Cressida

Cressida is a female given name, seemingly a Medieval English and Renaissance variant of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female name, a patronymic meaning “daughter of Chryses“; Chryses is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “gold, golden” which seems to be derived from a Semitic source. Chryseis‘s real name was Astynome. Chryseis features in the Iliad, the daughter of an Apollon priest who…

Delia

Delia is a female given name, derived from Greek Delos meaning “of Delos”, referring to someone who came from the island of Delos. It’s the name of an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis who was born there. The name comes from Ancient Greek delos meaning “visible, clear; conspicuous; manifest” derived from PIE root word *dyew- (to be bright; sky, heaven)….

Maisie

Maisie originated as a Scottish diminutive of Margaret, an English female name which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl”, which derives from Sanskrit manyari. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Maisy (English) Maizy (English) Maizie (English) Maizee (English) Maisee (English)  

Amandla

Amandla comes from a Xhosa and Zulu word meaning “power, strength” and is used as a female name. Origin: African  

Zuri

Zuri comes from a Swahili word meaning “beautiful, good” and is used as a unisex name, though in the U.S. it seems to be more popular for girls. Origin: Swahili  

Hala

Hala is an Arabic and Persian female name meaning “halo“, likely in reference to the circle of light visible around the moon, and in some cases the sun. Hala also means “aura” in Arabic. The word seems to originate from Ancient Greek halos, itself of uncertain origin, perhaps pre-Greek. Origin: uncertain, likely pre-Greek Variants: Hale (Turkish) Hallah…

Pilar

Pilar (pr. pee-lar) is a Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan female name meaning “pillar”, taken from the title of the Virgin Mary. Pilar is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,…

Magda

Magda is a Scandinavian short form of Magdalena, a Latinate form of Magdalene, originally a title meaning “of Magdala” in reference to someone who came from the town or village of Magdala, originally located at the Sea of Galilee. Magdala comes from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”. Origin: Hebrew