Ashraf

Ashraf is an Arabic unisex name meaning “noble, of noble lineage; honored; excellent, eminent” derived from Arabic root word š-r-f ش ر ف  (related to honor, nobility, and height). Ashraf is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Achraf (Maghrebi Arabic)  

Io

Io (pr. eye-o) is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, an Argive princess who was loved by the god Zeus. When his wife Hera found out about her, he changed her into a white heifer in order to protect her. However, Hera saw through the deception and demanded that Zeus give her the heifer as…

Artyom

Artyom is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Artemios, an Ancient Greek male name derived from the Greek goddess of the hunt and wild animals, Artemis. The name is of uncertain etymology and meaning with some sources citing it as pre-Greek. It could possibly be related to Persian *arte or *arta meaning “great, excellent, holy” or from Greek árktos meaning “bear” since…

Darius

Darius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Dareios which is the Greek form of Persian Dārayavahush meaning “to possess excellence” or “he who holds firm to good” from dâraya (to possess, to hold) and vahu (good), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Darius is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dareios (Ancient Greek)…

Dawn

Dawn is a female given name, which comes from the word referring to the first appearance of daylight in the morning, though it can also be used to refer to the rise or beginning of an event. It comes from Old English dagung (dawn, daybreak) via Proto-Germanic *dagaz (day) which seems to be derived from a PIE…

Shika

Shika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: shika 鹿 “deer” (it’s also a Japanese surname); shi 史 “history, chronicle” + ka “can; passable, allowed” (史可); shi 志 “purpose, will; aspire; resolve; motives; plans” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (志佳); shi 紫 “purple, violet” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (紫佳); shi 詩 “poem, poetry” + 夏 “summer” (詩夏). I’ve also seen…

Artemisia

Artemisia (pr. ar-te-mee-see-ya; Forvo) is an Ancient Greek female name, the feminine form of Artemisios which itself is derived from the name of the Greek goddess of the hunt and wild animals, Artemis. The name is of uncertain etymology and meaning with some sources citing it as pre-Greek. It could possibly be related to Persian *arte or *arta meaning “great, excellent, holy” or from…

Gia

Gia is a female given name, a diminutive of Gianna, itself an Italian diminutive of Giovanna which is the feminine form of Giovanni, the Italian form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew. Gia 嘉 is also a Vietnamese male name meaning “praise, auspicious; excellent” which derives from Sino-Vietnamese. Spelled giá it’s a Vietnamese word meaning “price” 價. Origin: Hebrew, Sino-Vietnamese  

Sterling

Sterling comes from a Scottish surname, a variant spelling of Stirling which comes from the name of a Scottish city. The name itself is of uncertain origin and meaning though it could be related to Scottish Gaelic strì meaning “strife, contention; battle” and linne (pool, pond). As an English surname, Sterling could have originated as a variant…