Galatea

Galatea is the name of a few figures in Greek mythology, the most well-known being the story of Pygmalion and Galatea. In this story, Pygmalion is a sculptor who fell in love with his own ivory sculpture of a beautiful woman. He prayed to Aphrodite who turned the statue into a living person and the two married and…

Diva

Diva comes from an English word referring to a distinguished female singer or prima donna which comes from Latin dīva meaning “goddess; female deity”, the feminine form of dīvus (godlike, godly; belonging to a deity) which derives from PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diva is also an Indian female name which comes from Old Marathi meaning…

Samantha

Samantha is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning. Most sites I’ve been to have listed it as being a feminine form of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”; or it could be a combination of Samuel and Anthea, which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “blossom”. It’s also possible that…

Valdis

Valdis is used as a short form of Latvian male name Voldemārs, the Latvian cognate of Germanic Waldemar which is derived from Slavic Vladimir meaning “famous ruler” or “great ruler” or “ruler of the world” from elements vladeti (to rule, to control) and meru (great, famous), though the second element of the name has also been associated with miru meaning “peace, world” so the name could…