Shannon

Origin: Irish Meaning: It may be related to Old Irish sen meaning “old, ancient” and abhainn meaning “river”. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “wise”. It’s also the Anglicization of Gaelic surname Ó Seanáin meaning “descendant of Seanán”, the latter meaning “old”. It could also be related to O’Sionain, referring to someone who worked with straw. As well as also…

Jane, Jayne

Origin: Old French, Hebrew Meaning: the English form of Old French Jehanne, the feminine form of Johannes or Ioannes, ultimately coming from John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” or “God is gracious”. Interesing fact: before I saw the tv show Firefly, Jane has always been a girl’s name for me but after Firefly and Alec Baldwin’s character Jayne, it’s…

Wade

Origin: English Meaning: an English surname that either comes from an Old English place name meaning “a ford” or from Old English given name Wada, from wadan meaning “to go”. Wade is also the English word meaning “to walk in water”, “to proceed or move with difficulty” or “to become involved in something in a forceful, direct…

Sheridan

Origin: Irish Meaning: an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Ó Sirideáin meaning “descendant of Sirideán”, the latter having several possible meanings: “searcher”, “wild man” or meaning “elf” with the diminutive suffix -an. I’ve also seen it as meaning “peaceful”.  

Bronte

Origin: Irish, Greek Βροντη (Greek) Meaning: an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Ó Proinntigh meaning “descendant of Proinnteach”, the latter meaning “bestower”. Usually spelled Brontë. Spelled Brontê, it’s the name of the Greek goddess of thunder whose name also means “thunder”, who along with her sister Astrapê the goddess of lightning (whose name also means lightning)…

Eldrid

Origin: Norwegian, English Meaning: from Old Norse Eldríðr meaning “fire beautiful” or “beautiful fire” from elements eldr “fire” and fríðr “beautiful”. It could also come from Old English Æðelþryð meaning “noble strength” from English elements Æðel “noble” and þryð “strength”. It could also be the Old Norse orm of Eldrit, the Frankish form of masculine Hildifrid meaning “battle,fight/peace, friendship” from elements hild “battle, fight” and frid “peace,…

Eka

  Origin: Indonesian, Georgian, Finnish ეკა (Georgian) Meaning: an Indonesian unisex name meaning “one, first” derived from Sanskrit eka (एक). It’s also a Georgian feminine name, a short form of Ekaterine, the Georgian form of Katherine which has several possible meanings: “pure, chaste” from the Greek katharos; or it could come from hekateros, “each of…

Shiva

Origin: Indian, Persian शिव (Hindi, Sanskrit) شیوا (Persian) שבעה (Hebrew) Meaning: a masculine Sanskrit name meaning “benign, kind, auspicious”. It’s also a feminine Persian name meaning “charming, elegant”. In Hindu mythology, Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and renewal, the husband of the goddess Parvati. Variants: Siva (Hini, male). In Judaism, Shiva is a…

Kirby

Origin: Old Norse Meaning: from an English surname via old Norse meaning “church settlement”.  

Jocelyn

Origin: Germanic Meaning: from a Germanic tribal name called Gaut meaning “Goth” with a diminutive suffix so basically meaning “little Goth”. It became Goscelin and Gozelin in Norman French, eventually becoming Jocelin in English. Jocelyn may also come from Joyce, meaning “lord” or “to rejoice”. Jocelyn was used as a masculine name before it became more…

June

Origin: English, Latin Meaning: the name of the sixth month of the year, derived from the name of the Roman goddess Juno, possibly derived from Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful”. Variants: Juna, Junia, Junie, Djuna I’ve written an earlier post about this name but figured I’d write another one.

Indiana

Origin: English Meaning: from the English adjective Indian meaning “land of the Indians” or “Indian land”. Indy/Indie is a diminutive form 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)

Azure

Origin: Anglo-French, Latin, Persian Meaning: used to describe the color of the sky on a clear day, “sky blue”. It’s also another name for lapis lazuli. From Middle English asur from Anglo-French azeure ultimately from Persian lāzaward (لاجورد). Variants: Azura, Azurite

Lark, Larkspur, & Larkin

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: Lark is the name of a type of bird, as well as a word meaning “to have fun, to frolic”, “to behave mischievously, to play pranks”, “a source of or a quest for adventure or amusement”. Lark is also a nickname for a merry, cheerful person, as well as an occupational…

Mika

Origin: Finnish, Japanese 美香 (Japanese) “beautiful fragrance” 美加 (Japanese) “beautiful increase” Meaning: a masculine Finnish name, a short form of Mikael, from Michael meaning “who is like God?” Mika is also a Japanese feminine name meaning “beautiful fragrance/increase” from Japanese mi 美 (beautiful) combined with ka 香 (fragrance) or ka 加 (increase). There may be other meanings depending on different…

Leverett

Origin: English, French, Latin Meaning: a variant spelling of Leveret, which refers to a young hare in its first year of life. It comes from French levre, levere, which comes from Latin lepus or lepor.

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.

Lisianthus

Origin: Greek Meaning: composed from Greek elements lysis meaning “dissolution” and anthos meaning “flower” meaning “dissolution flower”. The lisianthus is also known by the common name of Eustoma meaning “good mouth” from Greek eu “good, beautiful, well) and stoma “mouth”. Lisiantha is the strictly feminine form of the name.