Glynis

Glynis is a Welsh female name, either a variant of Glenys derived from the Welsh word glân meaning “clean, clear, holy” via Proto-Celtic *glanos (clean; clear), or it’s an elaborated form of Welsh glyn “valley”.

Origin: Proto-Celtic

Meaning: “clean, clear, holy” or “valley”

Usage: Welsh

Variants:

  • Glenys (Welsh)
  • Glennis (anglicized spelling of Glynis/Glenys)
  • Glenice (anglicized spelling of Glynis/Glenys)

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:

Breixo

Breixo is a Galician male name, the Galician form of Portuguese Veríssimo via Latin Verissimus meaning “very true” via Proto-Italic *wēros (true) derived from PIE root word *weh₁- (true).

Breixo is also incidentally a Galician word meaning “heather” which derives from Proto-Celtic *wroikos (heather) which ultimately derives from an unknown source.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Proto-Celtic via an unknown loanword

Meaning: “very true”; also a Galician word “heather”

Usage: Galician

Pronunciation: bray-sho; Forvo

Variants:

  • Veríssimo (Portuguese)
  • Verissimus (Late Roman)

Female forms:

  • Verissima (Late Roman)
  • Veríssima (Portuguese)

Arden

Arden comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from Arden in Warwickshire or the one from North Yorkshire. The name seems to derive from a Celtic source, via Celtic *ardwo meaning “high”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen listed for Arden as a surname is “eagle valley”, made up of Old English elements earn (eagle) and dene (valley).

Arden is also a Spanish word, the third person plural or arder meaning “to burn”, derived from Latin ardere

Arden is the name of several places in England, including the Forest of Arden located in Warwickshire; the Forest of Arden is the main setting used in William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It (1599), which may have been based on the Ardennes, a heavily forested, hilly region spread out among France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium, which may derive from the same Celtic root word as above. 

Origin: uncertain, either from a Celtic or a Proto-Indo-European source

Meaning: as an English surname it seems to derive from a Celtic source “high”, though it may also mean “eagle valley”; also a Spanish word “they burn”

Usage: English

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Carolyn

Carolyn is an English female name, a variant of Caroline, the French form of Carolus which is the Latin form of Charles, the English form of Old High German Karl meaning “man, husband” via Proto-Germanic *karlaz (free man), of uncertain etymology but likely deriving from a PIE origin. It was originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society, thus connoting the idea of a “free man”.

However, since Carolyn is the feminine form of the name would that make its meaning “woman” instead? I’m not sure.

Carolyn could also be a combination of Carol (which is not only a shortened form of Caroline but is also an English word meaning “joyful song or ballad” borrowed from Ancient Greek khoraules “one who accompanies a chorus on a flute” from Greek khoros “dance, choir”, of uncertain origin; and aulos “flute”) combined with Lyn, a variant of Welsh llyn meaning “lake” via a Proto-Celtic origin.

Origin: Proto-Germanic; Proto-Celtic

Meaning: “free man”; a combination of Carol and Lyn “joyful song + lake”

Usage: English

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Variants:

  • Carolynn (English)
  • Carolynne (English)
  • Caroline (French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch)
  • Carolina (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Swedish)
  • Karolyn (English)
  • Karolynne (English)
  • Karoline (Danish, German, Norwegian)
  • Karolina (Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Lithuanian, German)
  • Carola (Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish)
  • Carla (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, English, German, Dutch)
  • Carol (English, Romanian)

Kayla

Kayla is a female given name which likely originated as a shortened form of Michaela, the feminine form of Michael meaning “who is like god?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God.

Kayla may also have originated as a combination of Kay (a name with several possible meanings and origins, though often used as a nickname for Katherine) combined with the suffix -la.

It’s also possible that Kayla might have originated as a variant transcription of Kaila, the Yiddish form of Hebrew Kelila meaning “crown of laurel”. Kayla is also the name of a dialect spoken by members of the Agaw people of Ethiopia, possibly meaning “artisan” or “one who has not crossed”, in reference to the fact that Jews had to avoid certain activities during the Shabbat.

Kayla may also have been inspired by Caelan or names such as Keelin or Keeley derived from Scottish Gaelic caol meaning “slender, thin”.

Origin: Proto-Semitic; Proto-Celtic

Meaning: a shortened form of Michaela “who is like god?”; possibly an elaborated form of Kay, often used as a nickname for Katherine; possibly a variant of Kaila, Kelila “crown of laurel”; possibly “artisan” or “one who has not crossed”; or possibly inspired by Gaelic “slender, thin”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Kaila (English, Yiddish)
  • Cayla (English)
  • Caila (English)