

The eponymous hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem believed to be the oldest surviving work of Western literature; it’s believed that he was based on a real historical figure.

Vadim

Origin: Russian

Meaning: it’s the Russian form of Bademus, a Latinized form of a Persian name, meaning unknown. It’s also been linked to Slavic Vadimir meaning “accuse + peace, world” from Slavic elements vaditi (accuse, to slander, to blame) and miru (peace, world).

Vadik is a diminutive form of the name.

Variants: Vadym (Ukrainian); Vadzim (Belarusian)

Perry

Origin: English, Welsh

Meaning: an English surname meaning “pear tree”.

It’s also a Welsh surname from ap Herry meaning “son of Herry”, the later a medieval English form of Henry meaning “home ruler”.

Perry or Peri is also a short form of Peregrine meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”.

Spelled Perri, it becomes an Italian surname derived from Peter meaning “stone”.

Variants: Perri, Peri, Perrie

Bay

Origin: English, Germanic, Gaelic/Scottish, Turkish

Meaning: from Latin baca meaning “berry”, originally referring to the berries of a bay tree.

As a surname it comes from Old English Beaga (m) and Beage (f) which mean “garland”, “crown” and “treasure thing”. Bay is also an English word referring to an area of water bordered by land on three sides, as well as referring to the color “reddish brown”.

It also seems to be a variant spelling of Turkish bey, a title used by wealthy leaders referring to a cheiftain or lord.

Bay is also a short form of Bayer, a German surname meaning “Bavaria”, referring to someone from there.

Bay could also be a short form of Gaelic surname O’Bae, itself a short form of McBeth/Macbeth meaning “son of life”, though it also seems to have an implicit meaning of “righteous man” or “religious man”.

Variants: Bae, Baye

Holland

Origin: Dutch, English, Irish

Meaning: from Middle Dutch holtland meaning “wooded land” or “wood land”.

It’s also derived from an English locational name meaning “ridge land”.

I’ve also seen it as being an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname O’hÓileáin from personal name Faolan meaning “wolf”, or the Anglicized form of Ó’hUallacháin meaning “descendent of Uallachán”, the latter meaning “proud” or “arrogant” (the surnames have also been Anglicized as Houlihan and Holohan).

Rainey

Origin: Gaelic, English

Meaning: from what I could find, it’s a Scottish or Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic O’Raighne meaning “descendent of Raonull”, the latter being either a form of Ronald which means “advice,counsel +power,ruler” or a form of Reynold meaning “advice+rule”.

It can also be a variant spelling of English rainy.

Variants: Rainy

Gilead

Origin: Hebrew

גִּלְעָד (Ancient Hebrew) Gil’ad

Meaning: the name of a place in the Old Testament, located east of Jordan, I’ve seen it meaning “monument of testimony”; “harsh”, rude” from Arabic jal’ad; “perptual fountain”, “heap of stones” or “camel hump”.

Variants: Gilad

It’s pronounced gil-ee-uhd and I’ve posted a link below.

http://forvo.com/search/gilead/

Lee

Origin: English, Chinese

Meaning: an English surname from Old English lēah meaning “clearing” or “meadow”.

It’s also a variant spelling of a Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese surname derived  from Chinese character Li (李) meaning “plum” or “plum tree”. Other meanings I’ve come across depending on the kanji are “black”; “reason” or “judge”; “chestnut”, “sharp”, “benefit”, “profit” or “interest”; “strict” or “severe”.

As a Chinese unisex given name, it means “reason, logic” (理);  “stand, establish” (立); “black, dawn” (黎); “power, capability, influence” (力) which is usually masculine; and “beautiful” (丽) usually used for females. Of course there are other possible meanings depending on different kanji.

Variants: Li (Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese surname); Leigh (English)

Vidya

Origin: Indian

विद्या (Hindi, Sanskrit)

Meaning: it means “knowledge, science, learning” in Sanskrit. It was also one of the epithets of the Hindu goddess Saraswati.

Also it’s listed as a feminine name on Behind the name, I’ve seen it used as a masculine name, making it a unisex name.

Variants: Widya (Indonesian); Vidyā, Vidhya

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 as Augustine.

Variants: Augusto (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish); Augustus (Latin); Aukusti (Finnish); Augustas, Augusts (Lithuanian); Avgust (Ukrainian, Russian).

Manuel

Origin: Spanish, Portuguese, German

Meaning: the Spanish, Portuguese and German form of Emmanuel meaning “God is with us”.

Manuela is the feminine form of the name.

Manny is a common nickname in English; Manolo and Manu are the Spanish diminutives of the name while Nelinho is the Portuguese diminutive. Manu is also the short form of Manuel (as well as its feminine form Manuela) in German.

Variants: Manoel (Portuguese Brazilian); Manuele, Emanuele (Italian); Emanuel (German, Portuguese); Manouel (Late Greek); Emmanuel (Hebrew, English); Emmanuel (French).