Palmyra

Palmyra was the Greek and Roman name of an ancient city in Syria known as Tadmur/Tadmor in Arabic. The name may have been used as a translation of Tadmor meaning “date palm” or “palm tree” in Arabic; if so, the name would be derived form Latin palma (palm tree; date tree; palm of the hand) or Ancient Greek palame. Palmyra…

Barack

Barack is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Barak meaning “blessing”, which would make it a cognate of Hebrew Baruch meaning “blessed”, both of which derive from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barak is also a Hebrew male name meaning “lightning” which derives from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barack is also a Hungarian word meaning “peach, apricot”. Origin: Proto-Semitic, Slavic…

Nanaya

Nanaya is the name of a Sumerian goddess worshipped by both the Sumerians and Akkadians, being the goddess of sex and war. She is closely associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar, all of whom share similar functions. Nanaya could possibly be related to Inanna meaning “lady of the heavens” though that’s not certain. Another source (Llewellyn’s Complete Book of…

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…

Alma

Alma is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “soul” which comes from Latin anima (soul, spirit, life) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and as a Spanish name derives from this source. However, as an English female name it could possible be derived from Latin almus meaning “nourishing”. In Azerbaijani and Hungarian, alma is a word…

Lee

Lee comes from an English surname, a locational name which comes from Old English lēah meaning “clearing; woodland”. Lee is also a variant transcription of Li, a Chinese unisex name with various meanings depending on the characters used such as: 理 “reason, logic”; 立 “stand, establish”; 黎 “black, dark”; 力 “force, power, capability, strength”; *usually masculine; 丽 “beautiful, pretty”. Of course there…

Airi

Airi is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ai 愛 “love”;   ri 莉 “jasmine”; ri 梨 “pear”; ri 理 “logic; arrangement; reason; justice; truth”; ri 里 “village” a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after”;i 依 “reliant; depend on; consequently; therefore; due to”; ri 梨 “pear” Written in hiragana it’s あいり. Airi is also a Finnish female name which seems to be derived from…

Tori

Tori is often used as a nickname for Victoria, the feminine form of Victor meaning “victor, victory” via Latin victor (victor, conqueror) which derives from a PIE root word. In Roman mythology, Victoria is the name of the Roman goddess of victory (the Roman counterpart of Nike). Tori 鳥 is also a Japanese word meaning “bird; chicken”, as well as also being the…

Juan

Juan (pr. hwan; Forvo) is a Spanish and Manx name, the Spanish form of John which comes from Hebrew meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Juan is also a Chinese female name meaning 娟 “beautiful, graceful” though there are other meanings depending on the characters used. Juan is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji…