Aya

Aya is a female given name which has several possible origins. The first is that it’s an Arabic name, a variant transcription of Ayah meaning “sign, token” and “verse” (such as the verses in the Quran), which derives from a Proto-Semitic root. Aya is also a Hebrew female name meaning “honey buzzard” though I’ve seen some sources…

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…

Zaynab

Zaynab is an Arabic female name which is the name of a tree with fragrant flowers. The etymology behind the name itself is uncertain. It’s often associated with Arabic zayn زين meaning “beautiful, handsome, beauty” and “to adorn, to decorate”. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “father’s precious jewel” made up from zeenah/zína زينة “embellishment, adornment” and…

Zane

Zane is an English surname of unknown meaning though there have been attempts to link it as a shortened form of Zanelli and Zanetti, both Italian surnames deriving from the given name Zani which is the Italian form of John, the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochana meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Other possible origins include: it may have…