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

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).

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

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” from Greek theros or “to harvest” from Greek therizo.

Trace/Trayce is a diminutive form of the name.

Variants: Traci, Tracie, Traycie, Tracee, Traycee

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

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 feminine name Onesta which means “honesty” or “honest, sincere”.

Nesta is also a male name, possibly the Jamaican patois form of Greek Nestor which means “homecoming”, although I’m not sure about the accuracy of that. It was the original first name of Bob Marley whose full name was Nesta Robert Marley, though the first and middle name were switched around somehow in his youth.

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 called Morán.

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.