Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,…

Alcyone

Alcyone is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, the name of one of the Pleiades. Another Alcyone was the name of a Thessalian princess married to Ceyx. They loved each other very much and would call each other “Zeus“ and “Hera“, angering Zeus. When Ceyx was at sea, the god caused his ship to sink and him…

Gemina

Gemina is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant form of Gemini,  name of the third sign of the zodiac and a constellation which represents twins Castor and Pollux, who had the same mother, Leda, but different fathers: Pollux was the son of Zeus while Castor’s father was the Spartan king Tyndareus. The name comes from Latin geminī meaning “twins” from geminus (twin; double, paired),…

Raleigh

Raleigh comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Raleigh. It either means “red clearing” from Old English elements read (red) and leah (clearing, wood), or “roe deer clearing” from Old English ra (roe) and leah (clearing, wood). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Rawley (English) Rawleigh (English) Raley (English)  

Belina

Belina was the name of a 12th century French saint who died protecting her virginity. It’s seems the name is a Gascon diminutive of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Belina is also a Croatian, Slovene, and Serbian word meaning “whiteness”. It’s also…

Kate

Kate is one of the many nicknames for Katherine or Kaitlin, both of which derive from Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

Everild

Everild is an English female name, the anglicized form of Old English Eoforhild meaning “boar battle”, made up of eofor (boar) and hild (battle). Nicknames: Ev, Evie, Ever Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Everilda (English, Old English) Eoforhild (Old English) Averil (English) Averill (English)  

Python

Python is the name of a giant serpent or dragon in Greek mythology who lived near Delphi and was later slain by the god Apollo. Python is also the name of several figures in Ancient Greece, including a student of Plato. Python is also the name of a genus of nonvenomous snakes found in Africa, Asia, and Australia….

Mordecai

Mordecai seems to be a variant form of Marduka, a Persian name meaning “servant of Marduk”, Marduk being the name of the Babylonian god of heaven, light, battle, and fertility. The name may be derived from Sumerian amar-Utak meaning “calf of Utu, Utu being the name of another Sumerian god. Mordecai is also a surname originating from the given…