In 2014 I featured a series of blog posts introducing you to 2,014 names. For the most part they were names that were brand new to me as well. Some names may be more familiar but I found the meaning or origin or some other aspect of the name made it worthy of inclusion here. You may love some of the names, you may hate some, but hopefully you enjoy learning about all of them.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Names that are Food for Thought This Thursday


Ambree - Although the word "ambrée" refers to a beer that is amber colored in French, I think that it would be fine to consider that this name has similar roots. It may be a modern invention, taking the popularity of the name Amber and that of having names end or begin in the 'bree' sound and combining the two. But it is good enough for me to see it as the French word for 'amber' as far as a name etymology goes.

Anahita - Persian goddess of the heavenly streams

Pernel - French, from Petronilla meaning "pretty stone".

Shirin - there was a Persian queen named this and believed to be from either Armenia or to be Aramaic, or from Syria. She was married to the Persian king at the time that Mohammed lived.


Botolph- Saxon, meaning "help-ship" or "sailor".

Dunstan - Saxon, from 'dun' meaning "a hill" and 'stan' meaning "peace".

Eldad - Hebrew, meaning "loved or favored of God".

Elymas - in Arabic this means a magician

Ethelard - Saxon, meaning "noble disposition".

Hiel - Hebrew, meaning "the life of God" or "God lives".

Jonadab - Hebrew, meaning "liberal" or "one who acts as a prince".

Kanha- Avestan, meaning "beloved one" and being a name for Krishna.

Khosru- this was a Sasanian king of Persia in the 7th century A.D. He is famous for many things, one of which is tearing up the letter sent to him by Mohammed which demanded that he recognize him as Allah's prophet.

Timeus - Greek, meaning "perfect" or "admirable" or "honorable".

Wildred - Saxon, meaning "much fear".

Wolfert - a form of the Saxon name Wulpher, which means "helper".


Sahnah - if related to the Sanskrit 'sanah', it might mean "old". There is a place in Iran called Sahnah where there are some very ancient ruins, so the meaning would seem suitable.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday's Set of Names


Alfaretta -one possibility is listed in a Wikipedia article on the town of Alpharetta, Georgia, which was named for a fictitious Indian girl named Alfarata. The article also considers the Greek letter alpha a possible source for the name. Another possibility is a nickname or endearment for the name Alva or Alba or even Elva.

Elmah -

Gertru - I came across this doing genealogy and it was specified that the woman's name was Gertru NOT Gertrude. I am curious about this.

Sedellia -

Sitnah -

Tacy -


Alanson -

Beedy -

Lynch - 

Morrison -

Neri -