Friday, March 24, 2017

Esther

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Origin: Persian

Meaning: a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Persian meaning "star", though it could also be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown.

In the Old Testament, Esther was the name Hadassah took when she entered King Ahaseurus' harem.

Nicknames: Essie, Essa, Estee



Variants:
  • Ester (Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish)
  • Hester (Latin)
  • Esteri (Finnish)
  • Eszter (Hungarian)
  • Estera (Lithuanian, Slovak, Polish)
  • Yesfir (Russian)
  • Esfir (Russian)




Vincent

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Origin: Latin

Meaning: from Roman name Vincentius derived from Latin vincere meaning "to conquer".

Nicknames: Vin, Vinny/Vinnie, Vince


Variants:
  • Vincente (Italian)
  • Vincenzo (Italian)
  • Vincentius (Ancient Roman)
  • Vicente (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Vinko (Croatian, Slovene)
  • Bikendi (Basque)
  • Vincenc (Czech, Slovene)
  • Vikenti (Russian)
  • Vikentiy (Russian)
  • Uinseann (Irish)
  • Vincentas (Lithuanian)


Female forms:
  • Vincenza (Italian)
  • Vinka (Croatian)



Ibolya

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Origin: Hungarian

Meaning: a Hungarian feminine name meaning "violet".

It's pronounced ee-boh-ya- the l is silent.




Horsa

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Origin: Ancient Germanic

Meaning: a Germanic masculine name derived from Germanic element hros meaning "horse".

Horsa and his brother Hengist led the Anglo-Saxon invasion in Britain in the 5th century.




Leda

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Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Greek feminine name possibly meaning "woman, lady" or "wife".

In Greek mythology, Leda was the wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, who was seduced by the god Zeus in the form of a swan, on the same night she lay with her husband, though versions differ on whether she gave birth to one egg or two, though the children born from this union are Helen of Troy, her sister Clytemnestra, and brothers Pollux and Castor, Helen and Pollux being the children of Zeus while Clytemnestra and Castor were the children of Tyndareus.

Another version of the myth goes that it was Nemesis who gave birth to Helen in the form of an egg, which was later given to Leda, who adopted Helen.



Latif

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Origin: Arabic

Meaning: an Arabic masculine name (as well as a surname) meaning "gentle, kind".

It could also be a short form of Abdul Latif meaning "servant of the gentle", Latif being one of the 99 names of God in Islam


Variants:

  • Lateef 
  • Abdul Latif
  • Abdul-Latif
  • Abdul-Lateef 


Female forms:
  • Latifa 
  • Lateefa 



Diana

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Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: derived from an Indo-European root word meaning "heavenly, divine" related to dyeus meaning "shine" or "sky".

Diana is the Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, forests, and childbirth, the Roman counterpart of Greek Artemis.


Variants:

  • Dianna 
  • Diane (French, English)
  • Dianne 
  • Dijana (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian)
  • Dajana (Serbian, Croatian)
  • Kiana (Hawaiian)



Leland

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Origin: English

Meaning: from a surname derived from a place name meaning "fallow land" from Old English elements laege (fallow) and land (land).



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sabeen

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Origin: Arabic

صبین (Arabic) Sabeen

Meaning: an Arabic feminine name meaning "follower of another religion".

Sabine is also similar to the name Sabine, the French and German form of Sabina, which comes from Roman cognomen Sabinus meaning "Sabine", an ancient people who lived in Italy before the Romans arrived and took over.




Adil

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Origin: Arabic

عادل (Arabic) Adil

Meaning: an Arabic masculine name (as well as a surname) meaning "fair, honest, just" from Arabic 'adala (to act justly)


Variants:
  • Adel (a variant spelling of Adil as well as a German masculine name meaning "noble"


Feminine forms:
  • Adila (Arabic)



Riva

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Origin: Hebrew, Latin

Meaning: a diminutive of Rivka, the Hebrew form of Rebecca, which could mean "join, tie, snare".

Riva is also a surname (Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan) derived from Latin riva meaning "bank, shore", referring to someone who lived on the bank of a river or near a wharf.

In the Old Testament, Rebecca is the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob.


Variants:
  • Reeva 
  • Rivka 
  • Rebecca
  • Rebekah 



Houston

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Origin: Germanic, English, Gaelic, Old Norse

Meaning: from a place name derived from a surname, a combinatin of given name Hugh (meaning "heart, mind, spirit") and English element tun (meaning "enclosure, settlement, town") essentially meaning "Hugh's town".

Houston has also been used as an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname Mac Uistein meaning "descendant of Uisdean", the latter being the Scottish Gaelic form of Old Norse Eysteinn derived from Old Norse ey (island) and steinn (stone) meaning "island stone".