Lubna is an Arabic female name meaning “storax (tree)” in Arabic, storax being a type of tree from which a liquid balsam could be obtained from it, used in perfumes and medicine. There’s a 7th century Arabic love story of Qays and Lubna. They grew up in the same tribe and Qays loved Lubna but her father refused to allow him to marry her and she was soon married off to another man. Qays grew crazy with his unobtainable love and he left his tribe and began wandering around in the desert, reciting poetry to himself or writing poetry in the sand with a stick. Lubna died of an illness soon after her marriage and he was later found dead at the grave of an unknown woman where he had graved three verses of poetry on a nearby rock. There are other versions of the story.
Zakia is an Arabic female name with two possible meanings depending on the spelling used, such as زكية meaning “pure” or ذكيه meaning “intelligent”.
Nadia is a variant transcription of Nadiyya, an Arabic female name meaning “moist, tender, delicate” or “calling”, as well as a Slavic female name, a diminutive of Nadezhda meaning “hope”.
Origin: Arabic, Slavic
- Nadya (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Arabic)
- Nadiya (Ukrainian)
- Nadja (German, Slovene)
- Nadiyya (Arabic)
- Nadiye (Turkish)
- Nadezhda (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Ukrainian)
نديّة (Arabic) “moist, tender, delicate”
نادية (Arabic) “calling”
Kawkab comes from the Arabic word for “planet” and “star” though in modern Arabic the word is mainly used to refer to a planet.
Hadiyyah is an Arabic female name with two possible meanings. It means “gift” as well as also being a variant spelling of Hadia, the feminine form of Hadi meaning “leader, guide”.
- Hediiye (Turkish)
- Hadiiye (Turkish)
هدية (Arabic) “gift”
هادية (Arabic) “leader, guide”
Saleh is an Arabic male name meaning “virtuous, good, pious”, as well as being a surname derived from the given name. It’s different from the name Salah (صَلَاح) which means “righteousness, purity, goodness” though they do come from the same root word.
- Saleha (Arabic)
- Saliha (Arabic)
- Salha (Arabic)
Imani is a Swahili unisex name meaning “faith, belief” derived from Arabic ʾāmana (to believe in).
- Iman (Arabic) unisex
- Imen (Arabic) male
Sabrina is the Latin form of Old Welsh Habren or Hafren, the original name of the River Severen in the United Kingdom. The name might be derived from Proto-Celtic *samaros meaning “summer fallow, fallow land” from Proto-Celtic *samos (summer) and *aros (ploughing, ploughed land), or from *samos (summer) and *renwo- (quick, fast) or it could possibly mean “boundary” from an unknown source. Sabrina could also be an Arabic name derived from Arabicصبر (sabr) meaning “patient”.
According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the river received its name from the daughter of Locrinus, a king of the Britons, and his mistress Estrildis, a captured Germanic princess who was originally brought to Britain as a captive by the Huns. Locrinus fell in love with her but he was already bethrothed to Gwendolen, the daughter of Corineus and an ally of his father’s, and though he went through with the marriage and had a son by her, Locrinus kept Estrildis a secret by locking her in a cave underground and visiting her there. He had his daughter by her. When Corineus died, Locrinus left Gwendolen and took Estrildis as his queen. In response, Gwendolen assembled an army during which he was killed in battle, and Gwendolen had Estrildis and Sabrina/Habren drowned in the river which now bears her name.
Origin: Proto-Celtic, Arabic
- Sabryna (English)
- Zabrina (English)
- Habren (Welsh)
- Hafren (Welsh)
- Severn (English)
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 out of Eden and replaced with Eve because she refused to submit to Adam; apparently she became the first demon. The name comes Hebrew and Arabic lail also meaning “night”. Another possible meaning is that it comes from Sumerian lil meaning “air”.
Origin: Akkadian, Sumerian, Hebrew, Arabic
- Lilit (Armenian,
- Lilitu (Akkadian, Sumerian)
- Lilita (Latvian)
Amberly is an elaboration of Amber, which comes from Arabic ‘anbar(عنبر) meaning “ambergris (gray amber), used to refer to a color that is yellowish-brown-orange or jewelry that is made out of amber, or fossilized tree resin which can sometimes contain the fossils of insects stuck within it. The -lee or -ley ending comes from Old English meaning “clearing” or “grove”, so the name essentially means “amber clearing”. Amberly also has a long history as a surname; although the origins are unclear, from what I could find it could be an occupational name for someone employed as an enameller (from Anglo-Norman-French amayler), someone who applies color or varnish to ceramics. Amberly could also be derived from Old English ambler meaning “to walk slowly” and is usually used to describe the easy gait ofa horse, referring to someone who was employed with horses.
Technically speaking, amber is not an actual gemstone but fossilized tree resin.
Origin: Arabic, Old English