Kira

Kira is the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been attributed to it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the enemy in verbal contest” from Elamite, an extinct language that was once…

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…

Titan

Titan is an English word referring to something gigantic in size or power, something or someone that stands out for greatness of achievement, and from which the word titanic originates from. The word comes from Greek mythology, in which the Titans were giant deities who preceded the Olympian gods and were later overthrown by them. The…

Marisol

Marisol is Spanish female name, a contracted form of María de la Soledad, a title of the Virgin Mary meaning “Mary of Solitude”. It could also be a combination of María (the Spanish form of Hebrew 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…

Apollonia

Apollonia is the feminine form of Apollonios, an Ancient Greek name which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. His name is of uncertain etymology and meaning though the ancient Greeks often associated it with the Greek apollymi meaning “to destroy”. It’s also been associated with Doric apella “wall”, later referring to an assembly. Other possible theories regarding the name…

Tysilio

Tysilio is the name of a Welsh bishop (and later saint) in 7th century Wales who died in 640. He was originally a prince but chose to leave to become a monk. As for the meaning behind the name, it is unknown. It’s possible his name is either a form of or corruption of Sulio, perhaps…

Nima

Nima (نیما) is a Persian male name meaning “just, fair” though I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “strong, powerful”, “commander of the army”. Nima (نعمة) is also an Arabic unisex name meaning “blessing”. Nima is also a Tibetan unisex name and word (also spelled Nyima) meaning “sun; day”. Nima (also spelled Nema) is a Greek word…

Avi

Avi is a Hebrew male name meaning “father” and could also be used as a nickname for Avraham (the Hebrew form of Abraham meaning “father of many” or “father of multitudes”) or Avram or Aviram (meaning “high father”) or any name meaning with Avi. Of course, Avi could also be a short form for female names such as Aviva, Avila or Avis, making it a…

Sunday

Sunday comes from Old English sunnandaeg meaning “sun day” or “day of the sun” from Old English elements sunne “sun” and daeg “day. Sunday is also a surname, likely originating as a nickname for someone who was born on that day. According to the nursery rhyme Monday’s Child, And the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe,…