Alisa

Alisa is the Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian, and Finnish form of Alice which comes from Old French Aalis via Germanic Adelais, a short form of Adalheidis meaning “noble kind, type” or “of a noble kind”, made up from Germanic elements adal (noble) and heid (kind, sort, type), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Alisa is also a Spanish and Portuguese word,…

Ammar, Amar

Ammar is an Arabic male name meaning “long-lived” which comes from the same root word as Omar. While Amar is a variant spelling of the name, it’s also an Indian male name meaning “immortal”. Amar is also the Egyptian Arabic form of qamar meaning “moon” and can be used as an Egyptian given name for either gender. Egyptian…

Amina

Amina is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Amin meaning “truthful, honest, trustworthy” (امين) or “safe, protected” from amn (أمن). Interesting fact: there was a female warrior queen in the northwest of Nigeria named Amina (1533-1610), in a state now known as Zaria (formerly Zazzau). She was a Hausa Muslim warrior and known as a renowned military warrior, expanding…

Damir

Damir is a Slavic male name made up of Slavic elements dan (given) and miru (peace; world) essentially meaning “to give peace”. It’s also possible that Damir is a variant form of Demir, a Turkish male name meaning “iron”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Turkic Variants: Demir (Bosnian, Turkish) Timur (Tatar, Chechen, Kazakh, Uzbek, Russian) Temir (Kazakh) Timour Temur (Georgian) Temuri (Georgian)…

Emera

Emera could be a variant spelling of Emira, the Bosnian form of Amira, the feminine form of Amir meaning “commander, prince”. Emera is also an Italian female name, likely the Italian form of Hemera, the name of the Greek goddess of the day which is why her name, fittingly, means “day”. Origin: Arabic, Ancient Greek   Variants: Emira (Bosnian) Amira (Arabic)…

Hana

Hana is a multicultural name with a variety of meanings: it is the Czech, Slovak, and Croatian form of Hannah, which comes from Hebrew Channah meaning “grace” or “favor”; it’s also an Arabic female name meaning “bliss, happiness”; Hana is also a Korean female name meaning “one”; it’s also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings…