Meaning of Names

Rapunzel -  Is the common name for “Rampion,” a plant similar to that of spinach or lettuce. Rampion is the generic name for the Phyteuma family which are usually edible plants with flower buds located throughout Europe and western Asia. The plants’ flowers are sometimes purple, blue, white, and yellow. The roots are edible as well. The round-head Rampion is highly common in Germany.  Meaning unknown, possibly related to the Germanic word for a light purple flower.

Eugene -  English form of Eugenius, the Latin form of the Greek name Ευγενιος (Eugenios) which was derived from the Greek word ευγενης (eugenes) meaning “well born”. It is composed of the elements ευ (eu) “good” and γενης (genes) “born”.

Pascal -  From the Late Latin name Paschalis, which meant “relating to Easter” from Latin Pascha “Easter”, which was in turn from Hebrew פֶּסַח (pesach) “Passover”.

Maximus -  Roman family name which was derived from Latin maximus “greatest”.

Arianna -  Italian form of Ariadne.  Means “most holy”, composed of the Cretan Greek elements αρι (ari) “most” and αδνος (adnos) “holy”.

Frederic -  English form of a Germanic name meaning “peaceful ruler”, derived from frid “peace” and ric “ruler, power”. This name has long been common in continental Germanic-speaking regions, being borne by rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, and Prussia.

Cassandra -  From the Greek name Κασσανδρα (Kassandra), derived from possibly κεκασμαι (kekasmai) “to excel, to shine” and ανηρ (aner) “man” (genitive ανδρος).

Lance -  From the Germanic name Lanzo, originally a short form of names that began with the element land meaning “land”. During the Middle Ages it became associated with Old French lance “spear, lance”.

Varian -  English form of Varianus. Roman family name which meant “versatile” in Latin.

Quirin -  German form of Quirinus. Possibly derived from the Sabine word quiris meaning “spear”.

Xavier -  Derived from the Basque place name Etxaberri meaning “the new house”.

Monty -  Diminutive of Montgomery. From an English surname meaning “Gumarich’s mountain” in Norman French.

Nigel -  From Nigellus, a medieval Latinized form of Neil. It was commonly associated with Latin niger “black”.

Attila -  Means “little father” from Gothic atta “father” combined with a diminutive suffix.

Vladimir -  Derived from the Slavic element vladeti “rule” combined with meru “great, famous”. The second element has also been associated with miru meaning “peace, world”.

Stan -  Short form of Stanley. From a surname meaning “stone clearing” in Old English.

Pete - Short form of Peter.  Derived from the Greek Πετρος (Petros) meaning “stone”.