Norma

Norma is a female given name which seems to have first been used by Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini for his opera Norma (1831). He may have possibly based it from Latin norma meaning “rule; standard, pattern; a carpenter’s square”, though it could also be used as a feminine form of Norman which comes from an English surname, a byname originally given to those…

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…

Valentina

Valentina is the feminine form of Valentine which comes from Roman cognomen Valentinus via Latin valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous” from valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Nicknames: Val, Tina Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valentine (French, English) Walentyna (Polish) Valentína (Slovak) Valentyna (Ukrainian)   Male forms: Valentine (English) Valentinus (Ancient Roman) Valentin (French, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian,…

Sadey

Sadey is a variant spelling of Sadie, itself originally a diminutive form of Sarah meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman” which derives from 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). Origin: Hebrew Variants: Sadie (English) Sadee (English)  

Valentine

Valentine comes from Roman cognomen Valentinus which comes from Latin valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous” from valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). It’s a masculine name in Latin but it’s the French feminine form of Valentinus. Valentine is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Valentina (Ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Croatian, Macedonian,…

Vladimir

Vladimir comes from Slavic element vladeti meaning “to rule” (derived from Proto-Indo-European *wal “to be strong”) combined with meru (great, famous) essentially meaning “great ruler” or “famous ruler”. However, the second element has also been associated with miru (peace, world) so the name could also mean “peaceful ruler” or “world ruler”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Waldomar (Ancient Germanic) Valdimárr (Ancient Scandinavian) Uladzimir (Belarusian) Vladimír…

Sarah

Sarah is a Hebrew female name meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman” which comes from 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. Origin: Hebrew   Variants: Sara (English, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese,…

Massima

Massima is the feminine form of Massimo, the Italian form of Maximus, which comes from an Ancient Roman family name meaning “greatest, biggest, largest; oldest, eldest” derived from PIE root *méǵh₂s (great, big). Massima is also an Italian word meaning “maxim, rule, maximum”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Maxima (Ancient Roman) Maximiliana (Ancient Roman) Máxima (Spanish) Maximiliane (German) Maximilienne (French) Maxine…

Shoji

Shoji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “correct; justice; righteous; a number of 1040+ reign;  be at peace;  calm down;  subdue;  quell;  govt;  cure;  heal;  rule;  conserve” (正治); “prosperous; bright; clear + two” (昌二); “shining; bright + two” (昭二); “level + director;  official;  govt office;  rule;  administer” (庄司); “auspicious; …