Monday, October 31, 2016
‘Εστια (Greek) Hestia
Meaning: from Greek hestia meaning "hearth, fireside" or "home".
In Greek mythology, Hestia was the goddess of the hearth (private and public) and the home. In Roman mythology, Vesta is her counterpart.
It's pronounced hes-tee-ah.
Meaning: of uncertain meaning though it could be related to Welsh gwaredd meaning "gentle" or "gentleness".
It could also be derived from Gweiryyd, composed of Old Welsh gweir (meaning "grass" or "hay") + iud(d) (meaning "lord"). It could also be derived from Old Welsh gwrhyt meaning "valor".
In Arthurian legend Gareth is one of the Knights of the Round Table, brother of Gawain, the son of Morguase and Arthur's nephew, who is accidentally killed by Lancelot during the rescue of Gunievere.
- Gahariet (Medieval French)
Meaning: an English word meaning "destiny, fate" from Latin destinare meaning "to determine", referring to a predetermined or inevitable course of events or end.
Origin: English, Indian
जय (Hindi) Jay
जै (Hindi) Jai
जया (Hindi) Jaya (feminine form)
जय (Hindi) Jaya (male form)
Meaning: from an English surname from old French jai derived from Latin gaius meaning "joyful, lively", given as a nickname to someone who was lively or liked to talk, like the jaybirds (which is where they got their names from).
Jay is also a nickname used for names beginning with J such as James (meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter"), Jason (a Greek name meaning "to heal") or Jane (the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious").
Jay is also an Indian masculine name, the modern transcription of Jaya meaning "victory".
- Jai (masculine form of Indian name Jay) It's pronounced jay, not jye.
- Jaya (unisex form of Indian name Jay) It's pronounced ja-ya.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Origin: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Meaning: a variant form of Marisa, a combination of the names Maria and Luisa. Maria is the Latin form of Mary, from Hebrew Miriam, whose meaning is debated; it could mean "sea of bitterness", "rebellious" or "to be disobedient", and "wished for child", though it could have also originated as an Egyptian name from mry or mr meaning "beloved" or "love". Luisa is the feminine form of Luis, the Spanish form of Louis, the French form of Ludovicus from Germanic Ludwig meaning "famous war" or "famous battle".
Marissa could also be an elaboration of Latin Maris meaning "of the sea".
- Marisa (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese)
- Marisela (Spanish)
Meaning: from Akkadian zakāru meaning "to speak", "to name", and "to swear".
Also known as Dzakar, he is the Mesopotamian god of dreams and the messenger to the Mesopotamian god Sin (god of the moon), who brought messages from him to mortals through their dreams.
- Zakar (also a Hebrew word meaning "to remember", "to recall")
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Δαφνη (Greek) Daphne
Meaning: from Greek meaning "laurel".
In Greek mythology, Daphne was a naiad (a female nymph who presided over fountains, wells, springs, rivers, streams, brooks, and any type of fresh water. She was a beautiful nymph who had attracted the attention of the Greek god Apollo and he pursued her in spite of her rejection of his advances. Just as he was about to catch her, Daphne called out to her father, the river god Ladon, for help (in some versions it's the Greek goddess of the earth Gaia) and he transformed her into a laurel tree. Since than, Apollo adopted the laurel as one of his symbols which he wears as a wreath around his head.
It's pronounced daf-nee.
- Dafina (Albanian, Macedonian)
- Dafne (Italian)
- Dafna (also a Hebrew name meaning laurel)
Origin: Greek, Aramaic
Meaning: the English form of Thaddaios, the Greek form of Aramaic Thaddai possibly derived from an Aramaic word meaning "heart". It could also be the Aramaic form of Greek Theodoros meaning "gift of God".
Thaddeus is also known as Jude, who was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus.
Nicknames: Tad, Thad
- Tadija (Croatian)
- Tadeáš (Czech, Slovak)
- Taddeo (Italian)
- Tadeo (Spanish)
- Tadeu (Portuguese)
- Tadeusz (Polish)
- Tadas (Lithuanian)
- Faddei, Faddey (Russian)
- Tadej (Slovene)
בֵּית־אֵל 9 (Hebrew) Beit-'el
Meaning: a place name in the Old Testament meaning "house of God" from Hebrew bayit (house) and El, the common abbreviation of Elohim, the Hebrew word for God.
Meaning: from an English surname derived from Piers, a Medieval form of Peter from Greek Petros meaning "stone".
Pierce is also an English verb meaning "to make a hole or opening" or "to penetrate with the eye or mind; see into or through".
Friday, October 28, 2016
Origin: Finnish, Spanish, Japanese
Meaning: from Finnish seijas meaning "tranquil, serene, calm, clear".
Seija is a fairly modern name in Finnish, apparently inspired by a Roman goddess named Seia, who protects seeds sown into the earth; its creator, Yrjö Karilas, combined it with the Finnish word seijas and came up with Seija, which he used for his daughter in 1917. In 1924 a family friend wrote a book called The Story of Seija-girl which made the name more popular.
Seija is also a Spanish surname, a variant spelling of Ceja, which is a habitational surname. Seijas is also a variant spelling of the surname.
I also came across the name as belonging to a female character in a Japanese game meaning "right and wrong" or "good and evil" (正邪) though I have a feeling this name was created specifically for the character in this game
Seija is pronounced say-yah, the j being silent.
Meaning: originally a Greek colony founded by Corinth in 734 BCE on the east coast of Sicily. Though the etymology seems unclear, the closest I could find was that it came from a Phoenician trading post, getting its name from a marsh called Syraco meaning "to stink" because it had a bad smell to it.
- Siracusa (Italian)
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Meaning: the name possibly means "lady of the heavens".
Inanna is the name of a Sumerian goddess of the earth, love, war, and fertility. She seems to have been a very important goddess, even being equated with Ishtar, Astarte, and the Greek goddess Aphrodite. One of the most famous myths about her is the descent of Inanna into the Underworld in which she journeys into the underworld where she is killed there by her sister Ereshkigal, goddess of the underworld. The only way she could leave was if someone took her place and she chose her husband Dumuzi, who had not missed her when she had been missing.
Inanna also features in the Epic of Gilgamesh. She is often depicted as a fickle goddess.
雪 (Japanese) Snow
幸 (Japanese) Happiness
由貴 (Japanese) Reason, cause + valuable
由 紀 (Japanese) Reason, cause + chronicle
Meaning: a Japanese unisex name from Japanese elements yuki 雪 meaning "snow" or yuki 幸 meaning "happiness". It could also be derived from yu 由 (reason, cause) and ki 貴 (valuable) or ki 紀 (chronicle). There are other meanings depending on the kanji used.
Yuki is also used as a nickname for other names beginning with Yuki, such as Yukiko (feminine) or Yukito (masculine).
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Origin: Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, Indian, English
莉奈 (Japanese) Jasmine
里菜 (Japanese) Village, vegetables, greens
莉菜 (Japanese) Jasmine, vegetables, greens
里奈 (Japanese) Village
רִינָה (Hebrew) Rinah
रीणा (Indian) Rina
Meaning: a Japanese feminine name from Japanese elements ri 莉 (jasmine) combined with the phonetic character na 奈 or na 菜 (vegetables, greens) meaning "jasmine" or "jasmine, vegetables, greens"; or it could be from ri 里 (village) combined with the phonetic character 奈 or na 菜 (vegetables, greens) meaning "village" or "village, vegetables, greens".
Depending on the kanji ri could also mean "benefit", "advantage", "logic", "reason", "truth" as well as other meanings.
Rina is also a short form of names like Caterina (the Italian and Catalan form of Katherine which has several possible meanings: “pure, chaste” from the Greek katharos; or it could come from hekateros, “each of the two; singly”; or from Greek aikia meaning “torture”. It could also be a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”), Sabrina (of unknown meaning); or Karina (the Scandinavian form of Katherine); or any names ending in -rina.
Rina is also a Hebrew name meaning "joy" or "song".
It's also an Indian name meaning "melted" or "dissolved".
It could also be a variant form of Rena, the Latinate form of René(e) meaning "born again".
- Rinat (another form of Hebrew Rina)
- Reena (Indian)
Origin: Irish, Khmer, Indian, Persian, Hebrew
Meaning: a name with multiple meanings and origins. It's an Irish masculine name derived from an Irish surname, Mac Dara, meaning "son of the oak tree"; it could also be an Anglicized form of Dáire meaning "fruitful, fertile".
It's also a Khmer unisex name meaning "star", derived from Sanskrit.
Dara is also an Indian name and surname derived from old Persian Darayavahush, an old form of Darius meaning "to possess good", as well as being a Persian masculine name meaning "wealthy".
Dara is a Hebrew unisex name meaning "mother of pearl", as well as deriving from a modern Hebrew word darah meaning "to live" and "to dwell". Dara is also found in the Bible, the name of a minor figure also known as Darda.
Dara is also a word meaning "sleet" and "breeze" in Hungarian; "maiden" in Malay and Indonesian; "fine", "fair", and "good" in Yoruba.
Dara is also a place name, the name of a village in Lebanon and Syria known as Ain Dara.
- Darach (Irish)
- Daragh (Irish)
- Darragh (Irish)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Meaning: a diminutive of Latin Ursa (she-bear) meaning "little she-bear".
- Orsolya (Hungarian)
- Orsola (Italian)
- Urszula (Polish)
- Ula (Polish)
Meaning: a variant of English surname Terrell which itself is either derived from Norman French tirel or tirer meaning "to pull", a nickname referring to a stubborn person.
It could also be derived from old Norse name Thorold meaning "Thor's power" or "Thor's might", Thor being the Norse god of thunder, strength and war; Thor means "thunder".
Monday, October 24, 2016
Meaning: the feminine form of Justin, derived from Latin Justus meaning "just".
- Justa (Ancient Roman)
- Giusta (Italian)
- Justine (French, English, Dutch, German)
- Giustina (Italian)
- Justyna (Polish)
- Ustinya (Russian)
- Yustina (Russian)
Meaning: of unknown meaning though it could be linked to Old Irish midithir meaning "to measure" or "to judge".
In Irish mythology. Midir is the son of the Dagda. He is well-known for falling in love with Etain despite already being married. When his wife Fuamnach found out, she was furious and used magic to turn her into a pool of water then conjured up a magic wind to dry her up; however, the steam from the water condensed into a butterfly. But Midir recognized Etain as the butterfly because of the music that beat from her wings and her beautiful scent and wherever he went, Etain was always with him.
So Fuamnach conjured up a magical storm that dragged Etain from Midir, lasting for years until it wore out and she found herself near the home of Aengus Og (the Irish god of love and Midir's foster son). Knowing who she was, he built her a little glass home and Etain lived comfortably there for some time until she flew out of the house and was swept away yet again by the magic storm, stuck within it for 7 years until it blew her through the window of a human king's hall, where she fell into the queen's wine goblet and was drunk up. The queen later gave birth to a beautiful baby girl whom they named Etain. She grew up to be a very beautiful woman with no memory of her previous life and later married a king. However, Midir found her and told her about their previous life together and how he had been searching for her for 300 years, but she didn't believe him and told him she was a married woman. When he asked her if she would come away with him if he got her husband's permission Etain agreed and Midir set up a plan by playing chess with the king and letting him win game after game until, cocky in his victory, the king wagered that the victor of the next game could ask for anything he wanted from the loser. That's when Midir won the next game and asked to kiss the king's wife, Etain.
Unwilling to do so, the king asked for a month's grace and Midir agreed, during which the king prepared an army to prevent him from going near Etain. But Midir used his magic, embraced Etain, and when he did so she remembered everything from her previous life, and became an immortal once again, disappearing with Midir.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Origin: Phoenician, Spanish
Meaning: the name of a city in Spain, the capital of Andalusia. It has a long history of colonization by various civilizations, first colonized by the Phoenicians, naming it Spal meaning "lowland" in the Phoenician language. During Roman rule, the name became Hispalis and then adopted as Isbilia when the Moors took over, which eventually became Sevilla during Spanish rule.
According to legend, Sevilla was originally founded by the Greek demigod Heracles, who was often identified with the Phoenician god Melqart.
- Seville (unisex)
Meaning: a surname derived from a place name meaning "woad hill", a woad being a plant that was used for its blue dye.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Meaning: created by William Shakespeare for his play The Merchant of Venice (1596), possibly based on Greek Nereis, which is a type of sea nymph (known as Nereid in English); the name is based on Nereus which means "water" from Greek neros. Nereus is the Greek god of the sea and father of the Nereids.
- Nereida (Spanish)
Meaning: a surname from an Old English place name meaning "clay settlement" from Old English elements claeg (clay) and tun (settlement, enclosure, town), probably referring to someone who lived near clay.
Friday, October 21, 2016
誠 (Japanese) "Sincerity"
真 (Japanese) "Truth"
Meaning: a Japanese unisex name meaning 誠 "sincerity" or 真"truth".
Mako is a common nickname for it.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Meaning: from Finnish velloa meaning "to surge, to swell", referring to the movement of the water and the waves.
In Finnish mythology, Vellamo is the Finnish goddess of the sea and the wife of Ahti, the Finnish god of the sea.
Meaning: a Japanese masculine name composed of elements aki 明 (bright, clear, intelligent) or aki 秋 (autumn/fall); and yuki 幸 (happiness) or yuki (snow) 雪; or derived from aki 章 (chapter, section) and yuki 之 (this, it). However, there are other possible meanings depending on the kanji used.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Origin: Old Norse, Latin, Japanese
Meaning: the feminine form of Erik, itself the Scandinavian form of Eric from Old Norse elements ei (ever, always) and rikr (ruler) essentially meaning "eternal ruler".
Spelled Erica, it is the Latin word for "heather" and is the name of a genus of flowers.
Erika is also a Japanese feminine name meaning "blessed prize fragrance" though it has other meanings depending on the kanji used.
- Erica (English, Swedish Italian)
Meaning: the Irish cognate of Welsh Llyr meaning "sea" or "ocean" in Welsh.
In Irish mythology, Lir is the Irish god of the sea and the father of Manannan mac Lir, also a sea deity. There's also an Irish legend called The Children of Lir, in which Lir is a king with 3 sons, Aodh and twins Fiachra and Conn, and daughter Fionnuala. When his first wife died, Lir married her sister Aoife; however, Aoife was jealous of the children and had them turned into swans for 900 years.
It's pronounced leer.
- Llyr (Welsh)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Meaning: from Greek elements er (spring) and anthos (flower) meaning "spring flower".
Eranthis is a genus of flowers in the buttercup family
Origin: Malay, Latin
Meaning: derived from Malay keladi with the Latin suffix -ium, Caladium is the name of a genus of plants in the family Araceae commonly known as the elephant ear, heart of Jesus, and Angel Wings.
In the language of flowers, Caladium means joy and delight.
It's pronounced kuh-ley-dee-um
Monday, October 17, 2016
Meaning: either a short form of Tatiana, the feminine form of Roman name Tatianus, derived from Tatius, which is of unknown meaning, or it's a short form of Christiana, the feminine form of Christian meaning "a Christian"; or it could be short for any name ending in -tiana.
I've also seen it listed as being the Cherokee form of Diana meaning "heavenly, divine"; Diana was the Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, and childbirth and the Roman counterpart of Greek goddess Artemis.
Meaning: a unisex name which is either a short form of masculine name Laurence, derived from Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning "from Laurentum", Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus meaning "laurel".
Loren is also a variant spelling of Lauren, itself a variant form of Laurence.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Origin: Hebrew, Arabic, Galician, Catalan, Japanese
נוֹיָה (Hebrew) Noyah
Meaning: a Hebrew feminine name meaning "divine beauty", from Hebrew unisex name Noy meaning "beauty".
It also seems to be an Arabic feminine name as well, meaning "beautiful" or "ornamented".
Noya is also a Galician habitational surname derived from a town called Noia in Galician, referring to someone from there. Spelled Noia, it's a Catalan surname, the truncated form of the Anoia river in Catalonia referring to someone who lived near it.
Noya also seems to be an uncommon Japanese surname with the meanings of "field" and "arrow" depending on the kanji used.
- Noy (a unisex Hebrew name meaning "beauty"
מִיכָה (Hebrew) Mikhah
Meaning: a contracted form of Micaiah meaning "who is like Yahweh?"
It's pronounced my-ca.
- Mica (also the name of a rock with this spelling)
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Meaning: most likely derived from Greek medomai meaning "to think, to plan".
In Greek mythology, Medea was a sorceress, daughter of a king of Colchis and granddaughter of Helios, the sun god, who fell in love with Jason from Argonauts when he arrived for the Golden Fleece and helped him regain the throne of Corinth. She betrayed her own family, including being involved in the death of her own brother, to help him and they wed and had 2 sons; however, when Jason left her for another princess, Medea killed her, her father the king of Creon, and their two sons in revenge and afterward fled.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Meaning: a genus of wildflower as well as being a traditional Irish symbol of the shamrock symbolizing good luck.
As a surname it comes from Old English clafre from clēofan meaning "to cleave" or "cut in two", an occupational name for a cleaver, a carpenter or someone who worked with wood by splitting them instead of sawing them.
Meaning: an English surname meaning "west town" from Old English elements west (west) and tun (enclosure, settlement).
Nicknames: West, Wes
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Meaning: from Gaelic surname Mac Coinnich meaning "son of Coinneach", the latter meaning "handsome" or "comely" from Gaelic caoin.
Nicknames: Mack, Kenzie/Kenzi, Kensi, Mackie
Meaning: a variant spelling of Gail, a short form of Abigail meaning "my father is joy".
It's also an English surname derived from Middle English gaile meaning "jovial", "rowdy" or "merry", originating as a nickname for someone who was cheerful or boisterous. It could also be from Norman-French gaoile meaning "jail", either an occupational surname for someone who was a jailer or someone who lived near a jail.
A gale is also a very strong wind, though it's also an English noun word referring to a "loud burst of emotion or sound" (ex: They burst into a gale of laughter).
- Gayle (unisex)
- Gail (unisex)
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Meaning: a combination of names Sophia (a Greek name meaning "wisdom" and Anna (from Hebrew name Channah meaning "favor" or "grace") so essentially meaning "wise favor" or "graceful wisdom".
Meaning: an English surname meaning "son of Hudde", the latter being a medieval diminutive of Hugh (meaning "heart, mind, spirit") or Richard (meaning "brave power").
Meaning: the feminine form of Robert from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright) meaning "bright fame".
- Robertina (Italian, Spanish)
- Roberte (French)
- Robertino (Italian, Spanish)
- Roberto (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
Meaning: a unisex name, a variant spelling of feminine Paige meaning "servant, page" from Middle English, referring to a young male servant or an attendant to a knight.
It's also an English word, referring to a sheet of paper or one side of a book or letter.
Origin: English, Irish
Meaning: a feminine form of Duane, from anglicized Irish surname Ó Dubhan meaning "descendant of Dubhán", the latter from Irish dubh meaning "dark, black" with a diminutive suffix.
It's pronounced either doo-ahn-a or doo-wain-a though I prefer the former pronunciation.
Meaning: possibly from Greek bessa meaning "wooded valley" or "wooded combe, glen". I've also seen it as possibly being derived from Greek bassarion meaning "little fox" from Greek bassara meaning "fox".
- Besarion (Georgian)
- Beso (Georgian)
- Vissarion (Russian, Greek)
- Bissarion (Greek)