Hayato

Hayato is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: haya 隼 “falcon” + to 人 “person” (隼人); haya 早 “early, fast” + to 人 “person” (早人); haya 勇 “courage; bravery, heroism; cheer up, be in high spirits” + to 人 “person”; haya 颯 “sudden, quick; sound of wind” + to 斗 “Big Dipper” (颯斗); haya 隼 “falcon” + to 斗 “Big Dipper” There are other…

Cairo

Cairo is the name of the capital city of Egypt. It comes from Arabic al-qahira اَلْقَاهِرَة meaning “the victorious”, which seems to have received its name from the medieval Arabic name of the planet Mars, al-Najm al-Qāhir (النجم القاهر‎), or “the conquering star”, apparently because it was visible above the city at the time of its founding. Origin: Arabic   Variants:…

Çolpan

Çolpan is a Turkish female name meaning “Venus” as in the planet, as well as a Turkish surname. From what I could find, the etymology behind the name is uncertain and rather interesting. It may have originally derived from a Persian word meaning “shepherd”, perhaps because shepherds used the Morning Star to lead their flock…

Starr

Starr is a variant spelling of Star, the English word used to refer to “any of the heavenly bodies, except the moon, which appear as fixed luminous points in the sky at night” (dictionary.com). It comes from Old English steorra (star) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. Starr is also a surname originating from the word….

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),…

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)