Starr

Starr is a variant spelling of Star, the English word used to refer to “any of the heavenly bodies, except the moon, which appear as fixed luminous points in the sky at night” (dictionary.com). It comes from Old English steorra (star) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. Starr is also a surname originating from the word….

Samar

Samar is an Arabic female name meaning “evening conversation” or “companion in evening talk”, derived from Arabic root س م ر‎ s-m-r (to stay awake; to speak at night). Samar is also a Hindu male name meaning “battle”, “war” derived from Sanskrit samara समर. Samar is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Arabic, Sanskrit Variants: Samira (Arabic,…

Stephana

Stephana is a female given name, a variant of Stephanie, the feminine form of Stephen, an English male name derived from Greek Stephanos which means “crown, wreath” or more literally “that which surrounds, encircles”. In Ancient Greece, it was used as a word to refer to a winner of a contest. It comes from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Nicknames: Step/Steff, Steffie…

Susa

Susa is the name of an ancient city in the Middle East (also known as Shush and Shushan), which was ruled by the Elamites, a pre-Iranian civilization that ruled across much of what is present day Iran. Susa derives its name from a local god, Inshushinak, the god of darkness and the afterlife; his name may mean…

Sheila

Sheila is an Irish female name, an anglicized form of Síle, the Irish form of Cecilia which comes from Latin Caecilia which is the feminine form of Caecilius, an Ancient Roman family name which comes from Latin caecus meaning “blind; hidden, invisible” via Proto-Italic *kaikos (blind) which derives from PIE *káykos (one-eyed, blind). Sheila could also be a variant spelling of Sheela, an Indian female name meaning…

Sharon

Sharon is the name of a biblical place in the Old Testament, as well as the name of several places in the United States and United Kingdom. It means “plain”, referring to a fertile plain though it’s also been connected to Hebrew yashar meaning “straight,” or “to be level”, or that it could come from a…

Susan

Susan is the English form of Susannah which comes from Hebrew Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”. Nicknames: Sue, Susie/Susy Origin: Egyptian Variants: Susannah (English) Susanna (Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Greek) Sousanna (Greek) Shoshannah (Hebrew) Shoshana (Hebrew) Sawsan (Arabic) Suzanne (French, English, Dutch) Suzana (Croatian, Serbian,…

Simone

Simone (pr. see-mawn) is the French feminine form of Simon meaning “he who hears” or “he has heard” derived from Hebrew shama (to hear, listen). Simon is also a Greek name which derives from Ancient Greek simos meaning “flat-nosed, snub-nosed”. Simon is also an Italian male name (pr. see-maw-nee), the Italian form of Simon (its feminine form is Simona). Simone is also an Italian…

Saxony

Saxony is the name of a region in Germany with a long history. The name comes from the Saxon tribe who originally inhabited the area. Their name may have originated from the name of a type of dagger they used, from Middle English sax from Old English seax meaning “dagger” or “knife” from Proto-Germanic *sahsą (dagger, knife) derived from PIE root word *sek- (to…