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…

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…

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”…

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…