Alula

Alula is a name with quite a few origins and meanings to it: Alula (also known as a bastard wing) refers to a small joint in the middle of a bird’s wing, which has three to five small wing feathers (depending on the species) and helps the birds navigate through the air. It means ‘”winglet”, since…

Soraya

Soraya is the Persian form of Thurayya, an Arabic female name used to refer to the “Pleiades”, a bright cluster of seven stars that are able to be seen with the naked eye. In Greek mythology, the Pleiades are named for the seven daughters of Pleione, a sea-nymph, and the Titan Atlas. Thurayya also means “chandelier” as well as meaning…

Alpha

Alpha comes from the first letter of the Greek alphabet, which derives from Hebrew and Phoenician aleph meaning “ox, oxen”, perhaps because the hieroglyph resembled that of an ox’s head. Alpha is also used to describe the beginning of something, or used to describe a leader or someone who is assertive and dominant, as well as used to…

Satomi

Satomi is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: sato 里 “village; hometown” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (里美); *girls only sato 聡 “wise; fast learner; clever; intelligent; bright” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (聡美); *girls only sato 智 “intellect; wisdom; reason” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (智美); *girls only sato 聖 “holy; saint; sage; master; priest” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (聖美); *girls only sato 里 “village; hometown” + mi 視 “regard;…

Abhijit

Abhijit is an Indian male name meaning “victorious” and is the Sanskrit name for Vega, the brightest star in the Lyra constellation. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Abhijeet (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali) Abhijeeta (Indian, Hindi)  

Suha

Suha is an Arabic female name meaning “forgotten” or “neglected”; it’s the Arabic name of the Alcor star in the Ursa Major constellation which could only be seen by a very sharp eye in the night sky (hence the meaning of the name). I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “little star” or “little planet” but…

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…

Rami

Rami is an Arabic male name and surname meaning “archer, thrower” which comes from Arabic ramy رَمْي (throwing, flinging shooting); or it could be derived from ram (رام) meaning “to aspire,  to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”. However, ram (رام) is also a Persian word meaning “tame, meek, docile”. Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם)…

Pavo

Pavo is a Latin word meaning “peacock” via Ancient Greek taos (peacock) which derives from an unknown origin though perhaps from Tamil. It’s also possible that it is onomatopoeic, deriving from Latin paupulo. Pavo is also the Croatian short form of Pavao, the Croatian form of Paul meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) which derives from a PIE root word, *peh₂w- (few, little). Pavo…