English Names

Ansley

Meaning: Clearing with a hermitage (Hermitage – a private retreat or hideaway) Origin: English Individual, Open, Proud The Red Fox Ansley is an English variation of the name Ainsley, it is also a place name for the village – Ansley in Warwichshire in England, and the community – Ansley in Jackson, Louisiana in the USA. […]

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Beth

Meaning: Pledged to God Origin: English Diligent, Rustic, Sweet The Decorator Beth is a diminutive of the English name Elizabeth, which derives from the Hebrew name Elisheva, meaning ‘pledged to God‘ Beth can also be a shortened form of the name Bethlehem, which means ‘House of Bread’. This also bears other cute nicknames: Hemmy and […]

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Denara

Meaning: Child of Heaven and Earth Origin: English Magnetic, Radiant, Graceful The Golden Pheasant Denara is an enchanting version of Denis, deriving from the Greek mythological name Dionysius. Dionysius is the Greek god of wine and partying, he is also known as Bacchus. He is the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and Semele, […]

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Elizabeth

Meaning: Pledged to God Origin: English Assiduous, Innocent, Reminiscing Honey Elizabeth derives from the Hebrew name Elisheva, comprised of root words: El The Hebrew God Shava Oath The meaning ‘pledged to God‘ comes from the joining of these words. The name Elizabeth appears in the Bible as the mother of John the Baptist and the […]

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Emily

Meaning: Rival Origin: English Fierce, Loyal, Decisive The Tree Deriving from the Roman name Aemilius, meaning ‘Rival‘ or ‘Industrious’, the English names Emily and Emil have become quite popular options. Emily’s claim to fame came by its usage in royalty, in particular by the princess Amelia of Great Britain, whose father George III affectionately called […]

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Frankie

Meaning: Frenchman Origin: English Breezy, Fun, Nonchalant The Butterfly The popular English name, Frankie, is a diminutive for many names that all originate from the original Latin, Franciscus. Some longer variants, that often get shortened to Frankie, include: Frances (English), Francesca and Francesco (Italian/Spanish), Franco (Italian) and Franska (Swedish/Icelandic). All of these name have the […]

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Henna

Meaning: Anoint From the Henna tree Fertile Origin: English Gypsy, Persistent, Loyal The Wanderer The name Henna a multiple meanings, it is used to describe both the tree, which is the Lawsonia Inermis plant, and the dye and fruit procured from it. The Henna dye markings applied to brides before their wedding is an ancient […]

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Ives

Meaning: Yew Origin: English Calm, Happy, Humorous The Otter Ives is the English version of the French name Yves, from Ivo/Yvo, meaning ‘Yew’. Yew wood is known for being used in archery to make bows. Saint Ives (or Ivo), known as the advocate of the poor, was a Breton priest from the Middle Ages. He […]

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John

Meaning: God is Gracious Origin: English Virile, Harmonious, Firm the Eagle John is the English variation of the original Hebrew name Yohanan, which means YHWH is gracious. A common diminutive for John, is Jack, which is quite popular at the minute. John is known for being the author of the fourth gospel of the Bible, […]

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Luke

Meaning: Light Origin: English Reliable, Golden, Shield The Winged-Ox Luke is an English diminutive of the Latin name: Lucas, or Greek name: Loukas. They ultimately derive from Latin Lucius, meaning ‘Light’, ‘Light Giver’, or ‘Born at Dawn’. I do particularly like variations Luc (Welsh), Luca, Lucia and Lucania (Italian). Luke is the author of the […]

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Macy

Meaning: Gift of God Or possibly: Hill or Weapon Origin: English Light-hearted, Lyrical, Exuberant The Kangaroo Macy is an English name that denotes a family from a place called ‘Massy’ or in some scripts ‘Mascy’. The place name is derived from Latin name Maccius, a variation of Matthew, meaning ‘Gift of God’. Conflicting sources also […]

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Mark

Meaning: God of War Warlike Origin: English, Dutch Sharp, Defined, Meticulous The Lion Mark is an English and Dutch name that derives from Latin name: Marcus. It means ‘god of War’, stemming from the Roman god Mars. It is also considered to mean ‘Warlike’. It is renowned for being the name of the second gospel […]

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Massey

Meaning: Gift of God Origin: English, Scottish Strong, Bold, Resilient The Camel Massey is a name of English and Scottish heritage, it evolved from Maccius (pronounced MAX-ee-us, yeah, how cool is that) which is a Latin name. Villiages and regions in France came to be named Massy or sometimes Mascy, as a result of settlers […]

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Matthew

Meaning: Gift of God Origin: English, Hebrew Fervid, Brazen, Irrepressible The Ange; Matthew in the Bible is one of the twelve disciples, or, apostles. He is also known by the name Levi, and was the son of Alphaeus. He wrote the first book of the New Testament, detailing the events of Jesus life. Matthew is a variant […]

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Nicholas

Meaning: Victory of the People Origin: English Intrepid, Daring, Welcoming The Champion Nicholas is the English variant of the original Greek name Nikolaos. The real man behind Santa Clause is Saint Nicholas, also called Nikolaos of Myra, or Nicholas of Bari. Obeying Jesus teaching to sell up all you have and give it to the […]

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Rebecca

Meaning: To Bind Origin: Hebrew, English Bright, Victorious, Jubilant The Python Rebecca derives from the Hebrew name Rivqah, and means ‘to Bind’, ‘to Ensnare’ or ‘Noose’. In the Bible, Rebecca is the mother of Jacob (later known as Israel), and her name is also spelt as Rebekah in certain translations. Some nice variations include Rebe […]

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Sid

Meaning: Wide Origin: English Relaxed, Talented, Bulk The Hound Sid is an English diminutive for Sidney, the root word Sid means ‘Wide’. Sid can also be short for a myriad of other awesome names, such as: Siddig (Arabic), Sidra and Sidonia (Latin), There is also the Sanskrit: Sidh, which is unique and has a very […]

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Sidney

Meaning: Wide Island Child of Heaven and Earth Origin: English, French Intellect, Defender, Calming The Elephant Sidney is and interesting name as it has two potential origins. One speculation is that it hails from Old English root words: Sid Wide/Broad Eg Island As an English name this has the meaning ‘Wide Island’. The second opinion […]

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Wingard

Meaning: Wuthering Homestead Origin: Swedish Protector, Saint, Free The Falcon Wingard is a Swedish name meaning ‘Wuthering Homestead’ that comes from root words: Vin Wind Gard Homestead It is also thought to be an English name that means ‘Vineyard’. Wingard has a couple of rock-and-roll variants which include Wynard, Winward and Weingardt. Similar names include […]

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Zetlin

Meaning: My Prince Pure Origin English Rustic, Keen, Competitive The Swallow I met a man named Zetlin this week, from the country. This intrigued me, so here is a post on his name. Zetlin is a modern take on Hebrew name Zeitlin, and derives ultimately from Zeitl through Sarai, which means My Princess. There is […]

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