Sedona

Sedona is the name of a city in Arizona, named after Sedona Miller Schnebly (1877-1950), the wife of the first postmaster. Apparently, Sedona's mother came up with the name because it sounded pretty. According to a user at Behind the Name, it's possible that she may have been inspired by Sidony or Sidonia, the feminine form of Sidonius, a …

Sample

Sample comes from an English surname, originating as an Anglo-Norman locational name for someone who came from an of various places in Normandy called St. Paul, named for the churches dedicated to Saint Paul, which means "small, humble". Sample is also an English word referring to a small part or quantity used to determine the entire quality of a …

Sansa

Sansa is a female given name which many people will associate with George R.R. Martin's character in his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. I've seen many sites list it as being derived from Sanskrit meaning "praise, admiration", which seems to come from a shortened form of praśaṃsā प्रशंसा (praise, admiration, approval, commendation). Considering that Sansa Stark …

Skye

Skye is the name of one of the largest island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The etymology of the name is obscure; it may be derived from Old Norse ský (cloud) and ey (island) meaning "cloud island". It's also been linked to Scottish Gaelic sgitheanach meaning "winged". Skye can also be used as a variant spelling of Sky, referring …

Sephora

Sephora is the Biblical Greek form of Zipporah, a Hebrew female name meaning "bird" via Hebrew tsipor צִפּוֹר (bird). This was the name of the Midianite wife of Moses in the Old Testament. Sephora is also the name of a French multinational chain of beauty products. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Séphora (French) Seffora (Biblical Latin) Zipporah (Hebrew) Tzipporah (Hebrew) Tziporah …

Samara

Samara is a female given name of uncertain origin. It's the name of a city in Russia which was named after the Samara River that runs through the city (although there are several rivers named Samara in Russia). It was originally founded as a fortress city in 1586 in order to protect against invading nomadic …

Scholastica

Scholastica is a Late Roman name meaning "rhetorician, orator" which comes from Latin scholasticus (scholastic; scholarly) via Ancient Greek skholastikos (enjoying leisure; devoting one's time to leisure) via skholḗ (leisure, free time) derived from PIE root word *seǵʰ- (to hold). The word scholastic refers to a scholar or teacher, someone of great learning. Scholastica is the name of a Catholic saint. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: …

Sulis

Sulis is the name of a Celtic goddess, a local goddess associated with the hot springs of Bath, a city in Somerset, England. The hot springs were known for their healing waters and people traveled from far and wide to bathe in it; the Romans built baths and a temple around it and the place …

Sirocco

Sirocco refers to an intensely hot wind that blows in from the Sahara desert across North Africa to parts of Southern Europe. The name comes from Maghrebi Arabic šarq شَرْق meaning "east". Origin: Arabic Variants: Scirocco (Italian, Spanish)- *the plural form of Sirocco (pr. shu-rok-oh) Siroc (Occitan) Eisseroc (Occitan) Siroco (Spanish) Xaloc (Catalan)  

Sabelina

Sabelina could possibly be an anglicized form of Zibellina, itself the Italian word for sable which refers to a small mammal belong to the genus Martes; sable also refers to the color black. The origin of sable comes from a Balto-Slavic word of uncertain etymology. I've also seen Sabelina listed as a medieval form of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English …

Sorella

Sorella is an Italian word meaning "sister", both as in a sibling and as a nun. Sorella is also an Italian surname, likely originating from the word. Sorella also seems to have had some use as a Finnish female name- I came across Sorella Englund, a Finnish ballerina though I couldn't find a concrete origin behind …

Sterna

Sterna is a Yiddish female name meaning "star" via Yiddish shtern which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It's also been occasionally used as the Yiddish form of Esther, a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to a Persian word also meaning “star”. Sterna is the also the name of a genus of seabirds. …