What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Pronunciation:  LAYF

Meaning & History
From the Old Norse name Leifr, meaning "descendant, heir."  A famous bearer of this name was Leif Erikson, son of Erik the Red, a Norse explorer who reached America in the early 11th century -- five hundred years before Columbus.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  EE-lǝm (English)

Meaning & History
Unknown meaning.  This was the given name of several people in the Old Testament, including a son of Shem, a son of Noah, who was the ancestor of the Elamites.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  AHR-den

Meaning & History
An English surname, originally taken from various place names, and derived from a Celtic word meaning "high."

Leah's character.  =]

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Irish
Pronunciation:  do-RAHN, dor-EHN

Meaning & History
From an Irish surname derived from Ó Deoradháin, meaning "a descendant of Deoradháin."  The name Deoradháin means "exile" or "wanderer" in Gaelic.

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