Elizabeth

Elizabeth is an English female name which comes from Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”.

Nicknames: Lizzie/Lizzy, Beth, Eliza, Izzy, Ella, Ellie

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Elisabet (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Biblical Greek)
  • Elisabeth (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
  • Zabel (Armenian)
  • Elixabete (Basque)
  • Elisheba (Hebrew)
  • Elisaveta (Bulgarian, Macedonian)
  • Elizabeta (Slovene, Croatian)
  • Alžběta (Czech)
  • Isabella (Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian)
  • Izabella (Hungarian, Polish)
  • Izabela (Polish)
  • Isabel (Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German)
  • Izabel (Portuguese Brazilian)
  • Isabelle (French, English, German, Dutch)
  • Isabell (German, English)
  • Liesbeth (Dutch)
  • Lijsbeth (Dutch)
  • Eliisabet (Estonian)
  • Elsa (German, Swedish, Icelandic, Finnish, Italian, English)
  • Élisabeth (French)
  • Sabela (Galician)
  • Elisabed (Georgian)
  • Elisavet (Greek)
  • Elikapeka (Hawaiian)
  • Erzsébet (Hungarian)
  • Elísabet (Icelandic)
  • Eilís (Irish)
  • Eilish (Irish)
  • Isibéal (Irish)
  • Elisabetta (Italian)
  • Elžbieta (Lithuanian)
  • Ealisaid (Manx)
  • Isabèl (Occitan)
  • Elżbieta (Polish)
  • Elisabete (Portuguese)
  • Elizaveta (Russian)
  • Yelizavata (Russian)
  • Lizaveta (Russian)
  • Yelyzaveta (Ukrainian)
  • Ealasaid (Scottish)
  • Elspet (Scottish)
  • Elspeth (Scottish)
  • Iseabail (Scottish)
  • Ishbel (Scottish)
  • Isobel (Scottish)
  • Jelisaveta (Serbian)
  • Alžbeta (Slovak)
  • Ysabel (Medieval Spanish)
  • Bethan (Welsh)

 

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Belia

Belia has several possible meanings and origins such as:

  • it’s an Indonesian word meaning “youth”;
  • it may also be a variant of Bella, the short form of Isabella, the Latinate form of Elizabeth, which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”; Bella also means “beautiful” in Italian from Latin bellus;
  • Belia may also be a variant of Beila, the Yiddish equivalent of Bella meaning “beautiful”, though Beila may also be a variant spelling of Baila, meaning “white” in Yiddish;
  • Beila is also the Basque form of Vigila, a Visigothic name possibly meaning “crow” from Basque bela;
  • it may also be a variant of Béla, a Hungarian male name possibly derived from Hungarian bél meaning “heart, insides,” in Old Hungarian and “intestines” in New Hungarian, a symbolism of one having “guts”- bravery and character. Béla has also been linked to Slavic belu meaning “white”;
  • Belia could also be a short form of Abelia, the feminine form of Abel meaning “breath, vapor” and “vanity”; or a short form of Obelia, which comes from Greek obelos “a spit; pointed pillar; needle”

Origin: Indonesian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin; Basque, Hungarian, Slavic, Greek

 

Bellalune

Bellalune is a combination of two names: Bella, which means “beautiful” in Italian and Spanish which comes from Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome), though it could also be a short form of names like Isabella (the Latinate form of Elizabeth which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”) or Arabella (a medieval Scottish name which is either a variant of Amabel meaning “lovable” in Latin or perhaps related to Latin Orabilis or Orabilia meaning invokable”); combined with Lune, the French word for “moon” which is also derived from Latin luna.

Origin: Latin, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Bellelune
  • Bellaluna

 

Ella

Ella comes from Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign” and from which the name Eleanor/Alianor comes from. Ella could also be a nickname for names beginning and ending with ella such as Gabriella (feminine form of Gabriel meaning “God is my strong man” or “God is my strength”) and Daniella (feminine form of Daniel meaning “God is my judge”), Elizabeth (meaning “God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”) and Eleanor, which comes from Old French form of Occitan name 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 of Azenor, a Breton name of uncertain meaning and etymology though it could also be derived from Breton enor “honor”. Another possible origin of Eleanor is that it originated from the name Helen, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon ”. Ella is also the Spanish and Italian word for “she”.

Origin: Ancient Germanic, Hebrew, Latin, Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Alia (Ancient Germanic)

 

Felix

Felix comes from a Roman cognomen meaning “lucky, successful, auspicious” in Latin. According to K.M. Sheard’s Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names, it seems to have originally been used in Pagan religious ceremonies for trees whose fruit were offered to the gods and that it’s original meaning in Latin was “fruit-bearing” and “fertile” from a root cognate with Greek phuo “to make grow” or “to produce” and connected to Latin fio “to become”, fecundus “fertile”, fetus “pregnant” and “offspring” and even femina “woman”. Felix is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Phelix (Biblical Greek)
  • Félix (French, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Feliks (Russian, Polish, Slovene)
  • Feliu (Catalan)
  • Felice (Italian)
  • Felicius (Late Roman)

 

Female forms:

  • Felixa (English)
  • Félice (French)
  • Felice (English)
  • Felicia (Late Roman, English, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish)
  • Felícia (Hungarian, Portuguese)
  • Felicja (Polish)
  • Félicie (French)
  • Felicie (Ferman)
  • Felicity (English)
  • Felicitas (Late Roman, German)
  • Felicitás (Hungarian)
  • Felicidad (Spanish)
  • Felicyta (Polish)
  • Felicita (Italian)
  • Felizitas (German)
  • Félicité (French)

 

Rita

Rita is a short form of Margarita, the Latinate form of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari. I’ve also seen it listed as also being an Indian female name, derived from Sanskrit rit meaning “true, enlightened, luminous, brave, honest” .

Rita is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 理多 “reason + abundance, many”, 莉多 “jasmine + abundance, many”, and other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Origin: Sanskrit, Japanese

Variants:

  • Margarita (Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Late Roman)
  • Margherita (Italian)

 

Lisetta

Lisetta is an Italian diminutive of Elizabeth, which comes from Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”.

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Lysetta (English)
  • Lisette (French, English)
  • Lysette (English)
  • Lizette (English)

 

Ryu

Ryu (also spelled Ryū and Ryuu) is a Japanese male name meaning “dragon” with various kanji such as: 龍 “dragon” and 竜 “dragon”; other meanings are 隆 “noble, prosperous”, 立 “to stand up, to erect, to set up”, 笠 “bamboo hat, shade”, and likely other meanings. Ryu could also be used in combination with other names, such as Ryutaro or Ryuunosuke.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Ryū
  • Ryuu

 

Shigeru

Shigeru is a Japanese male name with various meanings depending on the kanji used such as 茂 “luxuriant, lush, abundant”, 繁 “rich, prosperous, luxurious, flourishing”, and likely other meanings.

Origin: Japanese

 

Yutaka

Yutaka is a Japanese male name meaning “abundant, plentiful, rich” from Japanese 豊, though it has other meanings depending on the kanji used such as: “prosperous, rich” (); “excellent, outstanding, kind, tenderness” (優); “fertile, lush, abundant” ()“warm” (温); “male, excellent + tall, high, flying” (雄高); “tolerant” (); and other meanings depending on the kanji.

Origin: Japanese