Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Elene

Elene (pr. e-LEN-ee; Forvo) is the Georgian and Sardinian form of Helen, the English form of Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”. In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her kidnapping…

Endrit

Endrit is an Albanian male name meaning “light” which comes from dritë (light) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Drita (Albanian)  

Polina

Polina is either a Slavic and Greek form of Paulina (the feminine form of Paulinus, a Roman cognomen meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) derived from a PIE root word) or it’s a Russian diminutive of Apollinariya, the Russian feminine form of Apollinaris which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. The name is of uncertain etymology and…

Melchior

Melchior is the name given to one of three Magi who visited the newborn Jesus Christ. It means “king of light”, made up from Hebrew melech (king) and or (light). Melchior is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Melchiorre (Italian) Melchor (Spanish) Melker (Swedish)   Female forms: Melchiora (Italian) Melchiorra (Italian) Melchiorina (Italian)…

Uma

Uma is another name for Parvati, a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, devotion, and power.  The name means “flax; linseed” as well as “light; splendor; fame; tranquility; night”. It’s also possible that Uma comes from an expression, u mā “oh, don’t”, because Parvati wanted to practice self-denial in order to gain Shiva‘s attention and her mother tried to dissuade…

Candor

Candor is an English noun word used to refer to someone who is sincere and frank in their words or actions. It comes from Latin candor meaning “dazzling white; brightness, radiance” via candere (to shine; glitter, glow) from PIE root word *kand- (to shine). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Candour (British English)  

Muriel

Muriel is an English female name, an anglicized form of a Scottish Gaelic name Muireall, made up of muir (sea, ocean) and geal (white, bright). Muriel is also a surname originating from the given name. Apparently, Muriel is also the name of an angel in Christianity associated with the month of June and ruler of the sign of Cancer. While…

Akiyuki

Akiyuki is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: aki 章 “chapter; section” + yuki 之 “of, this”; aki 明 “bright; clear; light” + yuki 雪 “snow” (明雪); aki 秋 “autumn” + yuki 雪 “snow” (秋雪); aki 晃 “clear” + yuki 志 “purpose; will; determination” (晃志); aki 昭 “shining, bright” + yuki 之 “of, this” (昭之) There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in…

Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,…