Samina

Samina is an Arabic female name, a variant transcription of Thamina meaning “valuable, precious” from Arabic ṯamīn ثَمِين. Samina is also a feminine adjective word of samīn سَمِين meaning “fat, corpulent” likely used in the context of something that is fertile. It’s also possible that Samina is a variant form of Samine, itself a Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish feminine form of Samuel, a Hebrew male…

Jacob

Jacob is the English form of Latin Iacobus via Ancient Greek Iakobos derived from Hebrew Ya’aqov meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Jacob is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Jake, Coby/Koby, Jack, Jay Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jaycob (English) Jakob (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Dutch, Slovene) Jacobus (Dutch, Late Roman) Jacoby (English) Sjaak (Dutch) Yakub…

Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,…

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  

Hansen

Hansen comes from a Scandinavian surname, a patronymic name meaning “son of Hans”, Hans being the short form of Johannes, the Scandinavian form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hanson (English) Hanssen (Danish, Norwegian, German) Hansson (Swedish)    

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…

Martha

Martha is a female given name meaning “lady, mistress”, the feminine form of Aramaic martā מרתא (lady, mistress; ruler), the feminine form of mar (lord, master). Nicknames: Martita (Spanish), Mártuska (Hungarian), Matty (Medieval English) Origin: Aramaic Variants: Marta (Swedish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Swedish, Icelandic, Latvian, Georgian) Marfa…

Lars

Lars is the Scandinavian form of Laurence, the English form of Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning “from Laurentum”, Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus 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. Lars is also a surname…

Karen

Karen is the Danish shortened form of Katherine, which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though her name is of uncertain meaning it’s…

Tora

Tora is the modern form of Þóra, a feminine form of Thor meaning “thunder” derived from Old Norse Þór (thunder). Tora 虎 is also a Japanese word and unisex name meaning “tiger” though there are other meanings depending on the kanji used: to 登 “ascend; climb up” + ra 良 “good; pleasing; skilled” (登良); to 斗 “Big Dipper” + ra 羅 “gauze; thin silk; Rome” (斗羅) There are likely other…