Zoya

Zoya is the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian form of Zoe, a Greek female name meaning “life”, derived from PIE root word *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Zoya also seems to have had some use in Hindi and Arabic, either an Arabic form of Zoe or perhaps related to Zahra meaning “to shine, glow; radiant, brilliant” or “flower, blossom” Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Arabic Variants: Zoja (Latvian,…

Polina

Polina is either a Slavic and Greek form of Paulina (the feminine form of Paulinus, a Roman cognomen meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) derived from a PIE root word) or it’s a Russian diminutive of Apollinariya, the Russian feminine form of Apollinaris which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. The name is of uncertain etymology and…

Mira

Mira is an Indian female name (also spelled Meera). I’ve seen several source list it as meaning “sea, ocean” but I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “prosperous, wealthy, highborn” or “limit, boundary”. Mirabai (or Meera Bai) was a 15th century Hindu princess and poetess who was devoted to the Hindu god Krishna; bai seems to be a feminine…

Malina

Malina is a Slavic female name derived from the word meaning “raspberry”, though it can also be used as a diminutive form of Malcolmina, the Scottish feminine form of Malcolm, the anglicized form of Scottish Máel Coluim meaning “servant of St. Columba”, referring to someone who followed Irish abbot and missionary St. Columba who spread Christianity into Scotland. Máel means “servant, devout…

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)…