Nanaya

Nanaya is the name of a Sumerian goddess worshipped by both the Sumerians and Akkadians, being the goddess of sex and war. She is closely associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar, all of whom share similar functions. Nanaya could possibly be related to Inanna meaning “lady of the heavens” though that’s not certain. Another source (Llewellyn’s Complete Book of…

Milan

Milan is the name of a city in Italy, the capital of Lombardy. The name comes from Latin Milano from Latin Mediōlānum of uncertain etymology. The name could be derived from Latin medius (middle, half) and planus (level, flat, even) basically meaning “in the middle of the flat” or “in the middle of the plain”. However, it’s also possible that the name…

Musashi

Musashi is a Japanese male name. The etymology behind the name is uncertain. It’s written with the hiragana 武 mu “warrior; military; chivalry; arms” and 蔵 sashi “storehouse; warehouse”. However, there are theories that it derives from the Ainu language from the word muzashi which comes from an older word munzashi which could be derived from Aini mun (grass, weeds), sa (open, exposed, a plain open…

Blaire

Blaire comes from a Scottish surname meaning “plain”, “field”, “battlefield” derived from Scottish Gaelic blàr (plain, field, battlefield). Origin: Gaelic Variants: Blair (Scottish, English) Blayr (English) Blare (English)  

Eden

Eden is the name of the biblical garden where Adam and Eve came from before being expelled, becoming synonomous with paradise and anyplace that is fertile and utnouched. Although I’ve seen it listed as meaning “place of paradise” from Hebrew, it could perhaps be derived from an older source, Sumerian edin meaning “steppe” or “plain”….

Lena, Lina

Lena originally started out as a short form of names ending in -lena such as Helena (derived from Ancient Greek possibly meaning “torch” or “corposant” though it may also be deirved from Greek selene meaning “moon”), Madgalena (which means “of Magdala” from the name of a village, Magdala deriving from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”), Abilena (a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria, also known…

Gavin

Gavin is a medieval form of Gawain, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be derived from Welsh Gwalchgwyn meaning “white hawk” from Old Welsh elements gwalch (hawk) and gwyn (white). Another possible origin for the name is from Welsh Gwalchmei meaning  “hawk of May” from Old Welsh gwalch (hawk) and mei (May). The name may also be derived from an early Brittonic name, *Ualcos Magesos meaning “hawk of…