September

September is the name of the ninth month of the year which comes from Latin septem meaning “seven” because it was originally the seventh month of the Roman calendar (which only had 10 months).

Origin: Latin

 

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Suzanne

Suzanne is the French form of Susanna, the Greek form of Hebrew name Shoshannah which means “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”.

Nicknames: Suzie/Suzy

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian

Variants:

  • Susanna (Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Greek)
  • Sousanna (Greek)
  • Susannah (English)
  • Shoshannah (Hebrew)
  • Shoshana (Hebrew)
  • Sawsan (Arabic)
  • Suzana (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian, Portuguese Brazilian)
  • Susana (Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Zuzana (Czech, Slovak)
  • Zuzanna (Polish, Latvian)
  • Susanne (German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian)
  • Susann (German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian)
  • Sanna (Swedish, Finnish)
  • Zane (Latvian)
  • Huhana (Maori)
  • Syuzanna (Russian)
  • Susan (English)

 

Shannon

Shannon is the name of a river in Ireland, the anglicized form of Sionainn, which may be related to Old Irish sen meaning “old, ancient” or it may mean “wise river” from Old Irish sen (wise) and abhainn (river). It may have derived its name after a goddess named Sionnan who went to the river in order to find the well where the Salmon of Knowledge lives. As a surname it has several possible sources:

  • an anglicized form of Ó Seanáin which means “descendant of Seanán”, the latter a given name derived from sen meaning “wise;
  • a reduced anglicized form of MacGiolla tSeanain meaning “descendant of the follower of St. Seanán”;
  • an anglicized form of O’Sionain, given to those who worked with straw;
  • an anglicized form of O’Seannachain meaning “descendant of a person named Seannachain”, the latter a male given name old derived from Old Irish sen.

Origin: Old Irish

 

Variants:

  • Shannan (English)
  • Shannen (English)
  • Shannah (English)
  • Shanna (English)
  • Shana (English)
  • Sionann (Irish)

 

Seraiah

Seraiah is a Hebrew male name meaning “Yahweh is ruler” or “Soldier/Prince of the Lord” and is the name of several figures in the Bible. Although a legitimate male name, it does have potential as a female name as well.

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Seriah
  • Serayah (English)

 

Scotia

Scotia (pr. skoh-sha) was originally the Roman name for Ireland, derived from Scoti or Scotti, a term used to refer to the Gaels, though it later came to refer to Scotland. The origin of the word Scoti/Scotti is unknown. It could possibly be derived from the name of a Celtic tribe of unknown meaning though that seems unlikely since there is no known tribe of that name. Another possible source according to Irish chronicles and myths is that the name is derived from Scota, the name of a princess who was the daughter of an Egyptian pharoah and whose name was given to the country although I can’t say how accurate that last part is, although the stories behind it are fascinating. Nova Scotia (New Scotland) is the name of a province in Canada.

Scotia is also a word used in architecture referring to a concave molding between two fillets, a type of decorative molding. The word comes from Ancient Greek skotía meaning “dark, darkness, shadowy, gloom”.

Origin: Latin, Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Scota

 

Sasha

Sasha is a unisex given name originally used as a nickname for given names Aleksandr and Aleksandra, the Russian and Ukrainian form of Greek Alexandros meaning “defending men” or “defender of men” composed from alexo (to defend, help) and aner (man).

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Sacha (French)
  • Sascha (German)

 

Sabrina

Sabrina is the Latin form of Old Welsh Habren or Hafren, the original name of the River Severen in the United Kingdom. The name might be derived from Proto-Celtic *samaros meaning “summer fallow, fallow land” from Proto-Celtic *samos (summer) and *aros (ploughing, ploughed land), or from *samos (summer) and *renwo- (quick, fast) or it could possibly mean “boundary” from an unknown source. Sabrina could also be an Arabic name derived from Arabicصبر (sabr) meaning “patient”. 

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the river received its name from the daughter of Locrinus, a king of the Britons, and his mistress Estrildis, a captured Germanic princess who was originally brought to Britain as a captive by the Huns. Locrinus fell in love with her but he was already bethrothed to Gwendolen, the daughter of Corineus and an ally of his father’s, and though he went through with the marriage and had a son by her, Locrinus kept Estrildis a secret by locking her in a cave underground and visiting her there. He had his daughter by her. When Corineus died, Locrinus left Gwendolen and took Estrildis as his queen. In response, Gwendolen assembled an army during which he was killed in battle, and Gwendolen had Estrildis and Sabrina/Habren drowned in the river which now bears her name.

Origin: Proto-Celtic, Arabic

Variants:

  • Sabryna (English)
  • Zabrina (English)
  • Habren (Welsh)
  • Hafren (Welsh)
  • Severn (English)
  • Sabre
  • Sabren
  • Averne

 

Saga

Saga is the name of an Old Norse goddess of wisdom and seems to be another name for the goddess Frigg. The name seems to come from Old Norse sjá meaning “to see”, likely in reference to the fact that she is a seeress. Saga is also a word derived from Old Norse saga meaning “saga, story”, cognate with Old English sagu (story, tale, statement). A saga originally referred to stories in Old Norse about ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history, sometimes romanticized about battles and heroes that happened in the past.

In Latin, saga means “fortune-teller, sooth-sayer, female sage”. It also seems to have some Japanese roots, the name of an emperor of Japan in the 9th century. Wikipedia writes his name with the kanji 嵯峨 meaning “steep, rugged + high mountain”. Saga is also a Japanese surname as well as the name of a prefecture in Japan, whose capital city is also called Saga.

Origin: Old Norse, Latin, Japanese