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

Zia

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

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

Jamal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arabic, D names, Female, Greek mythology, Light, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dia

Dia is an Ancient Greek female name and the name of several figures in Greek mythology. It means "heavenly, divine" derived from PIE root word *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). There is also a Roman goddess called Dea Dia which means "divine goddess", who was associated with growth and fertility in Ancient Roman religion. Dia is also a Spanish and… Continue reading Dia

African, Arabic, Chinese, Elements, Female, L names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Zulu

Liyana

Liyana is an Arabic female name meaning "soft, tender, gentle, delicate" from Arabic root word l-y-n (to become soft, tender). It's also a Zulu female name derived from a word meaning "it is raining/it's raining". I've also seen it listed as a Chinese female name meaning "beautiful + elegant, graceful, refined + graceful, elegant" with the Chinese… Continue reading Liyana

Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Phoenician, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Quechua, S names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Sami

Sami is an Arabic male name meaning "elevated, sublime, supreme, high, lofty" as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. It's also the Finnish diminutive of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”. It could also be an English short form of Samuel and Samantha. Sami is also a Japanese female name with… Continue reading Sami

A names, Anise, Arabic, Egyptian, Female, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Anisa

Anisa is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Anis meaning "friendly, friend, companion, companionable". Anisa is also a variant form of Anise, the name of a flowering plant in the Mediterranean used as an herb and spice. The name comes from Latin anisum meaning "anise" derived from Ancient Greek anison which seems to be derived from an Egyptian source.… Continue reading Anisa

Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, J names, Moon, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it's presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning "ruler of the spear") and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler"; Erica is also the Latin word for "heather". I've also seen Jerica listed as the… Continue reading Jerica

Arabic, Astronomy, German/Germanic, Male, Physical Attributes, R names, Stars/Constellation, Surname names, Word names

Rigel

Rigel is the name of a blue supergiant star in the Orion constellaton. The name comes from Arabic rijl meaning "foot, leg" from Rijl Jauzah al Yusra "the left leg of Jauzah", (Jauzah being the Arabic name of Orion from Greek mythology) though it's also been called rijl al-gabbar (leg of the great one) also spelled Algebar and Elgebar in English. Rigel is also a surname though… Continue reading Rigel

Arabic, Female, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Ryana

Ryana is the feminine form of Ryan, an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Riain meaning "descendant of Rían", Rían meaning "little king" from Irish rí (king) with the diminutive suffix -an. It could also be a variant spelling of Rhianna, either a variant of Rhiannon meaning "great queen" or it could be a variant spelling of Rihanna which derives from… Continue reading Ryana