Gidget

Gidget is a female given name first created by author Frederick Kohner for his novel Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas (1957), who based it on his daughter Kathy, an avid surfer in Malibu at the time. Apparently Gidget is a portmanteau of the words girl and midget, so the name essentially means "little girl". In the novels, Gidget's real …

Colleen

Colleen is an English female name meaning "girl" from the Irish word cailín (girl). However, despite its origin, Colleen is not used as a given name in Ireland, likely originating as a given name from Irish families who immigrated to North America. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Coleen (English) Colene (English) Kolleen (English)  

Noya

Noya is a Hebrew female name meaning "beauty" derived from Hebrew nói נוֹי (ornament, decoration, beauty). Noya is also a surname: as a Galician surname it's a locational name for someone who came from a place called Noia; as a Catalan surname it's a variant of Noya, itself a truncated form of the Anoia river in Catalonia. Noia is …

Coralyn

Coralyn is an English female name, either a variant of Coralie, a French form of Koralia, which is a Greek female name derived from Ancient Greek korallion (coral), of uncertain etymology though it could be derived from a Semitic source, from Hebrew goral (small pebble) or Arabic garal (small stone). It's also possible that Coralyn is an elaborated form of Cora, the Latinized form of …

Zita

Zita is the name of a 13th century Italian saint, the patron saint of maids and servants. The name comes from Tuscan Italian meaning "little girl" or "young girl", and also seems to be a Southern Italian dialect word meaning "bride"; its male form is zito. Zita is also a Hungarian female name, a diminutive …

Lada

Lada is the name of a Slavic fertility goddess of love, beauty and marriage, often associated with the other goddesses Freya, Isis and Aphrodite. She’s depicted as a young woman with long golden hair with ears of grain braided in it to represent fertility. Lada is also associated with the summer season and her animals are …

Missy

Missy is a female given name, originating as a diminutive of Melissa which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who …

Imogen

Imogen was first used by Shakespeare in his play Cymbeline (1609), believed to have been a misspelling of an already existing name, Innogen, a name of uncertain meaning. The name is believed to have been derived from Gaelic inghean meaning "maiden girl" and "daughter" which ultimately derives from PIE root word *ǵenh₁-(to produce, to beget, to give birth). Innogen is …

Coretta

Coretta is an English female given name, a diminutive form of Cora, itself the Latinized form of Greek Korë meaning “maiden, girl, young woman" via Proto-Hellenic *kórwā (girl) which could possibly be derived from a pre-Greek origin. In Greek mythology, Korë was an epithet used for Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter and the wife of Hades, making her the queen of the …

Corisande

Corisande is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Its first use was by Castilian writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo (1450-1504) in his most famous work, Amadís de Gaula (Amadis of Gaul in English), a chivalric romance along the lines of the Arthurian romances. He may have based from Spanish corazón meaning "heart" which comes from …

Cora

Cora is the Latinized form of Greek Korë meaning "maiden, girl, young woman"; it was used as an epithet for Persephone, the daughter of Demeter and Zeus and the wife of Hades which makes her the queen of the underworld. Cora could also be a short form of any name beginning with Cor- such as Corinna, which also derives from the same source, or Cordula, which comes …

Corynna

Corynna is a variant spelling of Corinna, the Latinized form of Greek Korinna derived from kore meaning "maiden, girl, young woman". In Greek mythology, Kore was another name for the goddess Persephone. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Corinna (English, German, Ancient Greek) Korinna (Ancient Greek) Corina (English, German, Romanian) Korina (Greek, English) Corrine (French, English) Kore (Greek) Korë (Greek) Cora (English, German,