Sarra

Sarra is the Biblical Greek and Latin form of Sarah which comes from Hebrew meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman” via Hebrew root word sarar (to rule, to be princely) from sar (chief, ruler, prince, captain, chieftain, official) which seems to be a cognate of Akkadian šarru (king). Sarah seems to have been used as a title for royal women. Sarra is also an Italian surname, the…

Makeda

Makeda is the Ethiopian name given to the Queen of Sheba (also known as Bilqis). Though the menaing of the name is uncertain quite a few meanings attributed to it are “greatness”, “beautiful”, or it could derived from a Proto-Semitic word for “queen”. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “not thus” in Ethiopic due to a story…

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)  

Basil

Basil is an English male name which comes from Latin Basilius via Ancient Greek Basileios/Basileus meaning “king, kingly”. It comes from Proto-Hellenic *gʷatiléus (chief; king) which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek origin, perhaps from Lydian battos (king). The plant basil, used in cooking, gets its name from the source above. Basil is also an Arabic male name meaning “brave,…

Aldrich

Aldrich comes from an English surname via an Old English personal name. The second element comes from Germanic element ric meaning “ruler, power, king” while the first element seems to be a little less certain, either derived from ald (old), ælf (elf, sprite, fairy), and adal (noble). Nicknames: Al, Aldo, Rich Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aldric (French, Ancient Germanic) Aldéric (French)…

Arturo

Arturo is the Italian and Spanish form of Arthur, the name of the legendary king of the Arthurian legends, the king of the Britons who defended against Saxon invaders. The meaning behind the name is unknown though it has often been linked to Celtic *artos meaning “bear” combined with rīxs meaning “king” meaning “bear king” or gwr (man) meaning “bear man”. The name may…

Reyna, Reina

Reyna is a Spanish female name, a variant spelling of Reina meaning “queen”. Reyna is also a Spanish surname originating from the given name. Reina is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: rei 怜 “wise; 麗 “lovely; beautiful; graceful; resplendent”; 玲 “sound of jewels”; na 奈 “Nara; what” There are  also other…

Nalani

Nalani is a Hawaiian unisex name (though more popular for girls) meaning “the heavens” or “the chief”, made up from nā, the plural definite article (the) and lani (sky, heavens; chief, king; royal, majesty). Origin: Hawaiian Variants: Nālani (Hawaiian)  

Rory

Rory is the anglicized form of Irish Ruaidhrí meaning “red king”, made up from Old Irish rúad (red) and rí (king). Although traditionally and commonly a male name, it’s gotten some use in the U.S. as a female name as well, and has also been used as nickname for Aurora or Lorelei, the name of a siren in Germanic folklore. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…