Ruslan

Ruslan is a shortened form of Yeruslan, a Slavic male name which comes from Tatar Uruslan which could be derved from Turkish arslan, aslan meaning “lion”. Yeruslan Lazarevich is the name of a Russian folk hero who seems to have been influenced by the Persian hero Rostem. Origin: Turkish Variants: Yeruslan (Russian) Uruslan (Tatar) Eruslan (Russian) Jeruslan (German)   Female forms: Ruslana…

Ela

Ela is a female given name with several possible etymologies: Ela is a Turkish female name which comes from the word meaning “hazel” as in the color; Ela is also a Polish diminutive of Elżbieta, the Polish form of Elizabeth which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”; it’s also possible that…

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…

Ayla

Ayla is a Turkish female name meaning “moonlight, halo”, the first element coming from Turkish ay meaning “moon; month” and often used in female given names to indicate beauty. Ayla is also a variant transcription of Ela, a modern Hebrew female form of Elah, a Hebrew male name meaning “terebinth tree”. It could also be a variant spelling of Aila, itself the…

Ahi

Ahi has several meanings depending on which etymology it derives from: it’s is a Hawaiian and Maori word meaning “fire”; Ahi is the name of a giant serpent or a dragon in Hindu mythology (also known as Vritra) who was later killed by Indra. His name in Sanskrit means “snake”; Ahi is a Hebrew male name meaning…

Elma

Elma may have started out as a short form of names such as Wilhelmina (the feminine form of Wilhelm, the German cognate of William meaning “willful protection” or “desiring protection” made up from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection”) or Anselma (the feminine form of Anselm meaning “god + helmet, protection” or any names endig in elma. Elma is also Turkish word meaning “apple”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European,…

Dava

Dava is the Scottish feminine form of David, a Hebrew male name meaning “beloved”. Dava is also the name of a Geto-Dacian city used as a suffix for any town, city, or fortress which may be derived from PIE *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, set), as well as also being a word in Turkish meaning “case, lawsuit, trial”. Origin:…

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…

Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning “courage, strength, power” from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it’s also a Turkish word meaning “wound”; it’s a Hebrew female name meaning “honeycomb” or “honeysuckle” though it may also be related to Hebrew ya’ar יַעַר meaning “forest, woods, woodland”;…