Leandra

Leandra is the feminine form of Leander, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Leandros  meaning “lion of a man” or “lion man”. In Greek mythology, Leander was a young man who was in love with Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, though they both lived on opposite sides of the Hellespont. Every night, Leander would swim across the water guided…

Lionella

Lionella is the feminine form of Lionello, the Italian form of Lionel meaning “little lion”, Lionel being a French diminutive of Léon which comes from Greek leon meaning “lion”. Origin: Ancient Greek Male forms: Lionello (Italian) Lionel (French, English) Léonel (French)  

Hafsa

Hafsa is an Arabic female name which seems to have an uncertain meaning behind it. It could mean “gathering” or it could mean “little lioness”, “female lion cub”. Origin: Arabic Variants: Hafsah (Arabic) Hafza (Arabic)   Male forms: Hafs (Arabic)   Hafsa- حفصة (Arabic)  

Leona

Leona is a female given name, the feminine form of Leon which comes from Ancient Greek leon meaning “lion” which seems to be derived from a Proto-Semitic root word *labiʾ- (lion). Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Leone (English) Leonie (German, Dutch) Léone (French) Léonie (French) Léontine (French) Léonne (French) Leonia (Late Roman) Leontina (Late Roman, Italian) Leola (English) Leontyne (English)…

Apollonia

Apollonia is the feminine form of Apollonios, an Ancient Greek name which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. His name is of uncertain etymology and meaning though the ancient Greeks often associated it with the Greek apollymi meaning “to destroy”. It’s also been associated with Doric apella “wall”, later referring to an assembly. Other possible theories regarding the name…

Lois

Lois is a female given name of uncertain origin. It was the name of the grandmother of Timothy, a disciple of St. Paul who wrote two epistles to him. A possible meaning attributed to the name is from Ancient Greek loion meaning “more desirable, agreeable”. However, according to this site it’s also possible that the name may be…

Ruslan

Ruslan is a shortened form of Yeruslan, a Slavic male name which comes from Tatar Uruslan which could be derved from Turkish arslan, aslan meaning “lion”. Yeruslan Lazarevich is the name of a Russian folk hero who seems to have been influenced by the Persian hero Rostem. Origin: Turkish Variants: Yeruslan (Russian) Uruslan (Tatar) Eruslan (Russian) Jeruslan (German)   Female forms: Ruslana…

Cordelia

Cordelia is the name of the heroine of Shakespeare’s tragic play, King Lear (1606), the youngest of King Lear‘s three daughter and his favorite, though that didn’t stop him from banishing her when she didn’t shower him with affection as her older sisters did for one third of the kingdom to be divided among them. Shakespeare based…

Leonard

Leonard is a male given name meaning “brave lion” made up from Germanic elements leon (lion) and hard (brave, hardy), both of which derive from a PIE source. Leonard is also an English and French surname which originates from the given name; it’s also been used as an anglicized form of Irish O’Leannain meaning “descendant of Leannán”, the latter meaning “lover;…