Hadiyyah

Hadiyyah is an Arabic female name with two possible meanings. It means “gift” as well as also being a variant spelling of Hadia, the feminine form of Hadi meaning “leader, guide”.

Origin: Arabic

Variants:

  • Hadiyah
  • Hediiye (Turkish)
  • Hadia
  • Hadiya
  • Hadya
  • Hadiiye (Turkish)

 

Male forms:

  • Hadi

 

هدية (Arabic) “gift”

هادية (Arabic) “leader, guide”

 

Panthea

Panthea is a Greek name meaning “all the gods”, composed from Greek elements pan (all) and theios (gods). It’s also the name of a genus of owls.

Nicknames: Pan, Thea

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Pantheia (Ancient Greek)
  • Panthia (Latinized Greek)

 

Zebulon

Zebulon is a name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Ugartic zbl meaning “prince”, linked to the same root word as Jezebel meaning “where is the prince?” or “not exalted”. Zebulon may originally have been used as an epithet for the god Ba’al. Other theories of the name link to Hebrew zabal meaning “to exalt, to honor”; zeved “gift, dowry”; or “dwelling”. Zebulon is the name of the youngest son of Jacob and Leah in the Bible and the Torah, as well as the founder of the Tribe of Zebulon.

Nicknames: Zeb

Origin: Ugartic, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Zebulun (Biblical)
  • Zaboulon (Biblical Greek)
  • Zevulun (Biblical Hebrew)
  • Zabulon (Biblical Latin)

 

Mina

Mina is an Indian female name meaning “fish” in Sanskrit, as well as used as the Sanskrit term for the constellation Pisces; Minali is a variant of the name meaning “fish catcher”. It’s also a short form of Wilhelmina, the feminine form of Wilhelm, a German cognate of William meaning “wilfull protection” or “desiring protection” from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Mina is also a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used, made up of Japanese elements mi 美 (beauty, beautiful), 未 (have not come, future), 実 (reality, truth); and na 奈 (apple tree, what),那 (what), 菜 (vegetables, greens), 和 (harmony), 愛 (love, affection); and likely other meanings.

Mina is also a Persian female name meaning “enamel, glaze” or “lapis lazuli”, as well as being the Pashto word for “love”, as well as also being the Arabic word for “port”. Mina is also a Korean female name written with Hangul (Korean alphabet) 미나 with various meanings depending on the hanja (Korean name for Chinese characters) used to write out the syllables. One such meaning for  (mi) is “beauty” (), “small” (), “not” (未), “rice” (米), “name of a mountain” (嵋), while 나 (na) means “I” in first person singular. Written with the hangul 민아 with various meanings depending on the hanja used 민 (min) “keen, sensitive” (敏), “jade” (珉), “jade” (), “heaven” (旻); and 아 (a): “elegant, neat, tidy” (雅), “good, beautiful” (娥), “oh, ah” (娥); and other meanings.

As well as being a female name, Mina is also an Egyptian Arabic male name which seems to come from Menes, the Greek form of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh which seems to mean “He who endures” from Egyptian verb mnj and has also been linked to Memphis, the name of an ancient city in Egypt which is the Ancient Greek form of Egyptian Men-nefer meaning “enduring and beautiful” from mn (enduring) and nfr (beautiful). Menes, the first pharoah of Egypt who united Lower and Upper Egypt into one kingdom; his name is believed to have been an epithet rather than an actual name of a person long since forgotten.

Mina is also a surname as well as being a given name, derived from any place name called Mina, or from Portuguese and Spanish mina meaning “mine”, likely referring to a place where a mine was located. It could also be a variant form of Minas derived from Greek given name Menas from Menes, or from Arabic given name Minnah meanin “gift, charity, good deed”.

Origin: Sanskrit, German, Japanese, Persian, Korean, Ancient Egyptian

 

Variants:

  • Meena (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil)
  • Mi-na (Korean)
  • Mi-nah (Korean)
  • Minali (Indian, Hindi)

 

Potiphar

Potiphar the name of a wealthy Egyptian who served as the captain of palace guard under the Pharoah’s rule according to the Book of Genesis. He bought Joseph and made him the head of the household slaves. However, Potiphar’s wife was interested in Joseph and when her attempts to seduce him failed she accused him of trying to rape her and was thrown into prison, though he later got out when his ability to interpret dreams reached the Pharoah’s notice. Potipher’s name comes from Ancient Egyptian meaning “he whom Ra gave”.

Origin: Ancient Egyptian

Variants:

  • Potiphera (Ancient Egyptian)
  • Potifar (Ancient Egyptian)

 

Metrodora

Metrodora is an Ancient Greek name meaning “mother’s gift” or “gift of the mother” from Greek elements meter (mother) and doron (gift). It’s the name of a 4th century martyr who, along with her sisters Menodora and Nymphadora, were tortured and killed for refusing to renounce their religion. It’s also the name of a Greek female physician in the 3rd century, who was the author of the oldest medical text written by a woman titled On the Diseases and Cures of Women.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Mitrodora (Macedonian)

 

May

May is the fifth month of the year in English. The name comes from Maiathe name of a Roman goddess of spring, derived from Latin maius meaning “great”. It’s also another name for the hawthorn flower.

May is also a surname though it comes from a different source, likely from Old English may meaning “male relative”, “young lad” and “maiden”. It could also have been derived from a pet form of given name Matthew meaning “gift of Yahweh”.

Origin: Latin, Old English

 

Variants:

  • Maye
  • Maia

 

Dora

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Dora is usually a short form of names like Theodora (meaning “God’s gift”), Isadora (meaning “gift of Isis”), Isadora (meaning “gift of Isis”), Pandora (meaning “all-giving” or “all-gifted”), Medora (possibly based on Greek Metrodora meaning “mother’s gift”), Nymphodora (meaning “gift of the nymph” or “gift of the bride), Menodora (meaning “gift of the moon”) or Dorothy (the English form of Greek Dorothea meaning “gift of God”) though it can also be used as a given name in its own right simply meaning “gift”.

 

Teddy

Origin: Greek, Old English

Meaning: Teddy is often used as a nickname for Theodore, a masculine name derived from Greek Theodoros meaning “gift of God” or “God’s gift” from Greek elements theos (God) and doron (gift).

Teddy could also be a nickname for Theodora, the feminine form of Theodore, making it a unisex name.

It’s also been used as a nickname for Edward, an English masculine name composed from Old English elements ead (wealth, fortune) and weard (guard, guardian) meaning “wealthy guard” or “rich guard/guardian”.

Teddy is also a word, referring to a woman’s one piece undergarment, as well as referring to a teddy bear, a plush toy bear that got its name from the 26th President Theodore Roosevelt, because he apparently refused to shoot a bear cub on a hunting trip.

Variants:

  • Teddie
  • Theodore
  • Theodora
  • Edward