Audra

Audra is a Lithuanian female name and word meaning “storm”; as an English given name, it’s a variant form of Audrey meaning “noble strength”, deriving from an Old English name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Audrey (English)  

Aras

Aras is a Lithuanian male which comes from the Lithuanian word meaning “eagle”. I’ve also seen Aras listed as being a Kurdish, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu male name meaning “equal, balanced” which seems to be derived from the name of a river that runs from Turkey to Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan. However, according to Armenian tradition, the…

Darius

Darius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Dareios which is the Greek form of Persian Dārayavahush meaning “to possess excellence” or “he who holds firm to good” from dâraya (to possess, to hold) and vahu (good), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Darius is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dareios (Ancient Greek)…

Jonas

Jonas is a Lithuanian male name, the Lithuanian form of John which comes from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Jonas is also the Greek form of Jonah meaning “dove” from Hebrew yona(h). Jonas is also a surname. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jonah (English) Yonah (Hebrew) Yunus (Arabic, Turkish) Ionas (Biblical Greek & Latin) Iona (Russian, Georgian, Biblical Latin) Jonáš (Czech,…

Simona

Simona is a female given name, the feminine form of Simon which comes from Hebrew shama (to hear, listen) meaning “he who hears” or “he has heard”. Simon is also a Greek name which derives from Ancient Greek simos meaning “flat-nosed, snub-nosed”. Simon is the name of one of the Telchines in Greek mythology, skilled metallurgists who made the sickle…

Greta

Greta is a female given name, originating as a nickname for Margareta, a variant of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari.  Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Gretta (English) Grete (German, Norwegian, Danish) Gretchen (English, German) Gretel (German diminutive of Grete)  

Diana

Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt, moon, forests, and childbirth, making her the Roman counterpart of Greek goddess Artemis. Though the name is of uncertain origin and meaning, it’s been linked to the PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diana is also a Finnish word meaning “slide” and a Spanish…

Lena, Lina

Lena originally started out as a short form of names ending in -lena such as Helena (derived from Ancient Greek possibly meaning “torch” or “corposant” though it may also be deirved from Greek selene meaning “moon”), Madgalena (which means “of Magdala” from the name of a village, Magdala deriving from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”), Abilena (a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria, also known…

Regina

Regina comes from Latin meaning “queen”, originally used as a title but also used as a female name. Origin: Latin Variants: Regine (German, Norwegian) Reina (Spanish) Regena (English) Régine (French)   Male forms: Rex (Latin)  

Sandra

Sandra was originally a nickname for Alessandra, the Italian form of Alexandra, a Greek female form of Alexander meaning “defender of man” or “defending men” from Greek alexo (to defend, help) and aner (man), though it could also be a nickname for Alexandra as well. Sandra could also be a nickname for another Greek name, Cassandra, possibly meaning “exceling man”,…