Avan

Avan is a Persian unisex name, a variant of Aban meaning “water” from Persian âb (water). Aban is also the name of the eighth month of the Persian calendar based on a solar calendar. Avan is also an Indian male name meaning “earth”, which would make it a masculine form of Avani. Avan is also a Tamil word…

Ashraf

Ashraf is an Arabic unisex name meaning “noble, of noble lineage; honored; excellent, eminent” derived from Arabic root word š-r-f ش ر ف  (related to honor, nobility, and height). Ashraf is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Achraf (Maghrebi Arabic)  

Soraya

Soraya is the Persian form of Thurayya, an Arabic female name used to refer to the “Pleiades”, a bright cluster of seven stars that are able to be seen with the naked eye. In Greek mythology, the Pleiades are named for the seven daughters of Pleione, a sea-nymph, and the Titan Atlas. Thurayya also means “chandelier” as well as meaning…

Aras

Aras is a Lithuanian male which comes from the Lithuanian word meaning “eagle”. I’ve also seen Aras listed as being a Kurdish, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu male name meaning “equal, balanced” which seems to be derived from the name of a river that runs from Turkey to Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan. However, according to Armenian tradition, the…

Arya, Aria

Arya is an Iranian male name as well as an Indian unisex name meaning “noble” from Sanskrit arya derived from a Proto-Indo-Iranian root word. While Aria is a variant transcription of the name, it’s also an Italian word referring to a musical piece written for a solo voice. It means “song, melody; air” which comes from Latin…

Shahin

Shahin is an Arabic and Persian male name meaning “falcon”, referring to the Barbary falcon. The name comes from Middle Persian *šāhēn meaning “majestic, kingly” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. Shahin is also an Arabic surname. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Shaheen (Persian) Şahin (Turkish)   Shahin- شاهین (Arabic, Persian)  

Neela

Neela is an Indian female name, a variant transcription of Nila meaning “blue, azure” from Sanskri नीला nila which derives from a Proto-Indo-Iranian root word. Neela is the name of a goddess in Hindu mythology as well as the name of a male character in the Ramayana (spelled Nila), an epic poem of ancient India. Nila also seems to be a…

Mahmoud

Mahmoud is an Arabic male name, a variant transcription of Mahmud meaning “praiseworthy”, derived from the same root word as Muhammad. Mahmoud is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Mahmud (Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Bengali, Indonesian, Malay) Mahmood (Arabic) Makhmud (Uzbek, Kazakh, Chechen) Mahmut (Turkish) Mehmood (Urdu) Mehmud (Urdu) Mehmet (Uyghur)   Female…

Antar

Antar (عنتر) is an Arabic male name meaning “brave, courageous” and “bold”, though it’s also a Persian word meaning “baboon”. Antarah is a variant of the name and is the name of a pre-Islamic Arab knight and poet whose father was a respected warrior of the Banu Abs, an ancient Bedouin tribe, and whose mother was a…