Akkadian, Akkadian mythology, Animals, Female, Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Light, Lion, Literature, Mythology, Near East mythology, Nickname names, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sun, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Polina

Light, M names, Male, Proto-Semitic, Virtues/Attributes

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)… Continue reading Melchior

Animals, Arabic, Female, Hindu mythology, Horses/Stallions, Japanese, Kin/Family, Light, Mythology, Nature, Nickname names, Sanskrit, U names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Uma

Bright/Clear, C names, Color, Female, Light, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names

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)  

Bright/Clear, Color, Elements, Female, M names, Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Semitic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, White

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… Continue reading Muriel

A names, Bright/Clear, Japanese, Light, Male, Seasons, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Akiyuki

African, Animals, Basque, Bright/Clear, Chinese, Dolphin, Elements, Female, Food, Greek mythology, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Irish, Japanese, Kin/Family, Mythological creatures, Mythology, N names, Nymphs, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Sound, Surname names, Swahili, Vegetables, Virtues/Attributes, Water

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,… Continue reading Naya

Ancient Greek, Battle/War, C names, Etruscan, Etruscan mythology, Female, Greek mythology, Latin, Light, Moon, Mythology, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes

Celina

Celina seems to be a variant spelling of Selena at first glance, the name of the Greek goddess of the moon, which fittingly means "moon"; though it may also be a short form of Marcelina (or any name ending in celina), the Polish feminine form of Marcellus, an ancient Roman cognomen which originated as a diminutive of Marcus, a Roman praenomen which… Continue reading Celina

Bright/Clear, Color, Female, L names, Light, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Leocadia

Leocadia seems to be a variant of Leucadia, the name of a Greek island in the Ionian Sea (also known as Lefkada, Lefkas, and Leukas) which may be derived from Ancient Greek leukos meaning "bright, shining, light, white" derived from PIE root word *lewk (bright; light; white). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Leokadia (Polish) Leocádia (Portuguese) Leucadia (Latin) Leukadia (Latinized Ancient Greek) Léocadie (French)… Continue reading Leocadia

Ancient Persian, Black/Dark, Bright/Clear, Color, Elamite, Female, Japanese, K names, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sun, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kira

Kira is the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been attributed to it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the enemy in verbal contest” from Elamite, an extinct language that was once… Continue reading Kira