Meaning: “Eagle tree.”
Nicknames: Arvo, Aro, Arvi
Detail: From the Old Norse name Arnviðr, derived from the elements arn “eagle” and viðr “tree”.
Origin: Gaulish; Roman ; Latin
Meaning: “Alder; Man; True.”
Details: It is probable that this name could derive from a Norman surname, which was itself derived from a Gaulish word meaning “alder”.
It is also possible that the name originated from the Roman name Virilius “man”, but this is not confirmed.
It could also be connected to the medieval name Ver, derived from the Latin Verus “True”. Ver enjoyed some popularity with this usage in medieval England to honor a 4th century bishop. Thus, the exact lineage of the name is unknown, but could come from any one of these roots.
Meaning: “Below the Forest.”
Nicknames: Susi, Suvi, Suki, Silvi
Detail: Susilva is a main belt asteroid, named for Susi, schoolmate of the discoverer.
Possibly from the combination of the Latin sus meaning “below” and from the Latin silva “wood, forest.”
Meaning: “Fruit tree.”
Nicknames: Pomme (French word for apple), Pomy, Poppy, Mona
Detail: From the Latin pomus “fruit tree”. This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.
In the Harry Potter series Pomona Sprout the professor of Herbology.
Origin: Pima (Native American); Basque
Meaning: “Having a little spring; or good oak.”
Nicknames: Ari, Ara, Azza, Zona, Zoni, Zoe
Detail: Arizona was inherited from the Spanish Arizonac, a word virtually identical to Basque arizonac “good oak”. However, it isn’t clear why the Spanish would choose a Basque word for (at the time) a Mexican territory. The name of this state is most probably a Native American word, possibly an O’odham (Pima) word meaning “having a little spring” made up of ali “little” + sona-g “spring-having”—plus a little corruption from the Spanish.
Meaning: “Elm tree.”
Nicknames: Emb, Emmie
Detail: According to Norse mythology, the first humans were carved from trees by Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve. They cut down an Ash tree and from it made the first man, Ask. From an elm tree they carved the first woman, Embla.
Origin: Latin; Old English; French
Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”
Detail: Neva is derived from the Latin word neve meaning “snow”.
A different derivation of Neva is from the Old English word neowe which means “new”
Another origin of Neva is from the Old French Geneva meaning “juniper tree”
Origin: English / Spanish / Germanic
Meaning: “A man, barberry tree, fortified hill.”
Nicknames: Ar, Arl, Lo
Detail: There are several origins of the name:
An Italian variant of the German Charles meaning “man”
The Spanish word for the “barberry tree”
An Old English variant of Harlow, derived from the Anglo-Saxon words here and hlaw meaning “army hill”
Meaning: “Of the ash tree.”
Detail: From the Germanic element ask meaning “ash-tree”
According to Norse mythology, the first humans were carved from trees by Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve. They cut down an Ash tree and from it made the first man, Ask. From an elm tree they carved the first woman, Embla.
Meaning: “Bow; Yew.”
Nicknames: Yffy, Effy
Detail: Possibly derived from the French name Yves, which originated as a shortened form of any Germanic name containing ‘iv’ (‘yew’).
Yfke Sturm is a Dutch supermodel.