Mordecai

Mordecai seems to be a variant form of Marduka, a Persian name meaning “servant of Marduk”, Marduk being the name of the Babylonian god of heaven, light, battle, and fertility. The name may be derived from Sumerian amar-Utak meaning “calf of Utu, Utu being the name of another Sumerian god. Mordecai is also a surname originating from the given…

Barack

Barack is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Barak meaning “blessing”, which would make it a cognate of Hebrew Baruch meaning “blessed”, both of which derive from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barak is also a Hebrew male name meaning “lightning” which derives from a Proto-Semitic root word. Barack is also a Hungarian word meaning “peach, apricot”. Origin: Proto-Semitic, Slavic…

Elijah

Elijah is the English form of Hebrew Eliyahu meaning “my God is Yahweh” or “Yahweh is my God”. Elijah is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Eli Origin: Hebrew Variants: Elias (Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Dutch, Greek) Ilias (Greek) Helias (Biblical Latin) Eliou (Biblical Greek) Eljas (Finnish) Eelis (Finnish) Elis (Swedish, Medieval…

Mai

Mai is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: mai 舞 “dance; flit; circle; wheel” ma 麻 “hemp, flax, linen” + i 衣 “clothing, garment, dressing” (麻衣); ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” + i 愛 “love, affection, favorite” (真愛); mai 舞 “dance; flit; circle; wheel” + i 以 “by means of; because; compared to” (舞以); mai 真 “true; reality; Buddhist…

Samuel

Samuel is a male given name meaning either “name of God” or “God has heard” and is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Sam, Sammy/Sammie/Sami Origin: Hebrew Variants: Shemu’el (Hebrew) Yishma’el (Hebrew) Shmuel (Hebrew) Samuli (Finnish) Samouel (Biblical Greek) Isma’il (Arabic) Ismail (Arabic, Uyghur) Esmail (Persian, Arabic) İsmail (Turkish) Ismael (Spanish, Biblical…

Benjamin

Benjamin is the son of Jacob and Rachel in the Bible. His name comes from Hebrew Binyamin meaning “son of the right” or “son of the south” made up from Hebrew ben בֵּן (son) which derives from a Proto-Semitic word; and yamin יָמִין (right (hand), right side; south. Benjamin has also been interpreted as meaning “son of days”, probably referencing the advanced age…

Samson

Samson comes from Hebrew Shimshon meaning “sun” which derives from Proto-Semitic *śamš- (sun). In the Old Testament, Samson was an Israelite judge with extraordinary strength tied to his long hair and who was eventually betrayed by his lover, Delilah. Samson is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Semitic Variants: Sampson (Biblical Greek, English) Shimshon (Biblical…

Tanya

Tanya originated as a Russian diminutive for Tatiana which is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I’ve seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning “daddy”, a term used by children; or that it could be…

Nemera

Nemera is a female name of uncertain origin though it could be derived from Hebrew and Arabic namir/nemer meaning “leopard” derived from Proto-Semitic namir- (leopard). Nemera is also the name of a healthcare company which states that its name is a combination of Nemer and Emera, the latter a variant form of Ancient Greek Hemera meaning “day”, the name of a Greek goddess who…