Cherie

Cherie comes from French chérie, a word which means “darling, sweetheart” from chérir (to cherish) derived from Latin cārus meaning “dear, beloved, expensive” via Proto-Indo-European *kéh₂ros (to desire, to wish). It may also be a variant spelling of Sherry, the name of a fortified wine in Spain called Xeres/Jerez, though Sherry is also a surname, the anglicized form of Irish Ó Searraigh meaning “descendant of Searrach”, the latter a given name meaning “colt, foal”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Chérie (French)
  • Cheri (English)
  • Cherri (English)
  • Cherilyn (English)
  • Sharilyn (English)
  • Sherilyn (English)
  • Sharyl (English)
  • Sheryl (English)
  • Sherryl (English)
  • Sheryll (English)
  • Sherill (English)
  • Sharalyn (English)
  • Cherette (English)
  • Cher (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Chéri (French)

 

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Bellalune

Bellalune is a combination of two names: Bella, which means “beautiful” in Italian and Spanish which comes from Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome), though it could also be a short form of names like Isabella (the Latinate form of Elizabeth which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”) or Arabella (a medieval Scottish name which is either a variant of Amabel meaning “lovable” in Latin or perhaps related to Latin Orabilis or Orabilia meaning invokable”); combined with Lune, the French word for “moon” which is also derived from Latin luna.

Origin: Latin, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Bellelune
  • Bellaluna

 

Tova

Tova is a Hebrew female name meaning “good”, though it’s also a Swedish variant of Tove, a modern form of Old Norse Tófa which is a short form of Old Norse Þórfríðr (or Thorfrither) meaning “Thor is beautiful” or “beautiful Thor” from Þórr/Thor (Thor) and fríðr (beautiful, beloved), Thor being the Norse god of thunder, strength, war and storms; his name fittingly means “thunder”.

Origin: Hebrew, Old Norse

Variants:

  • Tovah (Hebrew)
  • Tove (Swedish)
  • Tuva (Swedish, Norwegian)
  • Þórfríðr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Thorfrithr