Gazelle

Gazelle is the name of a species of antelope, a beautiful and graceful creature that was often used in Arabic poetry as a symbol of female beauty. The name comes from Arabic gazal غَزَال (gazelle; delicate, graceful) derived from Arabic root word ḡ-z-l غ ز ل , referring to something graceful and delicate. Origin: Arabic Variants: Ghazal (Persian) Ghazala (Arabic,…

Liana

Liana is the name of a type of long-stemmed wooded vines that grows in the jungle, derived from Middle French lien (to bind) via Latin ligo (to bind) which derives from PIE root word *leyǵ- (to bind, tie). Liana is also derived as a short form of names ending in -liana such as Eliana (a possibly a variant of Aeliana, the feminine form…

Dar

Dar is a Hebrew unisex name meaning “nacre, mother-of-pearl”, as well as also being a Hebrew surname originating from the given name. Dar دار  is also an Arabic word meaning “house”, as well as a Russian word meaning “gift”. It’s also an Indian (Kashmiri) surname (also spelled Dhar) which may have originated as a title given to a village…

Alim

Alim is an Arabic male name meaning “learned, scholar, knowing” as well as a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Aleem (Arabic) Alem (Bosnian) Alimjan (Uyghur)   Female forms: Alima (Arabic) Alimah (Arabic) Aleema (Arabic)   Alim- عليم (Arabic)  

Luther

Luther is a male name which comes from a surname of two possible origins and etymologies: as a German surname, it derives from Germanic given name Leuthar, made up of Germanic elements liut (people) and heri, hari (army), essentially meaning “people’s army” or “army people”; as an English surname it comes from Middle English luthier “lute maker” via French  luthier via luth (lute)…

Cairo

Cairo is the name of the capital city of Egypt. It comes from Arabic al-qahira اَلْقَاهِرَة meaning “the victorious”, which seems to have received its name from the medieval Arabic name of the planet Mars, al-Najm al-Qāhir (النجم القاهر‎), or “the conquering star”, apparently because it was visible above the city at the time of its founding. Origin: Arabic   Variants:…

Samina

Samina is an Arabic female name, a variant transcription of Thamina meaning “valuable, precious” from Arabic ṯamīn ثَمِين. Samina is also a feminine adjective word of samīn سَمِين meaning “fat, corpulent” likely used in the context of something that is fertile. It’s also possible that Samina is a variant form of Samine, itself a Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish feminine form of Samuel, a Hebrew male…

Nadir

Nadir is an Arabic male name meaning “rare, unusual, strange” and is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name; nadír is also a Hebrew word also meaning “rare, uncommon”. Nadir is also a term used in astronomy to refer to a point on the celestial sphere below the observer, the total opposite to the…

Hala

Hala is an Arabic and Persian female name meaning “halo“, likely in reference to the circle of light visible around the moon, and in some cases the sun. Hala also means “aura” in Arabic. The word seems to originate from Ancient Greek halos, itself of uncertain origin, perhaps pre-Greek. Origin: uncertain, likely pre-Greek Variants: Hale (Turkish) Hallah…

Farhan

Farhan is an Arabic male name meaning “happy, cheerful, merry”, derived from the same root word as Farah; Farhan is also a surname originating from the given name.  Origin: Arabic Female forms: Farhana (Arabic, Bengali) Farrah (Arabic) Farah (Arabic)