Signy

Signy is the Norwegian form of Old Norse Signý, made up of Old Norse elements sigr (victory) and nýr (new). It’s the name of a few figures in Norse mythology, including the sister of Sigmund.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “new + victory”

Usage: Norwegian, Swedish, Danish

Variants:

  • Signý (Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic)
  • Signe (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Estonian, Latvian)
  • Signa (Icelandic, Faroese, Danish, Swedish)

Nicander

Nicander is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Nikandros meaning “victory of man”, made up of Ancient Greek elements nike νῑ́κη (victory) which seems to derive from a pre-Greek origin; and andros ἀνδρός (man), the genitive singular of aner ᾰ̓νήρ.

Origin: Pre-Greek, Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “victory of man”

Usage: Ancient Greek (Latinized)

Variants:

  • Nikandros (Ancient Greek)
  • Nikander (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Nicandre (French)
  • Nikandr (Russian, Ukrainian)
  • Nikanor (Ancient Greek, Russian)
  • Nicanor (Latinized Ancient Greek, Spanish)
  • Nicanore (Italian)
  • Nicandro (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)

Female variants:

  • Nicandra (Italian)
  • Nicanora (Italian, Spanish, Galician)

Victor

Victor comes from a Late Latin name via Latin victor meaning “conqueror; victor” as a noun and “victorious, triumphant, conquering” as an adjective, from Latin vincere (to win) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word.

The English word victor refers to the winner of a fight which derives from the Latin word. 

Victor is also a French and English surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “conqueror; victor”

Usage: English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Late Roman

Nicknames: Vic

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Variants:

  • Viktor (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian)
  • Vitya (Russian diminutive of Viktor)
  • Vicktor (English, Swedish)
  • Victorius (Late Roman)
  • Bittor (Basque)
  • Viktar (Belarusian)
  • Víctor (Catalan, Spanish)
  • Vítor (Galician, Portuguese)
  • Vihtori (Finnish)
  • Vittorio (Italian form of Victorius)
  • Vittore (Italian)
  • Viktors (Latvian)
  • Viktoras (Lithuanian)
  • Wiktor (Polish)
  • Gwythyr (Welsh)

Female forms:

  • Victoria (English, Spanish, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman)
  • Viktoria (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Belarusian)
  • Viktoriya (Belarusian, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian)
  • Viktoriia (Russian, Ukrainian)
  • Viktoryia (Belarusian)
  • Victòria (Catalan)
  • Vitória (Portuguese)
  • Viktorija (Lithuanian, Latvian, Macedonian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian)
  • Wiktorija (Polish)
  • Victoire (French)
  • Viktorie (Czech)
  • Wikolia (Hawaiian)
  • Viktória (Hungarian, Slovak)
  • Vittoria (Italian)
  • Latoya (African-American)

Ailsa

Ailsa derives its name from Ailsa Craig, the name of a rocky island located off of Scotland. Though the name’s origin doesn’t seem certain, it’s often been linked as being derived from Alfsigesey meaning “Álfsigr’s island”, Álfsigr an Old Norse male name meaning “elf victory” composed of Old Norse elements alfr (elf) + sigr (victory). Other meanings I’ve seen listed for it are “fairy rock” or “Elizabeth’s rock” but those don’t seem very likely.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: uncertain though it’s been linked to Alfsigesey “Álfsigr’s island”

Usage: Scottish, English

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Niko

Niko is a masculine name, the Finnish form of Nicholas which means “victory of the people” from Greek Nikolaos made up from Ancient Greek elements nike (victory) and laos (people) both of which derive from a PIE source.

Niko is also the Croatian and Slovene short form of Nikola, the Slavic (male) form of Nicholas. However, Niko can also be used as a short form of Nicholas (also spelled Nico) or its feminine forms Nicole and Nicolette, making it a unisex name.

Niko is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

ni

  • 仁 “benevolence, humanity, charity”
  • 二 “two”
  • “you, your thou, second person”
  • “day, sun, Japan”

ko

  • “child”
  • “lake”
  • 胡 “barbarian, foreign”

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

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Japanese

Meaning: “victory of the people”; also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used

Usage: Finnish, Croatian, Slovene, Georgian, German, English, Japanese

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Variants:

  • Nico (Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, English)

Veronica

Veronica is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Berenike, the Ancient Macedonian form of Ancient Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory”, “bearer of victory”, or “bringer of victory”, made up of Ancient Greek elements phero (to bring, carry, bear) and nike (victory). While phero derives from a PIE root word, nike is a word of uncertain etymology, perhaps derived from a pre-Greek word.

However, Veronica later became associated with the Latin phrase vera icon meaning “true image”, in reference to Saint Veronica, a woman who wiped the face of Jesus Christ on her veil; his face apparently became imprinted on the veil which later became known as The Veil of Veronica.

Veronica is also the name of a genus of flowers which seems to have been named after Saint Veronica.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; uncertain etymology

Meaning: “bringing victory”, “bearer of victory” or “bringer of victory”

Usage: Late Roman, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, English

Nicknames: Ronnie/Ronny, Vero, Vera, Nica/Nika

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Variants:

  • Veronika (Russian, Czech, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Lithuanian, Latvian)
  • Véronique (French)
  • Weronika (Polish, Sorbian)
  • Verônika (Portuguese)
  • Verónica (Spanish)
  • Bérénice (French)
  • Berenice (English, Italian, Ancient Greek)
  • Berenike (Ancient Macedonian)
  • Pherenike (Ancient Greek)
  • Bernice (English)
  • Berniece (English)
  • Bernike (Greek)