Nemesis

Nemesis is the personification of vengeance and divine retribution in Greek mythology and from which the English word nemesis comes from, where it can mean an avenger bringing about someone’s downfall or destruction, or is something or someone that cannot be overcome. The name means “distribution (of what is due); righteous anger, just indignation” derived from PIE…

Nanaya

Nanaya is the name of a Sumerian goddess worshipped by both the Sumerians and Akkadians, being the goddess of sex and war. She is closely associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar, all of whom share similar functions. Nanaya could possibly be related to Inanna meaning “lady of the heavens” though that’s not certain. Another source (Llewellyn’s Complete Book of…

Norma

Norma is a female given name which seems to have first been used by Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini for his opera Norma (1831). He may have possibly based it from Latin norma meaning “rule; standard, pattern; a carpenter’s square”, though it could also be used as a feminine form of Norman which comes from an English surname, a byname originally given to those…

Noor

Noor is an Arabic unisex name meaning “light” and is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Noor is also a Dutch variant of Nór/Nórr which comes from Old Norse norðr meaning “north”; in Norse mythology it was the name of the son of King Þorri (Thorri in English) and the founder of Norway. Noor is also a…

Nicholas

Nicholas is the English form of Ancient Greek Nikolaos meaning “victory of the people”, made up from Ancient Greek elements nike (victory) and laos (people), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Nicholas is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Nick, Nicky/Nickie, Cole Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nikolaos (Ancient Greek) Nikolaus (Latinized Ancient Greek) Nickolas (English) Nikola…

Neven

Neven is a Croatian, Macedonian, and Serbian male name, the masculine form of Nevena meaning “marigold”. Neven is also an anglicized form of Naoimbin, an Irish name meaning “little saint”, made up from Irish naomh (saint) and the diminutive suffix -an. Never may also be a Breton name which derives from neñv meaning “sky; heaven” which ultimately derives from a PIE root…

Neela

Neela is an Indian female name, a variant transcription of Nila meaning “blue, azure” from Sanskri नीला nila which derives from a Proto-Indo-Iranian root word. Neela is the name of a goddess in Hindu mythology as well as the name of a male character in the Ramayana (spelled Nila), an epic poem of ancient India. Nila also seems to be a…

Nicole

Nicole is the French feminine form of Nicholas meaning “victory of the people” which comes from Ancient Greek Nikolaos, made up from Ancient Greek elements nike (victory) and laos (people). Nicole is also a French surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Nikki/Nicky, Cole, Nick/Nik Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nichole (English) Nicholle (English) Nickole (English) Nicolette (French, English) Nicollette (English) Nichola (English) Nikola (German,…

Nesta

Nesta is a Welsh diminutive of Agnes, a Latinized form of Hagne, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “pure, chaste” from Greek hagnos (pure, chaste). The name later became associated with Latin agnus meaning “lamb” because of a virgin-martyr who died for her faith in ancient Rome. There was a Nesta (aka Nest) in 11th century Wales, known as the Helen of Wales in her time…