NepotianusmLate Roman, History This Roman cognomen is derived from the Roman nomen gentile Nepotius, which itself was derived from the Latin word nepos meaning "grandson, nephew, descendant". A bearer of this name was the 4th-century Roman usurper Nepotianus, a nephew of Constantine the Great (via Nepotianus' mother, Eutropia).
NeringafLithuanian, Baltic Mythology From Lithuanian legends about Neringa and Naglis. The exact origin and meaning of the name are uncertain, however some scholars believe that it is derived from Old Prussian neria "to dive (like a swimmer)."... [more]
NeritesmGreek Mythology The god of shellfish and the charioteer of the sea. He is the only son out of the fifty Nereides, is described as being boyishly handsome and was also dearly loved by the sea creatures. In mythology, he rejected Aphrodite's invitation to Olympus, preferring his life at sea, resulting in him turning into a shellfish by a scorned Aphrodite... [more]
NerolifEnglish (Australian) From the name of an essential oil distilled from orange blossom, which was derived from the Italian place name Nerola, itself probably meaning "strong" or "brave" from Sabine nero. Neroli oil was named after the princess of Nerola, Anne Marie Orsini, who popularized the essence of bitter orange tree as a perfume, making it fashionable by the end of the 17th century.
NersehmParthian, Armenian (Rare) Parthian and Armenian form of Narseh. This name was once commonly used in Armenia, but it is extremely rare there nowadays; there are roughly a handful of men with this name in Armenia... [more]
NesacefLiterature This was used by Edgar Allan Poe in his epic poem 'Al Aaraaf' (1829), in which the angel Nesace is Beauty personified. Apparently he based it on Greek νησάκη (nesake) "small island, islet" (compare Nesaie).
NesaiefGreek Mythology Derived from Greek νησαῖος (nêsaios) meaning "insular, of an island", itself a derivative of νῆσος (nêsos) "island". In Greek mythology this was the name of one of the fifty Nereids.
NessarosefLiterature The name of the Wicked Witch of the East in Gregory Maguire's "Wicked" and its musical adaptation. In the novel, she's born without arms and she is deeply religous, then goes mad with power.
NessusmGreek Mythology In Greek mythology, Nessus (Ancient Greek: Νέσσος) was a famous centaur who was killed by Heracles, and whose tainted blood in turn killed Heracles. He was the son of Centauros. He fought in the battle with the Lapiths and became a ferryman on the river Euenos... [more]
NetalifHebrew Means "my seedling" from Hebrew נֶטַע (neta) "seedling, plant" (see Neta) combined with לִי (li) "for me, to me" or "I have". This is a modern Hebrew name often given to girls born on Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day or Holiday of Trees.
Nettlef & mEnglish (Rare) From the English word for the herbaceous plant 'nettle' (derived from Old English netele, which is ultimately derived from Proto-Germanic *natilon, a diminutive of *naton which is perhaps from the Proto-Indo-European root *ned- meaning "to twist, knot.")
NevenoemMedieval Breton, Breton (Rare), History Older form of Neven. Nevenoe was the first Duke of Brittany from 846 to his death in 851. He is the Breton pater patriae and to Breton nationalists he is known as Tad ar Vro "father of the country".