Missy

Missy is a female given name, originating as a diminutive of Melissa which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who…

Nala

Nala is an Indian male name meaning “stem, reed” and is the name of a king in Hindu mythology, specifially the Mahābhārata, a Sanskrit epic poem. There’s also another character named Nala in the Ramayana (another Sanskrit epic poem) who builds the Rama Setu (Rama’s Bridge) so that Rama could reach Lanka (an island fortress in Hindu mythology)…

Nahal

Nahal (pr. nah-kahl in Hebrew) is a Hebrew female name meaning “stream” as well as also being an acronym for a military program in Israel. Spelled naħal (pr. na-hal), it’s a Maltese word meaning “bees”, the plural form of naħla (bee) which derives from Arabic. Origin: Hebrew, Arabic  

Melitta

Melitta is the Ancient Attic Greek form of Melissa which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who looked after him)…

Melina

Melina may be an elaborated form of Greek meli meaning “honey” from PIE *mélit (honey) or it could be a variant form of Melissa, which also comes from Greek meaning “bee, honeybee” deriving from a PIE source; or it may be a variant of Melanie meaning “black, dark” from Greek melas from PIE *melh₂- (to grind, to crush). Melina is also a nickname for names ending in -melina such…

Beowulf

Beowulf is the name of eponymous hero of the Old English epic poem Beowulf, set in Scandinavia. He fights against the monster Grendel and wins, and later becomes a king of the Geats (a North Germanic tribe living in what is now Southern Sweden), later dying from a fatal found fighting against a dragon. The name comes…

Melissa

Melissa comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who looked after him) and fed him honey. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants:…

Dora

Origin: Proto-Indo-European Meaning: Dora is usually a short form of names like Theodora (meaning “God’s gift”), Isadora (meaning “gift of Isis”), Pandora (meaning “all-giving” or “all-gifted”), Medora (possibly based on Greek Metrodora meaning “mother’s gift”), Nymphodora (meaning “gift of the nymph” or “gift of the bride), Menodora (meaning “gift of the moon”) or Dorothy (the…