Shiori

Shiori is a Japanese unisex name (though far more commonly used for girls) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: shi 詩 “poem; poetry” + ori 織 “weave; fabric” (詩織); *girls only shiori 栞 “bookmark; guidebook”; shiori 撓 “lithe; bend”; shi 史 “history; chronicle” + ori 織 “weave; fabric” (史織); shio 汐 “eventide; tide; saltwater; opportunity” + ri 里 “village; hometown”; (汐里) There are other meanings depending on the kanji…

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…

Ammar, Amar

Ammar is an Arabic male name meaning “long-lived” which comes from the same root word as Omar. While Amar is a variant spelling of the name, it’s also an Indian male name meaning “immortal”. Amar is also the Egyptian Arabic form of qamar meaning “moon” and can be used as an Egyptian given name for either gender. Egyptian…

Rakesh

Rakesh is an Indian male name meaning “lord of the full moon” made up of Sanskrit elements raka (full moon) and isha (lord). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Noor

Noor is an Arabic unisex name meaning “light” and is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Noor is also a Dutch variant of Nór/Nórr which comes from Old Norse norðr meaning “north”; in Norse mythology it was the name of the son of King Þorri (Thorri in English) and the founder of Norway. Noor is also a…

Lianor

Lianor is the medieval Portuguese form of Leonor, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly a Germanic name of unknown meaning, though it’s been linked to Adenorde or Adenor, made up of Germanic elements adal (noble) and nord (north), or even as a contracted form…

Belphebe

Belphebe is a variant spelling of Belphoebe, which was first created by English poet Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen, an allegorical work celebrating the rule of Queen Elizabeth I; Spenser intended her to represent Queen Elizabeth. The name is a combination of belle, a French word and name meaning “beautiful” and Phoebe, a Greek feminine name meaning “bright, pure,…

Ela

Ela is a female given name with several possible etymologies: Ela is a Turkish female name which comes from the word meaning “hazel” as in the color; Ela is also a Polish diminutive of Elżbieta, the Polish form of Elizabeth which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”; it’s also possible that…

Aya

Aya is a female given name which has several possible origins. The first is that it’s an Arabic name, a variant transcription of Ayah meaning “sign, token” and “verse” (such as the verses in the Quran), which derives from a Proto-Semitic root. Aya is also a Hebrew female name meaning “honey buzzard” though I’ve seen some sources…