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)…

Naoki

Naoki is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nao 直 “straight, honest” + ki “tree, plant” (直樹); nao 七 “seven” + ki “deed; skill” (七伎); nao 直 “straight, honest” + ki “chronicle; narrative; account” (直紀); nao 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” + ki 輝 “radiance; shine; sparkle; gleam” (真輝); nao 尚 “esteem” + ki 喜 “rejoice; take pleasure in” (尚喜). Written in hiragana it’s なおき….

Phaethon

Phaethon is the son of Helios, the sun god and the Oceanid nymph Clymene in Greek mythology. One day Phaethon begged his father to allow him to drive his sun chariot for one day. In spite of his reluctance, Helios agreed and Phaethon took control of the reins, however his inexperience lost him control of the chariot, which…

Zahir

Zahir is an Arabic male name meaning “helper, supporter” from Arabic ظَاهَرَ ẓāhara (to help, to assist, to support) which derives from Arabic root ظ ه ر (ẓ-h-r) (relating to visibility, making clear of understandable; relating to support). However, spelled ظهر (Zaahir) refers to something that is “outward, visible, manifest, to be clear” which derives from the same root word as above;…

Ava

Ava is a female given name with a multitude of origins and meanings: it could be related to Latin avis meaning “bird” which derives from a PIE root word; it could be a variant spelling of Eva, the Latin form of Eve which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”; it could also be an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish…

Roksana

Roksana is the Russian and Polish form of Roxana which ultimately derives from Persian Roshanak which means “bright, light, shining” either from Avestan raoxšna- (radiant, shining) or Middle Persian rōšn (light; bright light). It derives from PIE *lówksneh₂ (moon) from root word *lewk- (bright; to shine; to see). Nicknames: Roxie/Roxy, Rocky/Rockie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Roxana (Latinized Ancient Greek, English, Spanish, Romanian) Roxanna (English) Roxanne…

Eunjung

  Eunjung is a Korean female name with a variety of meanings depending on the hangul used such as: 은 (恩) eun “grace, favor, charity” +정 (廷) jeong “court”; 은 (恩) eun  “grace, favor, charity” +정 (婷) jeong “pretty, graceful”; 은 (慇) eun “careful, attentive; abundance” + 정 (婷) jeong “pretty, graceful” 은 (銀) eun “silver (as in money)” +정 (婷) jeong “pretty, graceful”; 은 (慇) eun “careful, attentive;…

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…

Senna

Senna is the name of a genus of flowering plants. The etymology derives from Arabic senna (سنا) which may be derived from ṣanʿā meaning “splendor, radiance, brilliance”. Senna is also a surname with various possible meanings and origins: it could be derived from a habitional name for someone who lived near a place where senna grew or perhaps derived…