Saber

Saber refers to a type of backsword with a curved blade. The word comes from French sabre (single-edged sword) via German Säbel via Hungarian szablya (saber) via szab (to cut), which itself derives from an uncertain source. It could be derived from a Turkic origin or a Tungusic one. Saber is also a Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician, and Occitan…

Hara

Hara is another name for the god Shiva in Hindu mythology, which comes from Sanskrit meaning “seizer, destroyer”. Harihara is a name used to refer to the fused state of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) Hara is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 原 meaning “meadow, plain, field”, likely originating as a locational name, though there are likely…

Menelik

Menelik is the name of several Ethiopian emperors, including the first emperor of Ethiopia, traditionally believed to be the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. The closest meaning I could find behind the name is that it developed from Arabic Ibn al-hakim meaning “son of the wise one”. Origin: Proto-Semitic, Arabic Variants: Menelick (English) Ménélik (French)…

Aleah

Aleah is a variant spelling of Alia, 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”. Aleah could also be a variant form of Leah with the a- prefix. The name itself is of uncertain meaning. It’s often been interpreted…

Fennec

Fennec is the name of the Fennec fox, a small nocturnal animal found in the Sahara Desert. The name comes from Arabic fanak فنك meaning “fox”. Origin: Arabic Variants: Fenneck (English) Fennek (English)    

Zaire

Zaire is the former name of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The name comes from the Congo river, derived from the Kongo word nzere o nzadi meaning “river swallowing rivers”; Zaire is the Portuguese adaption of the name. Spelled Zaïre, it’s a French female name, created by French writer and philosopher Voltaire for his play, also called Zaïre (1732), who…

Zayna

Zayna is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Zayn meaning “beauty, handsome, grace, adornment”. Origin: Arabic Variants: Zaina (Arabic) Zaynah (Arabic)   Male forms: Zayn (Arabic) Zain (Arabic) Zane (Arabic, English)   Zayna- زينة (Arabic)  

Zoya

Zoya is the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian form of Zoe, a Greek female name meaning “life”, derived from PIE root word *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Zoya also seems to have had some use in Hindi and Arabic, either an Arabic form of Zoe or perhaps related to Zahra meaning “to shine, glow; radiant, brilliant” or “flower, blossom” Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Arabic Variants: Zoja (Latvian,…

Mona

Mona is a female given name with multiple origins and meanings behind it: it’s an Anglicized form of Irish Muadhnait, made up of Irish muadh (noble) combined with a diminutive suffix; it’s also used as a nickname for Monika, the Scandinavian form of Monica, a name of unknown origin though it’s likely derived from a  North African or Phoenician origin….

Uma

Uma is another name for Parvati, a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, devotion, and power.  The name means “flax; linseed” as well as “light; splendor; fame; tranquility; night”. It’s also possible that Uma comes from an expression, u mā “oh, don’t”, because Parvati wanted to practice self-denial in order to gain Shiva‘s attention and her mother tried to dissuade…