Squidward


Squidward Tentacles

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”

Pronunciation: (SKWID-wawrd)

Nicknames: Squid, Squido

Detail: Formed from the combination of the English squid and from Old English weard meaning “guard”.

This name is now associated with Squidward Tentacles, one of the sea creatures from Spongebob Squarepants.

… April Fools 😉

Edgar


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Old English

Meaning: “Blessed spear.”

Pronunciation: (ED-gahr)

Nicknames: Ed, Eddy

Detail: Derived from the Old English elements ead “rich, blessed” and gar “spear”.

This was the name of a 10th-century English king who is regarded as a saint.

Famous bearers include author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Opaline


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Sanskrit

Meaning: “Jewel, gem.”

Pronunciation: (OH-puh-leen); (OH-puh-line)

Nicknames: Opal, Opie

Detail: The word derives from Sanskrit upala meaning “jewel”, which also gave the Greek opallios, the Latin opalus, and the English opal.

The opal is an iridescent gemstone, popular for many centuries. It is the birthstone of October.

Mercer


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Vendor of sewing materials.”

Pronunciation: (MER-ser)

Nicknames: Mer, Mero

Detail: Transferred use of the surname, in origin an occupational name for a trader of sewing materials (Old French mercier, from Late Latin mercarius, a derivative of merx meaning “merchandise”).

Indiana


Gender: Feminine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Land of Indians.”

Pronunciation: (in-dee-AN-uh)

Nicknames: Indie, Ana

Detail: This state has one of the most obvious names in the US with the rather ironic meaning, “the land of Indians.” It was given to the Indiana Territory by the United States Congress when Indiana was created from the Northwest Territory in 1800.

Kermit


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Son of one without envy; Son of a freeman.”

Pronunciation: (KUR-mit)

Nicknames: Kerm, Kermie, Kurt

Detail: From the Irish surname Mac Dhiarmaid, which means “son of Diarmaid”. Diarmaid (DEER-mid) means either “freeman” or “without envy” in Irish. Dermot would be English speaker friendly spelling of Diarmaid.

This name is now associated with Kermit the Frog, one of the Muppets created by puppeteer Jim Henson.

Mercutio


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Mercury.”

Pronunciation: (mur-KYOO-shee-oh)

Nicknames: Mac, Mek, Merk, Merro, Murry, Cue, Tio

Detail: The name comes from Mercury, the Roman messenger god.

Mercutio is a character of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”.

“If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down.”

Maverick


Maverick (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “An independent, free spirit.”

Pronunciation: (MAV-er-ik)

Nicknames: Mac, Mav

Detail: Maverick’s language of origin is English-American. The name’s meaning is “a wild nonconformist”.

Lark


Gender: Feminine 

Origin: English

Meaning: “Bird.”

Pronunciation: (lark)

Nicknames: Lar, Larky

Detail: Lark is a type of lighthearted, playful songbird.

The River Lark is a river in England, which crosses the border between Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Lark means “Cloud” in Australian Aboriginal

Holden


Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Deep valley.”

Pronunciation: (HOLE-den)

Nicknames: Hold

Detail: Holden is an English surname which was first taken from the same English place name. It is made up of the Old English elements hol “deep, hollow” and denu “valley”.

Holden Caulfield was the main character in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Lorenzo


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Man from Laurentum.”

Pronunciation: (loh-REN-zoh)

Nicknames: Lozo, Enzo, Renzo, Lenzo

Detail: Italian and Spanish form of Laurentius, which meant “from Laurentum”, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus “laurel”.

Saint Laurence was a 3rd-century deacon and martyr from Rome.

In the Middle Ages this name was common in England (in a variety of spellings), partly because of a second saint by this name, a 7th-century archbishop of Canterbury.

Arlo


The Half Holiday, Alec home from school by Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English / Spanish / Germanic

Meaning: “A man, barberry tree, fortified hill.”

Pronunciation: (AR-loh)

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”