Satomi

Satomi is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: sato 里 “village; hometown” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (里美); *girls only sato 聡 “wise; fast learner; clever; intelligent; bright” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (聡美); *girls only sato 智 “intellect; wisdom; reason” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (智美); *girls only sato 聖 “holy; saint; sage; master; priest” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (聖美); *girls only sato 里 “village; hometown” + mi 視 “regard;…

Shiori

Shiori is a Japanese unisex name (though far more commonly used for girls) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: shi 詩 “poem; poetry” + ori 織 “weave; fabric” (詩織); *girls only shiori 栞 “bookmark; guidebook”; shiori 撓 “lithe; bend”; shi 史 “history; chronicle” + ori 織 “weave; fabric” (史織); shio 汐 “eventide; tide; saltwater; opportunity” + ri 里 “village; hometown”; (汐里) There are other meanings depending on the kanji…

Sandy

Sandy is a shortened form of Alexander or its feminine forms Alexandra and Sandra, all of which derive from Ancient Greek Alexandros meaning “defending men” or “defender of men” from Greek elements alexo (to defend, help) and aner (man). In Greek mythology, it was another name for the Trojan prince Paris, famous for abducting Helen, wife of Menelaus, which started the ten year Trojan war. It’s…

Sage

Sage comes from an English word meaning “wise”, referring to someone who was wise and knowledgable. It comes from Latin *sapius via *sapere (to taste, to discern, to be wise) derived from PIE root word *sap- (to taste, to try out). Sage is also the name of an herb used in cooking, Salvia officinalis (common sage). The origin of…

Sullivan

Sullivan comes from a surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Súileabháin meaning “descendant of Súileabhán”, the latter a personal name meaning “little dark-eyed one”, made up from Irish elements súil (eye), dubh (black) combined with the diminutive suffix án. Other possible meanings I’ve seen listed for it are “one-eyed” or “hawk-eyed” though I can’t say how accurate those are….

Sidney

Sidney comes from an English surname meaning “wide island” made up from Old English elements sidan (wide) and eg (island). It’s also possible that it comes from the name of a town in Normandy, France, St. Denis, Denis being the medieval French form of Dennis, the English form of Dionysius. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the…

Shika

Shika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: shika 鹿 “deer” (it’s also a Japanese surname); shi 史 “history, chronicle” + ka “can; passable, allowed” (史可); shi 志 “purpose, will; aspire; resolve; motives; plans” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (志佳); shi 紫 “purple, violet” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (紫佳); shi 詩 “poem, poetry” + 夏 “summer” (詩夏). I’ve also seen…

Sunday

Sunday comes from Old English sunnandaeg meaning “sun day” or “day of the sun” from Old English elements sunne “sun” and daeg “day. Sunday is also a surname, likely originating as a nickname for someone who was born on that day. According to the nursery rhyme Monday’s Child, And the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe,…

Saturday

Saturday comes from Old English Sæterndæg meaning “Saturn’s day”, Saturn being the Roman god of agriculture and fertility in Roman mythology. The name seems to be derived from Latin satus (sowing, planting) which ultimately derives from PIE root word *seh₁- (to sow, to plant), though it’s also possible that the name comes from Etruscan Satre, the name of an Etruscan god, his name…