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,…

Sonoko

Sonoko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: sono 園 “garden; park” + ko 子 “child” (園子); sono 苑 “garden; park; farm” + o 乃 (a possessive particle; from, whereupon, accordingly) + ko 子 “child” (苑乃子); sono 苑 “garden; park; farm” + ko 子 “child”; sono 苑 “garden; park; farm” + ko 胡 “”barbarian; foreign” (苑胡); sono 苑 “garden; park; farm” + ko 香…

Agar

Agar is the Spanish and Russian form of Hagar, a Hebrew female name of uncertain meaning and origin. It’s been linked to Hebrew meaning “to flee” and “flight”, or perhaps meaning “to drag away” or “stranger, foreigner”. Agar is also an English male given name and surname in English, a late medieval form of Edgar (coming from an Old…

Vara

Vara is a Spanish and Portuguese surname meaning “rod, stick, cane” via Latin varus (bandy, bow-legged; bent outwards) derived from a PIE root word. Vara was once used as a Spanish and Portuguese unit of length. Vara could also be a short form of Varvara, the Russian, Greek, and Bulgarian form of Barbara meaning “foreign, strange” from Ancient Greek barbaros….

Xenon

Xenon is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “foreigner, guest” from Ancient Greek xenos (foreigner; stranger, guest) which seems likely to be derived from a Pre-Greek origin. Xenon is also the name of a chemical element. Origin: Ancient Greek Female forms: Xeno (Ancient Greek) Xena (English) Xenia (Greek, Ancient Greek) Zena (English) Zeena (English) Zenia (English…

Polexia

Polexia is not a name that has much information behind it. From what I could find, it seems to be the anglicized spelling of Poleksija (the name of a former Serbian princess who also had a sister named Kleopatra), the Serbian form of Polyxena, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “entertaining many guests” or essentially “very hospitable” from Ancient…

Geoffrey

Geoffrey is the Norman French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning “peace” while the first element is trickier. It could be derived from Proto-Germanic *gautaz meaning “Geat”, Old Germanic gawia meaning “territory”, walha meaning “foreigner, Celtic, Gaul”, or gisil meaning “hostage, pledge”. It’s also been conflated with Godfrey in the past meaning “peace of God”. Geoffrey is…

Gus

Gus is often used as a short form of names such as:  August, derived from Augustus meaning “great”, “venerable”, “majestic”; Gustavo (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) and Gustav (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German) both deriving from Slavic Gostislav meaning “guest glory” from Proto-Slavic *gȏstь (guest) and slava (glory); Angus, the anglicized form of Scottish Aonghus either meaning “one choice” or “one strength, vigor, force”; the first element of the name comes from…

Toyoko

Toyoko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:  toyo 豊 (lush, abundant, bountiful, plenty) + ko (child) 子; to 兎 (rabbit, hare) + yo 与 (bestow, impart, participate in, award) + ko 子 (child); to 外 (outside, foreign, other) + yo 世 (generation, age, world, society, public) + ko 子 child); toyo 豊 (lush, abundant, bountiful, plenty) + ko 湖 (lake); to 富 (wealth, enrich, abundant) + yo 世 (generation, age, world, society, public)…