Akkadian mythology, Assyrian mythology, Avestan, Babylonian mythology, D names, Female, Georgian mythology, Hebrew, Mythology, Near East mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Danina

Danina is a female given name of uncertain meaning and etymology. At first glance it seems like a feminine form of Daniel meaning “God is my judge” and in some cases it may be based on that; but it also seems to have older roots than that, as the name of one of a pair of pre-Christian Georgian deities in the former Georgian kingdom of Kartli (also known as Iberia to classic scholars), known as Danina and Ainina (or Danana and Aynina). There isn’t much known about them- they may be two different versions of the same name which may be linked to the Persian goddess of fertility and water Anahita (whose name means “pure, immaculate, undefiled”) or even Ishtar, the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of fertility, sex, war, and love; her name is of unknown meaning. Danina is also a Polish word meaning “tribute, ransom” from Old Polish dań derived from Proto-Indo-European *deh₃- (to give).

Origin: Hebrew, Avestan, Proto-Indo-European

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