Bartholomew

Bartholomew is the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning “son of Talmai” made up from Aramaic bar (son) and Talmai, the latter either a Hebrew name meaning “furrow”, either referring to a ploughman or someone who owned land; or it could be related to Ptolemy meaning “warlike, aggressive” which comes from Ancient Greek pólemos (war, battle) derived from a pre-Greek origin. Bartholomew…

Thaddeus

Thaddeus is the Greek form of Aramaic Thaddai, a name of unknown meaning though it could be derived from an Aramaic word meaning “heart”. It’s just as likely that it could be the Aramaic form of Theodore meaning “gift of God”. Nicknames: Thad, Tad Origin: Aramaic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Thaddaeus (Biblical) Thaddaios (Biblical Greek) Thaddai (Aramaic) Tadija (Croatian, Serbian)…

Tamas

Tamas is the anglicized form of Tamás (pr. taw-mash), the Hungarian form of Thomas, the Greek form of Aramaic name Ta’oma meaning “twin”. Tamas is also a philosophical concept in Hindu philosophy which derives from Sanskrit meaning “darkness” which comes from a PIE root word *temH- (dark). It is one of the three gunas (translated as “quality”, it refers to three principles or tendencies that are everywhere…

Eden

Eden is the name of the biblical garden where Adam and Eve came from before being expelled, becoming synonomous with paradise and anyplace that is fertile and utnouched. Although I’ve seen it listed as meaning “place of paradise” from Hebrew, it could perhaps be derived from an older source, Sumerian edin meaning “steppe” or “plain”….

Tavish

Tavish is a Scottish male name, the anglicized form of Thàmhais which is the vocative case of Tàmhas, the Scottish form of Thomas which is the Greek form of an Aramaic name, Ta’oma, meaning “twin”. Origin: Aramaic Variants: Tàmhas (Scottish) Tòmas (Scottish) Thàmhais (Scottish) Thomas (English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek)  

Talia

Talia has several meanings depending on the origin: it’s a variant transcription of Talya, a Hebrew female name meaning “dew from God”; Talia is also an Aboriginal word meaning “near water” and is the name of a town in Australia; it’s also an Aramaic unisex name, a variant of Talya meaning “young lamb”, derived from taleh; it’s also…

Barnaby

Barnaby is a Medieval English form of Barnabas, the Greek form of an Aramaic name of uncertain meaning though it could mean “son of the prophet” or perhaps “son of encouragement” or “son of consolation”. It’s also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Barney Origin: Aramaic Variants: Barnabas (English, German, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek)…

Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning “lady, mistress”, the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master). Origin: Aramaic Variants: Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek) Martta (Finnish) Marthe (French, Norwegian) Marte (Norwegian) Márta (Hungarian) Morta (Lithuanian) Maata (Maori) Marfa (Russian)  

Thomas

Thomas is the Greek form of an Aramaic name, Ta’oma, meaning “twin”. It was a nickname given to one of the twelve Apostles who was skeptical of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I’m not sure why he was given the byname Thomas though some claims I’ve seen are that it was meant to distinguish him from…

Anina

Anina is the German diminutive of Anna, the Latinate form of Hebrew given name Hannah or Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anina is also the name of a town in Romania where the oldest human remains in Europe were found in a cave; the remains were  nicknamed John of Anina (or Ion din Anina in Romanian). The name comes…