Vissarion

Vissarion is the Russian and modern Greek form of Bessarion, a Late Greek male name of uncertain etymology. It could be related to Greek bessa βῆσσα meaning “wooded valley, glen”. It’s been connected with Ancient Greek bathus meaning “deep; thick”  perhaps originating from a PIE root word, but it doesn’t seem likely that bessacomes from that source. I’ve also seen it …

Anastasia

Anastasia is the feminine form of Anastasius, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Anastasios meaning "resurrection" from Ancient Greek anastasis (resurrection standing up) composed of ana- (up) + histemi (to stand). Nicknames: Ana, Stacy, Stacia Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Anastasiya (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian) Anastazija (Croatian, Slovene) Stošija (Croatian) Anastázie (Czech) Anastazie (Czech) Anastasie (French, Romanian) Anasztázia (Hungarian) Anastasija (Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, …

Yeva

Yeva is the Russian and Armenian form of Eva, the Latinate form of Eve which comes from Ancient Greek Eúa via Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”. Origin: Hebrew Variants Eve (English) Hawa (Arabic) Eua (Biblical Greek) Chawwah (Biblical Hebrew) Chava (Hebrew) Hava (Modern Hebrew) Khava (Chechen, Ingush) Evi (Modern Greek, Dutch, German) Eeva (Finnish) Eevi (Finnish) Ève (French) Éva (Hungarian) …

Valery

Valery is a Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian male name, a variant transcription of Valeriy which comes from Valerius, an Ancient Roman cognomen derived from Latin valere meaning “to be healthy, strong” via PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Spelled Valéry, it's a French male name which in this case seems to derive from an Ancient Germanic name, Walaric, Walherich; the second element of the name comes from …

Samara

Samara is a female given name of uncertain origin. It's the name of a city in Russia which was named after the Samara River that runs through the city (although there are several rivers named Samara in Russia). It was originally founded as a fortress city in 1586 in order to protect against invading nomadic …

Gala

Gala is a Spanish female name, a feminine form of Gallus, an Ancient Roman name meaning “rooster, cock” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word; the male form of Gala would be Galo. Gala is also a Russian diminutive of Galina, the Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenus, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Galenos meaning “calm, tranquil”. In Greek mythology, Galene is a …

Yelena

Yelena is a Russian female name, the Russian form of Helen which comes from Ancient Greek Helene, a 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”. In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. …

Ira

Ira (pr. eye-rah) is a Hebrew male name meaning "watchful". In Russia and other Slavic countries, Ira (pr. ee-rah) is a female given name, a diminutive of Irina, the Slavic form of Irene, which comes from Greek Eirene meaning “peace”. In Greek mythology, Eirene is the Greek goddess of peace and the season of the spring, and is one of the Horae/Horai, goddessess of …

Zoya

Zoya is the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian form of Zoe, a Greek female name meaning “life”, derived from PIE root word *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Zoya also seems to have had some use in Hindi and Arabic, either an Arabic form of Zoe or perhaps related to Zahra meaning "to shine, glow; radiant, brilliant" or "flower, blossom" Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Arabic Variants: Zoja (Latvian, …

Makar

Makar is the Russian form of Makarios, an Ancient Greek male name meaning "blessed, happy" from Ancient Greek makar (blessed). Makar is also a Scottish term for a poet or a bard. It's the equivalent of English word maker. Its plural form is makaris. Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Makari (Russian) Makariy (Russian) Makarios (Late Greek) Macarius (Latinized Late Greek) …

Polina

Polina is either a Slavic and Greek form of Paulina (the feminine form of Paulinus, a Roman cognomen meaning "small" or "humble" via Latin paulus (little, small) derived from a PIE root word) or it's a Russian diminutive of Apollinariya, the Russian feminine form of Apollinaris which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. The name is of uncertain etymology and …

Rodion

Rodion is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Herodion, a diminutive of Greek Heroides (or Herod) which means "song of the hero" from Greek elements heros (hero, warrior) and oide (song, ode). Nicknames: Rodya (Russian) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Herod (Ancient Greek) Herodes (Ancient Greek) Herodion (Ancient Greek) Herodianus (Latin)   Female forms Herodias (Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek) Erodiade …