Anise

Anise is the name of an herb (also called aniseed) which grows in the Mediterranean region. It has a history in the ancient world, used as both a spice and a fragrance, and has a sweet, licorice-like taste which is why anise oil is used in licorice candy. It’s also been used as a flavoring…

Malia

Malia is a Hawaiian female name, the Hawaiian form of Mary, the English form of 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,…

Suanne

Suanne is a female given name, a combination of Sue or Susan (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”) and Anne (which comes from Hebrew meaning “favor” or “grace”). Origin: Egyptian, Hebrew Variants: Sueanne (English) Suanna (English) Sueanna (English) SuAnne (English) SuAnna (English)…

Jet

Jet is the name of a deep black color as well as the name of a type of gemstone. It comes from Old French jaiet via Latin gagates which ultimately comes from Ancient Greek gagates (lignite; jet), supposedly named after a river named Gages near the town of Gagai, a town in Ancient Greek that no longer exists, because…

Moira

Moira is the anglicized form of Máire, the Irish form of Mary, the English form of Hebrew 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, or from…

Marilyn

Marilyn is a female given name, a combination of Mary (the English form of Hebrew 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, or from mr “love”)…

Aharon

Aharon is the Hebrew form of Aaron, a name of uncertain etymology and meaning. It’s possible that it comes from an Ancient Egyptian source, perhaps aha rw meaning “warrior lion”. It’s also possible that it comes from a Hebrew source with possible meanings of “high mountain”, “bright”, or “exalted”. Origin: Ancient Egyptian, Hebrew Variants Aaron (English, Jewish) Aron (Polish,…

Rosemary

Rosemary is the name of an herb which can be used as an essential oil or in cooking, and symbolizes remembrance. It gets its name from Latin ros marinus meaning “dew of the sea”, apparently because it thrives near the sea. It could also be used as a combination of Rose and Mary.  Nicknames: Rose, Rosie/Rosy, Romy/Romey/Rommy, Mary…

Arlena

Arlena is a female given name, a variant of Arlene which may have originated as a variant of Charlene (a feminine form of Charles, which comes from Germanic Karl meaning “man” via Proto-Germanic *karilaz (free man) derived from a PIE root word. It was originally used to refer to men who were not thralls or or servants but who still lived at the bottom…

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:…