Name Etymology Map

“What’s in a name?”

So Juliet ponders in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene II. Tis a question for the ages – and a very important one! Many cultures believe there is power in knowing one’s true name — can the meaning behind your name have some influence on your personality? Your life? Your destiny?

I invite everyone to join my Greek and Latin Roots of English class in adding your name to the map. Do a little research on the origin and history of your name — this is what we call etymology, the study of words, or more specifically, onomastics or onomatology (the study of names, from the Greek word ὄνομα (ónoma) meaning “name”).

What country does your name originate from? Take a moment to situate you name on our classroom map with a marker — everyone is welcome to participate! Please only reveal your first name and if you desire, add a brief summary of your name’s history and meaning in the description box.

Feel free to message me if you have any questions!

@irmorrisonmonc

Greek and Latin Roots of English, Hunter College

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GLRoots: Name Etymology Map

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Irene: 37.983917, 23.729360
Gabrielle: 48.216038, 16.378984
David: 31.046051, 34.851612
Shiella: 53.412910, -8.243890
Osnat: 26.820553, 30.802498
Gabrielle: 31.046051, 34.851612
Asya: 31.046051, 34.851612
Scott: 56.490671, -4.202646
Paola: 41.871940, 12.567380
Asya: 39.074208, 21.824312
Manahil: 30.375321, 69.345116
Tina: 52.355518, -1.174320
Maureen: 53.412910, -8.243890
Juliel: 18.735693, -70.162651
Aashreya: 20.593684, 78.962880
Hazel: 50.823289, 10.763855
Leeba: 52.005515, 37.958749
Katina: 39.074208, 21.824312
Salma: 31.952162, 35.233154
Krystal: 39.074208, 21.824312
Nancy: 31.046051, 34.851612
Elsa : 31.046051, 34.851612
Elsa: 39.074208, 21.824312
Elsa: 51.165691, 10.451526
Elsa: 40.463667, -3.749220
Vanessa: 39.074208, 21.824312
Darien: 39.074208, 21.824312
Miriam: 31.046051, 34.851612
Kyra: 39.074208, 21.824312
Victoria: 41.902783, 12.496366
Gloria: 41.871940, 12.567380
Gloire (Gloria): 46.227638, 2.213749
Sarah: 31.046051, 34.851612
Ezra: 31.046051, 34.851612
Nayab : 30.376689, 69.345317
Ricardo : 40.463667, -3.749220
Judy: 31.046051, 34.851612
Ramsha: 23.885942, 45.079162
Gary: 51.165691, 10.451526
Monzurul : 23.684994, 90.356331
jin feng : 26.100780, 119.295144
Svitlana : 48.379433, 31.165580
Kevin: 53.412910, -8.243890
Barbara : 39.074208, 21.824312
Anna: 31.250378, 34.650879
Fariha: 25.037640, 76.456309
Marianna: 39.057051, 21.790009
Syeda: 23.885942, 45.079162
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Aashreya
From the Hindi word आश्रय meaning shelter.
India
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Anna

The origin of my name comes from the name Channah, which is used in the Greek and Latin testament. Many years later, the Old Testament started to replace the name with Hannah. The name also appears in the New testaments, when Jesus is recognized as the Messiah by a prophet.  It is also associated with Saint Anna. Since then, it has remained a popular name. It comes from the latin and greek name Anna and Hebrew name Hannah. It means grace or graciousness. Some related names to Anna are Anais, Anita and Aneta. The most common nickname for my name that is often used is Anna Banana, which is used as a tease. What I found interesting is that it is ranked 14 in the country that I'm from, which is Poland. In the United States, it is ranked #34. One other interesting fact is that it is also the name of a currency. It is the former currency of Burma, India and Pakistan. 

isreal
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Asya
Asya is the Russian name for Osnat. Both names have similar meanings but are of different origins. Asya is of Hebrew and Greek origin, and the meaning of Asya is "He (God) has favored me; sunrise." Asya is a variant of Ann (Hebrew): simplified form of Anne, the English form of Hannah. Also a variant of Asia (Greek): may also derive from Assyrian "asu" meaning "east." (variations: Asiah, Asyah, Azia).
Israel
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Asya
Asya is the Russian name for Osnat. Both names have similar meanings but are of different origins. Asya is of Hebrew and Greek origin, and the meaning of Asya is "He (God) has favored me; sunrise." Asya is a variant of Ann (Hebrew): simplified form of Anne, the English form of Hannah. Also a variant of Asia (Greek): may also derive from Assyrian "asu" meaning "east." (variations: Asiah, Asyah, Azia).
Greece
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Barbara

Barbara is derived from Greek and means “foreign”.

Greece
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Darien

Darien: Originating from Greece, the name means gift, wealthy and possessor of good. It is a variant of Darian. It was invented from Adrian and Darius. It is a common name for a boy rather than a girl. 

Greece
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David
Israel
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Elsa

Short for אֱלִישֶׁבַע (Elisheva). Means “my God is an oath.”

Israel
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Elsa

Short for  Ελισαβετ (Elisabet). Meaning “my God is abundance.”

Greece
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Elsa

Means “My god is bountiful” or “god of plenty.”  In Old German it means “noble.”

Germany
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Elsa

Meaning: truth

Spain
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Ezra

The name, "Ezra", means "help" in Hebrew. 

Israel
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Fariha

Fariha, a name generally given to girls, comes from an Arabic origin. With feminine implication, the true meaning of this name is happiness or joyous. Even though the origin of this name descends from Arabic roots, it has traveled throughout the Middle Eastern world as well as North Africa, South Asia, and even some European countries such as Turkey.  Nonetheless it is a name that even though can be seen in many Arabic speaking/ Muslim countries, is not very popular in the United States. Social Security Administration has stated that because the name has less than 5 occurrences in a year, it is excluded from the popularity data.

South Asia, North Africa, Middle East
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Gabrielle

Gabrielle is the feminine for Gabriel ( which comes from the Hebrew name Gabrhiel) in the Old testament meaning strong man or man go God

Israel
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Gabrielle

Gabrielle is the feminine for Gabriel which comes from Hebrew (Gavriel)  meaning that " God is my strong man". It's also part of the old testament  and New testament .  In the bible Gabriel was an Angel 

Israel
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Gary

The name Gary is derived from compound names of germanic origin, composed of the element ~gar~ meaning spear. Although etymologically unrelated Gary is usually taken as pet form of Gareth ( which is Celtic in origin). The usage of the name Gary is intertwined with the success of of the actor Gary Cooper.

Germany
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Gloire (Gloria)

 My name is Gloria,(Latin) however In modern french it is spelled  "gloire", Glorie,glora and glora patri.While looking up my name through out many dictionaries I often came across the relation of my name and the word  "Gloria in Excelsis" which means All praise to the father.

France
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Gloria

My name is Gloria. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary,  I came to discover that my name means praise  fame, renown as well as  a great praise in latin. Its' origin is from  the thirteeth century of latin.

Italy
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Hazel
Hazel spells as Hasel in German, is a town in the district of Lorrach in Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany.This place was said to be Dwarves' cavern. It also described the eye color shifts from light or golden brown to green.
Germany
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Irene
Irene from Greek εἰρήνη meaning "peace."
Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece
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jin feng

 My Chinese is Jin FENG! "Jin" means Gold in Chinese and "Feng" means wind, so basically I am golden wind.

Fujian, China
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Judy
My name is Judy. My name was popular name from 1940 to 1970 and is mainly used to name females. The name Judy is Hebrew for praised”. Judy is usually a nickname for Judith,
which is Hebrew for women of Judea”, Judea being an ancient region in Israel.
Israel
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Juliel
Dominican Republic
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Katina

Katina, also my great-grandmother's name, is a Greek diminutive of Katerina. It's derived from (or associated with) the Greek katharos, meaning pure. 

Greece
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Kevin

Kevin is a male first name of Goidelic origin. it comes from the name Caoimhghín which means caomh 'kind, honest, handsome' and gin 'birth'.

Ireland
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Krystal
The word Crystal comes from Latin and Ancient Greek. The Latin form was crystallus meaning crystal or ice and the Ancient Greek form was Krystallos from Kryos meaning frost or ice. Kryos came from a photo-indo-European root Kru meaning a hard butter crust. Which is the cousin of crystal, meaning crust. Today people use crystal as a solid transparent matter. Also used as a female name, Crystal, Cristal, Krystal or Kristal.
Greece
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Kyra
In Greek meaning "lord" or "lady"
Greece
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Leeba

Leeba is from a Yiddish origin meaning "beloved". My name Leeba with a European spelling is Liba.  The most common nickname that I am called is some form of Libbie. The name Libi in Hebrew means “my heart”. The name Libby, “originally a medieval diminutive of ibb, itself a diminutive of Isabel. It is also used as a diminutive of Elizabeth.”variation of my name in another name such as Saraliba from Israeli means "beloved princess". There are other names such as Luba (Russian, Ukrainian) and Ljuba (Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovene,Macedonian meaning “love”).

Eastern Europe
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Manahil
The name "Manahil" comes from both an Urdu and Arabic origin, and means fountain or spring of fresh water. The name is very unique because it is not widely used, and is most often given to females in Pakistan.
Pakistan
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Marianna

Alternate Spelling of 'Mirianna'. A contradictory name meaning "Bitter yet full of grace"

Greece
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Maureen
Maureen is the anglicized form of Máirín, the Irish derivative of the Biblical name Mary. Maureen means "great", "dark", and "bitter."
Ireland
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Miriam

Miriam comes from the hebrew name מִרְיָם, and translates to "bitter waters". Other derivations are Mary, Marie, Mariam (Greek), Maria (Latin), and Maryam (Aramaic).

Israel
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Monzurul
Bangladesh
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Nancy
The name Nancy began as a diminutive of Hebrew Ann/Anne. It was used as an independent and proper name from the 18th century onwards. It is a common Hebrew, American, and French name. It means grace in all three contexts.
Israel
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Nayab

Nayab means rare, unique, precious and scarce. The origin of this name is believed to be  from Persia and but is primarily used in Pakistan.

Pakistan
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Osnat
Osnat is an Egyptian name which means "belonging to God." Osnat appears in the Bible as the wife of Joseph, and mother of Ephraim and Menashe (variations: Asnat, Asnas, Osnas). (Russian name for Osnat is Asya. Both names have similar meanings to them.)
Egypt
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Paola
The country of origin for the name Paola is Italy. Its was derived from the Latin word, paulus, which means “small."
Italy
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Ramsha

Ramsha is an Arabic name and has multiple meanings such as "face like moon", "beautiful", and "flower from heaven". Despite its Arabic origin (or maybe because of) names similar to Ramsha can be found in Sanskrit and Hindi: Ramesha for women and Ramesh for men.

Saudi Arabia
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Ricardo

Ricardo, is the Spanish equivalent of the English, Richard. The literal meaning of the name is "powerful ruler". Some nicknames of the Ricardo include: Ricky, Rick, Richie.

Spain
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Salma
Palestine
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Sarah

The name Sarah is a name that I grew accustomed to hearing throughout the Russian Jewish world. This is not surprising because within the culture Jewish children are named after the deceased, I was named after my own Jewish great-grandmother, thus the Israeli origin and format of this name coexists to this day. Sarah comes from the Hebrew language and was the name of a very symbolic female figure, the wife of Abraham within the Old Testament. Thus the literal meaning of Sarah is "Princess" which I'm quite happy about.

Israel
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Scott

Scott - surname of Scottish origin. Name means "Gaelic speaker."

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Shiella
The name Shiella came from the Irish word Síle--derived from the Latin name Celia--which essentially means blind, from the Latin word caecus. In Australian slang, it refers to a woman. In Hindu, it means gentle.
Ireland
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Svitlana

My name is originally derived from the Slavic Svet meaning “light, world”. Most surprising thing about my name was that it popularized in 1813 from Vasily Zhukovsky’s ‘Svetlana’. Zhukovsky was a prominent Russian poet of the 1810’s, as well as the leading figure in literature.

Ukraine
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Syeda

Noble woman; Descendant of the prophet Muhammad (pertaining to Islam) 

Saudi Arabia
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Tina

Tina is often used as a shortened version of the name Christina, which means the follower of Christ. 

England, United Kingdom,
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Vanessa

Vanessa is often considered to be of the Greek origin. It was a name given to a group of butterflies and thus, falls into the category of insects. The other Greek meaning comes from the goddess Phanessa who was the goddess of a Greek brotherhood. It is also rumored that the origin of the name is from England and also has a Latin meaning. The English origin is rumored to be from author Jonathan Swift who used his friend’s name, Esther Vanhomrigh and combined his first and last name and later put the name on his poem and generated popularity. He took the “Van” from Vanhomrigh and the “essa” from Esther and was then later placed as the name for a group of butterflies. The Latin meaning of Vanessa is “Of Venus.” Vanessa can be spelled in a variety of ways. Vanessa is the most common way of spelling the name and then there’s Vanesa or Wanesa which is mainly used by the Polish and the Czechs, there is also Bahec[c]a used by Bulgarians, Russians, Ukrainians and Serbians, lastly there is Vane or Banessa which is pronounced in Spanish. I personally like to be called Nessa, Ness, Nessy or V. And that is the origin of my name. 

Greece
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Victoria

The name Victoria is of Latin origin, it means ‘victory’ or ‘conquer’. In roman mythology Victoria is the goddess of victory, corresponding to the Greek goddess Nike.

Rome, Italy