Dorian

Dorian comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology, they got their name from their founder, Dorus, which at first glance seems related to Greek doron meaning “gift” from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃rom (gift) from the root *deh₃- (to give). However, the exact origins of the name are not uncertain. It’s possible Dorian also derives from Proto-Indo-European *doru- meaning “tree, wood”, the same root word for “spear” in Greek as well. Dorian is also a surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deoradháin meaning “descendant of Deoradhán”, the latter derived from Old Irish deoradh meaning “exile, wanderer, stranger, pilgrim”.

Origin: Greek, Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Dorieus (Ancient Greek)
  • Dorijan (Croatian)
  • Doriano (Italian)
  • Dorián (Hungarian)
  • Doran (Irish)

 

Female forms:

  • Doriane (French)
  • Doriana (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Croatian, Portuguese)
  • Doria (English)

 

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Danina

Danina is a female given name of uncertain meaning and etymology. At first glance it seems like a feminine form of Daniel meaning “God is my judge” and in some cases it may be based on that; but it also seems to have older roots than that, as the name of one of a pair of pre-Christian Georgian deities in the former Georgian kingdom of Kartli (also known as Iberia to classic scholars), known as Danina and Ainina (or Danana and Aynina). There isn’t much known about them- they may be two different versions of the same name which may be linked to the Persian goddess of fertility and water Anahita (whose name means “pure, immaculate, undefiled”) or even Ishtar, the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of fertility, sex, war, and love; her name is of unknown meaning. Danina is also a Polish word meaning “tribute, ransom” from Old Polish dań derived from Proto-Indo-European *deh₃- (to give).

Origin: Hebrew, Avestan, Proto-Indo-European

 

 

Nathan

Nathan is a male name meaning “to give” or “he will give” from Hebrew Natan. It’s also a surname originating from the given name. Nathan could also be a short form of Nathaniel meaning “God has given”.

Nicknames: Nat, Nate

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Natan (Hebrew)
  • Nosson (Yiddish)