Bettina

Bettina is an Italian female given name, either a short form of Benedetta, the Italian feminine form of Benedict meaning “blessed”, or Elisabetta, the Italian form of Elizabeth meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance” from Hebrew; Bettina is also the German diminutive of Elisabeth. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew Variants: Betina  

Gemina

Gemina is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant form of Gemini,  name of the third sign of the zodiac and a constellation which represents twins Castor and Pollux, who had the same mother, Leda, but different fathers: Pollux was the son of Zeus while Castor’s father was the Spartan king Tyndareus. The name comes from Latin geminī meaning “twins” from geminus (twin; double, paired),…

Vincenza

Vincenza is the feminine form of Vincenzo, the Italian form of Vincent which is the English form of Vincentius, an Ancient Roman name meaning “conquering” from Latin vincere (to conquer) derived from Proto-Indo-European *weyk-(3) (to fight, conquer; to overcome). Nicknames: Enza Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Vinka (Croatian) Vissenta (Sardinian)   Male forms: Vincenzo (Italian) Vincente (Italian) Vincent (English, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Slovak) Vincentius…

Leonora

Leonora is the Italian form of Eleanor, the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly a Germanic name of unknown meaning, though it’s been linked to Adenorde or Adenor, made up of Germanic elements adal (noble) and nord (north), or even as a contracted form of Azenor, a Breton name of uncertain meaning and etymology…

Basilio

Basilio is the Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Basil, the English form of Latin Basilius via Ancient Greek Basileios/Basileus meaning “king, kingly”. It comes from Proto-Hellenic *gʷatiléus (chief; king) which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek origin, perhaps from Lydian battos (king). The plant basil, used in cooking, gets its name from the source above. Basilio is also a surname originating…

Musetta

Musetta seems to be the Latinate form of French Musette, which is the name of a small kind of bagpipe, a diminutive of muse via Old French muser (to ponder; to think about), of uncertain origin though possibly deriving from Medieval Latin museum (muzzle, snout) from a PIE root word. Musette also refers to a small bag or knapsack with…

Belina

Belina was the name of a 12th century French saint who died protecting her virginity. It’s seems the name is a Gascon diminutive of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Belina is also a Croatian, Slovene, and Serbian word meaning “whiteness”. It’s also…

Tamara

Tamara is the Slavic form of Tamar meaning “date palm; date fruit” which derives from a Proto-Semitic origin. Tamar is also the name of a river in England which forms a border between Devon and Cornwall though in this case the name seems to be derived from a Proto-Celtic source meaning “dark water”. Tamar is also the name of…

Avara

Avara comes from an Italian surname, the feminine form of Avaro which may be derived from an Italian word meaning “mean, miser; avaricious” via Latin avarus (covetous, greedy, avaricious) derived from a PIE root word. Avara is also a Spanish and Portuguese word which means the same thing as the Italian word above. Avara could also be…