Hara

Hara is another name for the god Shiva in Hindu mythology, which comes from Sanskrit meaning "seizer, destroyer". Harihara is a name used to refer to the fused state of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) Hara is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 原 meaning "meadow, plain, field", likely originating as a locational name, though there are likely …

Nana

Nana is both a female and male given name with multiple origins and meanings behind it: Nana is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nana 七 "seven"; na 菜 "greens; vegetables" + na "Nara; what?" (菜奈); na 奈 "Nara; what?" + na 々 (used to indicate the repetition of the kanji before it); …

Jamshid

Jamshid is a Persian male name, the modern form of Avestan Yima Kshaeta meaning "shining Jam" or "radiant Jam", Jam being the Persian form of Yima which means “twin”, making it a cognate of Sanskrit Yama (which also means “twin”). In Persian mythology, Jamshid is depicted as the fourth greatest king who owned a magical cup that was said to be filled …

Rudaba

Rudaba is the name of a figure in Persian mythology, featured in Ferdowsi's Shahnameh. She is the wife of Zal, a legendary warrior and king, and mother of their son Rostam, who also becomes a legendary warrior himself. The name is made up of Persian elements rud رود (river torrent) and ab آب (water), essentially meaning "she of the river" of "she of …

Zal

Zal is the name of a legendary king in Persian mythology, the name of a great warrior and the father of another great warrior, Rostam. When he was born, his hair was white as snow and his father took that as a bad omen, leaving him to die at the top of a mountain. However, …

Tahmina

Tahmina is the name of a figure in Persian mythology, who features in Ferdowsi's Shahnameh in the story of Rostam and Sohrab. When Rostam is searching for his lost horse Rakhsh and enters the kingdom of Samangan, becoming the guest of the king whose daughter, Tahmina, falls in love with him at first sight. She visits him in the night wanting …

Rostam

Rostam is is the son of Zal and Rudaba, a princess of Kabul. He's a legendary hero, the champion of champions, and the hero of the Persian epic Shahnameh. According to legend, his mother Rudaba had a prolonged labor because of his size and Zal was sure she was going to die. He summoned a simurgh …

Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened form of Katherine, which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s …

Yima

Yima is the Ancient Avestan form of Jam (also known as Jamshid), the name of a mythological king of Persia in Persian mythology. It seems to mean "twin", making it a cognate of Sanskrit Yama (which also means "twin"). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Jam (Persian) Cem (Turkish) Yama (Sanskrit)  

Sohrab

Sohrab is a Persian male name which seems to be made up of Persian elements swhr (red) and ab (water) meaning "red water" which seems to be in reference of something illustrious or shining. In the Persian epic of the Shahnameh (meaning Book of Kings, an epic long poem about the mythical history of the Persian empire) Sohrab is the …

Anahita

Anahita is the name of a Persian goddess of fertility, healing, wisdom, and water. Her name means "immaculate, pure, undefiled" derived from Avestan. She has been conflated with the goddesses Ishtar and Artemis. Origin: Avestan Variants: Nahid (Persian) Naheed (Persian) Anahit (Armenian) Anahid (Armenian) Anaitis (Hellenized Persian) Anaxita (Russian)  

Siroush

Siroush seems to be a variant transcription of Soroush, a Persian male name which seems to be the Persian form of an Avestan name, Sraosha. I've seen many possible meanings listed behind the name such as "obedience", "observance" or "messenger". In Zoroastrianism, Sraosha is the name of a yazata (genereally used to refer to a divinity or something …