Zakia

Zakia is an Arabic female name with two possible meanings depending on the spelling used, such as زكية meaning “pure” or ذكيه ‎ meaning “intelligent”.

Origin: Arabic

 

Variants:

  • Zakiya
  • Zakiyya
  • Zakiah
  • Zakieh
  • Zakiyah
  • Zakiyyah

 

Male forms:

  • Zaki

 

 

زكية (pure)

ذكيه ‎ (intelligent)

Artemis

Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt, wild animals, childbirth, and fertility, as well as a protecteress of young girls. A huntress who is often depicted with a bow and arrow, Artemis is the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo. Some versions of the myth say Artemis was born first and helped her mother give birth to Apollo, and Artemis herself remained a virgin, forsaking any relationships with men. She’s also been associated with the moon (and Apollo with the sun). As for her name, Artemis is of uncertain etymology and meaning with some sources citing it as pre-Greek. It could possibly be related to Persian *arte or *arta meaning “great, excellent, holy” or from Greek árktos meaning “bear” since she did have a link to bears. The name has also been associated with Greek artemes “safe”, artamos “butcher”, artios “perfect, complete”.

Although Artemis is the name of a Greek goddess, it’s also had some usage as a boy’s name, making it unisex.

Origin: Persian, Greek

Feminine forms:

  • Artemisia (Ancient Greek, English)
  • Artemisa (Romanian)

 

Male forms:

  • Artemas
  • Artemus
  • Artemisios (Ancient Greek)
  • Artemidorus (Ancient Greek)
  • Artemidoros (Ancient Greek)

 

Kaitlin

Kaitlin is a variant spelling of Caitlin, itself the Anglicized form of Caitlín the Irish form of Katherine which comes from Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.

Origin: Greek, Coptic

Variants:

  • Caitlin (Irish, English)
  • Caitlín (Irish)
  • Kaitlyn (English)
  • Caitlyn (English)
  • Katelyn (English)
  • Catelyn (English)
  • Kaitlynn (English)
  • Caitlynn (English)
  • Catelynn (English)
  • Kaitlynne (English)
  • Caitlynne (English)
  • Catelynne (English)

 

Jun

Jun is a Japanese unisex name with various meanings of: 純 “innocent, pure, genuine”, 潤 “moisture”, 淳 “pure”, 順 “order, obey”, 準 “conform, imitate, semi-“, 洵 “alike, truth”, 隼 “falcon”, and likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. It can also be used with other name elements such as Junko, a female name, or Junki, a male name.

Origin: Japanese

 

Izumi

Izumi is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more common for women than men. It has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 泉 “spring, fountain water” (used for both sexes); 一角 “one + corner, edge; horn, antler; character, part, role”; 五巳 “five + sign of the Snake”; 五澄 “five + clear, pure”; 五美 “five + beauty, beautiful”; 泉美 “spring, fountain water + beauty, beautiful”; 泉水 “spring, fountain water + water”; while for men the kanji used is: 一弥 “one + cross, extend over”; 委清 “committee + clear, pure”; and 泉三 “spring, fountain + three”; 和泉 “peace, harmony + spring, fountain water”; though there are other meanings depending on the kanji.

Izumi is also a surname, used with the kanji 泉 “spring, fountain water”, though there could be other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Origin: Japanese

 

Seiya

Seiya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. Some meanings I could find are: 世哉 “world, generation”; 星矢 “star, planet, heavenly body + arrow”; 清耶 “clear, distinct, apparent, pure + father”; 正夜 “correct, righteous + night”; 生八 “life, existence, being + eight”; 成也 “to become, to succeed, accomplish + to be, also, too”; 声弥 “voice + extensive, full, complete”; 盛哉 “prosper”; 聖野 “holy, sacred + area, field”; 世乎 “world, generation + seem to, as if”; 西椰 “west + coconut tree”; 征椰 “conquer, subdue, vanquish + coconut tree”. Though there are likely many more meanings than this.

Origin: Japanese

 

Agnes

Agnes is the Latinized form of Hagnea Greek female name meaning “pure, chaste” from Greek hagnos (pure, chaste). The name later became associated with Latin agnus meaning “lamb” because of a virgin-martyr who died for her faith in ancient Rome, even though the name has nothing to do with it.

Nicknames: Aggie

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Hagne (Ancient Greek)
  • Hagno (Ancient Greek)
  • Annis (Medieval English)
  • Annice (English)
  • Agneta (Swedish)
  • Agnetha (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Agnete (Danish)
  • Agnethe (Danish)
  • Inés (Spanish)
  • Inez (English)
  • Agnese (Italian, Latvian)
  • Ines (Italian, Slovene, Croatian)
  • Agneza (Croatian)
  • Oanez (Breton)
  • Agnessa (Russian)
  • Nesta (Welsh)
  • Nest (Welsh)
  • Agnesa (Slovak)

 

Sinjin

Sinjin is the phonetic spelling of St. John, which has always been a little confusing for me because I’ve always pronounced it as Saint John, pronouncing the saint. The pronounciation could be derived from Norman-French, much like Sinclair comes St. Clair.

Sinjin is both a first name and a surname, apparently originally used to honor John the Apostle. Saint comes from Latin sanctus meaning “holy, consecretaed” while John is a Hebrew name meaning “Yahweh is gracious”.

Origin: Latin, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Sinjun
  • Sinjon
  • St. John

Cato

Cato is an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “wise” in Latin. Cato is also a Dutch diminutive of Catharina, the Dutch and Swedish form of Katherine. Katherine comes from Greek name Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.

Origin: Latin, Greek, Coptic

 

 

Arianna

Arianna is the Italian form of Ariadne, a Greek name meaning “most holy” from Cretan Greek elements ari (most) and adnos (holy). In Greek mythology, Ariadne helped the hero Theseus beat the Labyrinth of the Minotaur though he later repaid her kindness by leaving her behind on an island while she was sleeping. She was later found by the god Dionysios who made her his bride, and in some versions of the story she was later made immortal.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Ariana (English)
  • Aryana (English)
  • Ariadne (Greek)
  • Ariadna (Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Polish)
  • Arijana (Croatian)
  • Ariane (French, German, Dutch)
  • Arianne (French)
  • Arienne (French)