Name etymology is the study of the history of names and their meanings. Various fields such as philology, anthropology, and linguistics are used to infer the root words from which names are derived. Often, the root words can be traced back to ancient sources such as the Indo-European languages.
182 of the most common elements in baby boy names are compiled here. Name elements could be taken from place names, such as tun, religious elements like el and yahweh, popular attributes such as berht and hart, and militaristic terms like heri and fridu. The literal meaning of an element gives rise to the etymology or meaning of the derivative name. Click on the relevant boy name for more information. Page 1 - Displayed here are boy name elements 1 to 20
tun - "town, settlement, homestead"
Germanic origin - Barrington
Old English origin - Alton, Arlington, Ashton, Barton, Branton, Braxton, Brenton, Burton, Carlton, Claxton, Clayton, Clifton, Clinton, Colton, Dalton, Dayton, Denton, Easton, Elton, Houston, Keaton, Kelton, Kenton, Milton, Morton, Peyton, Preston, Remington, Royston, Weston, Wharton, Winston, Winton
el - "God, powerful"
Hebrew origin - Abdiel, Adiel, Ariel, Azariah, Azriel, Daniel, Eli, Elias, Eliezer, Elijah, Elisha, Elizabeth, Elkanah, Ezekiel, Gabriel, Ishmael, Israel, Joel, Lazarus, Manuel, Michael, Misael, Mishael, Nathaniel, Raphael, Samuel, Uriah, Uriel
hart - "brave, hardy"
Germanic origin - Abelard, Bernard, Burkhard, Christhard, Diethard, Eckhard, Erhard, Everard, Gebhard, Gerard, Gotthard, Harding, Hardy, Hartmut, Hartwig, Leonard, Liebhard, Medardo, Neidhard, Reynard, Richard, Sieghard, Volkhard, Wighard, Wilhard, Wolfhard
leah - "wood, clearing, meadow"
Old English origin - Aberle, Ansley, Arlie, Ashley, Bailey, Barclay, Berkeley, Berkley, Beverly, Bradley, Briley, Dudley, Early, Harley, Kimberley, Lee, Presley, Ridley, Riley, Spreckley, Stanley, Wesley, Worley
berht - "bright, famous"
Germanic origin - Adalbert, Albert, Bert, Berthold, Bertram, Bertrand, Dagobert, Eckbert, Engelbert, Filibert, Gilbert, Herbert, Hubert, Humbert, Kunibert, Lambert, Mombert, Norbert, Rigoberto, Robert, Siegbert, Wigbert, Wilbert
slav - "fame, glory, Slav"
Polish origin - Zdeslav
Slavonic origin - Boguslaw, Boleslav, Borislav, Branislav, Bratislav, Dobroslav, Dragoslav, Jaroslav, Ludoslav, Mieczyslaw, Miloslav, Miroslav, Mstislav, Przbyslaw, Radoslaw, Rostislav, Slavko, Stanislav, Tomislav, Veleslav, Vladislav, Wenceslas
yahweh - "name of God"
Hebrew origin - Achaz, Elias, Elijah, Isaiah, Jacob, Jebediah, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Joachim, Joah, Joash, Joel, John, Jonathan, Josaphat, Joshua, Josiah, Matthew, Micaiah, Tobias, Zachary
meri - "great, famous"
Germanic origin - Adelmar, Dankmar, Dietmar, Helmer, Hildemar, Ingmar, Ottmar, Ramiro, Siegmar, Volkmar, Waldemar, Wilmer
Old English origin - Aylmer
Slavonic origin - Casimir, Dobromierz, Dragomir, Lubomir, Miroslav, Radzimierz, Vladimír
adal - "noble, honorable"
Germanic origin - Abelard, Adal, Adalbero, Adalbert, Adalrich, Adelmar, Adolar, Adolf, Alaric, Albert, Aldo, Aldous, Alice, Alicio, Alwin, Auberon, Etzel
Gothic origin - Alfonso
Old English origin - Aylmer
fridu - "peace, protection, safety"
Germanic origin - Arnfried, Bernfried, Erfried, Frederick, Friedemann, Friedhelm, Friedwart, Geoffrey, Gerfried, Godfrey, Humphrey, Manfred, Ottfried, Siegfried, Walfried, Wilfred, Winfred
Gothic origin - Ferdinand
ric - "rich, powerful, ruler"
Celtic origin - Kendrick
Germanic origin - Alaric, Alberich, Aldrich, Aubrey, Baldric, Emery, Emmerich, Frederick, Henry, Imre, Richard, Rigoberto, Roderick, Ulrich
Old English origin - Ulric