Female, Mythology, Roman mythology, Sabine/Oscan, T names

Tatiana

Tatiana is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I've seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning "daddy", a term used by children; or that it could be from Ancient Greek táttō, the… Continue reading Tatiana

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Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diana

Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt, moon, forests, and childbirth, making her the Roman counterpart of Greek goddess Artemis. Though the name is of uncertain origin and meaning, it's been linked to the PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diana is also a Finnish word meaning "slide" and a Spanish… Continue reading Diana

Apple/Apple tree, Elements, Female, Japanese, M names, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Marina

Marina is the feminine form of Marinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of the sea" or "belonging to the sea", derived from a PIE root word *móri- (sea, ocean; body of water), though Marinus could also be derived from Marius which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the… Continue reading Marina

Etruscan, Female, Male, Nickname names, T names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Toni

Toni is often used as a short form of Antonia or Antoinette, the feminine form of Antonius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain origin and meaning which seems to be derived from an Etruscan origin. I've seen some sources cite it as possibly having  Greek roots, possibly meaning "priceless one" or it could be derived from Latin antius meaning… Continue reading Toni

Female, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zora

Zora comes from a Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora" derived from Proto-Slavic *zorja (dawn). Nicknames: Zorka (Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian), Zorica (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian) Origin: Proto-Slavic Variants: Zorana (Croatian, Serbian) Zorina (Croatian)   Male forms: Zoran (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian) Zorán (Hungarian) Zorin (Croatian)  

Ancient Greek, Elements, Female, G names, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nymphs, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Galina

Galina is the Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenus, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Galenos meaning "calm, tranquil". In Greek mythology, Galene is a Nereid nymph who was the personification of calm seas. Nicknames: Galya (Russian), Gala (Russian), Gal (English), Gale (English), Lina (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Galena (Bulgarian, Macedonian) Galene (Ancient Greek) Halina (Polish) Halyna (Ukrainian)… Continue reading Galina

Animals, B names, Battle/War, Leopard, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Turkic, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Boris

Boris is a Slavic male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could have originated as a short form of Boroslav/Borislav meaning "battle glory" from Slavic *borti- (battle) derived from PIE *bʰerH- (to pierce, to strike) and slava (glory, fame) also derived from PIE *ḱlewos (to hear). Boris may also be derived from Turkic Bogoris which could mean "short, small", "wolf", or "snow leopard". Boris is also… Continue reading Boris

Hebrew, Male, S names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Simeon

Simeon is a male name meaning "he who hears" or "he has heard" derived from Hebrew shama (to hear, listen). It was the name of the second son of Jacob and Leah, given to his mother because she believed God had heard her say that she was not as favored by her husband as her sister Rachel. It's also a variant of Simon,… Continue reading Simeon

Female, Kin/Family, Latin, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Y names

Yuliana

Yuliana is the Russian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian form of Juliana, the feminine form of Julian which is the English form of Iulianus (or Julianus), an Ancient Roman family name meaning “belonging to Julius”, Julius a name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful, though it could also be related to Iovis, the… Continue reading Yuliana

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Kin/Family, Latin, Nature, Nickname names, Night/Evening, Place names, R names, Seasons, Slavic, Spanish, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Raya

Raya is a female given name with a variety of origins and meanings such as: it's used as a short form of Rayna, either a Bulgarian form of Regina meaning "queen" or the feminine form of Rayno derived from Slavic rad meaning "happy, willing"; Raya is also used as a Russian nickname for Raisa, a Russian name of unknown meaning though it may have been… Continue reading Raya

Male, Proto-Indo-European, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vladimir

Vladimir comes from Slavic element vladeti meaning "to rule" (derived from Proto-Indo-European *wal "to be strong") combined with meru (great, famous) essentially meaning "great ruler" or "famous ruler". However, the second element has also been associated with miru (peace, world) so the name could also mean "peaceful ruler" or "world ruler". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Waldomar (Ancient Germanic) Valdimárr (Ancient Scandinavian) Uladzimir (Belarusian) Vladimír… Continue reading Vladimir

Bright/Clear, Color, Female, Light, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Svetlana

Svetlana is a Slavic female name meaning "light" which comes from Russian svet (light) derived from Proto-Slavic *svě̑tъ (light; world) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweytos (bright; white). Nicknames: Lana, Sveta Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Svjetlana (Croatian, Serbian) Světlana (Czech) Svitlana (Ukrainian) Svetlina (Bulgarian)  

Aramaic, Female, M names, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning "lady, mistress", the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master). Origin: Aramaic Variants: Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek) Martta (Finnish) Marthe (French, Norwegian) Marte (Norwegian) Márta (Hungarian) Morta (Lithuanian) Maata (Maori) Marfa (Russian)  

Arabic, Female, N names, Nickname names, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes

Nadia

Nadia is a variant transcription of Nadiyya, an Arabic female name meaning "moist, tender, delicate" or "calling", as well as a Slavic female name, a diminutive of Nadezhda meaning "hope". Origin: Arabic, Slavic Variants: Nadya (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Arabic) Nadiya (Ukrainian) Nadja (German, Slovene) Nadiyya (Arabic) Nadiye (Turkish) Nadezhda (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Ukrainian)   نديّة (Arabic) "moist, tender,… Continue reading Nadia

Avestan, D names, Earth, Elements, English, Female, Hebrew, Hindu mythology, Irish, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, Nickname names, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Dana

Dana is an English unisex name though it has multiple origins and meanings. As an English given name it's derived from a surname, a variant of Dane, referring to someone who came from Denmark or had Danish descent. It could also be a variant of D'Aunay, a Huguenot French name derived from several place names in France called Aunay,… Continue reading Dana

Female, M names, Nickname names, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes

Mila

Mila (pr. mee-lah or my-lah) is a Slavic given name, often used as a short form for names such as Ludmila (love of the people), Milena (gracious, dear), Milica (gracious, dear), Camilla/Camila, or Milagros (miracles). It comes from the Slavic element milu meaning "gracious, dear". Origin: Slavic   Variants: Myla (English) Milla (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish) Milena (Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian) Miléna… Continue reading Mila

Battle/War, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Marko

Marko is the Slavic cognate of Mark, the English form of Marcus which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also be from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”.… Continue reading Marko

Arabic, Earth, Female, Hebrew, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Z names

Zara

Zara is a Bulgarian diminutive of Zaharina, the Bulgarian and Macedonian feminine form of Zechariah, a Hebrew masculine name meaning "Yahweh remembers", though it could also be a variant spelling of Sara meaning "princess, lady, noblewoman". Zara is also the English form of Zaïre, a name created by French writer and philosopher Voltaire for his… Continue reading Zara

D names, Hebrew, Male, Surname names

Daniel

Origin: Hebrew Meaning: a male name meaning "God is my judge". As well as being a given name, Daniel is also a surname from the same source. Nicknames include Danny/Dannie/Danni and Dan. Variants: Danilo (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian) Daniele (Italian) Danijel (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian) Danyal (Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish) Taniel (Armenian) Danel (Basque)… Continue reading Daniel