Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”
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.
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Origin: Old English
Meaning: “Blessed spear.”
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)
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.
Meaning: “Place of the cow sheds.”
Nicknames: Byr, Byro
Detail: From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning “place of the cow sheds” in Old English. This was the surname of the romantic poet Lord Byron.
Meaning: “Hill belonging to wine.”
Nicknames: Winz, Winzo
Meaning: “Poppy flower.”
Detail: From the word for the red flower, derived from Old English
Harry Potter series Poppy Pomfrey is the Hogwarts school nurse.
Meaning: “Vendor of sewing materials.”
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”).
Meaning: “Land of Indians.”
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.
Meaning: “Son of one without envy; Son of a freeman.”
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.
Meaning: “Zinn’s flower.”
Nicknames: Zia, Zinn, Zini, Nia
Detail: The zinnia, a flower from the aster family, is named after botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn.
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 (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun
Meaning: “An independent, free spirit.”
Nicknames: Mac, Mav
Detail: Maverick’s language of origin is English-American. The name’s meaning is “a wild nonconformist”.
Meaning: “Guide; compass.”
Nicknames: Loda, Lodi, Lottie, Ludy, Luey, Demi
Detail: Literally, the word refers to a
lodestone, a piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.
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
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Racehorses in a Landscape by Edgar Degas
Meaning: “Horse racecourse.”
Nicknames: Hesk, Hess, Heth
Detail: It is derived from the Old Norse words
hestr “horse, stallion” and skeid “racecourse”.
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Meaning: “Deep valley.”
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.
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Meaning: “Forest; keeper of the forest.”
Nicknames: Fos, Foz
Detail: Derived from Middle English occupational words referring to a forester, scissor maker, or woodworker.
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Meaning: “Man from Laurentum.”
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.
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The Half Holiday, Alec home from school by Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes
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”
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Meaning: “Righteous; Noble.”
Nicknames: Eth, Ethy, Etta, Etty, Effy
Detail: Originally a short form of any of the various Old English compound names containing the element