Medina

Medina is the name of a city in Saudi Arabia and is considered a holy site by Muslims, as well as the burial site of the prophet Muhammad. It comes from Arabic al-madina الْمَدِينَة meaning “the city”. Medina is also a Spanish and Sephardic Jewish surname, a locational name for someone who came from any of several places called…

Susa

Susa is the name of an ancient city in the Middle East (also known as Shush and Shushan), which was ruled by the Elamites, a pre-Iranian civilization that ruled across much of what is present day Iran. Susa derives its name from a local god, Inshushinak, the god of darkness and the afterlife; his name may mean…

Sharon

Sharon is the name of a biblical place in the Old Testament, as well as the name of several places in the United States and United Kingdom. It means “plain”, referring to a fertile plain though it’s also been connected to Hebrew yashar meaning “straight,” or “to be level”, or that it could come from a…

Aura

Aura is the name of a Titan in Greek mythology, who personified the breeze and fresh cool air of the early morning. Her name, fittingly, means “breeze, cool wind”. The Aurae is the plural form of Aura, referring to the nymphs of the breezes. As an English word, aura is used to refer to distinctive quality…

Saxony

Saxony is the name of a region in Germany with a long history. The name comes from the Saxon tribe who originally inhabited the area. Their name may have originated from the name of a type of dagger they used, from Middle English sax from Old English seax meaning “dagger” or “knife” from Proto-Germanic *sahsą (dagger, knife) derived from PIE root word *sek- (to…

Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened form of Katherine, which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

Elam

Elam is a Hebrew male name either meaning “hidden” or “eternity, forever”; Elam also means “young (unmarried) man”. Elam is also the name of an ancient civilization in what is now southwest Iran. The name itself comes from the Sumerian transliteration of elama or from Elamite haltamti which I’ve seen meaning “lord country”, or perhaps from…

Kent

Kent comes from an English surname which originated as a locational name for someone who came from the name of a county in England. In Old English the name was spelled as Cent which originated from Latin Cantium, meaning “coastal district” or “corner-land, land on the edge”, derived from a Brythonic source. Kent is also used as…

Udo

Udo is a German male name, a modern form of Odo, an Ancient Germanic male name which started out as a short form of names beginning with the German element aud meaning “wealth, fortune” via Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches). I’ve also seen Udo listed as an Igbo unisex name meaning “peace” and is also the name of a place…