Cerelia

Cerelia seems to be a variant of Cerealia which is the name of an ancient Roman festival held in honor of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture (and the Roman equivalent of Greek goddess Demeter). The names comes from Latin crescere (to grow, increase, expand) derived from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- (to grow, increase). Another possible meaning behind the name is that it may be a … Continue reading Cerelia

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Mayura

Mayura comes from Sanskrit mayūra (मयूर) meaning "peacock", an Indian male name. In Hindu mythology, the peacock is a sacred bird believed to have been created from the feathers of the Garuda, also a legendary bird in HIndu myth. Mayura is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "cocoon + … Continue reading Mayura

Morna

Morna is the anglicized form of Muirne, an Irish female name meaning "festive, high-spirited" though I've also seen it listed as meaning "joy, affection". In Irish mythology, Muirne was the mother of Fionn mac Cumhail. She loved a man, Cumhall, from another tribe but her father forbade her marriage and so Cumhall abducted her. He was later killed in battle but … Continue reading Morna

Maraya

Maraya is a variant spelling of Mariah, itself a variant form of Maria which comes from the Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, … Continue reading Maraya

Idris

Idris is a male name with two different origins and meanings: it's a Welsh name meaning "ardent lord" from Welsh udd (lord, prince) and ris (ardent, enthusiastic, impulsive). In Welsh mythology, Idris Gawr (or Idris the Giant) was a legendary giant and magician who was likely based on a real person in seventh century Wales, and who gave his name … Continue reading Idris

Noctiluca

Noctiluca is a female name meaning "something which shines by night" from Latin nox (moon) which derives from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (night) and luceo (to shine) which also derives from Proto-Indo-European root *lewk- (to shine, bright; to see); so the name could essentially refer to a moon or a lantern or a lamp or anything that lights up during the night. Noctiluca is the … Continue reading Noctiluca

Xena

Xena is a variant of Xenia, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “hospitality” from Greek xenos (foreigner, guest). In ancient Greece, xenia was the Greek concept of hospitality towards strangers or friends. It was even an important aspect to the Greek gods, one of the epithets accorded to the god Zeus being Zeus Xenios, the protector of guests and the patron of … Continue reading Xena

Kali

Kali is the name of a Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction and the consort of Shiva. The name derives from Sanskrit meaning "black, dark-colored", which also comes from the same root word as kali, which is kala meaning "time, era, age, epoch"; kali is the feminine form of kala. Kali iss also being the name of a (male) demon whose name … Continue reading Kali

Theano

Theano is an Ancient Greek female name meaning "God, divine" from theios. It's the name of several figures in Greek mythology as well as featuring in Homer's Iliad as a priestess of Athena. Theano is also the name of a female philosopher who may have been the wife of Pythagoras.  Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Theona (Ancient Greek) Thea (English, German, Swedish, Danish, … Continue reading Theano

Aoife

Aoife (pr. ee-fa or ee-va) is an Irish female name meaning "beauty, radiant" from Irish aoibh (beauty, form; smile, pleasant expression). In Irish mythology, Aoife is the name of a warrior queen who bore the great hero Cú Chulainn a son named Connla, whom Cú Chulainn accidentally kills. Another Aoife is the second wife of King Lir and the stepmother of his kids, Aodh, … Continue reading Aoife