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

Akkadian, Animals, E names, Eel, Elamite, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Elam

Elam is a Hebrew male name either meaning "hidden" or "eternity, forever"; Elam also means "young (unmarried) man". Elam is also the name of an ancient civilization in what is now southwest Iran. The name itself comes from the Sumerian transliteration of elama or from Elamite haltamti which I've seen meaning "lord country", or perhaps from… Continue reading Elam

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

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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

Akkadian, Ancient Greek, Astronomy, Female, Place names, Sky/Heavens, Stars/Constellation, T names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Tiranna

Tiranna was the Akkadian and Sumerian name for the Vega star possibly meaning "life of heaven" or "rainbow". Tiranna is also an Italian word, the feminine singular form of tiranno derived from Ancient Greek turannos meaning "tyrant" or "tyrannical" which comes from an uncertain etymology though perhaps borrowed from a Lydian word or one of the other languages… Continue reading Tiranna

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

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

Akkadian, Akkadian mythology, Assyrian mythology, Babylonian mythology, Female, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, S names, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Shamhat

Shamhat is a character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, a temple prostitute and a priestess of Inanna who is sent by Gilgamesh to tame the wild man Enkidu and bring him into civilization through sex. Afterwards, she persuades him to go to Uruk and meet Gilgamesh which results in them becoming best friends and going on a series of adventures… Continue reading Shamhat

Akkadian, Akkadian mythology, Assyrian mythology, Babylonian mythology, Male, Mesopotamian mythology, Mythology, Near East mythology, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Shalmaneser

Shalmaneser is an Akkadian male name, the name of several Assyrian kings. The name means "Shulmanu is foremost" or "Shulmanu is distinguished", Shulmanu (also spelled Shulman) being the name of a Mesopotamian god of the underworld, fertility, and war. Shulmanu means "health" or "well-being". Origin: Akkadian Variants: Šulmānu-ašarēdu  

A names, Akkadian, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Abel

Abel is a Hebrew male name possibly derived from Hebrew hevel (הֶבֶל) meaning “breath, vapor; vanity” or from Akkadian ablu meaning “son”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen for the name is that it may be related to a word meaning “herdsman”, in reference to Abel’s role as a shepherd while his brother Cain was a farmer. Abel is also a surname… Continue reading Abel