Jonas

Jonas is a Lithuanian male name, the Lithuanian form of John which comes from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Jonas is also the Greek form of Jonah meaning “dove” from Hebrew yona(h). Jonas is also a surname. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jonah (English) Yonah (Hebrew) Yunus (Arabic, Turkish) Ionas (Biblical Greek & Latin) Iona (Russian, Georgian, Biblical Latin) Jonáš (Czech,…

Jemima

Jemima is a female given name, the oldest daughter of Job in the Bible who, along with her sisters Keziah and Keren-Happuch, received an inheritance from their father which was a very unusual circumstance in those days. As for the name itself, it has an uncertain etymology behind it. Most sites attribute its meaning as “dove” even…

Coleman

Coleman comes from an English and Irish surname, the anglicized form of Irish Colmán, a diminutive form of Colm “dove” essentially meaning “little dove”. Colm comes from Latin columba (dove, pigeon) derived form Ancient Greek kolumbos (diver). As an English surname, it comes from an occupational name for someone who was a coal man or for a servant…

Columbine

Columbine is the name of a variety of flowers belonging to the genus Aquilegia. The name comes from Latin columba meaning “dove, pigeon” which derives from Ancient Greek kólumbos (a diver). Columbine is a beautiful name though one that will unfortunately be associated with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Columba (Late Roman) Colombina…

Dara

Dara is a given name with a variety of meanings and origins: Dara is a male name in Irish which comes from dair meaning “oak” which comes from Proto-Celtic *daru deriving from a PIE root word. Dara is also an anglicized form of Dáire meaning “fruitful, fertile” and is the name of several figures in Irish mythology; it’s also a…

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

Dove

Dove is the name of a bird hat symbolizes peace and innocence. It comes from Old English *dūfe (dove; pigeon) from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ. It may be derived from a PIE root word either relating to a word meaning “dive” in reference to its flight or from PIE *dʰewbʰ- (to whisk; smoke; make obscure). Dove is also the past tense of dive meaning…

Malcolm

Malcolm is a male name, the anglicized form of Scottish Máel Coluim meaning “servant of St. Columba”, referring to someone who followed Irish abbot and missionary St. Columba who spread Christianity into Scotland. Máel means “servant, devout follower” when combined with a name element (as a word it also means “bald, shaved, tonsured”) combined with given name Coluim, the Gaelic…

Semiramis

Semiramis is the name of a legendary Assyrian queen who has been associated with the goddess Ishtar. Her name may be a Hellenized form of Shammuramat or Sammuramat which could possibly mean “loving doves” from Akkadian summatu (female dove) and ramu (to love). Origin: Assyrian Variants: Semiramide (Italian) Shammuramat (Assyrian) Sammuramat (Assyrian) Sammu-Ramat (Assyrian)