Leandra

Leandra is the feminine form of Leander, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Leandros  meaning “lion of a man” or “lion man”. In Greek mythology, Leander was a young man who was in love with Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, though they both lived on opposite sides of the Hellespont. Every night, Leander would swim across the water guided…

Larissa

Larissa is the name of a city in Thessaly, Greece, that dates back to five thousand years ago (it’s also the name of a few other towns in the region as well). Apparently the city received its name from a Greek nymph named Larissa, and which means “stronghold”, “citadel”, or “fortress”. I’ve also seen other sites…

Alma

Alma is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “soul” which comes from Latin anima (soul, spirit, life) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and as a Spanish name derives from this source. However, as an English female name it could possible be derived from Latin almus meaning “nourishing”. In Azerbaijani and Hungarian, alma is a word…

Lino

Lino is the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Galician form of Linus, the name of a son of the god Apollo in Greek mythology. The name comes from Greek linos meaning “flax” of uncertain etymology though it could possibly be derived from a PIE root word. Lino is also a shortened form of names ending in -lino such as Angelino which derives from Latin Angelus. It…

Miranda

Miranda is a name invented by Shakespeare for his play The Tempest (1610-11) which seems to be based on Latin mirandus (which is to be wondered at, marveled at) via Latin adjective mīrus (wonderful, marvelous, amazing, surprising, awesome) derived from PIE *sméyros (laughing, smiling) via root word *smey- (to laugh, to be glad). Miranda is also. Spanish, Portuguese, and Jewish (Sephardic) surname, a locational name…

Lianor

Lianor is the medieval Portuguese form of Leonor, the Spanish and Portuguese form of Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly a Germanic name of unknown meaning, though it’s been linked to Adenorde or Adenor, made up of Germanic elements adal (noble) and nord (north), or even as a contracted form…

Dina

Dina is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Deen/Dīn meaning “religion, creed” though it also means “debt, loan”, “duty, obligation, law” and “judgement, ruling”; it seems to be derived from a Proto-Semitic root word in reference to a legal sense (obligated conduct; decisions of morality or ethics, judgement, decree, ruling), and is a cognate with…

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,…

Eva

Eva is the Latinate form of Eve which comes from Ancient Greek Eúa via Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”. Eva is also a variant transcription of Yeva, the Russian and Armenian form of Eve; it’s also been used as an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish female name meaning “beauty, radiant”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Eve (English) Hawa (Arabic) Eua (Biblical Greek)…