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

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.

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 is a figure in Medieval Welsh legend, depicted as a madman after a battle in which his lord was killed, who went to live in the forest with the animals and received the gift of prophecy. Interestingly enough, this Myrrdin was the same person Geoffrey of Monmouth took and conflated with his character of Merlin .

Merlis is also the name of a species of falcon.

Variants: Merlin, Merlyn

March

Origin: Latin, Welsh,  English

Meaning: from Latin Martius, named after the Roman god of wars Mars, whose name comes from Latin mas meaning “male” or “manly”.

I’ve also seen it listed as a Welsh form of Mark (pronounced the same) which also comes from Mars.

As well as being the third month of the year, march is also a word, referring to the act of marching, to walk in a measured and deliberate manner.

March also comes from Old French marche meaning “boundary”, referring to a tract of land along a border of a country. In Britian, the Marches refer to a belt of land on the boundary with Wales.

Wendy

Origin: English

Meaning: though J.M. Barrie created the name from a nickname meaning “friendly”, the name had been used prior to Peter Pan, possiby related to Welsh Gwendolen and other names beginning with the element gwen meaning “white, fair, blessed”.

Wendy could also be the feminine form of Wendel/Wendelin meaning “vandal”

Variants: Wendi, Wendie

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 Dylan (and it kind of is) but it also seems to have a completely different origin and meaning(s). So it’s of Irish origin, either coming from dealan “a flash of lightning” or an Irish word meaning “faithful, loyal” (http://www.babynamesofireland.com/dillon)

According to surnamedb.com, ancestry.com, and houseofnames.com, Dillon either comes from Dilwyn (or Dilun), a locational name referring to someone who lived near the town, which comes from Old English diglum meaning “recess” or”retreat”- referring to someone who lives at the shady or secret places (http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=dillon).

It could also come from a Germanic personal name, Dillo, meaning “destroyer”.

It could also be a transposition of de Leon, a place name referring to someone who came from a town in Lyon, France, or a nickname referring to a fierce/brave warrior, from the animal lion, introduced during the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1169.

Dillon is also an Anglicization of Gaelic O’Duilleain meaning “descendant of the blind one”.

Of course, like I said, it could be a variant spelling of Welsh Dylan, meaning “great tide/flow/sea” or “influence”. More on that in a separate post, though.

Links:

http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=dillon

https://www.houseofnames.com/dillon-family-crest

https://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/dillon

http://www.behindthename.com/name/dylan

 

Tristan

Origin: Celtic, Welsh, French

Meaning: Old French form of Drustan, a diminutive of Drust which means “riot” or “tumult”; also associated with Latin tristis meaning sad

Variants: Tristen, Tristyn, Triston, Tristram, Drystan, Tristão; Tristina (f), Tristine (f), Trista (f)