Meaning: “One from Ephesus.”
Pronunciation: (eh-FEE-zee-oh); (eh-FEE-zhoh)
Nicknames: Fiso, Efo
Detail: From the Latin byname Ephesius, which originally belonged to a person who was from the city of Ephesus, in Ionia.
This was the name of a saint martyred on Sardinia in the 4th century
Nicknames: Tooe, Tooli, Willa
Detail: Historical research reveals the name “Tooele” comes from the Goshute Indian word “bear.” There are several families with the last name “Bear” — descendants of the Goshute Indians who signed a treaty with early Tooele Valley Mormons.
Tooele County, Utah was originally known as Tuilla County. The spelling was changed to Tooele in 1852, when boundaries of the State of Deseret were extended to the California border.
Origin: Native American
Meaning: “Circling around.”
Nicknames: Noot, Nutella
Detail: When James Cook (British explorer) first encountered the villagers at Yuquot in 1778, they directed him to “come around” (in their language “nootka”) with his ship to the harbour. Cook interpreted this as the name of their tribe. In 1981 the term Nuu-Chah-Nulth (meaning “all along the mountains”) was chosen as the new name of the tribe.
Meaning: “From the wilderness by the river.”
Nicknames: Fy, Fee
Detail: The name of Fyvie itself has changed since earliest days when it was known as Fywin.
According to one source, the name is derived from the Gaelic flodh abhuinn meaning “wilderness by the river”.
Name of a haunted Scottish castle in whose history goes back to the year 1211.
Meaning: “Maid, virgin.”
Nicknames: Vira, Viri, Ginny
Detail: At the end of the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603), who was known as the “Virgin Queen” because she never married, gave the name Virginia to the whole area explored by the 1584 expedition of Sir Walter Raleigh along the coast of North America.
Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe was the wife of American writer Edgar Allan Poe.
Meaning: “Snowy, snow-covered.”
Pronunciation: (nuh-VA-duh); (neh-VAH-dah)
Nicknames: Neve, Neva, Vada
Detail: Although the name is derived from the Spanish word nevada “snowy, snow-covered”, the local pronunciation of the state’s name is not Spanish (neh-VAH-dah) but good ol’ American (nuh-VA-duh).
Origin: Native American
Meaning: “Sleepy ones.”
Detail: The state of Iowa was named for the Native Americans living in that territory at the time, the Iowa. Despite the report of the 1879 General Assembly of Iowa, which proclaimed that this word means “the beautiful land”, it is actually a Dakota Sioux word given to the Iowas in jest meaning “sleepy ones”.