Oleander

Oleander is the name of a flowering shrub belonging to the genus Nerium, which is poisonous to humans if ingested. The name comes from Late Latin lorandrum from Ancient Greek rhododendron meaning "rose tree" from Ancient Greek elements rhodon (rose) and dendron (tree). The spelling of the name may have been changed to resemble Latin olea meaning "olive tree" because it apparently resembles an olive tree. … Continue reading Oleander

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Abelia

Abelia is the feminine form of Abel, a Hebrew male name possibly derived from Hebrew hevel (הֶבֶל) meaning "breath, vapor; vanity" or from Akkadian ablu meaning "son". Another possible meaning I've seen for the name is that it may be related to a word meaning "herdsman", in reference to Abel's role as a shepherd while his brother Cain was a farmer. … Continue reading Abelia

Miwa

Miwa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "beauty; beautiful + harmony; Japanese style; peace; soften; Japan" (美和); "beauty; beautiful + wheel; ring; circle; link; hoop; counter for wheels and flowers" (美輪); "beauty; beautiful + ring; circle; link; wheel" (美環); "three + wheel; ring; circle; link; hoop; counter … Continue reading Miwa

Renji

Renji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:  "bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + two" (廉二); "bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + next; order; sequence" (廉次); "romance; in love; … Continue reading Renji

Belladonna

Belladonna is an Italian name which means "beautiful lady" from Italian elements bella (beautiful) and donna (lady). Bella is derived from Latin bellus meaning "beautiful, pretty, handsome", while Donna is also derived from Latin domina "lady, mistress of the house". It's the name of a plant known as deadly nightshade, which is poisonous. It supposedly got its name Belladonna because it was used by women to dilate the … Continue reading Belladonna

Hana

Hana is a multicultural name with a variety of meanings: it is the Czech, Slovak, and Croatian form of Hannah, which comes from Hebrew Channah meaning "grace" or "favor"; it's also an Arabic female name meaning "bliss, happiness"; Hana is also a Korean female name meaning "one"; it's also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings … Continue reading Hana

Rose

Rose is the name of a flower which derives from Latin rosa meaning "rose" via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning "sweetbriar". Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning "fame", originally spelled Rohese or Roese. Rose is also a short form of names like Rosamund, … Continue reading Rose

Valerian

Valerian comes from Roman cognomen Valerianus which comes from Latin valeo meaning "to be healthy, strong", derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Valerian is also the name of a flower and an herb, as well as a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valerius (Ancient Roman) Valerianus (Ancient Roman) Valérian (French) Valère (French) Walerian (Polish) … Continue reading Valerian

Suzanne

Suzanne is the French form of Susanna, the Greek form of Hebrew name Shoshannah which means "lily"; it also means "rose" in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning "lotus". Nicknames: Suzie/Suzy Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian Variants: Susanna (Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Greek) Sousanna (Greek) Susannah (English) Shoshannah (Hebrew) Shoshana (Hebrew) Sawsan (Arabic) Suzana (Croatian, … Continue reading Suzanne

Margery

Margery is a medieval English form of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” or "cluster of flowers" ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Marjorie (English) Marjory (English) Margaret (English) Margarita (Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Late Roman, Greek) Margarid (Armenian) Margarit (Armenian) Margarida (Catalan, Portuguese, Galician, Occitan) Margareta (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovene, Dutch, … Continue reading Margery