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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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  

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…

Lita

Lita was originally used as a nickname for names ending in –lita such as Rosalita (Spanish diminutive of Rosa, the Latin form of Rose which derives from Latin rosa meaning “rose” via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning “fame”, originally…