Arwa

Arwa is an Arabic female name which apparently refers to a female ibex (a type of mountain goat) and thus conveys meanings of “softness”, “lightness”, “agility”, “beauty”, and “liveliness”, in reference to the ibex’s grace and beauty. Arwa al-Sulayhi was a powerful queen of Yemen  who ruled for over 50 years during the eleventh or twelfth…

Origen

Origen is the name of a third-century Christian theologian. I’ve seen two possible meanings for it- the first is that it could possibly be a combination of Horus (a god in Egyptian mythology whose name possibly means “falcon” or “high”, essentially meaning “the distant one” or “one who is high/above”) combined with genes meaning “born”; or it could…

Pīkake

Pīkake (pr. pee-kah-kay) is the Hawaiian word for the jasmine flower as well as the Hawaiian word for the peacock. Apparently, Princess Kaiulani (the last Crown princess of Hawaii) loved both peacocks and jasmine flower, so when jasmine was first introduced to Hawaii it quickly became her favorite flower, named after her favorite animal. Origin: Hawaiian Variants:…

Rowe

Rowe comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it could be a locational name for someone who lived near a hedgerow or a row of houses. It comes from Old English rāw, ræw meaning “row”; it’s also possible that it may have arisen as a medieval form of Roul, the Norman French form of Rolf which comes…

Adalind

Adalind comes from an Ancient Germanic name composed of Germanic elements adal (noble) and lind meaning “soft tender” or “linden, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. The name could essentially mean “noble dragon” or “noble linden tree” or “gentle noble”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Adalinde (Medieval French) Adalinda (Old High German) Adalindis (Anglo-Saxon)…

Hara

Hara is another name for the god Shiva in Hindu mythology, which comes from Sanskrit meaning “seizer, destroyer”. Harihara is a name used to refer to the fused state of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) Hara is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 原 meaning “meadow, plain, field”, likely originating as a locational name, though there are likely…

Aleah

Aleah is a variant spelling of Alia, an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Ali meaning “high, exalted, lofty, sublime”. Alia is also an Ancient Germanic form of Ella, the Norman form of Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign”. Aleah could also be a variant form of Leah with the a- prefix. The name itself is of uncertain meaning. It’s often been interpreted…

Boann

Boann is the name of a goddess in Irish mythology, goddess of the River Boyne. Her name means “white cow” from Irish bó (cow) and fhionn (fair, white). She had an affair with the Dagda, an important god in Irish mythology, despite being married to Elcmar (also known by Nuada), and she became pregnant by him. In order to hide their…

Min-ho

Min-ho (민호) is a Korean male name with a variety of meanings depending on the hanja used:  민 (敏) min “nimble, agile, quick-witted; hard-working”; 민 (民) min “people, nation”; 민 (珉) min “jade”; 민 (旼) min “gentle, affable”; 민 (旻) min “heaven”   호 (皓) ho “bright, clear”; 호 (虎) ho “tiger”; 호 (豪) ho “heroic, chivalrous, brave, overpowering, great”; 호 (鎬) ho “stove; bright”; 호 (旻) ho “autumn sky”; 호 (浩) ho…

Melinda

Melinda is a female given name, an elaborated form of names such as Melanie (which comes from Latin Melania derived from Ancient Greek melas meaning “black, dark”) or Melissa (which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though…