• Origin: Sanskrit अरण्य
  • Thai: อรัญญา; Bengali: অরণ্য
  • Meaning: “forest.”
  • Gender: unisex

The name comes directly from the Sanskrit word अरण्य (forest), but is also used in some classical Indian literature to describe a wilderness or dessert. It is the name of the 3rd episode in the 16th-century (CE) epic poem, Rāmcaritmānas by Tulsidas.

The name is exclusively feminine in Thailand but is considered unisex in India.



Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “forest inhabitant; from the forest.”

The name is composed of the Lithuanian elements no-(nuo), meaning, “from” and med- (mede), meaning, “forest.” Hence “forest inhabitant; from the forest.”

The masculine form is Nomedas.

The designated name-day is January 20.


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “wood eagle; forest eagle or; wide or large eagle.”

This trendy Swedish and Norwegian male name is derived from the Old Norse Arnviðr which is composed of the elements arn meaning eagle and viðr either meaning “wood” or “forest” or “wide; large.” The name currently ranks in Sweden and Norway’s top 100 male names. In Norway, he came in at a wopping # 5 for 2008, meanwhile in Sweden, he came in at # 27. The name seems to be rising, as in the previous year of Sweden’s top 100 list of 2007, Arvid was down a few spots at # 30. He has a cool and gothic vibe like the rising Atticus, so a name like this could very well catch on in the States. Hey, you never know. Its designated name day in Sweden is August 31, while in Norway its April 1st.

Margiris, Margier

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “forest dweller.”
Lit (mar-GEE-rees); Pol (MAR-gyare).

The name was borne by a medieval Lithuanian prince who was known for his heroic stand off at the Pilenai Fortress against the Teutonic Knights (d. 1336). Rather than be taken hostage, he and his subjects killed themselves and then burnt themselves in the fortress. There is a famous epic Polish poem which chronicles his exploits, entitled Margier it was written in 1855 by Wladyslaw Syrokmla. Seldom heard in Poland today, the name is still fairly common in Lithuania and its designated feast day is July 12.