A names, Ancient Germanic, Animals, Birds, Female, Hebrew, Irish, Persian, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Ava

Ava is a female given name with a multitude of origins and meanings: it could be related to Latin avis meaning "bird" which derives from a PIE root word; it could be a variant spelling of Eva, the Latin form of Eve which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”; it could also be an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish… Continue reading Ava

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Female, G names, Nature, Persian

Gelsey

Gelsey is an English female given name, a shortened form of Gelsomina, the Italian equivalent of Jasmine. It derives from Persian yasameen (jasmine) referring to a genus of fragrant flowers. Origin: Persian Variants: Gelsomina (Italian) Jasmine (English, French) Jasmina (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian) Yasmeen (Persian, Arabic) Yasmine (Persian, Arabic, English) Yasmin (Persian, Arabic, English, Spanish) Yazmin (English) Jasmijn (Dutch) Jasmin… Continue reading Gelsey

Female, Greek mythology, Mermaid/Siren, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Sirina

Sirina is a female given name with various meanings attributed to it such as: it's a variant spelling of Serena meaning "calm, tranquil, serene" from Latin serenus; it could also be a variant of Sirin, also a name of uncertain meaning though it could be an elaborated form of Siri, a short form of Sigrid meaning "victory + beautiful, fair" made… Continue reading Sirina

E names, Female, Mythology, Near East mythology, Persian, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Esther

Esther is a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to a Persian word meaning "star", though it could also be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown. Esther is also a Hebrew and French matrynomic surname. Nicknames: Esta (English), Estee (Jewish), Essie (English)… Continue reading Esther

D names, Female, Norman French, Persian, Virtues/Attributes

Dariela

Dariela is a Spanish female name which seems to be the Spanish form of Daria, the feminine form of Darius which comes from Persian Dārayavahush meaning “to possess excellence” or “he who holds firm to good” from dâraya (to possess, to hold) and vahu (good). Another possible meaning I've seen for it is that it's the feminine form of Dariel, an English male name which… Continue reading Dariela

E names, Female, Mythology, Near East mythology, Nickname names, Persian, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Esta

Esta is a diminutive of Esther, a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Persian meaning “star”; Esther has also been linked to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning behind it is unknown. Esta is also a Spanish word meaning "this". Origin: Persian Variants: Estee (English) Esther (English, French, Spanish, Dutch,… Continue reading Esta

Female, Literature, Persian, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Shahrazad

Shahrazad is a Persian female name meaning "free city" or "freer of city" from Persian elements shahr (city) and azad (free). I've also seen azad meaning "noble" so the name would suggest someone born from a noble lineage, but I'm not too clear of the etymology behind that. Shahrazad is the name of a storyteller in the 1001 Nights,… Continue reading Shahrazad

Literature, Male, Persian, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Shahryar

Shahryar is a Persian male name meaning "lord of the city" and by extension "lord, king, sovereign", composed from Persian elements shahr (city) and yar (strength, power). It's the name of the king in 1001 Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern tales with roots to medieval Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek, Indian, and Jewish sources. In the tales, he finds out… Continue reading Shahryar

Female, Georgian, Hebrew, Literature, Male, Persian, Seasons, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Tariel

Tariel is the name of a male character in The Knight in the Panther's Skin, a Georgian medieval epic poem written in the 12th century by Shota Rustaveli (1160-1220). Tariel is a knight dressed in a panther's skin, the son of a king in India who fell in love with the princess Nestan-Darejan, but who lost her. He is… Continue reading Tariel

Animals, English, Food, Male, Nature, Old English, Persian, Phoenician, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Snake/Serpent, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Rhodes

Rhodes is the name of an island in Greece with quite a few possible meanings. The first is that it comes from Greek rhódon meaning "rose" which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. It may also be based on Greek rhoíā meaning "pomegranate". Rhodes may also be pre-Greek in origin,… Continue reading Rhodes

African, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Kin/Family, L names, Nature, Nickname names, Persian, Sorrow, Spanish, Tagalog, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yoruba

Lola

Lola originiated as a diminutive of Dolores, a Spanish female name meaning “sorrows”, taken from the Spanish title La Virgen María de los Dolores meaning “The Virgin Mary of Sorrows”. It's a word in Tagalog meaning "grandmother". I've also seen it listed as being a short form of Yoruba given names  ending in -lola such as Temilola meaning "wealth is mine", Omolola possibly meaning… Continue reading Lola

English, G names, Latin, Male, Old English, Persian, Place names, Slavic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Gordan, Gordon

Gordan originates from South Slavic  gord meaning "dignified" or"proud" from Proto-Slavic good. The name is pronounced gor-dahn. Spelled Gordon (pr. gor-den), it's a Scottish surname derived from a place name meaning "spacious fort" from Welsh elements gor (spacious) and din (fort) though it may also come from Old English meaning "mud hill" or "dirty hill". Another possible etymology of Gordon is from Gallo-Roman… Continue reading Gordan, Gordon

Ancient Germanic, Female, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, V names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Vida

Vida is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning "life" as well as the Slovene feminine form of Vitus, a Roman name which derives from Latin vita (life) from Proto-Indo-European *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Vida could also be the Slovene feminine form of Wido which comes from an Ancient Germanic element witu "wood" or wid "wide". Vida… Continue reading Vida

A names, Brown, Color, Female, Nature, Orange, Persian, Virtues/Attributes, Yellow

Ambrette

Ambrette is another name for the musk mallow seed (its scientific name is Abelmoschus moschatus), a plant that grows in Asia and has both culinary and medicinal values. The name is a diminutive of Ambre, the French form of English Amber which refers to fossilized tree resin from which jewelry is made out of it, as well as a… Continue reading Ambrette

Dutch, Female, Literature, Persian, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vanessa

Vanessa is a famous name created by the Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa (1713). He created it by taking the first three letters of his lover’s surname (Esther Vanhomrigh) and adding the pet form Essa. Vanhomrigh is a Dutch surname and van means “from”, referring to a habitational surname, while Esther either means… Continue reading Vanessa

Arabic, Color, Female, Persian, Red/Crimson, S names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Scarlet

Scarlet comes from the name of a bright red color with a tinge of orange. The name comes from Old French escarlate referring to a type of expensive cloth via Latin scarlatum (scarlet, scarlet cloth) which may be derived from either Persian saqirlāt meaning "warm, woolen cloth" or from Arabic siklāt used to refer to expensive, luxury silks dyed scarlet red. Scarlet is also… Continue reading Scarlet

Ancient Persian, Color, Female, Gold, Orange, Persian, S names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Yellow

Saffron

Saffron is a female given name which comes from the name of a spice which is derived from the flower Crocus sativus (or saffron crocus). The name comes from Old French safran derived from Arabic za'faran which may be derived from Persian possibly meaning "golden leaves". It's also the name of a yellow-orange color. Origin: Persian Variants: Safran (Turkish)  

Arabic, Brazilian mythology, Elements, Female, Food, Hebrew, Honey, Insects, Japanese, Mermaid/Siren, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Nymphs, Old Tupi, Persian, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Turkish, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Y names

Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning "courage, strength, power" from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it's also a Turkish word meaning "wound"; it's a Hebrew female name meaning "honeycomb" or "honeysuckle" though it may also be related to Hebrew ya'ar יַעַר meaning "forest, woods, woodland";… Continue reading Yara

Animals, Female, German/Germanic, Horses/Stallions, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Royce

Royce comes from an English surname which derives from a medieval female name Royse, a variant of Rose, the name of the flower which derives from Latin rosa meaning “rose” via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning… Continue reading Royce

Akkadian, Ancient Greek, Animals, Elements, Female, German/Germanic, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Horses/Stallions, L names, Mythology, Nature, Nickname names, Night/Evening, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Sumerian, Virtues/Attributes, Wind/Air

Lita

Lita was originally used as a nickname for names ending in -lita such as Rosalita (Spanish diminutive of Rosa, the Latin form of Rose which derives from Latin rosa meaning “rose” via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning “fame”, originally… Continue reading Lita