Valdis is used as a short form of Latvian male name Voldemārs, the Latvian cognate of Germanic Waldemar which is derived from Slavic Vladimir meaning “famous ruler” or “great ruler” or “ruler of the world” from elements vladeti (to rule, to control) and meru (great, famous), though the second element of the name has also been associated with miru meaning “peace, world” so the name could also mean “peaceful ruler” or “world ruler”.
Valdis is also a variant form of Valdís, a female name composed from Old Norse valr “the dead (of battle)” or “the slain (in Valhalla)” and dís (goddess) so the name essentially means “goddess of the slain in battle”. It also seems to be a surname derived from the given name.
Origin: Slavic, Old Norse
- Voldemārs (Latvian)
- Waldemar (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish)
- Vladimir (Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Medieval Slavic)
- Waldomar (Ancient Germanic)
- Valdimárr (Old Norse)
- Wealdmær (Anglo-Saxon)
- Uladzimir (Belarusian)
- Vladimír (Czech, Slovak)
- Valdemar (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish)
- Vladimer (Georgian)
- Valdemaras (Lithuanian)
- Visvaldas (Lithuanian)
- Vladimiras (Lithuanian)
- Voldemaras (Lithuanian)
- Valdas (Lithuanian short form of Valdemaras)
- Włodzimierz (Polish)
- Volodymyr (Ukrainian)
- Wolodymyr (Ukrainian)
- Vsevolod (Russian, Ukrainian, Medieval Slavic)
- Vladilen (Russian contraction of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
- Vladlen (Russian contraction of Vladimir Lenin)
- Vladimira (Slovene Croatian)
- Vladimíra (Czech, Slovak)
Umberto is the Italian form of Humbert, a Germanic name meaning “bright warrior” or “bright bear cub” from Germanic elements hun (warrior, bear cub) and beraht (bright). I’ve also seen the first element of the name hun as being connected to the Huns, a nomadic tribe who came from somewhere between the Caucasus and Central Asia. Humbert is also a surname originating from the given name.
- Humbert (German, French, English)
- Hunberct (Ancient Germanic)
- Humberto (Spanish, Portuguese)
Risa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, made of Japanese elements ri meaning: 梨 “pear”, 里 “village, hometown”, 理 “reason, logic”, 莉 “jasmine”; and sa meaning: 紗 “gauze”, 沙 “sand”, 佐 “assistant, help”; and likely other meanings. It could also be a short form of names like Parisa, a Persian name meaning “fairy, like a fairy” or Marisa, a combination of given names Maria (the Latin form of Mary which ultimately comes from Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”) and Luisa (the feminine form of Luis, the Spanish form of Louis ultimately derived from a Germanic name meaning “famous war/battle”
Risa is also the Spanish word for “laughter, laugh” which comes from Latin risus/rideo.
Origin: Japanese, Persian, Hebrew, Germanic, Latin
Clarabel is a variant spelling of Claribel, an elaborate form of Clara, the female form of Clarus meaning meaning “clear, bright, famous”. There was a character named Claribel in Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1610-1611), as well as having been used by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen (1590-1596).
Roddy is a nickname for Roderick meaning “famous power” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and ric (power), or it could be a short form of Rodney, a surname meaning “Hroda’s island”, Hroda being a Germanic given name meaning “fame”, and Old English eg (island).
Origin: Germanic, Old English
- Roderick (English, Scottish, Welsh)
- Roderic (Catalan, English)
- Rodney (English)
- Rodrigo (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Galician)
- Hroderich (Ancient Germanic)
Orlanda is the feminine form of Orlando, itself the Italian form of Roland, a Germanic male name meaning “famous land” or “fame land” composed from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and land (land).
- Orlando (Italian)
- Rolando (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)
Nola is a short form of Finola, an Anglicized form of Fionnuala meaning “white shoulder” from Irish elements fionn (white, fair) and guala (shoulder). It could also be a nickname for Magnolia, a flower named after French botanist Pierre Magnol; the closest I could find about the name is that it might possibly be a diminutive of given name Magnus, a Latin name meaning “great”.
Nola could also be a feminine form of Nolan, itself derived from Irish surname Ó Nualláin meaning “descendant of Nuallán”, Nuallán meaning “noble, famous”.
Nola is also a town in Campania, Italy, and one that seems to have a long history. It was fought over for control by Hannibal and the Romans three times when the former invaded Italy and failed. I couldn’t find what the etymology behind the name is but it might have derived its name from Latin nola meaning “bell” since the first use of bells for Church services began there.
Origin: Irish, Latin
- Nuala (Irish)
- Nolene (English)
Roberto is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Robert, an English name derived from Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright).
Nicknames are Berto, Rob, or Robbie/Robby
- Robert (English, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Romanian, Ancient Germanic)
- Róbert (Hungarian, Icelandic)
- Roibeárd (Irish)
- Roopertti (Finnish)
- Roberts (Latvian)
- Robertas (Lithuanian)
- Raibeart (Scottish)
- Rupert (English, German, Dutch, Polish)
- Ruperto (Spanish)
- Robrecht (Dutch)
- Roparzh (Breton)
- Robertina (Italian, Spanish)
- Ruperta (Spanish)
Rudy is a dimiutive of Rudolf or its feminine form Rudolfa, which comes from Germanic Hrodulf meaning “famous wolf” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and wulf (wolf).
- Rudi (German, Hungarian)
- Rudolf (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Danish, Czech, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Russian, Armenian)
- Rudolph (English)
- Rodolph (English, French)
- Rodolfo (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)
- Rolf (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
- Rolph (English)
- Roul (Norman French)
- Rudolpha (English)
Meaning: Claire is the French feminine form of Clara, the feminine form of Clarus, a Latin name meaning “clear, bright, famous”.
- Clara (Italian, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Swedish, Danish, Late Roman)
- Klara (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian)
- Klára (Hungarian, Czech, Slovak)
- Klāra (Latvian)
- Chiara (Italian)
- Clare (English)
- Clair (French)
- Clarus (Late Roman)