Erina

Erina is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: e 恵 “favor, blessing, grace, kindness” + ri 里 “village” + na 奈 “Nara; what” (恵里奈); e 恵 “favor, blessing, grace, kindness” + ri 利 “profit, advantage, benefit” + a 奈 “Nara; what” (恵利奈); e 絵 “picture, drawing, painting, sketch” + ri 梨 “pear” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (絵梨奈); e 慧 “wise” + ri 理 “reason, logic;…

Kari

Kari (pr. kah-ree or care-ee) is a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Katarina, the Scandinavian 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…

Seeley

Seeley comes from an English surname which comes from Old English sǣliġ meaning “happy, prosperous, fortunate, blessed” via Proto-Germanic *sēlīgaz which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It originated as a nickname for someone who had a happy or cheerful disposition. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Sealey (English) Seely (English) Seelie (English)  

Layla

Layla is an Arabic female name meaning “night” which comes from Proto-Semitic layl- meaning “night”. There’s a popular Persian story called Layla and Qays (also known as Layla and Majnun), known across the Middle East and which has many versions. Qays and Laylagrew up in the same tribe and loved each other but her father wouldn’t allow them to get married and…

Asa

Asa is a Hebrew male name meaning “doctor, healer”; in the Old Testament, it was the name of the third king of Judah who reversed all the problems he inherited when he became king. Asa is also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: asa 朝 “morning”; asa 旦 “morning; dawn; daybreak”;…

Jenna

Jenna is a variant of Jenny, originally a medieval English diminutive of Jane, the feminine form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew. However, Jenny has become more popular as a nickname for Jennifer, the Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from), made up from Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name…

Makar

Makar is the Russian form of Makarios, an Ancient Greek male name meaning “blessed, happy” from Ancient Greek makar (blessed). Makar is also a Scottish term for a poet or a bard. It’s the equivalent of English word maker. Its plural form is makaris. Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Makari (Russian) Makariy (Russian) Makarios (Late Greek) Macarius (Latinized Late Greek)…

Benedetta

Benedetta is an Italian female name, the feminine form of Benedetto, the Italian form of Benedictus meaning “blessed” made up from bene (good) and dicere (to say, speak) both of which derive from a PIE origin. Nicknames: Bettina (Italian) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Benedikte (Danish, Norwegian) Benedicte (Norwegian) Bénédicte (French) Benoîte (French) Benedikta (German) Benedicta (Late Roman) Benedykta (Polish) Benedita (Portuguese) Benita…

Bettina

Bettina is an Italian female given name, either a short form of Benedetta, the Italian feminine form of Benedict meaning “blessed”, or Elisabetta, the Italian form of Elizabeth meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance” from Hebrew; Bettina is also the German diminutive of Elisabeth. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew Variants: Betina  

Oleg

Oleg is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Helge, a Scandinavian male name which comes from Old Norse name Helgi meaning “holy, blessed” which comes from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, blessed), composed from *hailaz (healthy, sound; whole, unbroken; complete) via PIE *kóylos (healthy, whole); and *-gaz, an adjective used to denote something meaning “of being, having, or doing”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Helge (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German) Helgi…