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)…

Barack

Barack is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Barak meaning “blessing”, which would make it a cognate of Hebrew Baruch meaning “blessed”, both of which derive from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barak is also a Hebrew male name meaning “lightning” which derives from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barack is also a Hungarian word meaning “peach, apricot”. Origin: Proto-Semitic, Slavic…

Judson

Judson comes from an English surname, a patronymic name meaning “son of Judd”, Judd being the Medieval English form of Jordan, 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…

Makeda

Makeda is the Ethiopian name given to the Queen of Sheba (also known as Bilqis). Though the menaing of the name is uncertain quite a few meanings attributed to it are “greatness”, “beautiful”, or it could derived from a Proto-Semitic word for “queen”. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “not thus” in Ethiopic due to a story…

Dina

Dina is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Deen/Dīn meaning “religion, creed” though it also means “debt, loan”, “duty, obligation, law” and “judgement, ruling”; it seems to be derived from a Proto-Semitic root word in reference to a legal sense (obligated conduct; decisions of morality or ethics, judgement, decree, ruling), and is a cognate with…

Leona

Leona is a female given name, the feminine form of Leon which comes from Ancient Greek leon meaning “lion” which seems to be derived from a Proto-Semitic root word *labiʾ- (lion). Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Leone (English) Leonie (German, Dutch) Léone (French) Léonie (French) Léontine (French) Léonne (French) Leonia (Late Roman) Leontina (Late Roman, Italian) Leola (English) Leontyne (English)…

Benjamin

Benjamin is the son of Jacob and Rachel in the Bible. His name comes from Hebrew Binyamin meaning “son of the right” or “son of the south” made up from Hebrew ben בֵּן (son) which derives from a Proto-Semitic word; and yamin יָמִין (right (hand), right side; south. Benjamin has also been interpreted as meaning “son of days”, probably referencing the advanced age…

Samson

Samson comes from Hebrew Shimshon meaning “sun” which derives from Proto-Semitic *śamš- (sun). In the Old Testament, Samson was an Israelite judge with extraordinary strength tied to his long hair and who was eventually betrayed by his lover, Delilah. Samson is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Sampson (Biblical Greek, English) Shimshon (Biblical…