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

Eve

Origin: English, Hebrew

חַוָּה (Ancient Hebrew) Chawwah

Meaning: from Hebrew Chawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”.

Eve is also an English word referring to evening, or the day before a date or event.

Evie/Evy is a dimunutive form of the name.

Variants: Eva, Ava; Chawwah (Hebrew); Hawa (Arabic)

Piers

Origin: English, Medieval French

Meaning: a medieval form of Peter from Greek Petros meaning “stone”.

Piers is also the plural form of pier. Pier also happens to be the Dutch form of Peter, as well as being the English term for a raised structure extending from land over water and usually used as a landing place for ships.

Epiphany

Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek epiphaneia meaning “manifestation” and “appearance”.

Having entered the English lexicon, it usually refers to a sudden or striking realization- religious, scientific, philiosophic, etc.

Variants: Epiphanie, Epiphania; Epiphanes (m); Epiphanios (m); Epiphanius (m); Epifanio (m, Italian, Spanish); Epifania (f, Italian, Spanish).

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 or careless way”.

Titan

Origin: Greek

Meaning: though there are different theories to the name’s meaning, it could be derived from Greek titainô meaning “to stretch out” and “to strain”.

Titan is also a word referring to something gigantic in size or power, something that stands out for greatness of achievement and from which the word titanic originates from. In Greek mythology, the Titans preceded the Olympian gods, giant deities who ruled during the Golden Age and were later overthrown by the Olympian gods.

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 week long mourning period also referred to as “sitting shiva”; shiva means “seven” in Hebrew, though I don’t know if it’s used as a name.

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 or gentleman thief. It seems to be the same pronounciation as the name but with different kanji.

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 name for someone who hunted larks and sold them for food.

Larkspur is the more popular name of the genus delphiniums and can symbolize airiness, levity and fickleness in the language of flowers.

Larkin is a medieval diminutive of Laurence meaning “from Laurentum”. It could also be an Anglicized form of Irish Lorcan meaning “little fierce one”.

Pax

 

Origin: Latin, English

Meaning: it means “peace” in Latin, the name of the Roman goddess of peace in Roman mythology.

It could also be a variant spelling of an English surname, Packs or Pachs referring to a place name Pacca, as well as from Old French pasques meaning “Easter”. Pax is also an English word  meaning peace.

May

Origin: English

Meaning: the month of May got its name from the Greek and Roman goddess Maia. In Greek, it means “mother” from an honorific used to address older women. It also means “midwife”. Maia also means “great” in Latin, the Roman Maia coming from a different etymology as opposed to its Greek counterpart.

May is also used as a diminutive of names such as Mary (to be rebellious; well-fed; bitter, bitterness; or it could come from Egyptian meaning “beloved” or “love”; bitter, drop; myrrh, mistress); Margaret (pearl) or Mabel (lovable).

It’s also a word in English, as well as being an archaic word for “maiden” in Old English.

Variants: Mae, Maye

Sunny

Origin: English

Meaning: from an English word, either referring to an abundance of sunlight or referring to someone who is cheerful and joyous.

Sunny Baudelaire in the youngest of the siblings, an unusual baby with unusually sharp teeth that have come in handy at times when they needed it. Later on in the series, Sunny discovers a talent for cooking.

 

Kit

Origin: English

Meaning: a dimunitive of Christopher meaning bearing Christ, or Katherine which has several possible meanings: “pure, chaste” from the Greek katharos; or it could come from hekateros, “each of the two; singly”; or from Greek aikia meaning “torture”. It could also be a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”.

Kit is also a word, a short form of kitten, referring to a baby cat.

Kit Snicket first appears at the end of the 11th book (The Grim Grotto) and makes subsequent appearances in the next two books as well. Apparently, she’s the sister of Lemony Snicket, was a friend of the Baudelaire parents, and seems to have a complicated past with Count Olaf.

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.

Iris

Origin: Greek

Meaning: rainbow ( Ιρις )

In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and the messanger of the gods.

Iris is also the name of a genus of flowers as well as being a color referring to shades ranging from blue-violet to violet.

Iris is also a term used to describe the colored portion of the eye, responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil and the amount of light reaching the retina

Drago

Origin: Slavic, Italian

Драго (Serbian)

Meaning: from Slavic element dragu meaning “peace” as well as being a short form of names beginning with the element (such as Dragan, Dragomir, or Dragas, etc.)

It’s also an Italian word meaning “dragon”, the Italian form of Latin draco

Draga is its feminine form