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…

Mira

Mira is an Indian female name (also spelled Meera). I’ve seen several source list it as meaning “sea, ocean” but I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “prosperous, wealthy, highborn” or “limit, boundary”. Mirabai (or Meera Bai) was a 15th century Hindu princess and poetess who was devoted to the Hindu god Krishna; bai seems to be a feminine…

Katina

Katina is a Greek and Macedonian contracted form of Katherine, which is the English form of 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. Though her name is of uncertain meaning…

Varvara

Varvara is the Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Macedonian form of Barbara which means “foreign, strange”. It comes from Ancient Greek barbaros; it was used by the Ancient Greeks to refer to non-Greek speaking foreigners or those who spoke a language they couldn’t understand. Nicknames: Varya (Russian), Vara (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Barbara (Late Roman, English, Italian, French, German,…

Darko

Darko is a Slavic male name meaning “gift” from Proto-Slavic element *dȃrъ (gift). Darko is also an African surname derived from an Ashanti and Akan origin, though I couldn’t find a meaning behind the surname. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, African Female forms: Darka (Slavic)  

Dejan

Dejan (pr. day-yan; Forvo) is a South Slavic male name derived from South Slavic word dejati meaning “to act, to do” via Proto-Slavic *děti (to put, to place; to do) which ultimately derives from PIE root word *dʰeh₁- (to do, put, place). I’ve also seen it listed as possibly being related to Latin deus meaning “god, deity” derived from PIE *deywós (god) via root…

Kalina

Kalina is a Slavic female name meaning “viburnum tree” or “guelder rose”. Kalina is also a Czech, Polish, and German surname originating from the given name or as a locational name from someone who came from any of several places called Kalina in Poland. Kalina is also a Finnish word meaning “clatter, clang, rattle”. Origin:…

Daniela

Daniela is the feminine form of Daniel, a Hebrew name meaning “God is my judge”. Nicknames: Dani/Danni/Dannie, Ela, Ella Origin: Hebrew Variants: Daniella (English) Danielle (French, English) Danièle (French) Dana (Romanian, Czech, Slovak, German, Hebrew) Danijela (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian) Daniëlle (Dutch)   Male forms: Daniel (English, Hebrew, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Spanish,…

Neven

Neven is a Croatian, Macedonian, and Serbian male name, the masculine form of Nevena meaning “marigold”. Neven is also an anglicized form of Naoimbin, an Irish name meaning “little saint”, made up from Irish naomh (saint) and the diminutive suffix -an. Never may also be a Breton name which derives from neñv meaning “sky; heaven” which ultimately derives from a PIE root…