Female, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-Iranian, Virtues/Attributes

Nicolette

Nicolette originally derived as a French diminutive of Nicole, the French feminine form of Nicholas meaning "victory of the people" coming from Ancient Greek Nikolaos made up from nike (victory) and laos (people), both deriving from PIE root words. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Nicoletta (Italian) Nicole (French, English, Dutch, German) Nichole (English) Nicollette (English) Nichola (English) Nikola (German, Polish, Czech, Slovak) Nicola (German, Czech,… Continue reading Nicolette

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Ancient Greek, Animals, Female, Greek mythology, Leopard, Mythology, N names, Proto-Semitic

Nemera

Nemera is a female name of uncertain origin though it could be derived from Hebrew and Arabic namir/nemer meaning "leopard" derived from Proto-Semitic namir- (leopard). Nemera is also the name of a healthcare company which states that its name is a combination of Nemer and Emera, the latter a variant form of Ancient Greek Hemera meaning "day", the name of a Greek goddess who… Continue reading Nemera

Arabic, Female, N names, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes

Nadine

Nadine is the French form of Nadia, the diminutive form of Nadezhda, a Russian female name meaning "hope" from Slavic. Nadine could also be a variant spelling of Nadeen, an Arabic female name which is also a variant of Nadia though it comes from an Arabic source meaning “moist, tender, delicate” or “calling”. Origin: Slavic, Arabic Variants: Nadina (Bosnian,… Continue reading Nadine

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, Mythology, N names, Nature, Physical Attributes, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Nyssa, Nissa

Nyssa is the name of an ancient town in Cappadocia in Asia Minor, somewhere in what is now modern day Turkey. The name may have been based on Nysa, the name of a mountaineous region where the Greek god Dionysius was raised, though the area itself may have been invented to explain the second element of Dionysius's name. Though the… Continue reading Nyssa, Nissa

Female, Irish, Irish mythology, Mythology, N names, Virtues/Attributes

Niamh

Niamh (pr. neeve) is an Irish female name meaning "bright" or “radiant”. In Irish mythology, Niamh is the daughter of the sea god Manannán. She was the lover of Oisin, a great bard and poet and the son of  Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) who went with her to the land of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth). After what seemed to him three years… Continue reading Niamh

English, Female, Hebrew, Male, Middle English, N names, Old English, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Noah

Noah is a Hebrew unisex name with different meanings in Hebrew. As a male name it means "rest, comfort" from Noach (נוֹחַ) while as a female name it means "motion" No'ah from (נוֹעָה). Noah is also a surname derived from the given name, though it could also be a variant spelling of Noar, a topographical name for someone who lived near… Continue reading Noah

Bright/Clear, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Light, Love/Beloved, N names, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Noa

Noa is a Hebrew female name, the strictly feminine form of Noah meaning "motion", as well as also being a Spanish surname derived from the given name. Noa is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: it's made up with Japanese no (乃), a possessive article combined with a (愛) "affection, love";… Continue reading Noa

Elements, Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Nausicaa

Nausicaa is an Ancient Greek female name meaning "burner of ships" from Ancient Greek naûs (ship) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂us (boat) and kaío (to burn, kindle), which may also be derived from a PIE source though the exact origin of the word is unknown. Nausicaa features in Homer's Odyssey as a princess of Phaeacia who helps a shipwrecked Odysseus by directing him… Continue reading Nausicaa

Astronomy, Female, Male, N names, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Nova

Nova refers to a star that suddenly becomes bright before eventually fading back to its original intensity. The name comes from Latin novus meaning "new" derived from Proto-Indo-European *néwos (new). Nova could also be a short form of Novalee, a female given name combining Nova with Lee, which derives from Old English lēah (woodland, clearing, meadow). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Novalee (English) Novalie… Continue reading Nova

Elements, Female, Hawaiian, Male, N names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Nalu

Nalu is a Hawaiian word meaning "wave" and "surf" though as a verb it also means "to make waves" or "to ponder, speculate, meditate". I'm not sure if it's used as a given name by native Hawaiians but it can be used as part of a compound name such as Kainalu meaning "sea wave". Origin: Hawaiian  

Female, Light, Moon, Mythology, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Noctiluca

Noctiluca is a female name meaning "something which shines by night" from Latin nox (moon) which derives from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (night) and luceo (to shine) which also derives from Proto-Indo-European root *lewk- (to shine, bright; to see); so the name could essentially refer to a moon or a lantern or a lamp or anything that lights up during the night. Noctiluca is the… Continue reading Noctiluca

Female, Gaelic, Irish, Irish mythology, Kin/Family, Mythology, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Neve

Neve is an anglicized form of Niamh, an Irish female name meaning "bright" or "radiant". In Irish myth, Niamh is the daughter of the sea god Manannán. She was the lover of Oisin, a great bard and poet and the son of  Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) who went with her to the land of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth). Time passed differently… Continue reading Neve

Female, Male, N names, Numbers, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Unisex

November

November is the eleventh month of the year according to the Gregorian calender. It comes from Latin novem meaning "nine" derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₁néwn̥ (nine). It was originally the ninth month of the Roman calender which originally consisted of ten months before the addition of two more months. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Animals, Arabic, Basque, Bright/Clear, Chinese, Dolphin, Eastern African, Elements, Female, Greek mythology, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Kin/Family, Mythological creatures, Mythology, N names, Nature, Nymphs, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Swahili, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Naia

Naia has several possible meanings: Naia is a Basque female name meaning "wave, sea foam"; It may also be derived from the Naiads, water nymphs who typically inhabit fountains, streams, or any fresh water. The name comes from Ancient Greek nā́ō meaning "to flow" or nâma "running water", both derived from Proto-Indo-European *(s)neh₂- (to swim, to float); Spelled Nai'a, it's a Hawaiian word… Continue reading Naia

Female, N names, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Noelle

Noelle is the feminine form of Noel (or French Noël) which means "Christmas" derived from Latin natalis (of or relating to birth) which comes Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (to produce, beget; to give birth). Noelle is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Noëlle (French, Dutch) Noelle (English) Noèle (French) Noela (Galician) Noelia (Spanish) Noella (French) Noelene (English)  … Continue reading Noelle

Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Male, N names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Naomi

Naomi (pr. nay-o-mee or nie-o-mee in English; pr. na-o-mee in Japanese)  is a female given name with two separate origins. The first is that it derives from Hebrew meaning "pleasantness". It's also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "straight; honest +beauty; beautiful" (直美); feminine "esteem + beauty; beautiful" (尚美); feminine "straight; honest… Continue reading Naomi

Arabic, Female, N names, Nickname names, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes

Nadia

Nadia is a variant transcription of Nadiyya, an Arabic female name meaning "moist, tender, delicate" or "calling", as well as a Slavic female name, a diminutive of Nadezhda meaning "hope". Origin: Arabic, Slavic Variants: Nadya (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Arabic) Nadiya (Ukrainian) Nadja (German, Slovene) Nadiyya (Arabic) Nadiye (Turkish) Nadezhda (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Ukrainian)   نديّة (Arabic) "moist, tender,… Continue reading Nadia