Anzu

Anzu is a Japanese female name meaning “apricot” with the kanji 杏子 and 杏. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s あんず. Anzu (Anzû) is also the name of a divine bird or monster in several Near Eastertn mythologies (Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian), depicted as a massive bird with the head…

Esther

Esther is a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to a Persian word meaning “star”, though it could also be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown. Esther is also a Hebrew and French matrynomic surname. Nicknames: Esta (English), Estee (Jewish), Essie (English)…

Esta

Esta is a diminutive of Esther, a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Persian meaning “star”; Esther has also been linked to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning behind it is unknown. Esta is also a Spanish word meaning “this”. Origin: Persian Variants: Estee (English) Esther (English, French, Spanish, Dutch,…

Asherah

Asherah is the name of an ancient Semitic goddess who was worhsipped in the middle east before the advent of polytheism, who features in Akkadian, Hittite, and Canaanite mythologies. She may even have at one point been worshipped as the queen consort of Yahweh and was considered Queen of the Heaven. Asherah was so popular…

Danina

Danina is a female given name of uncertain meaning and etymology. At first glance it seems like a feminine form of Daniel meaning “God is my judge” and in some cases it may be based on that; but it also seems to have older roots than that, as the name of one of a pair of pre-Christian…

Erragal

Erragal is a Mespotamian (Sumerian and Akkadian) god of the underworld. The origin of the name is uncertain though there are several theories: it could be a combination of Erra and Sumerian gal (great) meaning “Erra the great”; Erra being the Mesopotamian god of war, plagues, and the bringer of pestilence who was later assimilated with Nergal. Although the…

Lilith

Lilith comes from Akkadian lilitu or lilatu meaning “night”, which seems to have been used to refer to a type of female demon in Assyrian and Sumerian myth known as lilitu or lili (a male demon would be lilu) who sedeuce and sleep with humans. According to Jewish tradition, Lilith is the first woman ever created, Adam’s first wife, before she was thrown…

Apollo

Apollo is the Greek god of prophecy, medicine, the sun, light, music, poetry, plague and disease, and one of the most important gods in both the Greek and Roman pantheon. He is the twin brother of Artemis and often associated with the sun (and Artemis the moon), and the son of Zeus and Leto. His…

Zebulon

Zebulon is a name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Ugartic zbl meaning “prince”, linked to the same root word as Jezebel meaning “where is the prince?” or “not exalted”. Zebulon may originally have been used as an epithet for the god Ba’al. Other theories of the name link to Hebrew zabal meaning “to exalt, to honor”; zeved “gift, dowry”; or…

Nina

Nina is the name of a Sumerian fertility goddess who was also identified with Ishtar and Inanna. Her name in cuneiform is written with a fish inside of a house and means “water lady” or “lady of the water” from Sumerian nin (lady) and a (water). The city of Ninevah was named after her. Nina is also the Russian…