Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Laura

Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning "laurel". It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laura

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D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Danica

Danica is a female given name deriving from a Slavic word meaning "morning star", referring to the planet Venus. It derives from a PIE source. Danica is also the name of the personification of the Morning Star in Slavic mythology. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Danika (English) Denica (Bulgarian, Macedonian)  

Ancient Greek, Earth, Elements, Female, P names, Place names

Petra

Petra is the feminine form of Peter which is the English form of Greek Petros meaning "stone, rock" as well as being the name of an ancient city in Jordan. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Peta (English) Petrina (English diminutive of Petra) Pietra (Italian) Piera (Italian) Pierina (Italian diminutive of Piero) Peta (English Australian) Perrine (French) Pierrette (French diminutive… Continue reading Petra

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)  

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

Ancient Greek, Greek, M names, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Miro

Miro comes from Slavic element miru meaning "peace; world" from Proto-Slavic *mȋrъ derived from a Proto-Indo-European source. Miro is a Slovene and Croatian short form of Miroslav, a Slavic male name meaning "peaceful glory"; though it may also be a short form of names ending in -miro such as Edelmiro (the Spanish form of Ancient Germanic Adelmar meaning "noble famous"). Miro is also an Italian surname derived… Continue reading Miro

Albanian, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, J names, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Swahili, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jana

Jana is a multicultural name with several possible meanings: it is the Latinized form of Jane, the feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”; Jana is also the Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German, Slovene, and Catalan feminine form of Jan, a variant form of Johannes which also derives from John;  it's also the Serbian and Croatian form of Ana, a… Continue reading Jana

Albanian, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vera

Vera is a Russian female name meaning "faith" which comes from Proto-Slavic *vě̀ra (faith, belief) derived from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁- (true), though it's also been associated with Latin verus meaning "true, truthful, real", also derived from the same Proto-Indo-European source. Vera is also an Albanian female name derived from verë meaning "summer". Vera is also a Spanish surname meaning "shore, riverbank; side", a place name… Continue reading Vera

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

Mario

Mario is the Italian and Spanish form of Marius, an Ancient Roman family name which could be derived from Latin mas meaning "male" or Latin mare meaning "sea". It could also be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Ares), a name of uncertain etymology though it's possible that Mars was… Continue reading Mario

Elements, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, M names, Male, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Miho

Miho is a Croatian male name, a short form of Mihovil, the Croatian form of Michael, or Mihael, the Croatian and Slovene form of Michael, a Hebrew male name meaning "who is like God?", a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Miho is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "beauty; beautiful+… Continue reading Miho

African, Demons, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Etruscan mythology, Female, Gaelic, Hebrew, Hindu mythology, Joy, Kin/Family, Latvian mythology, Light, Love/Beloved, M names, Maasai, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sanskrit, Slavic mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Mara

Mara is a female given name with multiple origins and meanings: Mara is a Hebrew female name meaning "bitter", taken on by Naomi from the Old Testament after she had lost her husband and sons, as well as also being a Croatian and Serbian variant of Marija, which comes from the Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning… Continue reading Mara

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

Ancient Greek, Animals, Greek, L names, Latin, Lion, Male, Place names, Surname names

Leon

Leon derives from Greek leon meaning "lion" and is the Latin cognate of Leo. Leon is also a surname which may derive from the given name, originally a nickname for someone who was a fierce warrior, though it may also derive from the name of a city in Spain, León, which may come from Latin legio meaning "legion" since it was originally… Continue reading Leon

Albanian, Arabic, Emotion/Feelings, Female, H names, Hawaiian, Japanese, Joy, Korean, Maori, Moon, Nature, Numbers, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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… Continue reading Hana

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)  

D names, Male, Persian, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Dario

Dario is the Italian and Croatian form of Darius, the Roman form of Greek Dareios which ultimately comes from Persian Dārayavahush meaning "to possess excellence" or "he who holds firm to good" from dâraya (to possess, to hold) and vahu (good). Dario is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Persian Variants: Dário (Portuguese) Darío (Spanish) Darius (English, Lithuanian, Romanian) Dareios… Continue reading Dario

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