DAILIDAfMedieval Baltic Recorded in the Latgale region of modern-day Latvia in the late Middle Ages. The origin and meaning of this name are uncertain; theories include, however, a derivation from Latvian daile "beauty" or daiļš "beautiful, beauteous" (compare DAILA) and a derivation from Lithuanian dailidė "carpenter".
GINEfMedieval Baltic Recorded in Latvia in the late Middle Ages, this name is of uncertain origin and meaning. However, a derivation from Old Prussian ginnis "friend" and a short form of GEORGINE have been suggested.
JAUNEfMedieval Baltic, Estonian (Rare) Recorded in Latvia in the late Middle Ages, this name is of uncertain origin and meaning. However, a derivation from Latvian jauns "young; new" has been suggested as well as an adoption of the Old Prussian given name Jawne... [more]
MEEMEmEstonian, Medieval Baltic Of uncertain origin and meaning. This name appears on an elder in the 'Chronicle of Henry of Livonia' (Latinized as Meme). It has been suggested that this name might be related to Estonian mehine "manly, manful", and thus be a cognate to Karelian miemoi "man, fellow"... [more]
PAIMISmLivonian, Medieval Baltic Of uncertain origin and meaning. One theory connects this name to Finnish and Estonian paimen "shepherd". However, since there are no other Livonian names with this root recorded, some modern-day academics doubt this derivation... [more]
TALIBALDmMedieval Baltic Estonian form of TĀLIVALDIS. He was a Latgalian elder, the ruler of Tālava, whose support for Albert of Riga and the German crusaders brought about his death at the hands of the native Baltic peoples.
ÜLLOmEstonian, Medieval Baltic Derived from Livonian ilo "joy", this name was mentioned in the Chronicle of Henry of Livonia in its Latinized form Ylo. The form Üllo was eventually revived through 19th-century literature; folk etymology has associated the name with Estonian ülev "exalted" and üllas "noble" ever since.
VALATAfLivonian (Rare), Medieval Baltic (Rare) Of extremely uncertain origin and meaning. One group of modern-day academics link this name to Estonian vallatus "naughtiness; recklessness", while others adamantly doubt this derivation.
VALKEmLivonian, Medieval Baltic Of uncertain origin and meaning. Some modern-day academics suggest a derivation from Latvian valks "brook, brooklet", while others see a connection to the Latvian placename Valka, and a third group theorizes a connection to Finnish and Estonian valkoinen "white"... [more]
VĒLAVAfMedieval Baltic Recorded in Latvia in the late Middle Ages, this name is of unknown origin and meaning. Theories include a direct derivation from vēlava, itself a Latvian dialectal word describing an accessory mark at the end of the mast of a fishing boat, a derivation from Lithuanian vėliava "flag, banner" and a derivation from Latvian vēls "late".