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…

Alara

Alara is a unisex name with several possible etymologies: it’s a Turkish female name, or at least it appears in Turkic mythology as a water fairy who is able to grant wishes as well as the name of a historic castle located in southern Turkey, built under the Byzantine Empire. I couldn’t find a meaning…

Ashley

Ashley comes from an English surname, a habitational name meaning “ash tree clearing” made up from Old English æsċ (ash tree) and leah (wood, clearing). Ashley was originally used as a boy’s name but it became popular as a girl’s name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ashlee (English) Ashleigh (English) Ashlea (English) Ashlie (English) Ashlyn (English) Ashlynn (English)…

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…

Aero

Aero is a Greenlandic female given name, an older form of Angerdlartoĸ, a Greenlandic unisex name meaning “the one returning back home” or “the person who has returned”. Aero also means “air” which comes from Ancient Greek aeros, the genitive singular form of āḗr (air; wind; mist). Aero is also a Latin word meaning “hamper, wicker basket”. Aero was also…