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Lilinoe

Origin: Hawaiian

Meaning: a Hawaiian feminine name meaning "fine mist" or "fine rain".

In Hawaiian mythology, Lilinoe is one of four goddesses of the snow (all sisters) on Mauna Kea. She is the spirit of mist.

Pronounced li-li-noh-ee.


Kainoa

Origin: Hawaiian

Meaning: a Hawaiian unisex name meaning "the namesake" from ka (the) and inoa (namesake, namesake).

I've also seen it listed as being composed of kai (sea) and noa (free of taboo; a commoner) though whether that interpretation is a legitimate one I don't know.

Although I've seen it listed as a unisex name, Kainoa seems to be more popular for boys than girls.




Alison

Origin: Germanic, English

Meaning: a medieval French diminutive of Alice with the suffix -on, which comes from the Germanic element adal meaning "noble".

Allison is also a English surname, a patrynomic name meaning "son of Allen" or "son of Ellis".


Variants:
AllisonAlysonAllysonAlicenAlisoun (a medieval form of the name)


Trent

Origin: English, Latin

Meaning: from an English surname possibly derived from tri (across) and sant (travel, road) meaning "across travel" or "across road" though it could also have meant "traveler" or "trepasser" in reference to flooding from the river.

Trent is also the English form of Italian Trento, a city in Italy whose name is derived from Latin Tridentum meaning "three teeth", named for the hills that surrounded the city.


Variants:
Trento (Italian)Trenton 




Shulamite

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: it could be a variant of Shunamite meaning "from Shunem", Shunem being a village or a small town mentioned a few times in the Bible, referring to someone who came from there.

I've also seen it as possibly being derived from Hebrew shalom meaning "peace".

According to Llewellyn's Complete Book of Names by K.M. Sheard the name could possibly be related to the name Shulmanitu, the feminine form of Shulmanu (also spelled Shulman) which is the name of the Mesopotamian god of fertility, war and the underworld, whose name is related to Akkadian šulmu meaning "health" and "well-being". 

Shulamite is the name given to the heroine in the Song of Songs (also known as the Song of Solomon) in the Bible because she came from the village of Shunem; her real name is unknown. The Song of Songs is a celebration about sexual love.


Variants:
Shulammite Shulamitt Shulamith Shulamit 



Merari

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a Hebrew masculine name meaning "bitter" or "strong" as in the sense of something having a strong taste.

In the Bible, Merari is the son of Levi and the brother of Kohath and Gershon.




Bailey

Origin: Old French, Latin

Meaning: an occupational surname derived from Old French bailli meaning "carrier" or "attendant" from Latin baiulus meaning "porter", referring to someone who was in charge of a castle and from which the term bailiff is derived from.

It's also a locational surname also derived from Old French bail meaning "enclosure", referring to the outer wall of a castle, and referring to someone who lived near it.


Variants:
BaileeBaileghBayleighBayleeBaylie Bayley Baillie Bailie 


Adler

Origin: German

Meaning: from a German surname meaning "eagle", a shortened form of Middle High German adelar meaning "noble eagle" from elements adel (noble) and ar (eagle).




Shae

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: a variant spelling of Shea, an Anglicized form of Irish surname name O'Séaghdha meaning "descendant of Séaghdha", the latter meaning either "admirable" or "hawk-like". 

It's also a nickname for Séamus, the Irish form of James meaning either "supplanter" or "holder of the heel". 


Variants:
ShayShaye Shea Séaghdha (Irish)


Pedro

Origin: Greek

Meaning: the Spanish and Portuguese form of Peter derived from Greek Petros meaning "stone".

Nicknames: Pedrinho is the Portuguese diminutive of Pedro


Variants:
Petros (Greek)Peter (English)Pierre (French)Pietro (Italian)Piero (Italian)Piers (English)Pier (English)Pieter (Dutch)


Meg

Origin: Sanskrit

Meaning: a medieval diminutive of Margaret, the English form of Latin Margartia derived from Greek margarites meaning "pearl" from Sanskrit manyari meaning "pearl" or "cluster of blossoms/flowers".


Variants:
MeggieMargaretMargarita MadgeMaggie


Boris

Origin: Bulgarian, Old Slavic

Meaning: possibly meaning "short", "wolf", or "snow leopard" though it could also come from Old Slavic bor meaning "fight".

It could also be a short form of Borislav, a Slavic masculine name meaning "battle glory" from borti (battle) and slava (glory).

Nicknames: Borya (Russian diminutive of Boris)


Variants:
Borys (Ukrainian, Polish)


Erinna

Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Greek feminine name either derived from Greek heros meaning "hero" or erinos meaning "spring".

There's a Greek poetess named Erinna belived to have lived around 600 BCE on the island of Telos, a contemporary of another Greek poetess, Sappho. Although there is a lot of uncertainty about her life, it seems that she died at the young age of 19.



Variants:
ErynnaErina (which is also a Japanese and Italian name with different meanings)





Athens

Origin: Greek

Meaning: the name of a city in Greece, deriving its name from the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena. Though the name has been linked to Greek ather meaning "sharp" or aine meaning "praise" though it seems likely it's pre-Greek in origin of unknown meaning.

According to mythology, Athena and Poseidon, god the sea, fought between themselves to have the city named after them. In an attempt to convince the citizens, they each decided to bestow a gift, Poseidon bestowing a salt spring while Athena created the olive tree, and the people chose the olive tree, naming it after her.


Variants:
Athena Athene 


Kelsey

Origin: English

Meaning: a surname derived from a place name meaning "ship island" from Old English elements ceol (ship) and eg (island), though I've also seen it listed as meaning "Cenel's island", Cenel being an English given name meaning "brave" or "fierce".


Variants:
Kelsi Kelsie Kelcey 


Hayden

Origin: English

Meaning: a surname derived from a place name meaning "hay valley" or "hay hill" from English elements heg (hay) and denu (valley) or dun (hill).

Spelled Haydn, it's a German surname meaning "pagan" or "heathen" from German heide.

I've also seen it listed as a Gaelic surname, O'Hayden, the Anglicized form of Ó hÉidín meaning "descendant of Eidin", the latter being a diminutive of èideadh meaning "dress, garb" or "clothes".



Variants:

HadynHaden

Yasmine

Origin: Arabic, Persian

Meaning: a variant transcription of Yasmin, an Arabic feminine name derived from Persian yasamin meaning "jasmine".


Variants:
YasminYasmeenYasmina Yasmeena Jasmine Jasmin Yasemin (Turkish)Jasmina (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, MAcedonian)


Zayd

Origin: Arabic

زيد (Arabic) Zayd

Meaning: an Arabic masculine name which means "to prosper" or "to increase".


Variants:
Zaid 

Feminine forms: Zaida 


Tora

Origin: Scandinavian, Japanese

Meaning: the modern form of Þóra, a feminine form of Thor meaning "thunder" derived from Old Norse Þór (thunder). 

Tora is also a Japanese word and unisex name meaning "tiger".


Variants:
Thora (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German)

Male forms: Thor Tor (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)


Bryce

Origin: Welsh

Meaning: a variant spelling of Brice, the English and French form of Latin Britius, Bricius, and Brictius likely derived from a Gaulish name, from Welsh element brych meaning "speckled" or "freckled".


Variants:
BriceBritius (Latin)Bricius (Ancient Celtic)Brictius (Latin)Brychan (Welsh)Brizio (Italian)


Sola

Origin: Latin, Japanese

Meaning: it could be a feminine form of Sol meaning "sun" in Latin.

It could also come from Latin sola meaning "alone".

It's also a Catalan surname also derived from Latin sol meaning "sun", derived as a habitional surname from places called Sola referring to a place exposed to the sun. It could also be an occupational surname for a shoemaker from Latin solea meaning "sandal, bottom of a shoe".

Sola is also close in pronounciation to sora, a Japanese word and unisex name meaning "sky", and has sometimes been romanized as such.


Variants:
SoláSolà

Lune

Origin: Latin

Meaning: derived from Latin luna meaning "moon".

Lune is also the French word for "moon" as well as being used as a term in geometry for the part of a plane surface that is bounded by two intersecting arcs or a spherical surface bounded by two great circles.

Lune is also the name of a type of poetry, also known as the American haiku, created by poet Robert Kelly which consists of a 13 syllable poem, with 5 syllables in the first line, 3 in the second, and 5 in the third.


Variants:
Luna Lunette (French)

Anne

Origin: Hebrew, Frisian

Meaning: the French feminine form of Anna, the Greek form of Hebrew Channah meaning "favor" or "grace".

Anne is also a Frisian masculine name from Germanic element arn meaning "eagle". It was used as a male name in France, the Netherlands, and even Scotland.


Variants:
Ann Anna Channah Hannah 


Alexis

Origin: Greek

Meaning: derived from Greek alexo meaning "to help, defend". It was originally used as a masculine name becoming more popular for girls, the name of several ancient Greek figures. A male character named Alexis is also featured in Virgil's Eclogue II, as a young man who was beloved by the character Corydon.

In Greek mythology, a young man named Alexis was in love with a young named Meliboea who also loved him, but her parents had already betrothed her to another man. On her wedding day, Meliboea tried to kill herself by jumping off the roof but was unhurt, so she escaped to the seashore, found a boat, and the ropes somehow loosened on their own. The boat led her straight to where Alexis was dining with some friends, reuniting the lovers, and they dedicated two temples to the goddess Aphrodite.


Female forms:
Alexia Alexina Alessia (Italian)

Male forms: Alexius (Ancient Greek)Alexios (Ancient Greek)Aleksey (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)Aleksei (Russian, Ukraini…

Daisy

Origin: Old English

Meaning: derived from Old English dægeseage meaning "day's eye", getting its name because it opens up when the sun rises and closes its petals when it goes down.

Daisy has also been used as a nickname for Margaret, likely because its French form Marguerite, is also the name for the oxeye daisy.

In the language of flowers, daisies symbolize purity, innocence, simplicity, that the sender can keep a secret, and true love because apparently a daisy flower is made up of two different flowers. Apparently, daisies are also known as thunder flowers because they peak during thunderstorms and represent protection from lightning.

In Romany mythology, Vertumnus (the god of gardens and trees) saw a lovely wood nymph named Belides and wanted her, however she didn't want him at all. She ran away from his advances but when it seemed like he was about to catch up to her she turned herself into a daisy (the genus of daisy is named bellis after her). This reminds me a…

Hengist

Origin: Ancient Germanic

Meaning: a Germanic masculine name meaning "stallion".

Hengist, along with his brother Horsa, led the Anglo-Saxon invasion into Britain in the 5th century.


Variants:
Hengest 


Esther

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

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

Origin: Hungarian

Meaning: a Hungarian feminine name meaning "violet".

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




Horsa

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

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

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 LatifAbdul-LatifAbdul-Lateef 

Female forms: Latifa Lateefa 


Diana

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

Origin: English

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



Sabeen

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

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

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 RebeccaRebekah 


Houston

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".




Martha

Origin: Aramaic

Meaning: it comes from Aramaic 'marta meaning "lady, mistress", the feminine form of mar (master).

In the New Testament, Martha was the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany who witnessed Jesus' resurrection of her brother back from the dead.



Variants:
Marta (Swedish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Swedish, Icelandic, Latvian, Georgian)Marte (Norwegian)Marthe (Norwegian)


Morgan

Origin: Welsh

Meaning: derived from Morcant, a Welsh masculine name composed of Welsh elements mor (sea) and cant (circle) meaning "sea circle".

It could also be derived from Welsh mawr (great) and cant (hundred) meaning "great hundred".


It's also a modern form of Morgen, based on Irish unisex name Muirgen meaning "born of the sea" from Celtic mori (sea) and geno (born).

In the Arthurian legends, Morgan le Fay is a powerful sorceress sometimes depicted as the half-sister of Arthur and his most dangerous enemy.



Feminine forms:
Morgane (French)MorganaMorgaine Muirgen (Irish)Morgen 

Male forms: Morcant (Welsh)Muirgen (Irish)


Gaia

Origin: Greek

Meaning: a Greek feminine name meaning "earth".

In Greek mythology, Gaia is the primordial goddess of the Earth and mother of many of the Olympian gods, the Titans, and the giants. Terra is her Roman counterpart.


Variants:
Gaea Gaja (Slovene, Polish)Kaja (Polish, Slovene)Gaya 


Python

Origin: Greek

Meaning: a unisex variant of Pytho derived from Greek putho meaning "to rot".

In Greeky mythology, Python was a giant serpent (sometimes depicted as a dragon) who looked after the oracle at Delphi before she was slain by Apollo, who took over the oracle and its role. It seems to have been done in revenge, because when his mother Leto was was pregnant with him and his sister, Hera sent Python to pursue Leto until she found a safe place to give birth.

Python is also the name of several figures in Ancient Greece, including a student of Plato.

It's also the name of a genus of nonvenomous snakes found in Africa and Asia.


Feminine forms:
PythoPythia (the title used for a priestess of the oracle of Apollo at Delphi)Phthia 



Monday

Origin: English

Meaning: from Old English mona (moon) and daeg (day) meaning "moon day" or "day of the moon".

Monday is the second day of the week.


Variants:
Mondae 



Zackary

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a variant spellng of Zachary, which is the English form of Greek Zacharias, which is derived from Hebrew Zechariah meaning "Yahweh remembers".

There are several figures in the Bible named Zechariah, including the father of John the Baptist.

Nicknames: Zack/Zach, Zac


Variants:
Zackery (English)Zachary (English)Zachery (English)Zacharias (English) ZacchariusZechariah (Hebrew, English)Zachariah Zakaria (Georgian, Arabic)Zakariya (Arabic)Zakariyya (Arabic)Zahari (Bulgarian)Sakari (Finnish)Zacharie (French)Zachariasz (Polish)Zakhar (Russian)Sachairi (Scottish)Zekeriya (Turkish)Zacarías (Spanish)


Denise

Origin: Greek

Meaning: the French feminine form of Denis, the French form of Greek Dionysius composed of Greek elements Dios meaning "of Zeus" combined with Nysa, the name of the region where the Greek god Dionysius was raised, the name possibly meaning "tree" though the etymology is uncertain. However, Dionysius is believed to be pre-Greek, possibly Thracian in origin.


Variants:
Deniece (English)Denice (English)



Male forms:
Denis (French)Denys (French)Dennis (English, German, Dutch)


Calder

Origin: Welsh, Old Norse

Meaning: I've seen two possible origins for this name. The first is that it comes from Welsh kaleto meaning "hard, violent" and dwfr meaning "water, stream" so essentially meaning "rocky water" or "violent water".

It could also be derived from Old Norse kalfr meaning "calf" and dalr meaning "valley" essentially meaning "calf valley".

Calder is a surname that derived from a habitional place name as well as the name of several rivers in Scotland, England, and Australia.


Variants:
KalderCaldor Cawdor




Mirlinda

Origin: Albanian

Meaning: the feminine form of Mirlind, an Albanian masculine name meaning "well born" from Albanian mire (good, well) and lindje (born).



Male forms:
Mirlind 


Otto

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: derived from Germanic element aud meaning "wealth, fortune".


Variants:
Audo (Ancient Germanic)Odo (Ancient Germanic)Odilo (Ancient Germanic)Odilon (French)Udo (German)

Feminine form: Auda (Ancient Germanic)Oda (Ancient Germanic)Odelia Odilia Odila Odile (French)Odette (French)Odalis (Spanish)Odalys (Spanish)Ottilia 


Petra

Origin: Greek

Meaning: the feminine form of Greek Petros meaning "stone".

Petra is the name of an ancient city in Jordan.


Male forms:
Petros (Greek)Peter 


Seth

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Sanskrit, Gaelic

Meaning: a Hebrew masculine name meaning "placed" or "appointed". In the Bible, Seth is the thirdborn son of Cain and Abel born after the death of Abel.

Seth is also the name of an Ancient Egyptian god of chaos, destruction and the desert (also known as Set), the Greek form of Egyptian Sutekh possibly meaning "pillar" or "dazzle".

Seth is also a surname of Indian origin derived from Sanskrit possibly meaning "merchant" or "banker"; Sethi is another variant of the surname.

It's also a Gaelic surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Sithigh meaning "descendant of Sitheach", Sitheach being a given name meaning "wolf".


Variants:
Zeth (English)Shet (Hebrew)Set (Ancient Egyptian)Sutekh (Ancient Egyptian)


Feminine forms:
Setha Sethy Sethe