Olive

Olive is a female given name which comes from the olive tree, its fruit cultivated since ancient times for cooking and skincare use. The name comes from Old French olive (olive, olive tree) via Latin olīva (olive), itself of uncertain origin. It’s been linked to Ancient Greek elaia (olive tree) via a Proto-Hellenic source, though it may also be derived from a pre-Greek origin.

Olive is also a French and English surname.

Olive is also a color, a dark yellowish-green color, like the color of green olives.

The olive branch symbolizes peace and reconciliation and in Ancient Greece it was a symbol of fertility and chastity. The olive tree also plays a prominent role in the founding myth of Athens, in which the gods Athena and Poseidon fought between themselves to have the city named after them. In an attempt to convince the citizens, they each decided to bestow a gift, Poseidon giving them a salt spring while Athena created the olive tree, and the people chose the olive tree.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: “olive”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Olive (Late Roman)

Male forms:

  • Olive (Late Roman)

Ami

Ami could be used as a variant spelling of Amy meaning “beloved” which comes from Latin amātus (loved, beloved) derived from a PIE root word. Ami (pr. a-mee; Forvo) is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “beauty, beautiful”
  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “sea, ocean”
  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “reality; truth”
  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “seeing, looking”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s あみ.

Ami is also a Hebrew male name meaning “my people” or “my nation”; it could also be used a nickname for Ammiel meaning “God is my kinsman” or “my kinsman is God”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Japanese; Proto-Semitic, Hebrew

Meaning: “beloved”; as a Japanese female name a variety of meanings; “my people” or “my nation”, or “God is my kinsman”, “my kinsman is God”

Usage: English, Japanese, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Amy (English)
  • Amiko (Japanese)
  • Amika (Japanese)
  • Amie (Japanese, English)

Genta

Genta is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • gen “fist” + ta “fat, plump, thick”
  • gen  “cause, origin; beginning; former time” + ta 太 “fat, plump, thick”
  • gen “stern, strict” + ta “many, much”
  • gen “bowstring” + ta “fat, plump, thick”
  • gen  “source, origin” + ta “fat, plump, thick”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s げんた.

Genta (pr. with a hard g) is also an Albanian female name, the feminine form of Gentian (or a shortened form of Gentiana), derived from the given name Gentius which seems to have gotten its name from an Illyrian king supposedly because he discovered the medicinal properties of the plant. Though the etymology is uncertain, it could be derived from Latin gens meaning “tribe, people, kin, family” from Proto-Indo-European *genh- meaning “to produce, to beget, to give birth”. 

Origin: Japanese; Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: as a Japanese name it has a variety of meanings; “tribe, people, kin, family”

Usage: Japanese, Albanian

Female forms:

  • Gentiana (Albanian, English)

Male forms:

  • Genti (Albanian)

Evadne

Evadne is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, one of whom is the daughter of the sea god Poseidon and the mother of Iamos by Apollo. Evadne is composed of Ancient Greek elements eu εὖ (well) and adnos ἀδνός (holy), a Cretan dialectal form of hagnos (holy, pure), so the name means “well + holy”, which could be stretched out to mean a perfect holiness or something that is perfectly whole and perfect.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “well + holy”, which could be stretched out to mean something that is perfectly or something that is perfectly whole and flawless

Usage: Ancient Greek (Latinized, English)

Pronunciation: ee-vad-nee (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Euadne (Ancient Greek)
  • Evadna (English)

Livy

Livy is the English form of Latin Livius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Latin liveo meaning “to envy” or lividus meaning “bluish; envious”.  It’s often used to refer to the Roman historian Titus Livius, who is well-known for writing a history of Rome from its founding to his present.

Livy is also a nickname for Livia (the feminine form of Livius) or Olivia, either based on Latin olīva meaning “olive; olive branch” or perhaps a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or “elf army”; or it could be from Old Norse Olaf meaning “ancestor’s descendant”.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: uncertain though it’s been linked to Latin liveo “to envy” or lividus “bluish; envious”; also used asa nickname for Livia or Olivia

Usage: English

Charisma

Charisma is a female given name which derives from the English word which refers to a personal charm or magnetism that can inspire devotion or loyalty from others. It was originally used in a theological context in the sense of an individual being a God-given talent, quality, or grace. The origin of the word comes from Ancient Greek khárisma (grace, favor, gift) via kharízomai (to grant as a favor, to show favor to) via kháris (“grace, kindness, beauty, elegance”) via khaírō (to be happy,) from Proto-Hellenic *kʰəřřō (to rejoice) ultimately derived from PIE root word *ǵʰer- (to yearn for).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “personal charm or magnetism”

Usage: English

Pronunciation: ka-ris-ma (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Carisma (English)
  • Karisma (English)
  • Kharisma (English)
  • Kharis (Ancient Greek)
  • Karis (English)
  • Charis (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Caris (English)

Dakin

Dakin comes from an English surname with two very different origins:

  • the first is that it originated as a pet-form for David, which comes from Hebrew meaning “beloved”;
  • it may also have originated from Old English given names Daegberht (meaning “day + bright” from Old English elements dæg (day) and beraht (bright); or Daegmund (meaning “day + protection” via Old English dæg (day) and mund (protection)

Origin: Hebrew; Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “beloved”; “day + bright” or “day + protection”

Usage: English

Pronunciation: day-kin (Forvo) or da-kin

Variants:

  • Dacken (English)
  • Daken (English)

Salim

Salim ( سليم) is an Arabic male name meaning “safe, secure” as well as “healthy sound”, derived from Arabic root word س ل م  (s-l-m) (safety, security; peace; submission; surrender). Salim is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “safe, secure; healthy, sound”

Usage: Arabic

Variants:

  • Saleem (Arabic)
  • Salem (Arabic)
  • Salman (Arabic)
  • Salama (Arabic)
  • Selim (Turkish)

Female forms:

  • Salma (Arabic)
  • Salima (Arabic)
  • Selima (Arabic)
  • Selma (Turkish)

Salem- سالم (Arabic)

Pluto

Pluto is the the Roman god of the underworld, the Roman counterpart of Hades. Apparently, the Ancient Greeks preferred to call Hades Plouton (“giver of wealth”) because they were afraid of saying his real name aloud.

Pluto was also the name of the formerly ninth planet in the Solar System, first discovered in 1930, and which was later reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. The name comes from Ancient Greek ploûtos πλοῦτος meaning “wealth, riches” which ultimately derives from PIE root word *plew- (to fly, flow, run).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “wealth, riches”

Usage: Greek & Roman mythology

Variants:

  • Plouton (Ancient Greek)
  • Pluton (French)

Female forms:

  • Plouto (Ancient Greek)

Efrat

Efrat is a Hebrew female name, a variant of Ephrath which means “fruitful”, derived from the same root word as the name Ephraim. Ephrath is mentioned in the Bible as the name of a place where Rachel died giving birth to her son Benjamin; Ephrath is also the name of one of the wives of Caleb.

Efrat is also, incidentally, the Icelandic form of the Euphrates river, one of the longest rivers in Western Asia, which flows from southeast Turkey through Syria and Iraq before joining the Tigris and emptying out into the Persian Gulf.

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “fruitful”; also the Icelandic form of the Euphrates river

Usage: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Ephrath (Hebrew)
  • Ephrathah (Hebrew)

Kailyn

Kailyn is an a modern female name in English, a variant of Kaylyn which is a combination of Kay, which is often used as a nickname for Katherine though it has various other meanings depending on its background; and the suffix -lyn, which could, incidentally, derive from Welsh llyn meaning “lake”. However, the Kailyn spelling always makes me think of Kai + lyn, with Kai having its own various etymologies depending on its background, including as a Hawaiian unisex name meaning “sea”, and even as a variant form of Kay.

Katherine is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine via hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecatethe name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s often been associated with Greek hekas meaning “far away” so the name would essentially mean “one who works from afar” or “the far-reaching one”. It’s also been linked to Ancient Greek hekṓn meaning “will” or “willing”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”.

Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.

Origin: uncertain; Hawaiian, Proto-Celtic; Coptic

Meaning: a combination of Kay + lyn, or Kai + lyn

Usage: English (modern)

Pronunciation: kay-lin or kai-lin

Variants:

  • Kaylyn (English)
  • Kaylynne (English)
  • Kailynne (English)
  • Kailin (English)
  • Cailyn (English)
  • Caylyn (English)
  • Cailin (English)

Davian

Davian seems to be an elaborated form of David which comes from Hebrew meaning “beloved”.

Davian is also, interestingly enough, a surname of French origin which may have originated as a pet-form of David, or it could have originated as a variant of Davin, another surname which may have originated as an anglicized form of  Gaelic  Ó Dubháin meaning “descendant of Dubhán”, the latter the diminutive form of dubh “black, dark”, or an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Damháin meaning “descendant of Damhán”, the latter meaning “fawn” from Gaelic damh (stag, ox); or it may be derived from French devin meaning “divine” via Latin divinus (soothsayer, fortuneteller);

Origin: Hebrew; Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “beloved”; could also be derived from an Irish and French surname “black, dark”, or “fawn”, or “divine”

Usage: African-American, English

Variants:

  • Davion (African-American, English)
  • Davin (African-American, English)

Race

Race comes from an English surname of uncertain meaning and origin. It’s possible that it may have originated as a variant of Welsh Rees, itself a variant spelling of Reese, an anglicized form of Welsh given name Rhys meaning “ardor, enthusiasm”.

Race is also a word in English; as a noun it refers to a competition between people, such as sports, though it may also be used to swift motion or a rapid current of water. Race can also refer to a group pf people descended from a common ancestor.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: possibly a variant of Rhys “ardor, enthusiasm”; also a word referring to a competition, such as sports, or rapid movement of current of water, as well as referring to a group of people descended from common ancestor

Usage: English

Althea

Althea is a contracted form of Aletheia, the name of daimon (spirit, or personification) of truth and sincerity. In Greek mythology, she is the daughter of Zeus while according to a story in Aesop’s Fables, Aletheia was crafted by the Titan Prometheus. The name, obviously, means “truth” from Ancient Greek alḗtheia (ἀλήθεια) via alēthḗs (true, real, genuine; truthful, honest) which ultimately derives from PIE root word *leh₂ (to be concealed).

Althea could also be a variant of Althaea, the name of several nymphs in Greek mythology as well as the name of a queen of Calydon, the mother of Meleager. In this case, the name seems to come from Ancient Greek althaínō (ἀλθαίνω) meaning “to heal” or “to cure”. It’s also the name of the marshmallow plant, which is also the name of the genus of perennial herbs native to Europe and Western Asia, which also includes Althaea officinalis, also known as the marshmallow plant. The origin of the name also derives from a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “truth”; also means “to heal, to cure”, also “marshmallow”, in reference to a flower found in the species Althaea officinalis

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Aletheia (Ancient Greek)
  • Althaea (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Alethea (English)
  • Althaia (Ancient Greek)