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…

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…

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…

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,…

Varvara

Varvara is the Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Macedonian form of Barbara which means “foreign, strange”. It comes from Ancient Greek barbaros; it was used by the Ancient Greeks to refer to non-Greek speaking foreigners or those who spoke a language they couldn’t understand. Nicknames: Varya (Russian), Vara (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Barbara (Late Roman, English, Italian, French, German,…

Alisa

Alisa is the Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian, and Finnish form of Alice which comes from Old French Aalis via Germanic Adelais, a short form of Adalheidis meaning “noble kind, type” or “of a noble kind”, made up from Germanic elements adal (noble) and heid (kind, sort, type), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Alisa is also a Spanish and Portuguese word,…

Akim

Akim is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Joachim, a male name which is a contracted form of either Jehoiachin meaning “established by Yahweh”, or Jehoiakim meaning “raised by Yahweh”. Akim is also a Kazakh word meaning “mayor” or “governor, ruler” which seems to be derived from Arabic hakim حَاكِم (judge, ruler). Origin: Hebrew, Arabic Variants: Yakim (Russian)…

Lada

Lada is the name of a Slavic fertility goddess of love, beauty and marriage, often associated with the other goddesses Freya, Isis and Aphrodite. She’s depicted as a young woman with long golden hair with ears of grain braided in it to represent fertility. Lada is also associated with the summer season and her animals are…

Misha

Misha is a Russian male diminutive of Mikhail, the Russian, Belarusian, and Bulgarian form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Although used strictly a male name in Russia, it has had some use as a female given name in the United States. Misha is also a Japanese…