Zane

Zane is an English surname of unknown meaning though there have been attempts to link it as a shortened form of Zanelli and Zanetti, both Italian surnames deriving from the given name Zani which is the Italian form of John, the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochana meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Other possible origins include: it may have … Continue reading Zane

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Warda

Warda is an Arabic unisex name (though more common for girls) meaning "rose, rosette, rosebush; flower". Warda was also used as a nickname for someone who had a rosy or reddish complexion. Warda is also a Latin word meaning "watch, watchpost, protection" from Frankish *warda via Proto-Germanic *wardō ultimately deriving from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (to heed, notice). Origin: Arabic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Wardah (Arabic) … Continue reading Warda

Lena, Lina

Lena originally started out as a short form of names ending in -lena such as Helena (derived from Ancient Greek possibly meaning "torch" or "corposant" though it may also be deirved from Greek selene meaning "moon"), Madgalena (which means "of Magdala" from the name of a village, Magdala deriving from Hebrew migdal meaning "tower"), Abilena (a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria, also known … Continue reading Lena, Lina

Rukiya

Rukiya is an interesting name with two sources: the first is that it's a variant spelling of Ruqayya, an Arabic female name which means "rise, ascent" or "spell, charm, incantation". Rukiya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "detain; fasten + hope; beg, request; rare; Greece + … Continue reading Rukiya

Senna

Senna is the name of a genus of flowering plants. The etymology derives from Arabic senna (سنا) which may be derived from ṣanʿā meaning "splendor, radiance, brilliance". Senna is also a surname with various possible meanings and origins: it could be derived from a habitional name for someone who lived near a place where senna grew or perhaps derived … Continue reading Senna

Raya

Raya is a female given name with a variety of origins and meanings such as: it's used as a short form of Rayna, either a Bulgarian form of Regina meaning "queen" or the feminine form of Rayno derived from Slavic rad meaning "happy, willing"; Raya is also used as a Russian nickname for Raisa, a Russian name of unknown meaning though it may have been … Continue reading Raya

Fulla

Fulla (also known as Volla) is the name of a goddess in Norse mythology, a hand-maiden of Frigg. Her name is of uncertain origin and meaning. It may be related to Old Norse fullr meaning "full" and essentially meaning "bountiful", derived from a Proto-Indo-European root word *pleh₁- (to fill); or from Old Norse fyl meaning "foal" derived from Proto-Germanic *fulją. Fulla is also a Catalan … Continue reading Fulla

Hajar

Hajar is the Arabic form of Hagar, a female name of uncertain meaning and origin. It's been linked to Hebrew meaning "to flee" and "flight", or perhaps meaning "to drag away" or "stranger, foreigner". Hagar was the Egyptian handmaid of Sarah and the mother of Ishmael by Abraham. Hajar is also an Arabic word meaning "to emigrate" as well as also resembling … Continue reading Hajar

Maraya

Maraya is a variant spelling of Mariah, itself a variant form of Maria which comes from the Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, … Continue reading Maraya

Idris

Idris is a male name with two different origins and meanings: it's a Welsh name meaning "ardent lord" from Welsh udd (lord, prince) and ris (ardent, enthusiastic, impulsive). In Welsh mythology, Idris Gawr (or Idris the Giant) was a legendary giant and magician who was likely based on a real person in seventh century Wales, and who gave his name … Continue reading Idris