Other Origin(s):Basque, Greek, Latin
Meaning:Weasel fur; Great, potent; Messenger of the gods
Ermine is a feminine name used by French and Basque-speaking communities, whose origins also span Latin and Greek. As an Old French name, Ermine means “weasel” and refers to the ermine weasel fur that turns white during winter and was worn by royals. If flaunting fur is not your thing, Ermine’s roots grow deep to the era of Ancient Rome, derived from Herminius, meaning “great” and “potent.” In turn, this name may have arisen from the Greek Hermes, borne by the messenger god of Greek mythology. No matter your connection to this timeless appellation, Ermine’s calm confidence with undertones of royalty will undoubtedly add to baby’s remarkable character.
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