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)

 

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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)

 

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

 

 

 

 

Shiva

Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and transformation in Hindu mythology, and one of the principle gods in Hinduism along with Brahma and Vishnu, as well as being the husband of the mother goddess Parvati. His name comes from Sanskrit Śivá meaning “auspicious, benign, gracious, kind”. Shiva is also a Persian female name meaning “charming, eloquent”. In Judaism, Shiva is a week-long mourning period for a close relative derived from Hebrew shiv’áh meaning “seven”.

Origin: Sanskrit, Persian, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Sheeva (Indian, Persian, English)
  • Siva (Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam)

 

Sol

Sol is the Latin name for “sun”, and the name of the Roman god of the sun as well as being the Spanish and Potuguese word for “sun” deriving from Latin as well. It’s also a short form of Solomon, deriving from Hebrew shalom meaning “peace”. As a surname, it’s seems to have originated from Latin sol.

Spelled Sól, it’s the name of the Norse goddess of the sun; her name means “sun” in Old Norse.

Sol, also spelled as Sul and Seol, is also a Korean surname although I couldn’t manage to find an exact meaning behind it. Sol is also a Korean unisex given name meaning “pine tree” in Hangul; it can be used on its own or as part of a compound name.

Origin: Latin, Hebrew, Old Norse, Korean

Female variants:

  • Sola (f)
  • Sole (Italian, Spanish)

 

솔 (Hangul)– Sol

 

Shae

Shae is a variant spelling of Shea, which comes from O’Shea, which is the anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Séaghdha meaning “descendant of Séaghdha”, Séaghdha being a male given name of uncertain meaning though I’ve seen several possible meanings listed for it such as “admirable” or “hawk-like”; “esteem” and “regard”; or “fine, fortunate”.

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Shay
  • Shaye
  • Shea
  • Séaghdha (Irish)