Miles

Miles is the French Norman form of Milo, a Germanic name of uncertain meaning though it’s often been linked to Latin miles meaning “soldier” or perhaps related to Slavic element milu meaning “gracious, dear”. Miles is also an English surname derived from the given name. Miles is also an English word, the plural of mile referring to a unit of distance or…

Iskra

Iskra is a Slavic female name meaning “spark”. Origin: Slavic  

Nadine

Nadine is the French form of Nadia, the diminutive form of Nadezhda, a Russian female name meaning “hope” from Slavic. Nadine could also be a variant spelling of Nadeen, an Arabic female name which is also a variant of Nadia though it comes from an Arabic source meaning “moist, tender, delicate” or “calling”. Origin: Slavic, Arabic Variants: Nadina (Bosnian,…

Zora

Zora comes from a Slavic word meaning “dawn, aurora” derived from Proto-Slavic *zorja (dawn). Nicknames: Zorka (Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian), Zorica (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian) Origin: Proto-Slavic Variants: Zorana (Croatian, Serbian) Zorina (Croatian)   Male forms: Zoran (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian) Zorán (Hungarian) Zorin (Croatian)  

Gordan, Gordon

Gordan originates from South Slavic  gord meaning “dignified” or”proud” from Proto-Slavic good. The name is pronounced gor-dahn. Spelled Gordon (pr. gor-den), it’s a Scottish surname derived from a place name meaning “spacious fort” from Welsh elements gor (spacious) and din (fort) though it may also come from Old English meaning “mud hill” or “dirty hill”. Another possible etymology of Gordon is from Gallo-Roman…

Milon

Milon is an Ancient Greek name meaning “yew” from Greek milos. It’s often been Latinized as Milo, which also happens to be an old Germanic of Miles, a name of uncertain origin and meaning though it’s been linked to Slavic mil (gracious, dear) and Latin mīles (soldier). Milon is also a French surname deriving from given name Miles. Origin: Ancient Greek, Slavic, Latin Variants: Milo…

Raya

Raya is a female given name with a variety of origins and meanings such as: it’s used as a short form of Rayna, either a Bulgarian form of Regina meaning “queen” or the feminine form of Rayno derived from Slavic rad meaning “happy, willing”; Raya is also used as a Russian nickname for Raisa, a Russian name of unknown meaning though it may have been…

Dusana

Dusana (pr. du-sa-na) could be a variant form of Dušana (pr. du-sha-na) , without the š symbol. It’s the feminine form of Dušan which comes from Slavic dusha meaning “soul, spirit”. Origin: Slavic   Variants: Dušana (Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovak) Dušanka (Serbian, Slovene, Croatian) Dušica (Serbian) Dushana (English)   Male forms: Dušan (Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovak, Slovene, Macedonian) Duško (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian) Dushan…

Caleen

Caleen is a female given name though there wasn’t much I could find on it. It could be a variant form of Calina, a variant spelling of Kalina, a Slavic female name meaning “guelder rose” or “viburnum tree” (the guelder rose is the common name for the viburnum), though it may also be a variant form of Callie, a short…

Pan

Pan is the name of a Greek god of the wild, nature, shepherds, and flocks, depicted as a man with the horns, legs, and tail of a goat, and who often played the pan-pipes. His name is somewhat tricky to pin down- it may be related to Greek pan meaning “all”; it could mean “shepherd” or it…

Belia

Belia has several possible meanings and origins such as: it’s an Indonesian word meaning “youth”; it may also be a variant of Bella, the short form of Isabella, the Latinate form of Elizabeth, which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”; Bella also means “beautiful” in Italian from Latin bellus; Belia may also be a…

Nadia

Nadia is a variant transcription of Nadiyya, an Arabic female name meaning “moist, tender, delicate” or “calling”, as well as a Slavic female name, a diminutive of Nadezhda meaning “hope”. Origin: Arabic, Slavic Variants: Nadya (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Arabic) Nadiya (Ukrainian) Nadja (German, Slovene) Nadiyya (Arabic) Nadiye (Turkish) Nadezhda (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Ukrainian)   نديّة (Arabic) “moist, tender,…

Valdis

Valdis is used as a short form of Latvian male name Voldemārs, the Latvian cognate of Germanic Waldemar which is derived from Slavic Vladimir meaning “famous ruler” or “great ruler” or “ruler of the world” from elements vladeti (to rule, to control) and meru (great, famous), though the second element of the name has also been associated with miru meaning “peace, world” so the name could…

Dana

Dana is an English unisex name though it has multiple origins and meanings. As an English given name it’s derived from a surname, a variant of Dane, referring to someone who came from Denmark or had Danish descent. It could also be a variant of D’Aunay, a Huguenot French name derived from several place names in France called Aunay,…

Mila

Mila (pr. mee-lah or my-lah) is a Slavic given name, often used as a short form for names such as Ludmila (love of the people), Milena (gracious, dear), Milica (gracious, dear), Camilla/Camila, or Milagros (miracles). It comes from the Slavic element milu meaning “gracious, dear”. Origin: Slavic   Variants: Myla (English) Milla (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish) Milena (Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian) Miléna…

Belisarius

Belisarius is the name of a renowned and famous general of the Byzantine Empire under the rule of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I and was called the Last of the Romans because he was believed to embody the values of the Ancient Roman civilization. The meaning behind the name is unknown. Belisarius was born in Illyria,…

Dober

Dober comes from a Slavic word meaning “good”; it’s the name of a settlement (also spelled Dobër and Dobre) in northern Albania. Dober is also a surname of English origin (with various spellings of Dauber, Dawber, Daber, and Doberer), an occupational surname for someone who was a plasterer from Middle English daubere via Old French daubier (whitewash, plasterer). Origin:…

Lana

Lana is an Arabic female name deriving from a root word meaning “soft, tender, gentle”. It’s also a short form of names like Svetlana, a Slavic female name meaning “light” from Slavic svet (light), or Alana, feminine form of Alan, a Celtic name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to meaning either “little rock” or “handsome” though it might also be…

Nina

Nina is the name of a Sumerian fertility goddess who was also identified with Ishtar and Inanna. Her name in cuneiform is written with a fish inside of a house and means “water lady” or “lady of the water” from Sumerian nin (lady) and a (water). The city of Ninevah was named after her. Nina is also the Russian…

Vadim

Vadim is a Russian male name of unknown meaning. It’s been used as the Russian form of Bademus, the name of a Persian Christian martyr who was killed in Persia and later recognized as a saint. I’ve seen the name as possibly originating from Persian badian meaning “anise, aniseed”. Vadim could also be a short form of Russian Vadimir composed…