Celina

Celina seems to be a variant spelling of Selena at first glance, the name of the Greek goddess of the moon, which fittingly means “moon”; though it may also be a short form of Marcelina (or any name ending in celina), the Polish feminine form of Marcellus, an ancient Roman cognomen which originated as a diminutive of Marcus, a Roman praenomen which…

Soraya

Soraya is the Persian form of Thurayya, an Arabic female name used to refer to the “Pleiades”, a bright cluster of seven stars that are able to be seen with the naked eye. In Greek mythology, the Pleiades are named for the seven daughters of Pleione, a sea-nymph, and the Titan Atlas. Thurayya also means “chandelier” as well as meaning…

Denise

Denise is the French feminine form of Denis, itself derived from Dionysos, 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. Although the etymology of the name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of…

Eteri

Eteri is a Georgian female name meaning “(a)ether, air”, and eteri is also a Catalan and Italian word meaning “ether” which comes from Latin aether (upper, pure bright air; the heavens; the upper world) via Ancient Greek aither (heaven; aether) derived from PIE root word *h₂eydʰ- (to ignite; fire). The Eteriani (the tale of Eteri) is a medieval Georgian folk romance based…

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…