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…

Gilead

Origin: Hebrew גִּלְעָד (Ancient Hebrew) Gil’ad Meaning: the name of a place in the Old Testament, located east of Jordan, I’ve seen it meaning “monument of testimony”; “harsh”, rude” from Arabic jal’ad; “perptual fountain”, “heap of stones” or “camel hump”. Variants: Gilad It’s pronounced gil-ee-uhd and I’ve posted a link below. http://forvo.com/search/gilead/

Benton

Origin: English Meaning: a surnamde derived from a place name meaning either “town near the bent grass” from Old English elements beonet (bent grass) + tun (enclosure, settlement), or from Old English bean meaning “beans” in the collective singular.

Aras

Origin: Lithuanian, Kurdish, Persian, Greek Meaning: a Lithuanian masculine name meaning “eagle”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Kurdish and Persian name meaning “equal” or “balanced”. Aras is also the name of a Greek figure in Greek mythology, believed to have built an ancient town in Pgilasia, Peloponnese. I couldn’t find any info on…

Eretria, Eritrea

Origin: Greek Meaning: the name of a town in Euboea, Greece, meaning “city of the rowers” or “rowing city” from Greek eretes “rower” and verb eressein/erettein “to row”, probably named so because it had a powerful naval force. Spelled Eritrea, it becomes a country in the Horn of Africa (a peninsula in Northeast Africa). The…

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”…

Sterling

Origin: English, Scottish Meaning: from an English surname from Old English sterre meaning “star” with the diminutive suffix -ling meaning “little star”, so named because some of the Norman coins it was named after had star emblems on them. Sterling could also be a variant of Starling, referring to the bird. Sterling could also be a variant spelling…

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.

Avila

Origin: Germanic Meaning: it comes from Germanic element avi of unknown meaning, though possibly meaning “desired”. Aveline, Avelina/Evelina and Evelyn derive from it, as well as Ava. Avila is also the name of a city in Spain, as well as a Spanish and Galician surname. Variants: Aveline, Avelina, Evelina, Evelyn, Avice Avis, Ava

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…

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…

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.

Chester

Origin: English Meaning: from an English surname referring to someone who came from Chester, an old Roman settlement in Britain. The name of the settlement came from Latin castrum meaning “fort”. Chet is a diminutive form of the name.

Maddalena

Origin: Italian Meaning: the Italian form of Magdalene meaning “of Magdala”. It could also be derived from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower” from a root meaning “high”. Variants: Madeline, Madalena, Madalina, Madelina, Madeline, Madelyn, Magdalene, Magdalena, Magdalen, Madelon, Magda

Hana

Origin: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Czech, Slovak, Croatian هناء (Arabic) 花 (Japanese) 華 (Japanese) 하나 (Korean) Meaning: Hana is multicultural name with many different meanings. In Arabic it means “bliss, happiness”. In Persian, Farsi and Kurdish, spelled ( حَنا ) it becomes the name of the henna plant while Kurdish  ( هانا ) means “hope”- though the last…

Makeda

Origin: Ethiopic, Hebrew Meaning: This is a name that has quite a few possible meanings but nothing quite concrete. It’s the Ethiopian name given to the Queen of Sheba which might mean “greatness”, “beautiful”, or derived from the Semitic word for “queen”. It could also come from a Biblical Canaanite town called Makkedah which means…

Amos

Origin: Hebrew עָמוֹס (Hebrew); Αμως (Ancient Greek) Meaning: carried (by God). Amos is one of twleve minor prophets in the Old Testament, who wrote the Book of Amos. As a surname it seems to have a different origin, coming from Old French Amis meaning “friend” from Latin amicus, a derivative of amare “to love”. There’s also an ancient city…

Eryx

Origin: Greek Ερυξ (Greek) Meaning: I’ve seen two different meanings to this name. According to a user-submitted post in Behind the Name, it’s derived from the Greek verb eruko or eryko meaning “to keep in, to curb, to hold back, to restrain”. According to another source, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names by K.M. Heard, the name might be derived…