Ancient Greek, Arabic, E names, Female, Hebrew, Malayalam, Nature, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Elaya is a name with a murky etymology behind it. At first glance it seems to be made up, a modern American name containing two popular sounds and that could be the case. It could also be a variant spelling of Alaya, an Indian word meaning "storehouse, dwelling, abode"; there's a Buddhist term, ālāyavijñāna. Alaya could also be… Continue reading Elaya

Arabic, Color, Female, H names, Red/Crimson, Virtues/Attributes


Humaira is an Arabic female name, a variant transcription of Humayra meaning "red". Origin: Arabic Variants: Humayra (Arabic) Homeyra (Arabic) Homeira (Arabic)   Humaira, Humayra- حميراء (Arabic) Humaira- حمیرا (Arabic)  

A names, Arabic, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Abdullah is an Arabic male name, a variant trancription of Abd Allah meaning "servant of Allah", Allah being the Arabic word for god. Abdullah is also a surname. Origin: Arabic Variants: Abd Allah (Arabic) Abdulah (Bosnian) Abdollah (Persian) Abdullo (Tajik) Abdullohi (Tajik) Abdala (Portuguese) Abdalla (Arabic) Abdallah (Arabic)   Female forms: Amatullah (Arabic)   Abdullah- عبد الله… Continue reading Abdullah

Animals, Arabic, Color, Gazelle, R names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Word names


Reem is an Arabic female name meaning "white gazelle" and which is used to refer to the Arabian sand gazelle. It's a cognate of Hebrew r'em meaning "oryx" which is also a cognate of Akkadian rimu (referring to aurochs or buffalo). Reem is also a nautical word (also spelled ream) meaning "to open (the seams of a vessel's planking)".… Continue reading Reem

Arabic, Male, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Rashad is an Arabic male name meaning "right direction/guidance, right path" which comes from Arabic root word r-š-d (to go the right way, to follow the right course). Rashad is also an Arabic surname. Origin: Arabic Variants: Rəşad (Azerbaijani) Rashid (Arabic) Rasheed (Arabic) Rashed (Arabic) Reşit (Turkish)   Female forms: Rashida (Arabic) Reşide (Turkish)   Rashad-… Continue reading Rashad

African, Arabic, Elements, Female, Greenlandic, Hindu mythology, Insects, Male, Mythology, N names, Nature, Persian, Sanskrit, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water


Nala is an Indian male name meaning "stem, reed" and is the name of a king in Hindu mythology, specifially the Mahābhārata, a Sanskrit epic poem. There's also another character named Nala in the Ramayana (another Sanskrit epic poem) who builds the Rama Setu (Rama's Bridge) so that Rama could reach Lanka (an island fortress in Hindu mythology)… Continue reading Nala

Arabic, J names, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Jibril is the Arabic form of Gabriel which comes from Hebrew Gavri'el meaning "God is my strong man" or "God is my strength". Jibril is also an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jabril (Arabic) Gibril (Arabic) Gibreel (Arabic) Gabriel (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak) Gavril… Continue reading Jibril

Arabic, Female, Gaelic, H names, Hebrew, Male, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Hanan is a Hebrew male name meaning "gracious" from a Hebrew verb meaning "merciful, compassionate". Hanan is also an Arabic female name meaning "mercy, compassion". Hanan is also a Jewish surname derived from the given name or as a short form of names such as Elchanan or Johanan though it could also be an Arabic surname also derived… Continue reading Hanan

Arabic, D names, Female, Hebrew, Virtues/Attributes


Dalila is a variant form of Delilah which comes from Hebrew meaning "weak, delicate, languishing" from Hebrew dalal (to hang down, to be low). Dalila is also an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Dalil meaning "guide, leader". It's pronounced da-lee-lah or da-lil-ah as well as de-lie-lah. Origin: Hebrew, Arabic Variants: Delilah (Hebrew, English) Delila (German, Dutch, English) Dalilah (English)  

Arabic, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, Light, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Z names


Zia is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Ziya derived from Arabic diya (ضياء) meaning "splendor, light, glow" and is also an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Zia is also an Italian word meaning "aunt" which comes from Late Latin thia (aunt) via Ancient Greek theíā (aunt) derived from a PIE root word. Zia is also a Hebrew… Continue reading Zia

Arabic, J names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Jamal is an Arabic male name meaning "handsome, beauty" from root (j-m-l) ج م ل (beauty). It's also a surname deriving from the given name. Jamil is a variant form of the name which derives from the same root source; it also means "handsome, beautiful, pretty". Origin: Arabic Variants: Jamaal (Arabic) Gamal (Egyptian Arabic) Cemal (Turkish) Dzhamal (Chechen) Jamil (Arabic)… Continue reading Jamal

Arabic, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Joy, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Old Norse, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Sound, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Rani is a female given name, a Persian, Urdu, and Indian name meaning "queen" which comes from Sanskrit rā́jñī राज्ञी (queen, princess) via a Proto-Indo-Iranian source which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. I've also seen Rani listed as being a Hebrew unisex name, either originating as a nickname for Ran, a Hebrew male name meaning "to sing";… Continue reading Rani

A names, Arabic, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Almanzo was a name I first came across years ago when I was a girl, reading the Little House on the Prairie books, a series of autobiographical books featured around its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, growing up in the American Midwest from the 1870s to the 1890s. Almanzo first appears in Farmer Boy (1933) which focuses on his… Continue reading Almanzo

Arabic, Male, Night/Evening, Surname names, T names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Tariq is an Arabic male name which comes from the Arabic verb taraqa meaning "to knock, rap, pound" in reference to a nocturnal visitor, hence its other meaning "night visitor". The reference comes about to a visitor who came about at night to avoid the scorching heat of day. Tariq may also have originally been used to refer… Continue reading Tariq

A names, Arabic, Breton, Female, Hebrew, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Alia is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Ali meaning "high, exalted, lofty, sublime". Alia is also an Ancient Germanic form of Ella, the Norman form of Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign”; it could also be a short form of names ending in -ella such as Gabriella and Daniella. Alia could also be the short form of Alianor, a variant… Continue reading Alia

Arabic, Earth, Elements, M names, Male, Place names, Surname names


Marwan is an Arabic male name of unknown meaning. It could be related to Arabic marw/maru (مَرْو) meaning "quartz" in reference to a white stone used to ignite fire,  though it may also be related to Marwa, an Arabic female name which refers to a fragrant plant as well as also being the name of a mountain or hill… Continue reading Marwan

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Breton, Female, Japanese, Light, Moon, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly… Continue reading Nora