Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning "courage, strength, power" from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it's also a Turkish word meaning "wound"; it's a Hebrew female name meaning "honeycomb" or "honeysuckle" though it may also be related to Hebrew ya'ar יַעַר meaning "forest, woods, woodland"; … Continue reading Yara

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Oenone

Oenone (pr. ee-no-nee) is the name of a mountain nymph in Greek mythology, who was the first wife of Paris before he left her for Helen of Sparta. They had a son together, Corythus. When Paris was seriously wounded in the Trojan War, Oenone was the only one who could save him but she refused at … Continue reading Oenone

Naia

Naia has several possible meanings: Naia is a Basque female name meaning "wave, sea foam"; It may also be derived from the Naiads, water nymphs who typically inhabit fountains, streams, or any fresh water. The name comes from Ancient Greek nā́ō meaning "to flow" or nâma "running water", both derived from Proto-Indo-European *(s)neh₂- (to swim, to float); Spelled Nai'a, it's a Hawaiian word … Continue reading Naia

Aegina

Aegina is the name of a Greek island, its name derived from the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who was a lover of Zeus. The name is possibly derived from Greek aiginos meaning "of a goat". Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Aeginea (Greek) Aigina (Greek)  

Moria

Moria is a female given name with several etymologies and meanings: it's a the name of a Naiad nymph in Greek mythology whose brother Tylos was killed by a dragon, though she later brought him back to life with a magical herb. This myth is similar to the story of Pelops, who had been killed … Continue reading Moria

Morgan

Morgan is a unisex name though it has two different origins: as a male name it derives from Old Welsh Morcant, a masculine name possibly meaning "sea circle" from Welsh elements mor (sea) and cant (circle), though the first element may also be related to Welsh mawr meaning "large; big; great"; the second element *cant- also means "hundred". Morgan is also the name … Continue reading Morgan

Alexiroe

Alexiroe (pr. ah-leks-ir-oh-ee) is a Greek female name which means "averting flow" in reference to averting a river or a stream. It comes from Greek elements alexi- (against, preventing, protecting) which comes from the same root word as alexo (to defend, help) and rhoe (river, stream) which comes from rheo (to flow). In Greek mythology, she is one of the Naiads who had … Continue reading Alexiroe

Echo

Echo comes from Greek ekhe meaning "sound". This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who loved talking and often used her loquaciousness to distract Hera when Zeus was off on one of his affairs. When Hera found out, she cursed Echo so that she could only repeat the last thing someone else said. Echo … Continue reading Echo

Maya, Maia

Maya is the name of the Mayan civilization and its people, a Mesoamerican civilization that stretched out in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemela, El Salvador, and Honduras, though it's of unknown meaning.  Maya is also an Indian girl's name meaning "illusion" or "magic" in Sanskrit, featuring as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hindu mythology, … Continue reading Maya, Maia

Melissa

Melissa comes from Greek meaning "bee" or "honeybee". In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who looked after him) and fed him honey. Origin: Greek Variants: Melyssa (English) Melisa … Continue reading Melissa