Tiranna was the Akkadian and Sumerian name for the Vega star possibly meaning “life of heaven” or “rainbow”. Tiranna is also an Italian word, the feminine singular form of tiranno derived from Ancient Greek turannos meaning “tyrant” or “tyrannical” which comes from an uncertain etymology though perhaps borrowed from a Lydian word or one of the other languages of Asia Minor. Tiranna could also be a variant spelling of Tirana, the name of the capital of Albania. There are several theories regarding the etymology behind the name, which could be derived from Greek Theranda or Terrana apparently coming from the term te ranat or terrana meaning “fallen material” in reference to the terrain being formed from solid materials washed down from the mountains. It could also be derived from Tirkan, the name of a castle on Mt. Dajt in Albania which dates back to the 1st century BC.

Origin: Akkadian, Ancient Greek



  • Tir-anna (Akkadian, Sumerian)
  • Tirana (Albanian)
  • Tiranë (Albanian)


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