Arabic, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

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,… Continue reading Zoya

Ancient Greek, Literature, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

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)… Continue reading Makar

Akkadian, Akkadian mythology, Animals, Female, Greek mythology, Kin/Family, Light, Lion, Literature, Mythology, Near East mythology, Nickname names, P names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sun, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Polina

Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Rodion

Arabic, D names, Female, Hebrew, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dar

Dar is a Hebrew unisex name meaning "nacre, mother-of-pearl", as well as also being a Hebrew surname originating from the given name. Dar دار  is also an Arabic word meaning "house", as well as a Russian word meaning "gift". It's also an Indian (Kashmiri) surname (also spelled Dhar) which may have originated as a title given to a village… Continue reading Dar

Ancient Greek, Color, Earth, Elements, Female, Food, J names, Japanese, Male, Pear, Red/Crimson, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Juri

Juri is an Estonian and Russian male name, the Slavic form of George meaning "farmer, earthworker". Juri is also a Japanese female name, likely influenced by Julie, though it has various meanings depending on the kanji used: ju 樹 "tree, timber" + ri 里 "village" (樹里); ju 樹 "tree, timber" + ri 梨 "pear" (樹梨); ju 朱 "vermilion; cinnabar; scarlet" + ri 理 "logic reason" (朱理); ju 朱 "vermilion; cinnabar; scarlet" + ri 里 "village"… Continue reading Juri

Ancient Persian, Black/Dark, Bright/Clear, Color, Elamite, Female, Japanese, K names, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sun, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Kira

Kira is the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been attributed to it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the enemy in verbal contest” from Elamite, an extinct language that was once… Continue reading Kira

Date palm/date tree, Female, Food, Japanese, Proto-Semitic, T names, Virtues/Attributes

Tamara

Tamara is the Slavic form of Tamar meaning "date palm; date fruit" which derives from a Proto-Semitic origin. Tamar is also the name of a river in England which forms a border between Devon and Cornwall though in this case the name seems to be derived from a Proto-Celtic source meaning "dark water". Tamar is also the name of… Continue reading Tamara

Male, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Oleg

Oleg is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Helge, a Scandinavian male name which comes from Old Norse name Helgi meaning "holy, blessed" which comes from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, blessed), composed from *hailaz (healthy, sound; whole, unbroken; complete) via PIE *kóylos (healthy, whole); and *-gaz, an adjective used to denote something meaning “of being, having, or doing”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Helge (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German) Helgi… Continue reading Oleg

Male, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Robert

Robert is an English male name, the anglicized form of Germanic Hrodebert meaning “bright fame” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and beraht (bright). Robert is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Rob/Robb, Robbie/Robby, Bobby/Bobbie, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Róbert (Hungarian, Icelandic) Roberto (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Roibeárd (Irish) Roopertti (Finnish) Roberts (Latvian) Robertas (Lithuanian) Raibeart (Scottish) Rupert (English,… Continue reading Robert