Abel

Abel is a Hebrew male name possibly derived from Hebrew hevel (הֶבֶל) meaning “breath, vapor; vanity” or from Akkadian ablu meaning “son”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen for the name is that it may be related to a word meaning “herdsman”, in reference to Abel’s role as a shepherd while his brother Cain was a farmer. Abel is also a surname…

Sami

Sami is an Arabic male name meaning “elevated, sublime, supreme, high, lofty” as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. It’s also the Finnish diminutive of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”. It could also be an English short form of Samuel and Samantha. Sami is also a Japanese female name with…

Raquel

Raquel is the Portuguese and Spanish form of Rachel, a Hebrew female name meaning “ewe”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Rachel (English, Hebrew, German, French, Dutch) Rachelle (English) Rachael (English) Racheal (English) Rachyl (English) Raschelle (English) Rahel (Biblical Latin) Rakel (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic) Raakel (Finnish) Ráhel (Hungarian) Ráichéal (Irish) Rachele (Italian) Rahela (Romanian, Serbian) Ruchel (Yiddish) Rahela…

Bartimaeus

Bartimaeus is the Latinized form of Greek Bartimaios meaning “son of Timaeus”, made up from Hebrew bar (son) and personal name Timaeus, an Ancient Greek male name meaning “to honor” from Ancient Greek timao. Nicknames: Barty/Bartie, Bart Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Bartimaios (Ancient Greek) Bartimée (French)  

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

Jordan

Jordan is an English unisex name, the name of a country in the Middle East named after the river that runs between it and Israel. The name comes from Hebrew yarden meaning “to go down, descend” or “flow down”. It was a popular name in the Middle Ages because Crusaders and pilgrims brought the water back from the Jordan…

Ozias

Ozias is a variant form of Uzziah, a Hebrew male name meaning “my power is Yahweh” or “my strength is Yahweh”. Nickames: Oz, Ozzy/Ozzie Origin: Hebrew Variants: Uzziah (Hebrew) ‘Uzziyyah (Biblical Hebrew)  

Janae

Janae is an elaborated form of Jane, the feminine form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”, apparently influenced by Renee. Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European  

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it’s presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning “ruler of the spear”) and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler”; Erica is also the Latin word for “heather”. I’ve also seen Jerica listed as the…

Uri

Uri is a Hebrew male name meaning “my light” as well as also being a Korean word and unisex given name meaning “us, we, our” as a pronoun and “house, pen hutch” as a noun. Uri is the name of a canton in Switzerland, also Latinized as Uronia, which seems to derive from Latin ora meaning “border, rim, edge, frontier,…

Silas

Silas is a contracted form of Silvanus, a Roman cognomen meaning “wood, forest; orchard, grove” derived from a PIE root word. In Roman mythology, Silvanus is the name of a god of the forest. It’s also possible that Silas may be the Ancient Greek form of an Aramaic form of Hebrew Saul meaning “asked for, prayed for”. Silas is also…

Levana

Levana is the name of an ancient Roman goddess involved in the rituals of childbirth. The name comes from Latin levare meaning “to lift” which derives from PIE *h₁lengʷʰ- (light (not heavy)). Levana is also a variant transcription of Lebanah, a Hebrew name meaning “white” from Hebrew laban though it is also used as a poetic term for “moon”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew…

Gamaliel

Gamaliel is a Hebrew male name meaning “benefit of God” or “reward of God”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Gamliel Gamiliel  

Salathiel

Salathiel is the Greek form of Hebrew Shealtiel meaning “I have asked of God” or “I have asked God”. Nicknames: Sal Origin: Hebrew Variants: Shealtiel (Hebrew) She’alti’el (Biblical Hebrew) Salathihel (Biblical Latin)  

Liesel

Liesel is the German diminutive of Elisabeth, the Dutch and German form of Elizabeth which is the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Liesl (German) Lisl (Austrian) Liese (German, Dutch) Liesa (German)  

Axel

Axel is the Danish form of Absalom, a Hebrew male name meaning “father of peace”, as well as being a Scandinavian, Dutch, and German surname derived from the given name. As a Dutch and Belgian surname, it derives as a habitational name for someone who came from a place called Aksel. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Aksel (Danish, Norwegian) Akseli…

Juana

Juana is a Spanish female name, the feminine form of Juan which is the Spanish and Manx form of John, the English form of Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. In Spanish it’s pronounced hwa-na. Nicknames: Juanita (Spanish) Origin: Hebrew Male forms: Juan (Spanish, Manx)  

Bella

Bella is often used as a short form of Isabella, the Latinate and Italian form of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Bella is also the Italian and Spanish word for “beautiful” which derives from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome” via PIE duenos/duonos (good), the diminutive of *dew- (to…

Jericho

Jericho is the name of an ancient city in the West Bank as well as a surname derived from the given name. The meaning behind the name is uncertain though possible meanings ascribed to it are “moon” from Hebrew yareach or it could be derived from Hebrew reyach meaning “fragrant, smell”. In Arabic it’s known as Ariha which also means…

Iago

Iago is the Welsh and Galician form of Jacob or James meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter” from Hebrew Ya’aqov. It’s the name of the villain in Shakespeare’s Othello (1603). In Welsh it’s pronounced ya-go in Welsh and ee-aw-go in Spanish. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jago (Cornish) Yago (Spanish)