Moran

Moran is a Hebrew unisex name meaning “viburnum shrub” as well as being an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Irish O’Morain and O’Moghrain meaning “descendant of Móran”, Móran being a diminutive of Mór meaning “large” or “great” from a PIE root word. Moran is also a Spanish surname, a habitational surname denoting those who came from…

Lola

Lola originiated as a diminutive of Dolores, a Spanish female name meaning “sorrows”, taken from the Spanish title La Virgen María de los Dolores meaning “The Virgin Mary of Sorrows”. It’s a word in Tagalog meaning “grandmother”. I’ve also seen it listed as being a short form of Yoruba given names  ending in -lola such as Temilola meaning “wealth is mine”, Omolola possibly meaning…

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…

Yessenia

Yessenia is a variant spelling of Yesenia which is the Spanish form of Jessenia, the name of a South American palm tree. The origin of the name is unknown. Origin: Spanish Variants: Yesenia (Spanish) Jessenia (Spanish) Jesenia (Spanish)  

Colista

Colista is a female name that could be a variant spelling of Calista, the feminine form of Callistus, the Latin form of Greek Kallisto meaning “most beautiful” from kalos (beautiful). It could also be a combination of Colette (the short form of Nicolette, feminine form of Greek Nicholas meaning “victory of the people”) and Calista. Colista is also a Spanish word, apparently referring to the bottom or…

Mina

Mina is an Indian female name meaning “fish” in Sanskrit, as well as used as the Sanskrit term for the constellation Pisces; Minali is a variant of the name meaning “fish catcher”. It’s also a short form of Wilhelmina, the feminine form of Wilhelm, a German cognate of William meaning “wilfull protection” or “desiring protection” from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Mina…

Penna

Penna comes from Latin meaning “feather, plume, wing”. It’s also an Italian surname, either derived from the given name, or from Spanish Peña meaning “rock, cliff”, a locational surname referring to someone who lived near a cliff or rocky land. There’s also the Penna river in India (also known as Penneru) which comes from the Telugu words penu (grand)…

Maite

Maite is a Basque feminine name meaning “lovable” or “beloved”. It’s also been used as a contracted form of given name María Teresa. María ultimately comes from Hebrew Miryam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “and wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from…

Diego

Diego is a name of uncertain etymology, though it could possibly be a short form of Santiago, a Spanish name meaning “Saint Yago” from Spanish santo (saint) and Yago, an old Spanish form of James meaning “supplanter” or “holder of the heel”. During medieval times Diego was Latinized as Didacus, which is linked to Greek didache meaning “teaching” though whether…

Arden

Arden is a place name and a surname that comes from Celtic *ardwo meaning “high”. It was used as the name of a forest in William Shakespere’s play As You Like It (roughly around 1599), as well as being the name of a real forest in Warwickshire, England. Arden was also the maiden name of Shakespeare’s mother, Mary…

Linda

Origin: Germanic, Spanish, Portuguese Meaning: Linda was originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. Linda is also the Spanish and Portuguese word for “beautiful”. Linda is also the name of the mother of Kalevipoeg in Estonian mythology….

Vega

Origin: Arabic, Spanish Meaning: the name of the brightest star in the contellation Lyra and the fifth brightest star in the night sky, Vega derives its name from Arabic- the phrase an-nasr al-wāqi means “the alighting eagle” or “the falling eagle”, and because Vega comes from the wāqi part the name would mean “alighting” or falling”. Vega is also…

Delora

Origin: Spanish Meaning: a variant form of Spanish feminine name Dolores meaning “sorrows”, taken from the Spanish title La Virgen María de los Dolores meaning “The Virgen Mary of Sorrows”. Variants: Dolores (Spanish, English) Delores (English) Deloris (English) Dolors (Catalan) Dores (Portuguese, Galician) Addolorata (Italian) Dolorès (French) Lola (Spanish & English diminutive of Dolores) Lolita (Spanish &…