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".




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Martha

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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

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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)
  • Morgana
  • Morgaine 
  • Muirgen (Irish)
  • Morgen 


Male forms:
  • Morcant (Welsh)
  • Muirgen (Irish)



Gaia

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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

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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:
  • Pytho
  • Pythia (the title used for a priestess of the oracle of Apollo at Delphi)
  • Phthia 




Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday

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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

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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) 
  • Zaccharius
  • Zechariah (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

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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

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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:
  • Kalder
  • Caldor 
  • Cawdor





Mirlinda

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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

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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 



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Petra

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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

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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 




Adalind

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Origin: Ancient Germanic

Meaning: a feminine name derived from Germanic elements adal (noble) and lind (which has two possible meanings: "gentle, soft, tender"; "lime tree"; and "serpent, dragon, snake") so it has the possible meanings of "gentle noble" or "noble + lime tree" or "noble serpent" or "noble snake".

Nicknames: Addie/Addy, Lin, Lindy, Lind


Variants:
  • Adalinde 
  • Adalinda 



Nawal

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Origin: Arabic, Hindi

Meaning: an Arabic feminine name meaning "gift".

It's also a Hindi masculine name meaning "new".




Mirabeau

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Origin: Latin

Meaning: a French masculine name (as well as a surname) derived from Latin mirabilis meaning "wonderful, astonishing, extraordinary", which could make it the masculine form of Mirabelle.

It could also be a combination of given names Mira (an Indian feminine name meaning "sea, ocean" or from Slavic meaning "peace" or "world", or from Latin mirus meaning "wonderful, astonishing, extraordinary") and Beau, a French masculine name derived from Latin bellus meaning "beautiful".




Tacy

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Origin: Latin, Greek

Meaning: a feminine name derived from Latin taceo meaning "to be quiet" or "to be silent". Apparently it was a popular name among the Puritans.

It could also be a short form of Anastasia, the feminine form of Greek Anastasios meaning "resurrection".


Variants:
  • Tacie
  • Tasy 
  • Tace (a unisex name)



Ethaniel

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Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: an invented name, a combination of the names Ethan (a Hebrew masculine name meaning "solid, enduring, firm") and Nathaniel (a Hebrew name meaning "God has given").

It could also just be an elaboration of Ethan with the Hebrew suffix -iel meaning "god" or "Yahweh" so it could essentially meaning "enduring God" or "God endures".

Nicknames: Ethan


Variants:
  • Ethanael 
  • Ethanial 



Letha

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Origin: Greek

Meaning: it could be a short form of Aletha, a variant form of Alethea derived from Greek aletheia meaning "truth".

It could also be a variant of Greek feminine name Lethe meaning "forgetfulness, oblivion".

In Greek mythology, Lethe is one of the five rivers in the underworld; those who drank from it would forget everything.


Variants:
  • Aletha 
  • Alethea 
  • Lethe 



Garvin

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Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: from a surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic surname O Gairbhin meaning "descendant of Gairbhin", the latter from Old Irish element garbh meaning "rough" or "coarse" with the diminutive suffix -an.


Variants:
  • Garven 
  • Garbhán (Old Irish) 











Saturday, March 18, 2017

Neela

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Origin: Sanskrit, Gaelic

Meaning: a variant spelling of Nila, an Indian feminine name meaning "dark blue" or "blue in Sanskrit.

I've also seen it as meaning "moon" in Tamil.

Neela could also be a variant spelling of Neala or Neila, the feminine form of Neal/Neil, from Gaelic Niall possibly meaning "champion" or "cloud".



Variants:
  • Nila (Indian, Tamil, Hindi)


Male forms:
  • Neel (Indian, Gaelic)




Keith

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Origin: Celtic

Meaning: from a Scottish surname derived from a place name. It could be derived from a Celtic or Welsh element meaning "wood".

I've also seen it listed as being derived from Scottish Gaelic gaoth meaning "wind".

It could also have come from the name of a German tribe, the Catti, who came to Scotland in the eleventh century, which could be a cognate with Old Irish cath meaning "battle" or from Welsh coed meaning "wood".


Variants:
  • Keath 


 Feminine forms:
  • Keitha (Scottish)




Helah

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Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a Hebrew feminine name meaning "rust" though it could also possibly mean "sick" or "weak".

In the Old Testament, Helah is one of two wives of Asshur.



Horace

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Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: the English and French form of Horatius, a Roman family name possibly derived from Latin hora meaning "hour, time, season", though it's also likely that it may Etruscan in origin and its original meaning long lost.


Variants:

  • Horatio (English)
  • Horatius (Ancient Roman)
  • Orazio (Italian)
  • Horácio (Spanish)
  • Horacio (Spanish) 
  • Horaţiu (Romanian)


Feminine forms:
  • Horatia (Ancient Roman)
  • Orazia (Italian) 
  • Horacia (Spanish)



Friday, March 17, 2017

Gertrude

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Origin: Germanic

Meaning: a feminine name derived from Germanic elements ger (spear) and thrud (strength) meaning "spear of strength".

Nicknames: Trudy/Trudi, Gertie, Gert


Variants:
  • Gertraud (German)
  • Gertrud (German)
  • Geretrudis (Ancient Germanic)
  • Geltrude (Italian)
  • Gertruda (Czech, Polish)
  • Gertrudes (Portuguese)



Shinichi

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Origin: Japanese

一 (Japanese) Shinichi "true one" 

信一 (Japanese) Shinichi "belief, one"

伸一 (Japanese) Shinichi "extend, one"

進一 (Japanese) Shinichi "progress, one"

新一 (Japanese) Shinichi "new, one"

慎一 (Japanese) Shinichi "humility, one"

晋一 (Japanese) Shinichi "advance, one"

紳一 (Japanese) Shinichi "gentleman, one"

鎮一 (Japanese) Shinichi "tranquilize, one"

愼一 (Japanese) Shinichi "care, one"


Meaning: a Japanese masculine name meaning "true one" from Japanese shin 真 (true) and ichi 一 (one), though there are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. 

Nicknames: Shin


Variants:
  • Shin'ichi 






Tanya

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Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: a Russian diminutive of Tatiana, the feminine form of Roman Tatianus derived from Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though it could possibly be of Sabine origin. It could also possibly be related to Latin tata meaning "father".


Variants:

  • Tania 
  • Tatiana 
  • Tatyana 
  • Tatya 
  • Tatia 


Male forms:
  • Tatianus 
  • Tatius 



Jesse

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Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a Hebrew masculine name possibly meaning "gifted" or "Yahweh exists" which can also be translated to as "Yahweh is" or "God is".

Jesse has also been used as feminine name, perhaps as a variant spelling of Jessie, itself a short form of Jessica meaning "to behold", "foresight" or "one who looks forth"; it was also originally used as a Scottish diminutive of Jean, the Scottish and English form of Jane, the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious".

In the Old Testament, Jesse is the father of King David.


Variants:
  • Yishay (Hebrew)
  • Yishai (Hebrew)





Thursday, March 16, 2017

Emma

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Origin: Germanic

Meaning: a German and English feminine name derived Germanic element ermin meaning "whole, universal".

Nicknames: Em, Emmy/Emmie


Variants:
  • Ema (Spanish, Portuguese, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Japanese)- it's also a Japanese feminine name with different meanings depending on the kanji used, as well a sbeing the name of a wooden plaque used by Shinto worshipers to write prayers and wishes)
  • Irma (Ancient Germanic)
  • Erma (Germanic)
  • Ima (Ancient Germanic, Dutch)
  • Emmalyn (English)
  • Emmot (Medieval English)



Male forms:
  • Emmett 
  • Emmet 



Grant

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Origin: Latin, Germanic

Meaning: an English and Scottish surname derived from Norman French word graunt or graund from Latin grandis meaning "tall, big", originally used as a nickname for someone who was very tall or big.

It could also come from Old English Granta, of uncertain meaning though possibly derived from Old English granian meaning "to groan" or "to lament" or "snarler" or from Germanic grenian meaning "to grin", "to gnash the teeth" or "to howl, whine".

Grant could also be a variant spelling of Grandt or Grand, a Germanic surname meaning "coarse gravel", referring to someone who lived in a gravelly area.

Grant is also an English word meaning "to bestow or allow something", "to admit defeat" or "to transfer property" derived from Old French granter (to promise, guarantee), a variant of Latin creanter (to allow, permit) from Latin credere (to believe, to trust).




Rowan

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Origin: Irish

Meaning: from an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of ORuadhain meaning "descendant of Ruadhan", the latter being a diminutive of Ruadh meaning "red", used as a nickname for someone with red hair.

Rowan is also the name of a type of tree.


Variants:
  • Rowanne (female)
  • Rowen 



Nino

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Origin: Hebrew, Sumerian

Meaning: a short name for names like Giannino (a diminutive of Giovanni, the Italian form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious") and Antonino (the Italian form of Antoninus, from a Roman family name of unknown meaning, though it has Etruscan roots. It could also possibly have Greek roots, possibly meaning "priceless one" or it could be derived from Latin antius meaning "chief, leader"; or it could be related to the town of Antium in Latium, or Latin ante meaning "before", perhaps referring to a premature child).

 It could also be a nickname for Konstantinos, the Greek form of Constantine meaning "constant, steadfast"; or any name ending in -nino

Nino is also a Georgian feminine name (also known as Nina), possibly the feminine form of Ninos or Ninus possibly derived from Nineveh, an ancient Assyrian city which might have derived its name from the Sumerian goddess of fertility, Nina, whose name possibly means "water lady" or "lady of the water" from nin (lady) and a (water). Nino is a popular name in Georgia due to Saint Nino, who converted much of Georgia to Christianity. 

Nino is also the spanish word for "boy" from niño. 


Variants:


  • Ninos
  • Ninus 



Feminine forms:
  • Nina 


Monday, March 13, 2017

Habiba

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Origin: Arabic

Meaning: an Arabic feminine name (and word) meaning "beloved, darling, sweetheart" as well as meaning "friend".


Variants:
  • Habeeba 
  • Habibah 



Male forms:
  • Habib 
  • Habeeb 




Tahsin

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Origin: Arabic

تحسین (Arabic) Tahsin/Tahseen 


Meaning: an Arabic masculine name (and word) meaning "to improve, enhance, enrich".


Variants:
  • Tahsen 
  • Tahseen 


Feminine forms:
  • Tahseena 
  • Tahsina 


Jacquetta

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Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: the feminine form of Jacques, the French masculine form of James or Jacob, both of which derive from Hebrew Ya'aqov meaning "supplanter" or "holder of the heel".


Variants:

  • Jacquenetta 
  • Jacquette 
  • Jaquetta 
  • Jaquitta 
  • JaQuitta 


Male forms:
  • Jacques



Rotaru

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Origin: Romanian

Meaning: a Romanian surname derived from an occupational surname meaning "wheelwright" or "wheel maker", referring to someone who built or repaired wooden wools.

As far as I can tell, Rotaru has never been used as a given name.




Sunday, March 12, 2017

Terra

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Origin: Latin, Irish

Meaning: the Latin word for "earth" as well as the name of the Roman goddess of the earth Terra Mater (Mother Earth).

It could also be a variant spelling of Tara, the Anglicized form of Irish Teamhair possibly meaning "elevated place" or "high place, high hill".


Variants:
  • Tara 
  • Tera 




Sol

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Origin: Latin, Hebrew, Old Norse

Meaning: the name of the Roman god of the sun, it means "sun" in Latin.

Sol is also the Spanish and Portuguese word for "sun".

It could also be a short form of Solomon, a Hebrew masculine name meaning "peace" from Hebrew shalom.

Sól is also the Norse goddess of the sun, the equivalent of the Germanic goddess Sunna; her name also means "sun".


Variants:
  • Sola 
  • Sóla 



Leta

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Origin: Latin

Meaning: it could possibly be a variant of Laeta derived from Latin laetus meaning "happy".

It could also be a short form of Letitia meaning "joy, happiness", though it could also be a variant of Leda, a Greek feminine name possibly meaning "woman" or "wife".

Leta could also be a variant form of Leto derived from Greek lethe meaning "hidden, forgotten" or "oblivion", though it's also been associated with Lycian lada meaning "woman" and "lady".


Variants:
  • Laeta 
  • Leda 
  • Leto 



Jory

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Origin: Greek

Meaning: the Cornish masculine form of George, a Greek name meaning "earthworks, farmer" from Greek elements ge (earth) and ergon (earth).

It could also be a short form of Marjory, a variant spelling of Marjorie which comes from Margaret meaning "pearl", or a nickname for Jordan meaning "descend" or "flow down".


Variants:
  • Jorie 
  • Jori 



Saturday, March 11, 2017

René, Renée

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Origin: Latin

Meaning: the French form of Renatus or Renata, a Latin name meaning "born again". René is the masculine form in French and Spanish while Renée is its feminine form. 



Variants:
  • Rene
  • Renee 
  • Renata (Latin)
  • Rena 
  • Renae 
  • Renita 
  • Renate (German, Dutch, Norwegian)
  • Renata (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Slovene)


Male forms:
  • Rene 
  • Renatus (Latin)
  • Renato (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian)
  • Renat (Russian)



Francis, Frances

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Origin: Latin

Meaning: derived from Late Latin Franciscus meaning "Frenchman" which is derived from the name of a Germanic tribe known as the Franks, either meaning "free" or "free man", or the name could be derived from a type of spear they used.

Francis is the typical masculine spelling while Frances is usually used for women.

Nicknames: Frank, Frankie/Franky, Fran, Francie, Cissy/Sissy


Feminine forms:
  • Francine 
  • Françoise (French)
  • Francesca (Italian, Catalan)

Male forms:
  • François (French)
  • Francesco (Italian)
  • Franciscus (Latin)




Protea

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Origin: Greek

Meaning: the name of a genus of South African flowering plants, it is the feminine form of Proteus, a Greek masculine name meaning "first" or "first born".

In Greek mythology, Proteus was a Greek water god who could change his form into anything he wanted and who was called "The Old Man of the Sea" by the Greek author Homer


Variants:
  • Proteus 






Nyx, Nix

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Origin: Greek, German

Meaning: Nyx is a Greek feminine name meaning "night".

Nyx is also a homonym for Nix, a word derived from German nix meaning "nothing" and used as a verb to mean "no, veto". It could also be used as a short form for nixie, a water spirit from Germanic folklore.

Nix is also an English surname derived from given name Nicholas meaning "victory of the people".

In Greek mythology, Nyx is the primordial goddess of the night.




Friday, March 10, 2017

Cassidy

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Origin: Irish

Meaning: derived from an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of O Caiside meaning "descendant of Caiside", the latter meaning "curly haired or "curly headed".

Nicknames: Cass, Cassie


Variants:
  • Cassady 
  • Kassidy 
  • Cassadee 



Sloane

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Origin: Irish

Meaning: derived from an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of O Sluaghadhan meaning "descendant of Sluaghadhach", the latter being a given meaning "raider" from Irish sluaghadh (raid, expedition).


Variants:
  • Sloan 



Eunice

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Origin: Greek

Meaning: the Latinized form of Greek Eunike meaning "good victory" from Greek elements eu (good) and nike (victory).

In the New Testament, Eunice is the mother of Timothy, a companion of Paul.


Variants:
  • Unice (English)
  • Eunike (Greek)
  • Eunika (Polish)