Sidon

Sidon (pr. sy-don) was the name of a chief city in ancient Phoenicia (now known as Saida, Lebanon) which was founded in the 3rd millennium BC which was once famous for its purple dye. The name most likely comes from Phoenician Tzidhon meaning “fishing place” or “fishery” via tzud (to hunt, to fish, to catch). Origin: Phoenician Variants:…

Ivory

Ivory comes from the hard white substance of dentine formed in the tusks of elephants, walruses, etc. It comes from Latin eboreus (ivory) which could either be derived from a Phoenician or from an Ancient Egyptian source meaning “elephant, ivory”. Ivory is also the name of an off-white creamy color. Ivory is also an English surname…

Malta

Malta is the name of a European country in the Mediterranean Sea as well as the name of the largest island in the Maltese Archipelago. The origin of the name is uncertain; its Latin name is Melita which is similar to Ancient Greek meli meaning “honey” via a PIE root word. It may also be derived from a…

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…

Monica

Monica is a female given name of unknown origins though it’s likely derived from a  North African or Phoenician origin. It’s often been associated with Latin moneo meaning “to advise, warn” or Ancient Greek monos meaning “one, single, only”. Nicknames: Mona (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Origin: North African, Phoenician Variants: Monika (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian,…

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,…

Hannibal

Hannibal is the name of a famous Carthaginian general who is considered one of the greatest military generals in history and caused the Ancient Romans great fear. His name comes from Phoenician haan (grace) combined with the name Ba’al meaning “grace of Ba’al”, Ba’al being the name of the chief god of the Phoenician pantheon which means “lord, husband”. Hannibal…

Tyrus

Tyrus has several possible meanings and origins such as being the Latin name of Greek Tyros, the name of an ancient Phoenician port city now known as Tyre, Lebanon (or Sur/Sour in Arabic). It was supposedly the birth place of Europa, who was the mother of King Minos of Crete who was abducted by the Greek…

Dido

Dido (pr. die-do) is the name of the Carthaginian queen featured in Virgil’s Aeneid. She was the founder and very first queen of Carthage (located in modern day Tunisia), who killed herself by throwing herself onto a funeral pyre after the Roman hero Aeneas left her to find a new home for the Trojan people. Though Dido’s real…