Liyana

Liyana is an Arabic female name meaning “soft, tender, gentle, delicate” from Arabic root word l-y-n (to become soft, tender). It’s also a Zulu female name derived from a word meaning “it is raining/it’s raining”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Chinese female name meaning “beautiful + elegant, graceful, refined + graceful, elegant” with the Chinese…

Nadine

Nadine is the French form of Nadia, the diminutive form of Nadezhda, a Russian female name meaning “hope” from Slavic. Nadine could also be a variant spelling of Nadeen, an Arabic female name which is also a variant of Nadia though it comes from an Arabic source meaning “moist, tender, delicate” or “calling”. Origin: Slavic, Arabic Variants: Nadina (Bosnian,…

Delilah

Delilah is a Hebrew female name meaning “weak, delicate, languishing” which derives from Hebrew dalal (to hang down, to be low). In the Old Testament, Delilah is the lover of Samson whom she betrays to the Philistines by cutting off his hair, the source of his great strength. Nicknames: Del, Lilah/Lila Origin: Hebrew Variants: Delila (German, Dutch, English)…

Myfanwy

Myfanwy is a Welsh female name meaning “my woman” made up from my (my) and banw (woman), though I’ve also seen the second element as possibly being from derived from Welsh annwyl meaning “dear, beloved”, so the name may also mean “my beloved”, or from Old Welsh manwy meaning “fine, delicate, rare”. The name is pronounced ma-van-wee or muhv-an-wee (Forvo). In Welsh, the f is pronounced like…

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,…

Atalya

Atalya is a variant spelling of Athalia, a Hebrew female name meaning “Yahweh is exalted”, or a variant spelling of Attalia, the ancient name of Antalya, a city in Turkey. The name seems to be derived from the name of its founder, Attalos (also spelled Attalus). Though the etymology behind his name is uncertain, it might be derived from…