Çolpan

Çolpan is a Turkish female name meaning “Venus” as in the planet, as well as a Turkish surname. From what I could find, the etymology behind the name is uncertain and rather interesting. It may have originally derived from a Persian word meaning “shepherd”, perhaps because shepherds used the Morning Star to lead their flock…

Shota

Shota is a Japanese male name, a variant transcription of Shouta, with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: sho 正 “correct; justice; righteous” + ta 太 “plump, thick” (正太); sho 翔 “soar, fly” + ta 太 “plump, thick” (翔太); sho 章 “chapter; section” + ta 太 “plump, thick” (章太); sho 将 “leader, commander, general” + ta 太 “plump, thick” (将太); sho 匠 “artisan, workman, carpenter” + ta 多 “many, much” (匠多) There are…

Shirin

Shirin is a Persian female name meaning “sweet; pleasant”. One famous Shirin was a Persian queen, the wife of Khosrow II, the last great Sasanian king of Iran. She and Khosrow feature in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh (meaning Book of Kings, an epic long poem about the mythical history of the Persian empire) as well as an epic poem titled Khosrow…

Kira

Kira is the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been attributed to it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the enemy in verbal contest” from Elamite, an extinct language that was once…

Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened form of Katherine, which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

Jasper

Jasper is an English and Dutch male given name which seems to be derived from a Persian origin meaning “treasurer” or “treasure-bearer”. It was the name given to the Three Magi who visited the newborn Jesus Christ. Jasper is also an English and North German surname originating from the given name. Jasper is also the name…

Fairuza

Fairuza is a Persian female name meaning “turquoise”, as in the gemstone. Fairuza is also a variant spelling of Firuzeh, which could be a feminine form of Firuz which comes from Persian piruz پیروز meaning “victorious”. Origin: Persian Variants: Firuzeh (Persian) Firouzeh (Persian) Firoozeh (Persian) Fairuz (Arabic) Fayruz (Arabic) Firuzə (Azerbaijani) Firuza (Azerbaijani, Uzbek, Tajik) Feruza (Uzbek) Firuze (Turkish)  …

Sohrab

Sohrab is a Persian male name which seems to be made up of Persian elements swhr (red) and ab (water) meaning “red water” which seems to be in reference of something illustrious or shining. In the Persian epic of the Shahnameh (meaning Book of Kings, an epic long poem about the mythical history of the Persian empire) Sohrab is the…

Artyom

Artyom is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Artemios, an Ancient Greek male name derived from the Greek goddess of the hunt and wild animals, Artemis. The name is of uncertain etymology and meaning with some sources citing it as pre-Greek. It could possibly be related to Persian *arte or *arta meaning “great, excellent, holy” or from Greek árktos meaning “bear” since…

Sufyan

Sufyan is an Arabic male name of uncertain meaning though several possible ones have been attached to it. It could mean “light, nimble” or “fast-moving” possibly derived from a Persian source; it could be derived from Arabic ṣafā صَفَا (to be pure, be clear, be serene) or ṣūf صُوف meaning “wool” which comes from the same root word as Sufi, referring…