Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Emilie

Emilie is the Scandinavian form of Emilia, itself 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. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aemilia (Ancient Roman) Aemiliana (Ancient Roman) Emílie (Czech) Emilija…

Zita

Zita is the name of a 13th century Italian saint, the patron saint of maids and servants. The name comes from Tuscan Italian meaning “little girl” or “young girl”, and also seems to be a Southern Italian dialect word meaning “bride”; its male form is zito. Zita is also a Hungarian female name, a diminutive…

Magda

Magda is a Scandinavian short form of Magdalena, a Latinate form of Magdalene, originally a title meaning “of Magdala” in reference to someone who came from the town or village of Magdala, originally located at the Sea of Galilee. Magdala comes from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”. Origin: Hebrew  

Tamara

Tamara is the Slavic form of Tamar meaning “date palm; date fruit” which derives from a Proto-Semitic origin. Tamar is also the name of a river in England which forms a border between Devon and Cornwall though in this case the name seems to be derived from a Proto-Celtic source meaning “dark water”. Tamar is also the name of…

Dan

Dan is a Hebrew male name meaning “to judge”. It’s used as a given name in its own right though it’s often used as a nickname for Daniel, meaning “God is my judge”. Dan is also a Scandinavian male name, a byname meaning “Dane”, referring to someone who came from Denmark or had Danish ancestry. Dan…

Ferdinand

Ferdinand is an Italian and Spanish name made up from Germanic elements  fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning “dangerous journey” or “brave journey”; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning “peace”. Ferdinand is also a surname originating from the given name. Ferdinand was the name of a character in Shakespeare’s The…

Robert

Robert is an English male name, the anglicized form of Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright). Robert is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Rob/Robb, Robbie/Robby, Bobby/Bobbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Róbert (Hungarian, Icelandic) Roberto (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Roibeárd (Irish) Roopertti (Finnish) Roberts (Latvian) Robertas (Lithuanian) Raibeart (Scottish) Rupert (English,…

Michaela

Michaela is the feminine form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Mikayla (English) Makayla (English) Mckayla (English) Michayla (English) Mikhaila (English) Mihaela (Romanian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian) Michelle (French, English, Dutch) Miguela (Spanish, Portuguese) Micaela (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)   Male forms: Michael (English, German, Swedish,…

Lada

Lada is the name of a Slavic fertility goddess of love, beauty and marriage, often associated with the other goddesses Freya, Isis and Aphrodite. She’s depicted as a young woman with long golden hair with ears of grain braided in it to represent fertility. Lada is also associated with the summer season and her animals are…