Vladimir

Vladimir comes from Slavic element vladeti meaning "to rule" (derived from Proto-Indo-European *wal "to be strong") combined with meru (great, famous) essentially meaning "great ruler" or "famous ruler". However, the second element has also been associated with miru (peace, world) so the name could also mean "peaceful ruler" or "world ruler". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Waldomar (Ancient Germanic) Valdimárr (Ancient Scandinavian) Uladzimir (Belarusian) Vladimír … Continue reading Vladimir

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Svetlana

Svetlana is a Slavic female name meaning "light" which comes from Russian svet (light) derived from Proto-Slavic *svě̑tъ (light; world) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweytos (bright; white). Nicknames: Lana, Sveta Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Svjetlana (Croatian, Serbian) Světlana (Czech) Svitlana (Ukrainian) Svetlina (Bulgarian)  

Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning "lady, mistress", the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master). Origin: Aramaic Variants: Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek) Martta (Finnish) Marthe (French, Norwegian) Marte (Norwegian) Márta (Hungarian) Morta (Lithuanian) Maata (Maori) Marfa (Russian)  

Dana

Dana is an English unisex name though it has multiple origins and meanings. As an English given name it's derived from a surname, a variant of Dane, referring to someone who came from Denmark or had Danish descent. It could also be a variant of D'Aunay, a Huguenot French name derived from several place names in France called Aunay, … Continue reading Dana

Mila

Mila (pr. mee-lah or my-lah) is a Slavic given name, often used as a short form for names such as Ludmila (love of the people), Milena (gracious, dear), Milica (gracious, dear), Camilla/Camila, or Milagros (miracles). It comes from the Slavic element milu meaning "gracious, dear". Origin: Slavic   Variants: Myla (English) Milla (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish) Milena (Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian) Miléna … Continue reading Mila

Aki

Aki is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word) meaning 秋 "autumn" though it has other meanings such as 燦 "brilliant, bright, radiance", 明 "clear, tomorrow, bright", 昭 "shining", 彬 "refined, gentle", 爽 "refreshing, clear, invigorating", 晶 "clear, crystal, sparkle", 暁 "daybreak, dawn", 彰 "acknowledge", 晃 "clear", 亜紀 "Asia, come after, next + … Continue reading Aki

Marko

Marko is the Slavic cognate of Mark, the English form of Marcus which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also be from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. … Continue reading Marko

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", … Continue reading Sandra

Oliver

Oliver is a male given name that has two possible origins. The first is that it could be from Germanic Alfhar from Old Norse Alvar meaning "elf warrior" or "elf army" from Old Norse elements alfr (elf) and arr (warrior, army); or it's derived from another Old Norse name, Áleifr, meaning "ancestor's descendant" from Old Norse anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Oliver is also a surname originating from the … Continue reading Oliver

David

David comes from a Hebrew male name meaning "beloved". It's also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Dave, Davey/Davie/Davi Origin: Hebrew Variants: Dávid (Hungarian, Slovak) Dovid (Yiddish) Daud (Arabic, Indonesian) Dawud (Arabic) Dawood (Arabic) Dawid (Polish, Biblical Hebrew) Daveth (Cornish) Taavet (Estonian) Taavetti (Finnish) Davit (Georgian) Daviti (Georgian) Dáibhí (Irish) Dàibhidh (Scottish Gaelic) … Continue reading David