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…

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:…

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

India

Origin: Sanskrit Meaning: the name comes from the Indus river, which comes from Greek Indus/Indos which is ultimately derived from Sanskrit sindhu meaning “river”, “flood”, “sea” and “ocean”. India is the Latinate form of the name.

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…

Gyatso

Origin: Tibetan རྒྱ་མཚོ (Tibetan) Meaning: from a Tibetan name, Rgya-mtsho, meaning “ocean”

Merlin

Origin: Welsh, English Meaning: from Welsh Myrddin meaning “sea fortress”. Meaning: Merlin is a key figure in the King Arthur romance, a sorcerer who is Arthur’s closest adviser and ally. The name was Latinized into Merlinus by Geoffrey of Monmouth because its regular form, Merdinus, was similar to the Anglo-Norman word merde that meant excrement. Myrrdin Wyllt…

Caspian

Origin: unknown Meaning: it comes from the Caspi tribe, meaning unknown, who lived near the Caspian sea. Evidence suggests it could share a root with the Iranian city of Qazvin, meaning the tribe was either Iranic people or had strong Iranic cultural influences (as according to Wikipedia). I’ve also seen it spelled as Caspiane.

Kaito

Origin: Japanese 海斗 (Kaito) 海翔 (Kaito) Meaning: from Japanese kai 海 meaning “sea, ocean” combined with either to 斗 referring to the constellation of the Big Dipper, or to 翔 meaning “to soar, fly”. There are probably more meanings with different kanji but these were the most common meanings I could find. Kaito (怪 盗) is also a word meaning phanton thief…

Yima

Origin: Avestan Meaning: the ancient Avestan form of Persian Jam (a short form of Jamshid), meaning either “twin” or “river”. In all honesty, however, I could find little information about the name’s etymology with the exception of Behind the Name and Wikipedia. Yima is not a name found in A Series of Unfortunate Events– there were…

Winnipeg

Origin: Native American Meaning: from what I could find online, it’s a transcription of Western Cree words win-nipi meaning “muddy/brackish or dirty water”. The name Winnipeg is mentioned in Book 10 (The Slippery Slope) as the surname of one of the children Esmé Squalor plans to steal the fortune of. Winnipeg is also the capital of…

Marisol

Origin: Spanish Meaning: A contracted form of Maria de Soledad, the title of the Virgin Mary meaning “Mary of Solitude”. It could also be a combination of the names Maria (with several possible meanings: to be rebellious; well-fed; bitter, bitterness; or it could come from Egyptian meaning “beloved” or “love”; bitter, drop; myrrh, mistress) and Sol,…

Oceanus

Origin: Greek Meaning: Latinized form of Okeanos meaning “river, ocean” ( Ωκεανος ) Oceanus was the Titan believed to be the personification of the sea Variants: Okeanos  

Galatea

Pinterest Origin: Greek ( Γαλατεια ) Meaning: goddess of calm seas from galene γαλήνη (calm, gentle sea) or milky white from gala γάλα (milky white) Though there are a few Galateas in Greek mythology, the most famous one I know is Pygmalion and Galatea. Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved such a beautiful figure out of ivory that…

Dover

Origin: English, Anglo-Saxon Meaning: an ancient place name variously recorded as Dubris, Dofras, and Doferum. The meaning is a bit tricky since there seems to be different thoughts on it. The most held belief is that the name came from Celtic origin, Dubra, meaning “waters” but there’s also another claim that it means “port of the…

Dillon

Origin: Irish, Welsh Meaning: debated, and numerous. Have you ever come across a name you think you know about but than you look it up and you realize that there are a lot of contradictory information about it? Well, this name was one of them. Originally I thought it was a variant spelling of Welsh…

Chad

Origin: English, African Meaning: comes from Old English Ceadda of unknown meaning though possibly based on Welsh cad “battle”. It’s also the name of an African country (which is also spelled Tchad), the Republic of Chad. One site claims its name comes from a lake, Lake Chad, meaning “large expanse of water”. According to Wikipedia, Chad is…

Leith

  Origin: Scottish, English Meaning: wet, damp Pronounced “layth”

Doris

Origin: Greek Meaning: From what I could find, there seem to be differing opinions as to what this name means. “Dorian woman” from behindthename; “gift of the ocean” from nameberry; and Wikipedia claims that Doris is derived from an ancient Greek tribe known as the Dorians, who supposedly derived their name from its founder, Dorus, which itself…

Lyle, Lisle

Origin: It’s an English name and surname via Norman French word l’isle Meaning: It means “island” As Lyle, it’s a male name (and surname) and the same can be said for the spelling Lisle (pronounced the same, the s is silent); however, I’ve used this spelling for a female character so I’ve always seen it as…