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…

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…

Sohrab

Origin: Persian سهراب (Persian) Sohrab Meaning: it means either “illustrious, shining” or “red water”. In the Persian epic of Shahnameh Sohrab is the name of the son of the hero Rostam. It’s rather a tragic story. Rostam is searching for his lost horse Rakhsh and enters the kingdom of Samangan, becoming the guest of the king whose…

Sandy

Origin: English Meaning: a short form of Alexander, Alexandra or Sandra all meaning “defending men” or “defender of men”. It’s also an English surname derived from a place name meaning “sandy island” from Old English sand (sand) + ēg (island). It could also be from Old Norse elements sand (truth) or sandr (sand). Sandy is also a color describing a yellowish-red color,…

Amberly

Origin: English Meaning: an elaboration of Amber influenced by Kimberly. Amber is from Arabic ‘anbar(عنبر), referring fossilized tree resin, while the -lee or -ley ending is from Old English meaning “clearing” or “grove”. However, it also has a long history as a surname. Although the origins are unclear, from what I could find it could be an occupational name…

Iris

Origin: Greek Meaning: rainbow ( Ιρις ) In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and the messanger of the gods. Iris is also the name of a genus of flowers as well as being a color referring to shades ranging from blue-violet to violet. Iris is also a term used to describe the…

Rufus

Origin: Latin Meaning: from a Roman cognomen meaning “red-haired” Variants: Rufinian, Rufinianus, Rufinius, Rufinus

Pyrrha

Origin: Greek Meaning: red or flame-colored

Piroska

Origin: Hungarian Meaning: most of the sites I’ve gone to list it as the Hungarian form of Priscilla, meaning “ancient” but Behind the Name (a site I go to frequently) lists it as coming from the word piros, which means red in Hungarian, with a diminutive suffix. Since piros does mean red in Hungarian, it could very…

Flynn

Origin: Irish, English Meaning: descendant of Flann, or descendent of the red-headed one

Rory

Origin: Irish, English Meaning: red king Variants: Rori Gender: Unisex

Scarlet

Origin: Old English, Persian Meaning: Comes from the surname of a person who sold scarlet cloth, or from the red color Variants: Scarlett Gender: female Scarlet is the sister of Neve in one of my stories. The name itself comes from the Persian word saghrilat.