Nanaya

Nanaya is the name of a Sumerian goddess worshipped by both the Sumerians and Akkadians, being the goddess of sex and war. She is closely associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar, all of whom share similar functions. Nanaya could possibly be related to Inanna meaning “lady of the heavens” though that’s not certain. Another source (Llewellyn’s Complete Book of…

Neven

Neven is a Croatian, Macedonian, and Serbian male name, the masculine form of Nevena meaning “marigold”. Neven is also an anglicized form of Naoimbin, an Irish name meaning “little saint”, made up from Irish naomh (saint) and the diminutive suffix -an. Never may also be a Breton name which derives from neñv meaning “sky; heaven” which ultimately derives from a PIE root…

Sidney

Sidney comes from an English surname meaning “wide island” made up from Old English elements sidan (wide) and eg (island). It’s also possible that it comes from the name of a town in Normandy, France, St. Denis, Denis being the medieval French form of Dennis, the English form of Dionysius. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the…

Zenobia

Zenobia is an Ancient Greek female name meaning “life of Zeus” or “Zeus is life”, made up of Zeno which derives from Zeus which derives from a PIE *dyḗws (sky, heaven; sky god) via root word *dyew- (to be bright; sky, heaven); and bios (life) though it’s possible that it could be related to bia meaning “strength, force, power; act of violence”, so…

Dionysos

Dionysos is the name of the Greek god of the vine, wine, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy, who represented both the intoxicating madness of wine as well as its beneficient qualities. He was the son of Zeus and the Theban princess Semele, making him the only god with a mortal parent and the last god to…

Deandra

Deandra is an English female name, either a combination of Dean (an English male name with various meanings of “valley”, or “dean”, referring to a person who was a dean or someone who worked for one, referring to an ecclesialtical head of a cathedral. It’s derived from Latin decanus meaning “chief of ten” in reference to someone who was in…

Dwight

Dwight is an English male name which comes from a surname, derived from the English medieval feminine name Diot, a diminutive of Dionysia, the feminine form of Dionysius, the name of the Greek god of the vine, wine, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy, who represented both the intoxicating madness of wine as well as its beneficient qualities. He…

Nalani

Nalani is a Hawaiian unisex name (though more popular for girls) meaning “the heavens” or “the chief”, made up from nā, the plural definite article (the) and lani (sky, heavens; chief, king; royal, majesty). Origin: Hawaiian Variants: Nālani (Hawaiian)  

Celestine

Celestine is the anglicized form of Latin Caelestinus meaning “heavenly”, a derivative of caelestis meaning “sky, heaven” which derives from a PIE root word. Celestine is a unisex name that seems to be more commonly used for girls, yet it does have a legitimate use of being used on men. Celestine is also a surname originating from the…