Hannibal

Hannibal is the name of a famous Carthaginian general who is considered one of the greatest military generals in history and caused the Ancient Romans great fear. His name comes from Phoenician haan (grace) combined with the name Ba’al meaning “grace of Ba’al”, Ba’al being the name of the chief god of the Phoenician pantheon which means “lord, husband”. Hannibal is also a surname, either derived from the given name or else a variant spelling of Hunnibal or Hunnabell, an Old English surname perhaps derived from Germanic given name Hunnbald meaning “brave bear cub” from Germanic elements hunn (bear cub) and bald (bold, brave). It may also be a derivative of female given name Anabel derived from Late Latin Amabilis meaning “lovable”.

Origin: Phoenician, Germanic, Late Latin

Variants:

  • Annibale (Italian)
  • Aníbal (Spanish, Portuguese)

 

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Evan

Evan is the anglicized form of Iefan, the Welsh form of John, the English form of Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Evan is also a surname originating from the given name. Evan could also be used as anickname for Evander or any name beginning with Evan.

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Iefan (Welsh)
  • Ifan (Welsh)
  • Ieuan (Welsh)
  • Ioan (Welsh, Romanian, Bulgarian)
  • Iwan (Welsh, Polish)
  • Ianto (Welsh diminutive of Ifan)
  • John (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Siân (Welsh)
  • Shan (Welsh)
  • Siwan (Welsh)

 

Yannick

Yannick is a diminutive of Yann, the Breton form of John, the English form of Iohannes, derived from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”, so Yannick essentially means “little John” or “little Yann”.

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Yanick (Breton, French)
  • Yannic (Breton, French)
  • Yanic (Breton, French)
  • Yann (Breton, French)

 

Anna-Maria

Anna-Maria is a female given name, a combination of Anna and Maria:

  • Anna is the Latinate form of Hannah which comes from the Hebrew name Channah meaning “grace” or “favor”;
  • Maria comes from the Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr“love”. Maria is also the feminine form of Marius, a Roman family name which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Ares), a name of uncertain etymology though it’s possible that Mars was derived from an older source, perhaps from from Etruscan Maris (the god of fertility and agriculture) of unknown meaning. Mars could also be the contracted form of an older name, Mavors (or Mavort) which could come from Latin verb mah or margh (to cut) and vor (to turn), essentially meaning “turner of the battle”. Mars could also be derived from the same  Proto-Indian-European root as Sanskrit marici meaning “ray of light”, or Proto-Indian-European mer meaning “to die”. It could also be associated with Latin marceo meaning “to (cause to) wither” and “to (make) shrivel” and Latin marcus meaning “hammer”.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Etruscan, Latin, Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Annamaria (Italian, English)
  • Annamária (Hungarian)
  • Annemarie (Dutch, German)
  • Annmarie (English)

 

Hana

Hana is a multicultural name with a variety of meanings:

  • it is the Czech, Slovak, and Croatian form of Hannah, which comes from Hebrew Channah meaning “grace” or “favor”;
  • it’s also an Arabic female name meaning “bliss, happiness”;
  • Hana is also a Korean female name meaning “one”;
  • it’s also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: “flower” () pr “flower; splendor” (), though there may be other meanings depending on the kanji used;
  • it also means “work” or “craft” in Hawaiian;
  • hana is also a word in Maori which means “to shine, glow, radiate, give out heat” as a verb and “flame, glow, warmth, heat, radiance” as a noun;
  • the name may also be derived from Albanian hënë meaning “moon”.

Origin: Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Hawaiian, Maori, Albanian

Variants:

  • Hanaa (Arabic)
  • Hana’a (Arabic)
  • Hannah (English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Swedish)
  • Hanna
  • Ha-na (Korean)

 

하나 (Korean Hangul)

هناء (Arabic)

 

Mila

Mila (pr. mee-lah or my-lah) is a Slavic given name, often used as a short form for names such as Ludmila (love of the people), Milena (gracious, dear), Milica (gracious, dear), Camilla/Camila, or Milagros (miracles). It comes from the Slavic element milu meaning “gracious, dear”.

Origin: Slavic

 

Variants:

  • Myla (English)
  • Milla (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish)
  • Milena (Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian)
  • Miléna (Hungarian)
  • Milica (Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian)
  • Ludmila (Czech, Russian)
  • Camilla (English, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, German, Ancient Roman)
  • Camila (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Milagros (Spanish)

 

Male forms:

  • Milan (Czech, Slovak, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Dutch)
  • Milen (Bulgarian)
  • Milo (English, Ancient Germanic)
  • Miloš (Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Mile (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Miloje (Serbian)

 

Rie

Rie (pr. ree-eh in Japanese; Forvo) is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. Some possible meanings are: 理恵 “logic, reason + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 利恵 “profit, advantage, benefit + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 梨絵 “pear tree + picture, painting, drawing, sketch”; 理江 “logic, reason + inlet, bay, creek”; 理絵 “logic, reason +picture, painting, drawing, sketch”; 里枝 “village, hometown + bough, branch limb, twig”; 梨恵 “pear tree + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 里依 “village, hometown + reliant, depend on, consequently, therefore, due to”. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Rie is also a Dutch female name (pr. rhee), used as a nickname for Hendrika, the feminine form of Hendrik, the Dutch and Estonian form of Henry which comes from a Germanic name meaning “home ruler”; and Marie, which comes from Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”. Rie has also been used as a male nickname for Henri, the French male form of Henry.

Spelled ríe, it’s the Spanish verb of ríer meaning “to laugh” which comes from Latin rīdēre (to laugh).

Origin: Japanese, Ancient Germanic, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Latin

 

 

Elder

Elder is a Portuguese male name, a variant of Hélder which either derives its name from a Dutch town called Den Helder possibly meaning “hell’s door” in Dutch, or “hill/hilly grounds”, or it could be a derived from Germanic given name Hulderic meaning “merciful ruler” or “graceful ruler” from Germanic elements hulda (merciful, graceful) and ric (power, rule). Elder is also a surname, originally used to differentiate between two men with the same name (like a father and son) and Elder would refer to the oldest (or senior). As an English word it’s used to refer to someone who is older or who had a higher rank.

Elder also refers to a type of tree as well as a flower deriving from Old English ellærn meaning “elderberry tree”. The elder tree is often depicted in folklore, associated with magic and witchcraft. One such folklore is that if a person cut down an elder tree without permission of the Elder-Mother than it would take revenge upon that person, and that witches tend to congregate under an elder tree.

Origin: Dutch, Germanic, Old English

Male forms:

  • Hélder (Portuguese)
  • Helder (Portuguese)

 

Female forms:

  • Eldra (English)

 

Ion

Ion is a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Creusa (an Athenian princess) and either the god Apollo or the Peloponnesus king Xuthus depending on some versions, and who is the ancestor of the Ionian people. The meaning behind the name is unknown, though it might be a stretch to relate it to Greek ion which means “violet”. I’ve also seen it listed as being the feminine form of Io, borne by numerous figures in Greek myth. Though the etymology behind the name is also unknown, it’s has also been linked to ion (violet).

Ion is the Basque and Romanian form of John, a Hebrew male name meaning “Yahweh is gracious”, as well as being a word, used to refer to an electrically charged atom or a group of atoms formed by the loss or gain of one or more electrons. It comes from Greek ión, the neuter present particle of ienai meaning “to go”, named because the ions move toward the electrode of the opposite charge; -ion is also a suffix indicating something in action from Latin ionem. Ion is also a surname derived from the Romanian given name

Origin: Greek, Hebrew, Latin

Variants:

  • Ioan (Romanian, Bulgarian, Welsh)

 

Annetta

Annetta is a Latinate form of Anna, coming from Hebrew Hannah or Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”.

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Annette (French, English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch)
  • Annett (German)
  • Anna
  • Anne