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”, “surpassing man” or “shining man”; the first part of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Greek kekasmai (to excel, to shine) while the second part of the name comes from Greek aner (man).

Nicknames: Sandy/Sandi/Sandie

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Xandra (English)
  • Sondra (English)
  • Saundra (Scottish, English)
  • Sandrine (French)

 

Male forms:

  • Sander (English, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Xander (English, Dutch)
  • Sandro (Italian, Georgian)

 

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Elena

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Elena is a cognate of Helen, the English form of Helene, a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”.

Elena is also a variant transcription of Yelena, which is the Russian form of Helen.

Variants:

  • Elene (Georgian)
  • Helen (Greek, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Helena (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Finnish, Estonian, Slovene, Croatian, English)
  • Helene (English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Elin (Scandinavian, Welsh, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Elina (Finnish, Swedish)
  • Ileana (Romanian, Spanish, Italian)
  • Yelena (Russian)
  • Eleni (Modern Greek)
  • Elaine (Old French form of Helen)