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…

Adalind

Adalind comes from an Ancient Germanic name composed of Germanic elements adal (noble) and lind meaning “soft tender” or “linden, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”. The name could essentially mean “noble dragon” or “noble linden tree” or “gentle noble”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Adalinde (Medieval French) Adalinda (Old High German) Adalindis (Anglo-Saxon)…

Aleah

Aleah is a variant spelling of Alia, an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Ali meaning “high, exalted, lofty, sublime”. Alia is also an Ancient Germanic form of Ella, the Norman form of Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign”. Aleah could also be a variant form of Leah with the a- prefix. The name itself is of uncertain meaning. It’s often been interpreted…

Aina

Aina is a female given name in various cultures and therefore has various meanings depending on its origin: in Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish, Aina is a variant of Aino meaning “the only one”, though aina is also a Finnish adverb meaning “always”. In the Finnish epic Kalevala, it’s the name of a girl who drowns herself when…

Athens

Athens is the name of the capital city in Greece, seemingly deriving its name from the Greek goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, as well as crafting, weaving, pottery, and heroic endeavor, Athena. The meaning behind the name is unknown, likely pre-Greek in origin though there have been attempts to link it to Ancient Greek theos (divine; god, deity) and noesis(intelligence,…

Asa

Asa is a Hebrew male name meaning “doctor, healer”; in the Old Testament, it was the name of the third king of Judah who reversed all the problems he inherited when he became king. Asa is also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: asa 朝 “morning”; asa 旦 “morning; dawn; daybreak”;…

Asaya

Asaya is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: asa 朝 “morning; dynasty; regime” + ya 也 “to be” (朝也); asa 朝 “morning; dynasty; regime” + ya 弥 “all the more; increasingly” (朝弥); asa 麻 “hemp; flax; linen” + ya 矢 “arrow” (麻矢); a 亜 “Asia; rank next. come after” + sa 紗 “silk gauze; gossamer” + ya 弥 “all the more;…

Aeronwy

Aeronwy is a Welsh female name, a combination of Aeron which is either derived from the Welsh word aeron meaning “fruits; berries” or it could be derived from the name of a river derived the name of a Celtic goddess, Agrona, the goddess of war and death in Welsh mythology whose name, fittingly means “battle, slaughter, carnage”; combined…

Azrael

Azrael is the name of an angel in Jewish and Muslim tradition, he is known as an angel of death who separates the soul from the body at the moment of death; in Islam, he is one of four archangels, along with Jibril (Gabriel), Mikha’il (Michael) and Israfil. The name means “my God is help” made up from Hebrew azar (to…

Agnetha

Agnetha is the Scandinavian form of Agnes, the Latinized form of Hagne, a Greek female name meaning “pure, chaste” from Greek hagnos (pure, chaste). The name later became associated with Latin agnus meaning “lamb” because of a virgin-martyr who died for her faith in ancient Rome. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Agneta (Swedish) Hagne (Ancient Greek) Hagno (Ancient Greek) Annis (Medieval English) Annice (English) Agnete…