Varvara

Varvara is the Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Macedonian form of Barbara which means “foreign, strange”. It comes from Ancient Greek barbaros; it was used by the Ancient Greeks to refer to non-Greek speaking foreigners or those who spoke a language they couldn’t understand. Nicknames: Varya (Russian), Vara (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Barbara (Late Roman, English, Italian, French, German,…

Valko

Valko is a Bulgarian male name meaning “wolf” via Bulgarian valk вълк meaning “wolf” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. Valko is also a surname which seems to be derived from a pet form of Czech and Slovak Valentin via Latin Valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous”; or from Hungarian Valér, from Latin valerius meaning “to be strong”. It could also…

Kalina

Kalina is a Slavic female name meaning “viburnum tree” or “guelder rose”. Kalina is also a Czech, Polish, and German surname originating from the given name or as a locational name from someone who came from any of several places called Kalina in Poland. Kalina is also a Finnish word meaning “clatter, clang, rattle”. Origin:…

Daniela

Daniela is the feminine form of Daniel, a Hebrew name meaning “God is my judge”. Nicknames: Dani/Danni/Dannie, Ela, Ella Origin: Hebrew Variants: Daniella (English) Danielle (French, English) Danièle (French) Dana (Romanian, Czech, Slovak, German, Hebrew) Danijela (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian) Daniëlle (Dutch)   Male forms: Daniel (English, Hebrew, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Spanish,…

Ivan

Ivan is the Slavic form of John derived from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Ivan is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Vanya (Russian), Ivo (Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian), Yanko (Bulgarian), Vancho (Bulgarian, Macedonian), Vančo (Macedonian), Ivica (Croatian, Serbian) Origin: Hebrew Variants: John (English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch) Jon (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Basque) Johan (Swedish, Norwegian,…

Emilia

Emilia is a female given name, a variant of Aemilia, the feminine form of Aemilius, an Ancient Roman name. Though the origin of the name is uncertain, it has often been associated with Latin aemulus meaning “rival; rivaling, striving” via Proto-Italic *aimos (imitation) derived from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Em, Emmy/Emmie, Lia, Mia Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aemilia (Ancient Roman)…

Simona

Simona is a female given name, the feminine form of Simon which comes from Hebrew shama (to hear, listen) meaning “he who hears” or “he has heard”. Simon is also a Greek name which derives from Ancient Greek simos meaning “flat-nosed, snub-nosed”. Simon is the name of one of the Telchines in Greek mythology, skilled metallurgists who made the sickle…

Eva

Eva is the Latinate form of Eve which comes from Ancient Greek Eúa via Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”. Eva is also a variant transcription of Yeva, the Russian and Armenian form of Eve; it’s also been used as an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish female name meaning “beauty, radiant”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Eve (English) Hawa (Arabic) Eua (Biblical Greek)…

Drago

Drago (pr. dra-go; Forvo) comes from a Slavic element meaning “precious, dear” via Proto-Slavic *dorgъ (dear, expensive; dear, lovable, precious) derived from a PIE root word. Drago (pronounced the same as above) is also the Italian form of Draco which comes from Latin meaning “dragon”, a Spanish word meaning “dragon tree”, though it’s also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan first-person singular…