Layla

Layla is an Arabic female name meaning “night” which comes from Proto-Semitic layl- meaning “night”. There’s a popular Persian story called Layla and Qays (also known as Layla and Majnun), known across the Middle East and which has many versions. Qays and Laylagrew up in the same tribe and loved each other but her father wouldn’t allow them to get married and…

Shulamite

Shulamite is the name of a woman in the Song of Songs (also known as the Song of Solomon) in the Bible because she came from the village of Shunem; her real name is unknown. The Song of Songs is about two unnamed lovers and has some sexually suggestive dialogue within it. The woman is Shulamite,…

Menelik

Menelik is the name of several Ethiopian emperors, including the first emperor of Ethiopia, traditionally believed to be the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. The closest meaning I could find behind the name is that it developed from Arabic Ibn al-hakim meaning “son of the wise one”. Origin: Proto-Semitic, Arabic Variants: Menelick (English) Ménélik (French)…

Coralyn

Coralyn is an English female name, either a variant of Coralie, a French form of Koralia, which is a Greek female name derived from Ancient Greek korallion (coral), of uncertain etymology though it could be derived from a Semitic source, from Hebrew goral (small pebble) or Arabic garal (small stone). It’s also possible that Coralyn is an elaborated form of Cora, the Latinized form of…

Azrael

Azrael is the name of an angel in Jewish and Muslim tradition, he is known as an angel of death who separates the soul from the body at the moment of death; in Islam, he is one of four archangels, along with Jibril (Gabriel), Mikha’il (Michael) and Israfil. The name means “my God is help” made up from Hebrew azar (to…

Tamika

Tamika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ta 多 “many, much” + mi “reality; truth” + ka 果 “fruit” (多実果); ta 多 “many, much” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent” (多美佳); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 夏 “summer” (民夏); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 果 “fruit” (民果); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 歌 “song, sing” (民歌) There…

Melchior

Melchior is the name given to one of three Magi who visited the newborn Jesus Christ. It means “king of light”, made up from Hebrew melech (king) and or (light). Melchior is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Melchiorre (Italian) Melchor (Spanish) Melker (Swedish)   Female forms: Melchiora (Italian) Melchiorra (Italian) Melchiorina (Italian)…

Muriel

Muriel is an English female name, an anglicized form of a Scottish Gaelic name Muireall, made up of muir (sea, ocean) and geal (white, bright). Muriel is also a surname originating from the given name. Apparently, Muriel is also the name of an angel in Christianity associated with the month of June and ruler of the sign of Cancer. While…

Tamara

Tamara is the Slavic form of Tamar meaning “date palm; date fruit” which derives from a Proto-Semitic origin. Tamar is also the name of a river in England which forms a border between Devon and Cornwall though in this case the name seems to be derived from a Proto-Celtic source meaning “dark water”. Tamar is also the name of…

Zalman

Zalman is a Yiddish male name, the Yiddish form of Solomon meaning “peace” from Hebrew shalóm (peace) derived from Proto-Semitic *šalām- (peace, well-being, welfare). Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Solomon (Hebrew, English) Soloman (English) Sulayman (Arabic) Sulaiman (Arabic, Indonesian, Malay) Shelomoh (Biblical Hebrew) Salomo (Dutch, German) Salomon (French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Biblical French, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek) Salomone (Biblical Italian) Süleyman (Turkish)…