Alma

Alma is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “soul” which comes from Latin anima (soul, spirit, life) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and as a Spanish name derives from this source. However, as an English female name it could possible be derived from Latin almus meaning “nourishing”. In Azerbaijani and Hungarian, alma is a word…

Aya

Aya is a female given name which has several possible origins. The first is that it’s an Arabic name, a variant transcription of Ayah meaning “sign, token” and “verse” (such as the verses in the Quran), which derives from a Proto-Semitic root. Aya is also a Hebrew female name meaning “honey buzzard” though I’ve seen some sources…

Alara

Alara is a unisex name with several possible etymologies: it’s a Turkish female name, or at least it appears in Turkic mythology as a water fairy who is able to grant wishes as well as the name of a historic castle located in southern Turkey, built under the Byzantine Empire. I couldn’t find a meaning…

Ada

Ada is a female given name, a short form of names beginning with Germanic element adal meaning “noble” such as Adelaide (meaning “noble kind”). Ada could also be variant spelling of Adah which is a Hebrew female name meaning “ornament”. Ada is also a Turkish word and female name meaning “island”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew, Proto-Turkic Variants: Adah (Hebrew, English)  …

Damir

Damir is a Slavic male name made up of Slavic elements dan (given) and miru (peace; world) essentially meaning “to give peace”. It’s also possible that Damir is a variant form of Demir, a Turkish male name meaning “iron”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Turkic Variants: Demir (Bosnian, Turkish) Timur (Tatar, Chechen, Kazakh, Uzbek, Russian) Temir (Kazakh) Timour Temur (Georgian) Temuri (Georgian)…

Attila

Attila is a male name, its most famous bearer the 5th century leader of the Huns, an ancient Nomadic people across central Europe, and who was feared by the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Though often depicted as savage, barbaric and merciless, these depictions were made out by his enemies; a closer look by historians…

Boris

Boris is a Slavic male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could have originated as a short form of Boroslav/Borislav meaning “battle glory” from Slavic *borti- (battle) derived from PIE *bʰerH- (to pierce, to strike) and slava (glory, fame) also derived from PIE *ḱlewos (to hear). Boris may also be derived from Turkic Bogoris which could mean “short, small”, “wolf”, or “snow leopard”. Boris is also…

Gyula

Gyula is a Hungarian male name derived from the Hungarian royal title. Though the origin of the name is uncertain, it seems likely that it stems from a Turkic origin of unknown meaning. Apparently the title of gyula was one of two titles that co-ruled, a form of dual kingship. The gyula dealt primarily with…

Tamerlane

Tamerlane is the westernized form of Timur which comes from Proto-Turkic temür meaning “iron”. Timur was a Turkic-Mongol emperor who was known as Timur the Lame by Europeans, which became Tamerlane, because of wounds sustained by arrows that struck his right leg and hand which gave him crippling injuries. Origin: Proto-Turkic Variants: Tamerlan Timur (Tatar, Chechen, Kazakh, Uzbek, Russian,…