Nubia

Nubia is the name of an ancient African kingdom, one of the earliest to exist in Africa, as well as the name of a modern day region split between Egypt and Sudan. The origin of the name is uncertain; it could be derived from Egyptian nbw meaning “gold”, likely because it had rich deposits of gold. Origin:…

Marlene

Marlene is a blend of Maria and Magdalene, or in some cases Helene; Maria is the Latinate form of Miriam, a Hebrew female 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 name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or…

Susa

Susa is the name of an ancient city in the Middle East (also known as Shush and Shushan), which was ruled by the Elamites, a pre-Iranian civilization that ruled across much of what is present day Iran. Susa derives its name from a local god, Inshushinak, the god of darkness and the afterlife; his name may mean…

Susan

Susan is the English form of Susannah which comes from Hebrew Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”. Nicknames: Sue, Susie/Susy Origin: Egyptian Variants: Susannah (English) Susanna (Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Greek) Sousanna (Greek) Shoshannah (Hebrew) Shoshana (Hebrew) Sawsan (Arabic) Suzanne (French, English, Dutch) Suzana (Croatian, Serbian,…

Serket

Serket is the name of a goddess in Egyptian mythology, the goddess of fertility and healing, as well as healing venomous bites and stings, and was often depicted as a scorpion or who had the head of a scorpion. Her name can mean either “(she who) tightens the throat” or “(she who) causes the throat…

Horus

Horus was an important god in Egyptian mythology, the god of the sun, light, sky, law and war, as well as hunting. Seen as the personal god of the reigning monarch at the time, Horus was the son of Osiris and Isis, conceived after his father’s murder at the hands of his uncle Set (also spelled Seth), and who…

Sue Anna

Sue Anna is a combination of Sue, a short form of Susan or Susannah (which comes from Hebrew Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”), and Anna (the Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”). Origin: Egyptian, Hebrew Variants: Suanna (English) Sueanne (English) Sue Anne (English) Sue Ann (English) Suanne (English) Sue-Anna (English)…

Isadora

Isadora is a variant spelling of Isidora, the feminine form of Isidore which comes from Ancient Greek Isidoros meaning “gift of Isis”, Isis being an Egyptian goddess combined with Ancient Greek doron (gift) . Nicknames: Isa, Dora, Izzy/Izzie Origin: Ancient Egyptian, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Isidora (Ancient Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Russian, Italian, English) Izadora (English)   Male forms: Isidoros (Ancient Greek) Isidorus…

Marius

Marius comes from a Roman family name which can either be used as a masculine form of Maria (the Latin form of Hebrew 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…

Marianne

Marianne is a French female name, a combination of Marie (the French form of Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew 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 name either meaning…