Darko

Darko is a Slavic male name meaning “gift” from Proto-Slavic element *dȃrъ (gift). Darko is also an African surname derived from an Ashanti and Akan origin, though I couldn’t find a meaning behind the surname. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, African Female forms: Darka (Slavic)  

Zendaya

Zendaya is an African female name which I’ve seen listed as a variant of Tendai meaning “to give thanks” in the Shona language. Origin: African  

Dai

Dai is a Welsh male name, a diminutive of Dafydd, the Welsh form of David which comes from Hebrew meaning “beloved”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from an old Celtic word dei meaning “to shine”. Dai is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 “big, large”; dai 太 “plump,…

Wanda

Wanda is a female given name of uncertain origin. It could have derived from Wend, the name of a Germanic tribe.  Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it has been linked to Germanic *wandern meaning “to wander” deriving from Proto-Germanic *windaną meaning “to wind, to wrap” from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to turn). I’ve also seen it linked to Proto-Celtic…

Makeda

Makeda is the Ethiopian name given to the Queen of Sheba (also known as Bilqis). Though the menaing of the name is uncertain quite a few meanings attributed to it are “greatness”, “beautiful”, or it could derived from a Proto-Semitic word for “queen”. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “not thus” in Ethiopic due to a story…

Neo

Neo comes from the Ancient Greek prefix neo- meaning “new” via néos (new; fresh young; youthful) developed from a PIE root word. Neo is also a Latin word which is the second conjugation of netus meaning “weave; spin”; in Italian it means “mole; beauty spot; flaw, defect” which comes from Latin naevus (birthmark; mole). In Old English nēo means “corpse” via Proto-Germanic *nawiz (corpse)…

Alara

Alara is a unisex name with several possible etymologies: it’s a Turkish female name, or at least it appears in Turkic mythology as a water fairy who is able to grant wishes as well as the name of a historic castle located in southern Turkey, built under the Byzantine Empire. I couldn’t find a meaning…

K’naan

K’naan (pr. kay-nen) is an African male name meaning “traveler” in the Somali language. Origin: Somali   Variants: Keynaan (English)  

Chad

Chad is a male given name with two different etymologies. The first is that it comes from Old English Ceadda, a given name of unknown meaning though it could be derived from Welsh cad meaning “battle, army” via Proto-Celtic *katus (battle) derived from a PIE root word. Chad is also the name of a country in Africa, named after…