Senja

Senja (pr. sen-ya) is the Finnish form of Xenia, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “hospitality” from Greek xenos (foreigner, guest). In ancient Greece, xenia was the Greek concept of hospitality towards strangers or friends. It was even an important aspect to the Greek gods, one of the epithets accorded to the god Zeus being Zeus Xenios, the protector of … Continue reading Senja

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Anne

Anne is the French feminine form of Anna, the Greek form of Hebrew Channah meaning "favor" or "grace". Anne is also a Frisian masculine name derived from Germanic element arn meaning "eagle", and has been used as a male name in France, the Netherlands, and even Scotland. In Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor (1602) one of … Continue reading Anne

Kai

Kai is a name with various origins and meanings: it's a Hawaiian unisex name meaning "sea"; it's also a Japanese name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: (海) "sea, ocean"; (貝) "shellfish"; (快) "cheerful, pleasant, agreeable, comfortable"; (戒) "commandment", and other various meanings; as well as also being a compound of … Continue reading Kai

Matilda

Matilda comes from Old German Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle" or "might in battle" from Germanic elements maht (might, strength) which comes from Proto-Indo-European root word *megʰ- (to be able), and hild (battle) which also comes from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Nicknames: Mattie/Matty, Tilda, Tildy, Tilly/Tillie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Mahthildis (Ancient Germanic) Mathilda (English, Swedish, Ancient Germanic) Matylda (Czech, Polish) Maud (English, … Continue reading Matilda

Heidi

Heidi is the German diminutive of Adelheid, which is the German and Dutch form of Adelaide meaning "noble kind" or "noble sort" from Germanic elements adal (noble) and  heid (kind, sort, type). Origin: Germanic Variants: Heidy (English, Spanish) Heida (German) Adelheid (German, Dutch) Adelaide (French, English, Italian, Portuguese) Adalheidis (Ancient Germanic)  

Irene

Irene comes from Greek Eirene meaning "peace". In Greek mythology, Eirene is the Greek goddess of peace and the season of the spring, and is one of the Horae/Horai, goddessess of the season and later became assocoiated with order and justice. Although Irene is often pronounced eye-reen in the English-speaking world, it's also pronounced eye-reen-ee or er-re-ne. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Eirene (Ancient Greek) … Continue reading Irene

Valdis

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 … Continue reading Valdis

Ella

Ella comes from Germanic element alja meaning "other, another, foreign" and from which the name Eleanor/Alianor comes from. Ella could also be a nickname for names beginning and ending with ella such as Gabriella (feminine form of Gabriel meaning "God is my strong man" or "God is my strength") and Daniella (feminine form of Daniel meaning "God is my judge"), Elizabeth (meaning "God is an oath" or "my … Continue reading Ella

Mika

Mika is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used. It's made up of Japanese mi with various meanings of 美 "beautiful", 実 "reality, truth", 味 "taste, flavor", 光 "light", and ka meaning 佳 "beautiful, good, excellent", 香 "fragrance", 加 "add, addition, increase", 嘉 "praise, auspicious", though there are likely other meanings depending on the kanji … Continue reading Mika

Aki

Aki is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word) meaning 秋 "autumn" though it has other meanings such as 燦 "brilliant, bright, radiance", 明 "clear, tomorrow, bright", 昭 "shining", 彬 "refined, gentle", 爽 "refreshing, clear, invigorating", 晶 "clear, crystal, sparkle", 暁 "daybreak, dawn", 彰 "acknowledge", 晃 "clear", 亜紀 "Asia, come after, next + … Continue reading Aki