Linnea


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Swedish

Meaning: “Linnaea flower.”

Pronunciation: (lih-NEY-ah); (LIH-nee-ah)

Nicknames: Leah, Nea, Naya

Detail: From the name of a flower, also known as the twinflower.

It was named by the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who named it after himself, it being his favourite flower.

Neva


March Snow (1904) by Igor Grabar

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin; Old English; French

Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”

Pronunciation: (NEE-vah)

Nicknames: Neve

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”

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”

Idunn


Idun by Arthur Rackham

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Ever young; rejuvenator.”

Pronunciation: (EE-doon) [“oo” short like in “book”]

Detail: In Norse mythology Idunn is the goddess of spring and wife of Bragi. She is the keeper of the apples of the gods. Whoever eats of these apples will be granted eternal life and youth.

Variations:

  • Idonea
  • Idonia
  • Idony (ID-uh-nee)
  • Idun
  • Idunn
  • Ithun (EE-thoon)
  • Ydun

Ask


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Of the ash tree.”

Pronunciation: (ahsk)

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.

Yfke


Yfke Sturm

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Frisian

Meaning: “Bow; Yew.”

Pronunciation: (EEF-keh)

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.

Neela


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Indian

Meaning: “Sapphire; blue; color of the sea.”

Pronunciation: (NEE-lah)

Nicknames: Nee, Neeli

Detail: Neelakurinji is a plant that used to grow abundantly in the shola grasslands of South India. The Nilgiri Hills, which literally means “the blue mountains”, got their name from these purplish blue flowers that blossoms gregariously only once in 12 years.

Amaranth


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Immortal; unfading.”

Pronunciation: (am-ah-RANTH) Amaranth

Nicknames: Ama, Amara, Am, Ammy, Ranthe, Mara

Detail: In Greek mythology, the amaranth was an eternally-blooming flower.

Amaranth Brandybuck was a Hobbit in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Variations:

  • Amaranta (ah-mah-RAN-ta)
  • Amaranthe (am-ah-RAN-thee)