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

Assyrian mythology, Female, M names, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, Physical Attributes, Sumerian, Virtues/Attributes

Mullissu

Mullissu is the name of an Assyrian goddess, the wife of Ashur, the head of the Assyrian pantheon. Mullissu is the Assyrian counterpart of the Sumerian goddess Ninlil, has also been identified with the goddess Ishtar. The name seems to mean "lady", something to do with a dialectal form of Ninlil.  Origin: Sumerian Variants: Mulliltu (Akkadian) Mulitta (Greek) Mylitta (Greek)  … Continue reading Mullissu

A names, Assyrian mythology, Hebrew, Male, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, Sky/Heavens, Sumerian, Virtues/Attributes

Ashur

Ashur is the name of the chief god in the Assyrian pantheon, as well as being the patron deity of the city of Ashur (also spelled Aššur), which was named after him. He was later equated with the Sumerian god Enlil. Ashur seems to be derived from Anshar, an Akkadian sky god, since Anshur has been equated with Ashur. Anshar means "whole of… Continue reading Ashur

Animals, Babylonian mythology, Calf, M names, Male, Mythology, Near East mythology, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Sun, Virtues/Attributes

Mordecai

Mordecai seems to be a variant form of Marduka, a Persian name meaning "servant of Marduk", Marduk being the name of the Babylonian god of heaven, light, battle, and fertility. The name may be derived from Sumerian amar-Utak meaning "calf of Utu", Utu being the name of another Sumerian god of the sun, whose name means "sun". Mordecai is… Continue reading Mordecai

Akkadian mythology, Elements, Female, Food, Japanese, Mythology, N names, Nature, Near East mythology, Night/Evening, Numbers, Physical Attributes, Sky/Heavens, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Surname names, Vegetables, Virtues/Attributes, Water

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… Continue reading Nanaya

Akkadian, Female, Hebrew, Mythology, Near East mythology, S names, Surname names

Sarra

Sarra is the Biblical Greek and Latin form of Sarah which comes from Hebrew meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman” via Hebrew root word sarar (to rule, to be princely) from sar (chief, ruler, prince, captain, chieftain, official) which seems to be a cognate of Akkadian šarru (king). Sarah seems to have been used as a title for royal women. Sarra is also an Italian surname, the… Continue reading Sarra

A names, Akkadian, Akkadian mythology, Animals, Female, Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Light, Lion, Mythology, Near East mythology, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Sun, Virtues/Attributes

Apollonia

Apollonia is the feminine form of Apollonios, an Ancient Greek name which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. His name is of uncertain etymology and meaning though the ancient Greeks often associated it with the Greek apollymi meaning “to destroy”. It’s also been associated with Doric apella “wall”, later referring to an assembly. Other possible theories regarding the name… Continue reading Apollonia

A names, Akkadian, Akkadian mythology, Animals, Arabic, Birds, Buzzard, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Moon, Near East mythology, Night/Evening, Place names, Proto-Turkic, Quechua, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Aya

Virtues/Attributes, Male, Mythology, Z names, Near East mythology, Sumerian mythology, Akkadian, Assyrian mythology, Akkadian mythology, Mesopotamian mythology

Zaqar

Zaqar is the name of the Mesopotamian god of dreams and the messenger of the god Sin (the god of the moon) who brought messages from him to mortal through their dreams. The name comes from Akkadian zakāru meaning "to speak", "to name", and "to swear". Origin: Akkadian Variants: Dzakar Zakar (also a Hebrew word meaning "to… Continue reading Zaqar

Female, H names, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Nature, Near East mythology, Persian, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hester

Hester is the Latin form of Esther, a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to a Persian word meaning “star”; it's also possible that the name could be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown. Hester is also a surname though it originates from… Continue reading Hester