Nebula

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

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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”…

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

Billie

Origin: English Meaning: a common nickname for William or Wilhelmina, essentially meaning “resolute protection” from Germanic elements wil “will, desire” and helm “helmet, protection”. Variants: Billy; William; Wilhelmina

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…

Joyce

Origin: English Meaning: from medieval masculine name Josse, derived from Iudocus which is the Latinized form of Breton Judoc meaning “lord”. Originally a masculine name, it later became associated with the Middle English word joise meaning “to rejoice”. Variants: Joisse (u), Josse (m), Jocosa (f)

Riley

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: from an English surname meaning “rye clearing”. It’s also a variant spelling of Reilly, an Irish surname of unknown meaning from given name Raghailleach, though I have seen it listed as possibly meaning “valiant” or “courageous”. Variants: Reilly, Ryley, Rylie, Rylee, Ryleigh

Helix

Origin: Greek Meaning: referring to “something twisted” or a “spiral”.  

Tracy

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: an English surname derived from a Norman-French place meaning “domain belonging to Thracius”, the latter meaning “of Thracia”. It also has a separate origin as an Irish surname, from Gaelic O’Treasaigh meaning “descendant of the war-like one”. Tracy has also been used as a short form of Theresa, either meaning “summer”…

Beverly

Origin: English Meaning: a surname that means “beaver stream” from Old English beofer meaning “beaver” and licc meaning “stream”, denoting someone who lived near one. Beverly was originally used as a masculien name before becoming more popular for women. Bev and Verlie are diminutives of the name. Variants: Beverley

Christie

Origin: English, Irish, Scottish Meaning: a diminutive of Christopher and Christine/Christina meaning “bearing Christ”. Variants: Kristie, Kristy, Christy,

Nesta

Origin: Welsh, Italian Meaning: a Welsh diminutive of Agnes meaning “chaste”. There was also a Nest (aka Nesta) in 11th century Wales, known as the Helen of Wales in her time since both had been abducted because of their beauty which started a war. Nesta is also an Italian surname, a reduced form of medieval…

July

Origin: English, Latin Meaning: derived from Julius (the month was named after Julius Caesar) which either means “downy-bearded” or else is related to Jupiter, composed of elements dyeus meaning “shine” or “sky” and pater “father”.

Sidney

Origin: English Meaning: an English surname that either comes from Old English sid “wide” and eg “island” meaning “wide island”; or else it’s derived from a town in Normandy France, Saint-Denis. Variants: Sydney

Moran

Origin: Hebrew, Irish, Spanish מוֹרָן (Hebrew) Meaning: a unisex Hebrew name meaning “viburnum shrub”. It’s also an Anglicized form of Irish surnames O’Morain and O’Moghrain meaning “descendant of Móran”, Móran being a diminutive of Mór meaning “large” or “great”. Moran is also a Spanish surname, a habitational surname denoting those who came from a town…

Hanan

Origin: Hebrew, Arabic, Irish חָנָן (Ancient Hebrew)- Chanan حنان (Arabic)- Hanan Meaning: a masculine Hebrew name meaning “gracious”; there are several minor figures in the Bible with the name. It’s also a feminine Arabic name meaning “mercy, compassion”. Hanan could also be a variant spelling of Irish Hannan from a Gaelic surname of unknown meaning.