Angelica

Angelica is a female given name derived from Latin angelicus meaning “angelic” or something that pertains to angels. It comes from Greek angelos “messenger”,though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Angelica is also the name of a genus of…

Archana

Archana is an Indian female name meaning “honoring, praising” in Sanskrit. It derives from a Hindu ritual that focuses on the worship of God or the Divine. The name is pronounce ar-cha-na (Forvo). Nicknames: Archie Origin: Sanskrit      

Kiran

Kiran is an Indian unisex name meaning “dust”, “thread”, or “ray of light” from Sanskrit kirana (ray of light, beam). It could also be a variant spelling of Kieran, the anglicized form of Irish Ciarán, meaning “black, dark” from Irish Ciar with the diminutive suffix -an, so the name essentially means “little dark one”, likely in reference to someone who had dark hair….

Sappho

Sappho is an Ancient Greek female name possibly related to Greek sappheiros meaning “sapphire” either derived from a Semitic source or possibly from Sanskrit sanipriya meaning “dark-colored stone” or more literally “dear to Saturn”. The name is famously associated with a 7th century Greek poetess and as a symbol of female homosexuality. Origin: Semitic, Sanskrit    

Anoushka

Anoushka is a Russian diminutive of Anna, the Greek and Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anoushka is also an Indian female name which I’ve seen listed as meaning “one who fulfills their dreams and aspirations”. Origin: Hebrew, Sanskrit Variants: Annushka (Russian) Anushka (Russian, Indian)   Anouskha, Anushka – अनुष्का (Sanskrit)  

Tank

Tank is an English male given name derived from the English word tank which can refer to the armored vehicle used for combat or for a container or receptacle used for hilding or storing liquids or gas, as well as also being a verb meaning to do poorly or fail. The origin of the word comes…

Avani

Avani is an Indian female name meaning “earth” in Sanskrit. It’s the name of a village in India which has a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita, a Hindu goddess in the Rigveda as well as also being the name of the wife of Rama (who was the avatar of the god Vishnu), who was also the…

Diva

Diva comes from an English word referring to a distinguished female singer or prima donna which comes from Latin dīva meaning “goddess; female deity”, the feminine form of dīvus (godlike, godly; belonging to a deity) which derives from PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diva is also an Indian female name which comes from Old Marathi meaning…

India

India is the name of a country in South Asia. The name comes from the Indus River, one of the longest rivers in Asia. To the Ancient Greeks, it was known as Indus/Indos while the name became India to the Romans. Its name derives from Sanskrit Sindhu meaning “river, stream; flood, waters; sea, ocean”. India is a popular…

Rohini

Rohini is an Indian female name and another name for Aldebaran, the name of the brightest star in the Taurus constellation. Rohini means “the red one” and is the name of the principal wife of Krishna in Hindu mythology, who was the avatar of the god Vishnu, as well as the name of a consort of the moond god Chandra. I’ve…

Tamas

Tamas is the anglicized form of Tamás (pr. taw-mash), the Hungarian form of Thomas, the Greek form of Aramaic name Ta’oma meaning “twin”. Tamas is also a philosophical concept in Hindu philosophy which derives from Sanskrit meaning “darkness” which comes from a PIE root word *temH- (dark). It is one of the three gunas (translated as “quality”, it refers to three principles or tendencies that are everywhere…

Padma

Padma is an Indian unisex name (though more common for girls) which means “lotus” in Sanskrit. It was one of the names of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and her husband Vishnu and symbolizes purity and divine beauty while its expanding petals signal spiritual growth. It’s also the name of a river in Bangladesh. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Padmini…

Chandra

Chandra is an Indian unisex name derived from Sanskirt chand ( चन्द ) meaning “moon” and also meaning “to shine, glow”. It derives from Proto-Indo-European root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine). In Hindu mythology, Chandra is the Hindu god of the moon. He is depicted as young and beautiful, a two armed god with a club and a lotus, who…

Kaya

Kaya is a given name with a variety of meanings and origins such as: it’s a Malay word meaning “wealthy” and “rich, affluent”; Kaya is a Turkish male name meaning “rock” as well as a Turkish surname derived from the same origin as the given name; Kaya could also be an elaborate form of Kay, either…

Lena, Lina

Lena originally started out as a short form of names ending in -lena such as Helena (derived from Ancient Greek possibly meaning “torch” or “corposant” though it may also be deirved from Greek selene meaning “moon”), Madgalena (which means “of Magdala” from the name of a village, Magdala deriving from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”), Abilena (a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria, also known…

Mayura

Mayura comes from Sanskrit mayūra (मयूर) meaning “peacock”, an Indian male name. In Hindu mythology, the peacock is a sacred bird believed to have been created from the feathers of the Garuda, also a legendary bird in HIndu myth. Mayura is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “cocoon +…

Tangela

Tangela could be a variant form of Angela, the feminine form of Angelus meaning “messenger, angel” which derives from Ancient Greek angelos though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Tangela is also the name of a pokemon in the Pokemon game…

Croceus

Croceus comes from Latin meaning “saffron” and “golden, yellow”. The word derives from Ancient Greek krókos (crocus, saffron) which may be from a Semitic origin or it may ultimately comes from Sanskrit kunkumam. Croceus’s feminine form, Crocea, was the name of Julius Caesar’s sword, Crocea Mors meaning “yellow death”. Origin: Semitic, Sanskrit Variants: Crocus (Latin, English)   Female forms: Crocea (Latin,…

Rohan

Rohan is an Indian male name meaning “ascending” from Sanskrit rohana. Rohan is also the name of a place in France though the exact origins behind the name is unknown. Rohan is also a surname, a variant form of Rowan, an Irish surname which is the anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning “descendant of Ruadhán”, the latter derived from Irish ruadh meaning “red”, derived…

Kali

Kali is the name of a Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction and the consort of Shiva. The name derives from Sanskrit meaning “black, dark-colored”, which also comes from the same root word as kali, which is kala meaning “time, era, age, epoch”; kali is the feminine form of kala. Kali iss also being the name of a (male) demon whose name…