What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Icelandic
Pronunciation:  fah-NAHR (English)

Meaning & History
Possibly taken from the Old Norse fönn meaning "snow drift."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, Irish
Pronunciation:  dǝ-LAYN-ee

Meaning & History
From either the English surname, which is derived from the Norman French de l'aunaie meaning "from the alder grove;" or from the Irish surname, which is an Anglicized form of Ó Dúbhshláine, meaning "descendant of Dúbhshláine."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Russian
Pronunciation:  za-KAHR (English)

Meaning & History
Russian form of Zechariah, from the Hebrew name Zekharyah meaning "YAHWEH remembers."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  ro-SHELL

Meaning & History
From the name of the French city La Rochelle, meaning "little rock."  As a given name, Rochelle was first introduced in America in the 1930s, most likely due to the fame of actress Rochelle Hudson (1914-1972), and because of the similarity to the given name Rachel.

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