A names, Ancient Greek, Female, Nickname names, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes

Angelina

Angelina is a female given name which originated as a diminutive of Angela, the feminine form of Latin Angelus. It comes from Greek angelos “messenger”, though it seems to have an older source, perhaps related to angaros (mounted courier) which might come from an Asian language, though it might also be related to Sanskrit ajira (swift). Nicknames: Angie, Lina Origin: Ancient Greek, Sanskrit Variants:… Continue reading Angelina

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Animals, Birds, Celtic, Color, Dove, Female, Hebrew, I names, Japanese, Male, Nature, Numbers, Old Norse, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning "island" though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning "yew". It's just as possible that Iona may be a variant form… Continue reading Iona

Female, Mythology, Roman mythology, Sabine/Oscan, T names

Tatiana

Tatiana is the feminine form of Tatianus, an Ancient Roman name which is a derivative of Tatius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though it could be of Sabine origin. I've seen a few possible meanings attached to it such as Latin tata meaning "daddy", a term used by children; or that it could be from Ancient Greek táttō, the… Continue reading Tatiana

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diana

Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt, moon, forests, and childbirth, making her the Roman counterpart of Greek goddess Artemis. Though the name is of uncertain origin and meaning, it's been linked to the PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diana is also a Finnish word meaning "slide" and a Spanish… Continue reading Diana

Apple/Apple tree, Elements, Female, Japanese, M names, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Marina

Marina is the feminine form of Marinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of the sea" or "belonging to the sea", derived from a PIE root word *móri- (sea, ocean; body of water), though Marinus could also be derived from Marius which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the… Continue reading Marina

A names, Female, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Virtues/Attributes

Anoushka

Anoushka is a Russian diminutive of Anna, the Greek and Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anoushka is also an Indian female name which I've seen listed as meaning "one who fulfills their dreams and aspirations". Origin: Hebrew, Sanskrit Variants: Annushka (Russian) Anushka (Russian, Indian)   Anouskha, Anushka - अनुष्का (Sanskrit)  

Bright/Clear, Female, Light, Moon, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Roksana

Roksana is the Russian and Polish form of Roxana which ultimately derives from Persian Roshanak which means "bright, light, shining" either from Avestan raoxšna- (radiant, shining) or Middle Persian rōšn (light; bright light). It derives from PIE *lówksneh₂ (moon) from root word *lewk- (bright; to shine; to see). Nicknames: Roxie/Roxy, Rocky/Rockie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Roxana (Latinized Ancient Greek, English, Spanish, Romanian) Roxanna (English) Roxanne… Continue reading Roksana

Female, Hebrew, I names, Virtues/Attributes

Ivanna

Ivanna is the Russian feminine form of Ivan, itself the Slavic form of John derived from Hebrew Yochanan meaning "Yahweh is gracious". Nicknames: Ivanka (Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene) Origin: Hebrew Variants: Ivana (Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian)   Male forms: Ivan (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Macedonian, Slovene, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English)… Continue reading Ivanna

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

Grigori

Grigori is a variant transcription of Grigoriy, the Russian form of Gregory which means "watchful, vigilant, alert". It comes from Ancient Greek grḗgoros (watchful, alert) derived from a PIE root. Grigori also refers to a group of watcher angels. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Gregory (English) Gregorios (Greek) Gregorius (Latinized Greek) Gregor (German, Scottish, Slovak, Slovene, English) Gregorio (Italian, Spanish) Grégoire (French)… Continue reading Grigori

Ancient Greek, Elements, Female, G names, Greek, Greek mythology, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nymphs, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Galina

Galina is the Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenus, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Galenos meaning "calm, tranquil". In Greek mythology, Galene is a Nereid nymph who was the personification of calm seas. Nicknames: Galya (Russian), Gala (Russian), Gal (English), Gale (English), Lina (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Galena (Bulgarian, Macedonian) Galene (Ancient Greek) Halina (Polish) Halyna (Ukrainian)… Continue reading Galina

Animals, B names, Battle/War, Leopard, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Turkic, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Boris

Boris is a Slavic male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could have originated as a short form of Boroslav/Borislav meaning "battle glory" from Slavic *borti- (battle) derived from PIE *bʰerH- (to pierce, to strike) and slava (glory, fame) also derived from PIE *ḱlewos (to hear). Boris may also be derived from Turkic Bogoris which could mean "short, small", "wolf", or "snow leopard". Boris is also… Continue reading Boris

Female, J names, Kin/Family, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Julia

Julia is the feminine form of Julius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful. It could also be related to Iovis, the older form of Latin Iuppiter (Jupiter), the name of the chief god in the Roman pantheon. His name is derived from Indo-European… Continue reading Julia

Female, Kin/Family, Latin, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Y names

Yuliana

Yuliana is the Russian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian form of Juliana, the feminine form of Julian which is the English form of Iulianus (or Julianus), an Ancient Roman family name meaning “belonging to Julius”, Julius a name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from Greek ioulos meaning “downy-bearded”, implying someone who was youthful, though it could also be related to Iovis, the… Continue reading Yuliana

Chestnut, Color, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Male, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Sun, Surname names, Unicorn, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Sorin

Sorin is a Romanian male name, possibly from Romanian soare meaning "sun" from Latin sol (sun) derived from Proto-Indo-Europan *sóh₂w (sun). Sōrin (宗 麟) also seems to be a Japanese masculine given name, such as Ōtomo Sōrin (who also went by other names), who was a daimyo of the Ōtomo clan in the 16th century (1530-1587). It means "religion; sect; denomination;  main point; … Continue reading Sorin

A names, Ancient Greek, Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Place names, Virtues/Attributes

Arkady

Arkady is a variant transcription of Arkadiy, the Russian form of Arkadios, an Ancient Greek name meaning "of Arcadia", originally used to refer to someone who came from the region of Arcadia. The name received its name from Arcas, king of Arcadia and the son of the Greek god Zeus and the nymph Callisto, who was turned into a bear either by an angry Hera or by Zeus in an… Continue reading Arkady

Ancient Greek, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Kin/Family, Latin, Nature, Nickname names, Night/Evening, Place names, R names, Seasons, Slavic, Spanish, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Raya

Raya is a female given name with a variety of origins and meanings such as: it's used as a short form of Rayna, either a Bulgarian form of Regina meaning "queen" or the feminine form of Rayno derived from Slavic rad meaning "happy, willing"; Raya is also used as a Russian nickname for Raisa, a Russian name of unknown meaning though it may have been… Continue reading Raya

Albanian, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vera

Vera is a Russian female name meaning "faith" which comes from Proto-Slavic *vě̀ra (faith, belief) derived from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁- (true), though it's also been associated with Latin verus meaning "true, truthful, real", also derived from the same Proto-Indo-European source. Vera is also an Albanian female name derived from verë meaning "summer". Vera is also a Spanish surname meaning "shore, riverbank; side", a place name… Continue reading Vera

Ancient Greek, Astronomy, Coptic, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, K names, Late Roman, Latin, Mythology, Numbers, Stars/Constellation, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Karina

Karina is either a variant spelling of Carina, a Late Latin name derived from carus meaning "dear, beloved" though it may also be from Latin carina meaning "keel", referring to the keel of a ship and is also the name of a constellation. In Greek myth, Carina is the name of the keel of the ship Argo Navis, which is also the name of… Continue reading Karina

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

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… Continue reading Vladimir

A names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Albert

Albert comes from Germanic Adalbert meaning "noble bright" from Germanic elements adal (noble) derived from Proto-Germanic *aþalaz (noble) and and beraht (bright, famous) derived from Proto-Indo-European root word *bhereg- (to shine). Albert is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Al, Albie, Bert, Bertie Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Adalbert (Ancient Germanic, German, Polish) Adalberht (Ancient Germanic) Albertus (Latin, Dutch) Adelbert (German, Dutch) Albrecht (German)… Continue reading Albert