Xio - I came across this as a nickname for someone named Xiomara. It 'almost' sounds like 'Jo'. In between Jo and yo, I suppose. Or, anyhow, the j has a slightly different sound from just "Jo". Xiomara is the feminine form of Xiomar, which derives from Guiomar, the Visigoths brought this name to Spain during the Dark Ages. Guiomar comes from the Germanic name Wigmar, which is derived from the roots 'wig' which means 'war' and 'meri' which means 'famous'. Xiomara would be an excellent name to honor a family's military heritage.
Empress Xiao Yanyan, led an army of 10,000 soldiers on horseback in 10th century China
Using either element in a name, as in a surname, indicated the person was from such a place. So Brookeleigh would be someone who lives near a field and stream. But I wonder if BrookeMeadow might not be an even prettier name, if the image is what you are after, since many people do not think 'meadow' when they hear 'ly' on the end of a name.
Lugar is the Spanish word for 'place' and the Latin 'locus', such as 'locomotive' which means a place that moves, or to move from place to place.
|the Kingdom of Cait (or Cat)|
Irony of Ironies. After typing this I proceeded to watch The Hunger Games with my mom. I hadn't really considered that Katniss might come from Caithness. But especially after seeing the Norse name for the area, and that the people were called Cat, I think the author must have been inspired. A kindred spirit out there, someone else who thought it would make a fine name. I prefer the long a sound of 'cate' and the 'th' sound in there. But I can appreciate Katniss a bit better knowing how it may be tied to this ancient place and people.
An interesting footnote to all this is that the Pictish tribes are thought to have been given their names based on animals. So the Cat People really were the cat people. I wonder what attributes they had that earned them this name?
|d'Aubigné family coat of arms|
Dabney - from the French D'Aubigne, indicating that a person was from a town of that name (Aubigne). Brought to England by the Norman invaders.
Eliphalet - Hebrew, meaning "God is release" and pronounced, according to behindthename.com, either as 'ih lihf uh let' or as 'ee lihf uh let'.
|Frederick Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor, Barbarossa means red beard|
Gonzalo - Spanish form of Gundisalvus, according to behindthename.com, a medieval form of a name from German, using
'gund' meaning 'war' and 'salvus' whose meaning is unknown. Llewellyn's Book of Names suggests that 'salvus' could be related either to the Latin 'salvus' meaning 'saved' or 'preserved' or 'unhurt' or to the Gothic 'sarwala' meaning 'soul'.
|The Battle of Jaquihajuana - Gonzalo Pizarro fought in this battle during the conquest of Peru|