Sunil

Sunil is an Indian male name meaning “very dark” or “very blue”, composed of su- सु (good, well) and nila नील (dark blue).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “very dark” or “very blue”

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali

Female forms:

  • Sunila (Indian, Hindi)

Duvessa

Duvessa is the anglicized form of Dubh Essa meaning “black waterfall”, made up of Irish dubh (black; black-haired) and eas (waterfall, cascade, rapid). Dubh Essa (also spelled Dubhessa) was a fairy common given name in medieval Ireland, in the 13th/14th century.

Duvessa was used in Irish playwright M.J. Molloy’s play The Wooing of Duvessa (1964).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “black waterfall”

Usage: medieval Irish

Variants:

  • Dubh Essa (medieval Irish)
  • Dubhessa (medieval Irish(

Bleuette

Bleuette is a French female name, a combination of the French word bleu “blue” combined with the diminutive suffix -ette, so the name would essentially mean “little blue”. Bleuette was the name of a doll produced in France from 1905 to 1960.

Spelled Bleuet, it’s the French word for “cornflower” and is also the Canadian French word for “blueberry”. In France, the bleuet de France is the national symbol of remembrance for veterans, victims of war, widows, and orphans.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “little blue (one)”; spelled Bleuet it means “cornflower” in French and is the Canadian French word for “blueberry”

Usage: French

Variants:

  • Bleuet (French)

Corby

Corby comes from an English surname with three possible meanings depending on its etymology:

  • the first is that it comes from a locational origin, any of several places called Corby. It’s made up from Old Norse personal name Kori (which seems to be the Old Norse form of Irish cuire “troop, band, company”) combined with býr (settlement, farm) although the one in Cumbria has its first element derived from Old Irish personal name Corc;
  • it’s also possible Corby originated as a diminutive of French corb meaning “raven”;
  • it may also have originated as variant of Irish surname Corboy, the anglicized spelling of Gaelic Mac Corrbuidhe meaning “son of Corrbuidhe”, the latter a byname made up of Irish corr (crane) and buidhe (yellow)

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Proto-Celtic

Meaning: “Kori’s farm” or “Kori’s settlement”, or “Corc’s farm/settlement”; a diminutive of French corb “raven”; a variant of Irish surname Corboy “crane+ yellow”

Usage: English

Variants:

Hema

Hema हेमा is an Indian female name meaning “gold” or “golden” derived from Sanskrit.

Hemā is also the name of a male hero featuring in both Maori and Hawaiian mythology, although I couldn’t find any specific information behind the name.

Origin: Sanskrit

Meaning: “gold, golden”; also the name of a hero in Maori and Hawaiian mythology

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada

Corcoran

Corcoran comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Ó Corcráin meaning “descendant of Corcrán”, the latter originating from Irish corcra “purple” via Old Irish corcur< Ancient Greek porphúrā (purple), a word of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Semitic source.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: “descendant of Corcrán”, the latter meaning “purple”

Usage: Irish, English (although as far as I know it doesn’t seem to have ever been used as a given name)

Nicknames: Cor, Corin

Variants:

  • Corcrán (Old Irish)

Hazel

Hazel is the name of a tree in the genus Corylus which bears the hazelnut tree. Hazel is also the name of a light-brown greenish color, often used to refer to eye color.

Hazel is also an English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived near a hazelnut tree; it could also have originated as a locational name for someone who came from Amy of several places called Heazile.

The origin of the name comes from Old English hæsl (hazel) < Proto-Germanic *haslaz which ultimately derives from a PIE origin.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “hazel” referring to both the tree and the color

Usage: English

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Variants:

  • Hazelle (English)
  • Hayzel (English)

Sonali

Sonali (सोनाली) is an Indian female name, the strictly feminine form of Sonal meaning “gold” which derives from Sanskrit suvárṇa सुवर्ण (gold), composed of su-, a Sanskrit prefix meaning “good, well” combined with varna (hue, color), both of which derive from a PIE origin.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “gold”

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati

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Variants:

  • Sonalee (Indian, Hindi)
  • Sonal (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati)
  • Sona (Indian, Hindi)
  • Swarna (Indian, Telugu, Hindi)
  • Swaran (Punjabi)

Male forms:

  • Sonal (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati)
  • Swarna (Indian, Telugu, Hindi)
  • Swaran (Punjabi)

Jennifer

Jennifer is the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere is the Norman French form of the name) meaning “white phantom” or “white spirit”, made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (white) and *sēbaris (demon, specter).

OriginProto-Indo-European

Meaning: “white phantom” or “white spirit”

Usage: Cornish, English

Nicknames: Jen, Jenny/Jennie, Jenna

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Variants:

  • Jenifer (English, Cornish)
  • Yenifer (Spanish)
  • Jenna (English)
  • Gwenifer (Cornish)
  • Guinevere (Norman French)
  • Guenevere (Arthurian Romance, French)
  • Guenevera (Latinate form of the name)
  • Gwenhwyfar (Welsh)
  • Gwenevere (English)
  • Xenebra (Galician)
  • Ginevra (Italian)
  • Genebra (Portuguese)
  • Ginebra (Spanish)

Douglas

Douglas is the anglicized form of Scottish surname Dubhghlas meaning “dark river” or “dark stream”, composed of Scottish Gaelic dubh (black) and glais (water; green). It comes from the name of a river in Scotland from which the name of the clan Douglas derives its name from.

Interestingly, Douglas was originally used as a unisex name in the early 17th and 18th century but eventually it only became used as a male name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “dark river” or “dark stream”

Usage: Scottish, English

NicknamesDoug

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Variants:

  • Dubhghlas (Scottish)
  • Douglass (Scottish)

Viola

Viola comes from the Latin word viola meaning “violet (flower)”, related to Ancient Greek íon (violet) which seems to be derived from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean source. In Italian, viola is the Italian word for violet.

Viola is also the name of a musical instrument though in this case the word comes from Italian viola< Old Occitan viola< Medieval Latin vitula (stringed instrument) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word.

Viola is the name of the heroine in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (1601-02), the twin sister of Sebastian, who dresses up as a man and becomes entangled in a somewhat humorous love triangle that all works out in the end.

Viola is also the name of a genus of flowering plants that includes violets and pansies.

Viola is also an Italian and Catalan surname; in the case of the former it derives from the female given name; the latter is likely an occupational name for a viol player.

Origin: uncertain, perhaps from a Mediterranean source; Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “violet (flower”); also the name of a musical instrument as well as the color violet

Usage: Latin, Italian, English, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak

Pronunciation: vye-o-lah or vee-o-lah.

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Variants:

  • Violet (English)
  • Violette (French)
  • Violetta (Italian, Russian)
  • Violeta (Bulgarian, Romanian, Spanish, Macedonian, Serbian, Lithuanian)
  • Wioletta (Polish)
  • Wioleta (Polish)
  • Wiola (Polish)
  • Viorela (Romanian)
  • Viorica (Romanian)

Male forms

  • Viorel (Romanian)

Ran

Ran is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. The most popular kanji I’ve seen for this name is  meaning “orchid” though it can also be written with  meaning “indigo”, either referring to the color or to the Persicaria tinctoria, the name of a species of flowering plants, also known as Chinese indigo or Japanese indigo. There may be other possible meanings. Written in hiragana, it’sらん.

Ran is also a Chinese surname written with the character 冉 meaning “tender, weak”.

Rán (pr. rawn) is also the name of a goddess of the sea in Norse mythology; she captures sailors in her net and drowns them. She is married to the giant Ægir with whom she has nine daughters who personify the waves. Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it’s been linked to Old Norse rán meaning “robbery, theft; plunder” via Proto-Germanic *rahną, which itself derives from an uncertain origin, possibly from a PIE root word.

Ran is also a Hebrew male name, a variant transcription of Ron, meaning “to sing” from a Hebrew root word. 

Ran is also an English word, the past tense of run (to move swiftly, to go at a fast pace); rān is also an Old English word referring to an “unlawful seizure of property; robbery”.

Origin: Japanese; Chinese; uncertain, possibly PIE; Hebrew

Meaning: as a Japanese female name can mean either “orchid” or “indigo”; also a Chinese surname “weak, tender”; the name of a Norse goddess of the sea, the name of uncertain etymology though possibly “robber” or “robbery”; a Hebrew male name “to sing”; also an English word, the past tense of run, as well as an Old English word “unlawful seizure of property; robbery”

Usage: Japanese; Chinese; Old Norse; Hebrew

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Variants:

  • Rán (Old Norse)