Efisio


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Italian

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

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Tooele


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Goshute

Meaning: “Bear.”

Pronunciation: (too-WIL-ah)

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.

Nootka


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Native American

Meaning: “Circling around.”

Pronunciation: (NOOT-kah)

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.

Fyvie


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “From the wilderness by the river.”

Pronunciation: (FI-vee)

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.

Virginia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Maid, virgin.”

Pronunciation: (vur-JIHN-yuh)

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.

Nevada


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Spanish

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).

Iowa


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Native American

Meaning: “Sleepy ones.”

Pronunciation: (AHY-oh-wah)

Nicknames: Io

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”.