Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Anise

Anise is the name of an herb (also called aniseed) which grows in the Mediterranean region. It has a history in the ancient world, used as both a spice and a fragrance, and has a sweet, licorice-like taste which is why anise oil is used in licorice candy. It’s also been used as a flavoring…

Delyth

Delyth is a Welsh female name, an elaborated form of del meaning “pretty”. Origin: Welsh  

Rowe

Rowe comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it could be a locational name for someone who lived near a hedgerow or a row of houses. It comes from Old English rāw, ræw meaning “row”; it’s also possible that it may have arisen as a medieval form of Roul, the Norman French form of Rolf which comes…

Nino

Nino is an Italian male name, a diminutive o f names ending in -nino such as Giannino (itself a diminutive of Giovanni, the Italian form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew) or Antonino (a variant of Antonio via Antonius, a Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be Etruscan in origin. However, there have been other possible meanings…

Constantine

Constantine is the name of several Roman and Byzantine emperors of the ancient world. It comes from Latin constans meaning “constant, steadfast” derived from a PIE root word. Constantine is also a surname originating from the given name. While overwhelmingly a male name in many countries, in France it’s used as a female name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Helah

Helah is the name of a figure in the Bible, one of two wives of Ashur, the name of two men in the Bible, including the grandson of Noah, who lived in Assyria. Helah means “rust” or even possibly “sick, diseased” or “weak”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Hela (English)  

Malia

Malia is a Hawaiian female name, the Hawaiian form of Mary, the English form of Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr,…

Freesia

Freesia is the name of a genus of flowers named after German botanist Friedrich Freese. Freese itself is a German surname meaning “Frisian”, referring to someone who came from Friesland, an area in Germany in Lower Saxony (as well as the name of a province in the Netherlands). The name itself comes from the name of a…

Iphigenia

Iphigenia is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Iphigeneia, the name of a daughter of the Spartan king Agamemnon. He was also the older brother of Menelaus, whose wife Helen‘s abduction by Paris of Troy led to the ten year war between the Trojans and the Greeks. However, Agamemnon had offended the goddess Artemis and she refused to allow the Greek ships to sail unless…