Pascale

Pascale is a French female name, the feminine form of Pascal which comes from Late Latin Paschalis “relating to Easter”, itself a derivative of pascha “Passover” via Ancient Greek páskha (Passover) via Aramaic pasḥā פַּסְחָא via a Hebrew root word.

Pascale is also an Italian and French surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “Easter”, “Passover”

Usage: French

Variants:

  • Pascaline (French diminutive of Pascale)
  • Pasqualina (Italian)
  • Pascuala (Spanish)
  • Pasqua (Italian)

Male forms:

  • Pascal (French, German, Dutch)
  • Paschal
  • Pasquale (Italian)
  • Pasqualino (Italian diminutive of Pasquale)
  • Pascual (Spanish)
  • Paskal (Bulgarian, Macedonian)
  • Pasco (Cornish)
  • Paškal (Croatian)
  • Paško (Croatian diminutive of Paškal)
  • Paschalis (Late Roman, Greek)

Praxilla

Praxilla seems to be a derivative of Ancient Greek praxis meaning “practice, action, deed” via Ancient Greek prassein (to do, practice) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. In philosophy, praxis is a term used to refer to the act of engaging or practicing ideas, as well as also referring to something that is habitual or established practice.

Praxilla is the name of a 5th century Greek poetess who originated from Sicyon, an Ancient Greek city located close to Corinth. There isn’t much known about her, very little of her own work surviving only in fragments, though she is mentioned as one of the nine earthly muses listed by Antipater of Thessalonica (a Greek writer and poet).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “practice, action, deed”

Usage: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Praxis (Ancient Greek)
  • Praxedes (Ancient Greek)
  • Praxedis (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Praxidis (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Praxed (Late Greek)
  • Prakseda (Polish, Lithuanian)
  • Praxeda (Russian, Ukrainian)
  • Praxède (French)
  • Praxille (French)
  • Prassede (Italian)

Male forms:

  • Praxis (Ancient Greek)
  • Praxède (French)
  • Praxille (French)

Presley

Presley comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Priestley, a locational name for someone who came from any of several places called Priestley, meaning “priest clearing”, composed of Old English elements prēost (priest) and lēah (woodland; clearing)

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “priest clearing”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Preslie (English)
  • Pressly (English)
  • Pressley (English)
  • Preslee (English)
  • Presleigh (English)
  • Priestley (English)

Pippa

Pippa originated as a diminutive of Philippa, the feminine form of Philip meaning “lover of horses”, composed of Ancient Greek elements philos φῐ́λος (love, like) and hippos ῐ̔́ππος (horse), both derived from a PIE origin.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “lover of horses”

Usage: English

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Variants:

  • Philippa (English)
  • Phillippa (English)
  • Philippina (German)

Male forms:

  • Philip (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch)
  • Phillip (English)
  • Philippos (Ancient Greek)
  • Philippus (Latinized Ancient Greek)

Penny

Penny is often used as nickname for Penelope, the name of the faithful wife of Odysseus in Greek mythology. Her name is of uncertain origin though it’s been linked to Ancient Greek penelops πηνέλοψ, referring to a type of duck. It’s also been linked to Ancient Greek pene πήνη (thread, weft) and ops ὄψ (eye, face), which is a more fitting meaning for the character in Greek mythology: Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, who was apparently faithful to him for the twenty years he was gone despite the many persistant suitors who attempt to woo her with marriage. In an attempt to ward off their persistance, Penelope tells them that she will choose a suitor when she has finished weaving a burial shroud for Odysseus, though every night she undoes some of it to give her more time. This goes on for 3 years before her trick is discovered.

Penelope (or Penelopeia) is also the name of a dryad, the daughter of Dryops and portrayed as the mother of Pan, the god of shepherds and hunters.

Penny is the name of the one-cent coin in the U.S., derived from an Old English word, penning, pennig (penny) via Proto-Germanic *panningaz which derives from an unknown origin.

Penny is also an English surname originating as a nickname for someone who had some wealth (since coins weren’t very common when they were first introduced in England).

Origin: unknown, possibly from a pre-Greek origin; unknown

Meaning: a nickname for Penelope either referring to a type of bird or from Ancient Greek “thread, weft + face, eye”; penny is also the name of a one-cent coin

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Pennie (English)
  • Penni (English)
  • Penelope (Greek)
  • Pinelopi (Modern Greek)
  • Pénélope (French)
  • Penélope (Spanish, Portuguese)