Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened form of Katherine, which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

Yusuf

Yusuf is an Arabic and Turkish male name, the Arabic form of Joseph which comes from Hebrew Yosef meaning “Yahweh will increase” or “Yahweh will add”. Yusuf is also a surname. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Yousef (Arabic) Youssef (Arabic) Yusef (Arabic) Joseph (English, French, German) Josef (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Scandinavian) Yosef (Hebrew) Hovsep (Armenian) Yusif (Azerbaijani) Joseba…

José

José is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Joseph which comes from Hebrew meaning “Yahweh will increase” or “Yahweh will add”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Joseph (English, German, French) Josef (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Scandinavian) Yousef (Arabic) Youssef (Arabic) Yusef (Arabic) Yusuf (Arabic, Turkish) Yosef (Hebrew) Hovsep (Armenian) Yusif (Azerbaijani) Joseba (Basque) Josepe (Basque) Ioseph (Biblical Greek…

Jolene

Jolene is an English female name, a combination of Jo, a shortened form of Josephine (the feminine form of Joseph meaning “Yahweh will increase” or “Yahweh will add” from Hebrew) or Joanna/Joanne and Joan (the feminine forms of John which is the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”; while the second part of the name comes from the suffix -lene though…

Augusta

Augusta is the feminine form of Augustus, which was originally used as a name and title for the first Roman Emperor, Gaius Octavius, and which eventually passed on as a title to other Roman emperors. It means “majestic, venerable, great” from Latin augere (to increase, augment) which derives from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Auguste (German) Avgusta…

Zayd

Zayd is an Arabic male name meaning “to increase, to grow, to multiply”. Origin: Arabic Variants: Zaid   Female forms: Zayda (Arabic) Zaida (Arabic)   Zayd- زيد (Arabic)  

Yuya

Yuya is an Ancient Egyptian male name, belonging to a powerful courtier during the 18th dynasty of Egypt, living circa 1390 BCE. His daughter, Tiye, was the wife of Amenhotep III, making her queen of Egypt, and the mother of Akhenaten, and seemed to have a large influence at court. The etymology behind the name…

Erika

Erika is the feminine form of Erik, itself the Scandinavian form of Eric meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler” which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr. Erica is not only a variant spelling of Erika but it’s also the Latin word for “heather” and is the name of a genus of flowers. Erika is also a Japanese female name with…

Sami

Sami is an Arabic male name meaning “elevated, sublime, supreme, high, lofty” as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. It’s also the Finnish diminutive of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”. It could also be an English short form of Samuel and Samantha. Sami is also a Japanese female name with…

Cress

Cress is the name of various species of plants with pungent edible leaves such as garden cress, watercress, or winter cress. The name comes from Old English cressa via Middle Low German kerse from Proto-Germanic *krasjon-, deriving from Proto-Indo-European root *gras- (to devour). Cress is also a nickname for names beginning with Cress- such as Cressida (a medieval form of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female…