Colista

Colista is a female name that could be a variant spelling of Calista, the feminine form of Callistus, the Latin form of Greek Kallisto meaning “most beautiful” from kalos (beautiful). It could also be a combination of Colette (the short form of Nicolette, feminine form of Greek Nicholas meaning “victory of the people”) and Calista.

Colista is also a Spanish word, apparently referring to the bottom or last of something or someone (like the bottom team of a soccer league). It also has some use as a surname although there wasn’t much I could find behind it’s meaning and origin.

Origin: Ancient Greek, Spanish

 

 

 

Nika

Nika is a unisex given name with several possible meanings. It’s a Russian short form of Veronika which ultimately comes from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringer of victory, bringing victory”, or any name ending in -nika, as well as also being a short form of Nikita, the Russian form of Greek Niketas meaning “winner, victor”. Nika is also the feminine form of male given name Nikola, the Slavic form of Nicholas “victory of the people”, as well as also being the (male) dimininutive of Nikoloz, the Georgian form of Nicholas.

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Nica (Spanish, Swedish)

 

Nikita

Nikita is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Greek Niketas meaning “winner, victor”, or from Greek Aniketos meaning “unconquerable”. It’s also an Indian female name originating from a completely different source, from Sanskrit niketa meaning “house, habitation”.

Origin: Ancient Greek, Sanskrit

Female variants:

  • Niketa (Indian, Marathi, Hindi)

 

Male variants:

  • Mykyta (Ukrainian)
  • Mikita (Belarusian)
  • Niketas (Ancient Greek)
  • Aniketos (Ancient Greek)

 

Zafir

Zafir is an Arabic male name, a variant spelling of Zafar meaning “victory, triumph, success”. It’s also a surname derived from the given name.

Spelled zafír (with the accent on the i), it becomes the Hungarian word for “sapphire”.

Origin: Arabic

Variants:

  • Zafeer
  • Zafar

 

Hercules

Hercules is the Latinized spelling of Greek name Herakles meaning “glory of Hera” from Greek elements kleos (glory) and the name of the goddess Hera. It’s rather an ironic name for the son of Zeus and a mortal woman, Alcmene, considering Hera hated him as she hated all of Zeus’s illegitimate offspring, and drove him mad enough to kill his wife Megara and their children, in which Hercules had to perform the Twelve Labors for penance. Hercules also had a twin brother, Iphicles, though he’s the son of Alcmene’s husband Amphitryon, and a full mortal. Apparently the same night Zeus seduced Alcmene (disguised as her husband), Amphitryon came home later that same night and slept with his wife, resulting in the birth of twin sons by different fathers).

As the son of a god, Hercules had great strength and killed many monsters. He was also very sexually active with many women (fathering many children) and men, and was killed (by accident) by his third wife Deianeira who was tricked into soaking his shirt with the blood of the centaur Nessus who attempted to kidnap and rape her before being killed by Hercules; after his death he became a full god and joined the other gods on Mount Olympus, where he married Hebe, the goddess of youth the cupbearer of the gods, and they had sons Alexiares and Anicetus.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Herakles (Greek)
  • Heracles (Latinized spelling of Heracles)
  • Heraclius (Ancient Greek, Latinized spelling)
  • Herakleios (Ancient Greek)
  • Iraklis (Modern Greek)
  • Heraclio (Spanish)
  • Erekle (Georgian)
  • Irakli (Georgian)
  • Irakliy (Russian)
  • Hercule (French)
  • Ercole (Italian)
  • Ercwlff (Welsh)

 

Female forms:

  • Heraclea
  • Heracleia
  • Heraclia
  • Iraklia (Modern Greek)

 

 

Victor

Victor is a Roman name which comes from Latin meaning “victor, conqueror”. It’s also a surname.

Nicknames: Vic

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Viktor (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian)
  • Vicktor (English, Swedish)
  • Victorius (Late Roman)

 

Female forms:

  • Victoria (English, Spanish, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)

 

Ailsa

Ailsa derives its name from Ailsa Craig, the name of an island located off of Scotland. Though there’s no certain etymology behind the name several theories have abounded such as possibly meaning “fairy rock”, or from Gaelic Creag Ealasaid meaning “Elizabeth’s rock”, Ealasaid being the Gaelic form of Elizabeth. Another theory I’ve seen is that it comes from Alfsigesey meaning “Alfsigr’s island”, Alfsigr derived from Old Norse meaning “elf victory” from alf (elf) and sigr (victory).

Origin: Gaelic, Old Norse

 

 

 

Niko

Niko is a masculine name, the Finnish form of Nicholas which means “victory of the people” from Greek Nikolaos. It’s also the Croatian and Slovene short form of Nikola, the Slavic form of Nicholas. However, Niko can also be used as a short form of Nicholas or its’ feminine forms Nicole and Nicolette, making it a unisex name.

Niko also seems to have a Japanese origin but I couldn’t find anything concrete behind it or the meaning. If anyone knows more about it, please let me know 🙂

Origin: Greek

 

Variants:

  • Nico

 

Veronica

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Veronica is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory).

However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning “true image” in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped Jesus’s face with the towel and whose image was imprinted upon it. It was known as the Veil of Veronica.

Nicknames: Vero, Vera, Ronnie/Ronny, Nica/Nika,

Variants:

  • Veronika (Russian, Czech, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Lithuanian, Latvian)
  • Véronique (French)
  • Weronika (Polish, Sorbian)
  • Verônika (Portuguese)
  • Verónica (Spanish)
  • Bérénice (French)
  • Berenice (English, Italian, Ancient Greek)
  • Berenike (Ancient Macedonian)
  • Pherenike (Ancient Greek)
  • Bernice (English)
  • Berniece (English)
  • Bernike (Greek)

 

Gloria

Origin: Latin

Meaning: a feminine name meaning “glory” derived from Latin gloria.

An obvious nickname for this would be Glory, as well as Lori or Ria.

Variants:

  • Glória (Portuguese)
  • Glòria (Catalan)
  • Gloría (Icelandic)
  • Gloriana (an elaborated form of Gloria created by English poet Edmund Spenser in 1590 for his poem The Faerie Queen)
  • Gloriela (Spanish, Swedish)
  • Glorina