Varvara

Varvara is the Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Macedonian form of Barbara which means “foreign, strange”. It comes from Ancient Greek barbaros; it was used by the Ancient Greeks to refer to non-Greek speaking foreigners or those who spoke a language they couldn’t understand. Nicknames: Varya (Russian), Vara (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Barbara (Late Roman, English, Italian, French, German,…

Noor

Noor is an Arabic unisex name meaning “light” and is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Noor is also a Dutch variant of Nór/Nórr which comes from Old Norse norðr meaning “north”; in Norse mythology it was the name of the son of King Þorri (Thorri in English) and the founder of Norway. Noor is also a…

Eldon

Eldon comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “Ella’s hill” composed from given name Ella (the Norman form of Alia which comes from Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign”) and dun meaning “hill”. I’ve also seen other meaning listed for it, coming from Old English ælf (elf) or elfitu (swan) and denu (valley) meaning “elf valley” or…

Ela

Ela is a female given name with several possible etymologies: Ela is a Turkish female name which comes from the word meaning “hazel” as in the color; Ela is also a Polish diminutive of Elżbieta, the Polish form of Elizabeth which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”; it’s also possible that…

Elvira

Elvira (pr. el-vye-ra or el-vee-ra though I prefer the former pronounciation) is a female given name, the Spanish form of a Visigothic name of uncertain meaning. Some possible meanings listed for it are: “all true” from Germanic elements ala (all) and wer (true); it could also be made up from Proto-Germanic *alja (other, foreign) and wer (true); it could be a variant of Guilvira, an Old…

Bradamante

Bradamante is the name of a female knight who features in the Italian epic poem Orlando Innamorato (1483-1495) by Matteo Maria Boiardo and Orlando Furioso (1532) by Ludovico Ariosto, a continuation of Boiardo’s poem. Bradamante is portrayed as brave, fierce, and who falls in love with the Saracen knight Ruggerio with whom she marries in the end…