Over the weekend I was looking at words that orignated from people's names, also known as eponyms. In honour of my lovely followers, I thought I would research where some of my followers' names come from. Apologies if I haven’t included you specifically in the list.
Aaron (@aarongspot27) means ‘mountain of strength’ in Hebrew.
Andrew (@AndyMRoberts, @Maxdog1967) originates from Greek and means ‘virile’ or ‘manly’.
Catherine (@_Polyhymnia) is Greek for ‘pure’ or ‘chaste’.
Christina, Christine and Kristina (@DrKristinaKing) comes from Latin and means ‘Christian woman’.
Colin (@col89) is a diminutive of Nicholas. Nicholas originates in Greek language and means ‘people's triumph’.
Dean (@deantoms) means ‘dweller in a valley’. Dean is derived from the Old English word ‘denu’ which means 'valley' and is a locational name denoting that the bearer resided in a valley.
Dominic (@maenllwyd, @Dominic_UK) means ‘Lord’s child’ in Latin.
Duncan (@DuncanDocker) means ‘brown warrior’ in Gaelic.
Fran (@dragonhistory) comes from Latin meaning ‘woman from France’.
George (@Georgios_Sot) is Greek in origin and translates as ‘farming man’.
Hassan (@HassanS_7) comes from Arabic and means ‘handsome’ and ‘to be good’.
Ian (@ianpatterson99, @CambridgeGuy1) derives from Hebrew and means ‘God is merciful’. It is a Scottish variant of John.
Jackie (@Jac7724) means ‘one who supplants’ and derives from Hebrew. It is a feminine form of Jacques, ultimately derived from Jacob. Jackie is a diminutive of Jack, or Jacqueline/Jacqueline.
James (@jimbojim93, @Jamesdavy7, @Jamesdhobson, @JXR1983) means ‘following after’ from Hebrew.
Jason (@jayinbold) means ‘a person who heals’.
Jeremy (@jeremypuk) means ‘lifted up or exalted by God’. It is an English medieval variant of the Biblical name Jeremiah.
Joe or Joseph (@Matey30) means ‘God raises’ from Hebrew.
Jonathan (@jhazan) comes from Hebrew names 'Yahonathan and Jehonathan', derived from the Hebrew words 'Yahweh', which means 'God', and 'nathan', which means 'to give'.
Jon or John (@RudlophUcker, @ninjamoose101, @gaes_elskugi, @Loinerlad25) means ‘God gives’ and comes from Hebrew.
Jules, Julia and Julie (@MuttonMolester) means ‘soft haired’ in Latin.
Lee (@Timber_Wolf, @Rupaulology) means ‘from a clearing’ in Old English. It is derived from an old English surname.
Lewis (@ljhenshall) is Germanic and means ‘well-known fighter’.
Mark (@Markyeg, @MarkGaze, @Lonmark1980, @Bitofaboy, @_mark13) derives from Latin and means ‘warlike’ as it is a form of Marcus, ultimately derived from Mars, the name of the Roman god of war.
Martin or Martyn (@NFGmart) is derived from Martinus, which in Latin means ‘rendered to Mars’. Mars was the Roman god of war, known to the Greeks as god Ares.
Matthew (@mjmralph, @mbainsey, @mouthymatthew, @Pringers78, @TheBeardedHomo along with myself) comes from Hebrew and means ‘God’s present’.
Mike or Michael (@Mike__MK, @DrawekimMike, @Mikeyrobinson3) comes from Hebrew and means ‘Which man is like God?’
Nick or Nicholas (@NickBasson1971) derives from Greek and means ‘people’s triumph’.
Peter (@bramallblade, @PeterL_77) comes from Greek and means ‘rock’.
Phil (@wildwonk) means ‘friend of horses’ and derives from Greek.
Robert and Robin (@rob_b122, @Robin1UK, @RobJMitch74) is Germanic in origin and translates as ‘brilliant fame’.
Ruth (@tis_I_Rufus) means ‘mate’ or ‘companion’ from Hebrew.
Ryan (@ryanlmc86) means ‘little ruler’ in Irish.
Sean (@seanmkent) originates from Hebrew and means ‘God is merciful’.
Shirley (@shirleybell5) means ‘sunny meadow’ and comes from Old English.
Simon (@SGHutchence, @_JustSimon_) comes from Hebrew and means ‘God has heard’.