Alula

Alula is a name with quite a few origins and meanings to it: Alula (also known as a bastard wing) refers to a small joint in the middle of a bird’s wing, which has three to five small wing feathers (depending on the species) and helps the birds navigate through the air. It means ‘”winglet”, since…

Alouette

Alouette is the French word for “lark; skylark” via Old French aloe (lark) combined with a diminutive suffix derived from Latin alauda (lark) which seems to derive from a Gaulish source. Origin: Gaulish Variants: Alouetta (English)  

Alpha

Alpha comes from the first letter of the Greek alphabet, which derives from Hebrew and Phoenician aleph meaning “ox, oxen”, perhaps because the hieroglyph resembled that of an ox’s head. Alpha is also used to describe the beginning of something, or used to describe a leader or someone who is assertive and dominant, as well as used to…

Arya, Aria

Arya is an Iranian male name as well as an Indian unisex name meaning “noble” from Sanskrit arya derived from a Proto-Indo-Iranian root word. While Aria is a variant transcription of the name, it’s also an Italian word referring to a musical piece written for a solo voice. It means “song, melody; air” which comes from Latin…

Adina

Adina is the name of a minor figure in the Old Testament, the name of a (male) soldier meaning “slender” written as עֲדִינָא though it’s also used as a Hebrew female name written עֲדִינָה meaning “delicate, gentle, fine”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Romanian feminine name, possibly a short form of Adelina, a variant of Adela, meaning “noble”…

Alma

Alma is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “soul” which comes from Latin anima (soul, spirit, life) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and as a Spanish name derives from this source. However, as an English female name it could possible be derived from Latin almus meaning “nourishing”. In Azerbaijani and Hungarian, alma is a word…

Alexis

Alexis is an Ancient Greek male name which comes from Ancient Greek alexis meaning “helper, defender”. It was the name of several Ancient Greek figures, including a character in Virgil‘s Eclogue II, who was the beloved of the character Corydon. In Greek mythology, a young man named Alexis was in love with a young woman, Meliboea, who also loved…

Amal

Amal is an Arabic unisex name and word meaning “hope”. Amal is also a Hebrew male name meaning “work, labor, toil”. Amal is also a Germanic element meaning “work, labor” in reference to the idea of industriousness and fertility. Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Amela (Bosnian) Amaal (Arabic) Amel (Maghrebi Arabic)   Amaal- أمال (Arabic) Amal-أمل (Arabic)…

Ayumi

Ayumi is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ayumi 歩 “walk; step” + mi 美 “beauty beautiful” (歩美); ayumi 歩 “walk; step”; a 明 “bright, light” + yu 征 “subjugate; conquest” + mi 魅 “fascination; charm; bewitch” (明征魅); ayu 鮎 “sweetfish” + mi 己 “itself; oneself” (鮎己); a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + yu 佑 “help, assist” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (亜佑美) There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written…