Lynelle

Lynelle is a modern English female name, a combination of Lyn (a variant of Lynn meaning “lake” via Welsh llyn (lake) derived from a Proto-Celtic source, of uncertain origin though possibly deriving from a PIE root word) and feminine suffix -elle. Origin: uncertain, Proto-Celtic Meaning: “lake” Usage: English Variants: Lynnelle (English)

Garvey

Garvey comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gairbhshíth meaning “descendant of Gairbhshíth”, the later a given name made up of Irish garbh meaning “rough; harsh, crue”) and síth meaning “peace” (though it also means “fairy”). Origin: Proto-Celtic Meaning: “rough peace” Usage: English Variants: Garvie (English) Garvee (English)

Eirwen

Eirwen is a Welsh female name meaning “white snow” or “snow white”, made up of Welsh elements eira (snow) via Proto-Brythonic *ėrɣ (snow), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Proto-Celtic source ultimately deriving from a PIE root word; and gwen (white; blessed). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Meaning: “white snow” or “snow white” Usage: Welsh Variants: Eirawen (Welsh)…

Caderyn

Caderyn is a Welsh male name meaning “battle ruler” or “battle lord”, composed of Welsh element cad (battle) via Proto-Celtic *katus (battle) derived from a PIE root word; and Proto-Celtic *tigerno– (lord, ruler). Catigern is the name of a figure in Welsh tradition, said to be the son of Vortigern,  the name of a British warlord…

Ingrid

Ingrid is a Scandinavian, Dutch, and German name, which comes from Old Norse Ingríðr meaning “Ing is beautiful”, Ing being another name for Yngvi, an older name for the god Freyr, who is associated with kingship and virility; Freyr means “lord” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that Ing may…

Magnus

Magnus comes from a Latin word meaning “great; large, big” which derives from a PIE origin, and was used as an Ancient Roman cognomen (the third name in Ancient Roman names, which originated as a nickname based on anything such as physical or personal characteristics, habits, etc., and which later became hereditary). Magnus seems to…

Sif

Sif (pr. siv; Forvo) is the name of a goddess in Norse mythology, associated with the earth; she had long golden hair and is the wife of Thor. Her name means “bride, wife” via Proto-Germanic *sibjō (kinship; relationship) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Meaning: “bride, wife” Usage: Icelandic, Danish, Swedish Variants: Siv…

Thor

Thor is the name of the Norse god of thunder, lightning, storms, and the defender of Asgard and mankind, and features extensively in Norse mythology. He is depicted as red-haired and bearded, someone who prefers direct action, and is very strong. His name means “thunder” from Proto-Germanic *þunraz (thunder) derived from a PIE root word….

Keeley

Keeley comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Caollaidhe meaning “descendant of Caollaidhe”, Caollaidhe derived from caol meaning “slender, thin”. It’s also possible that Keeley could be a variant of Keighley, an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Keighley (which is pronounced keeth-lee; Forvo),…

Josiah

Josiah is a Biblical name, the name of a king of Judah in the Old Testament. The name means “Yahweh supports”. Josiah is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Hebrew Meaning: “Yahweh supports” Usage: English, Hebrew Variants: Josias (Latinized form of Josiah) Iosias (Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek) Yoshiyahu (Biblical Hebrew)

Serinda

Serinda is a fascinating name I came across via Canadian actress Serinda Swan. According to an interview Serinda Swan gave, she was apparently named after an ancient Tibetan instrument, like a flute. Curious, I did a little digging. I couldn’t find a Tibetan flute with that name but I did come across sarinda (also spelled…

Gallagher

Gallagher comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic  Ó Gallchobhair meaning “descendant of Gallchobhar”, the latter a given name made up of Irish elements gall (foreigner) and cabhair (help, aid, assistance), so the name would essentially mean “foreign help”, perhaps in reference to foreign mercenaries or foreign settlers who lent aid to…