Ida

Ida is the name of two sacred mountains in Greek mythology, one located on the island of Crete and another in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). The one in Crete is where the god Zeus was supposedly born and hidden, named by two nymphs named Ida and Adrasteia. It may be derived from Ancient Greek í̄d (ἴ̄δη) meaning “wooded hill, wood”…

Varvara

Varvara is the Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Macedonian form of Barbara which means “foreign, strange”. It comes from Ancient Greek barbaros; it was used by the Ancient Greeks to refer to non-Greek speaking foreigners or those who spoke a language they couldn’t understand. Nicknames: Varya (Russian), Vara (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Barbara (Late Roman, English, Italian, French, German,…

Emery

Emery comes from an English surname, the Norman form of Emmerich, a Germanic male name. While the second element of the name comes from ric meaning “power, rule”, the first part of the name is a little more complicated. It could be from Germanic ermen meaning “whole, universal”, amal “work, labor” (which would make it a variant of Amalric), or heim “home”. Emery…

Thalassa

Thalassa is the name of the primordial goddess of the sea in Greek mythology whose name, fittingly, means “sea”, which derives from a pre-Greek substrate language. Origin: Ancient Greek      

Larissa

Larissa is the name of a city in Thessaly, Greece, that dates back to five thousand years ago (it’s also the name of a few other towns in the region as well). Apparently the city received its name from a Greek nymph named Larissa, and which means “stronghold”, “citadel”, or “fortress”. I’ve also seen other sites…

Lionella

Lionella is the feminine form of Lionello, the Italian form of Lionel meaning “little lion”, Lionel being a French diminutive of Léon which comes from Greek leon meaning “lion”. Origin: Ancient Greek Male forms: Lionello (Italian) Lionel (French, English) Léonel (French)  

Noor

Noor is an Arabic unisex name meaning “light” and is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Noor is also a Dutch variant of Nór/Nórr which comes from Old Norse norðr meaning “north”; in Norse mythology it was the name of the son of King Þorri (Thorri in English) and the founder of Norway. Noor is also a…

Lino

Lino is the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Galician form of Linus, the name of a son of the god Apollo in Greek mythology. The name comes from Greek linos meaning “flax” of uncertain etymology though it could possibly be derived from a PIE root word. Lino is also a shortened form of names ending in -lino such as Angelino which derives from Latin Angelus. It…

Lianor

Lianor is the medieval Portuguese form of Leonor, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly a Germanic name of unknown meaning, though it’s been linked to Adenorde or Adenor, made up of Germanic elements adal (noble) and nord (north), or even as a contracted form…