D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Danica

Danica is a female given name deriving from a Slavic word meaning "morning star", referring to the planet Venus. It derives from a PIE source. Danica is also the name of the personification of the Morning Star in Slavic mythology. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Danika (English) Denica (Bulgarian, Macedonian)  

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Female, Greek mythology, Mythology, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Polexia

Polexia is not a name that has much information behind it. From what I could find, it seems to be the anglicized spelling of Poleksija (the name of a former Serbian princess who also had a sister named Kleopatra), the Serbian form of Polyxena, an Ancient Greek female name meaning "entertaining many guests" or essentially "very hospitable" from Ancient… Continue reading Polexia

Apple/Apple tree, Elements, Female, Japanese, M names, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Marina

Marina is the feminine form of Marinus, an Ancient Roman name meaning "of the sea" or "belonging to the sea", derived from a PIE root word *móri- (sea, ocean; body of water), though Marinus could also be derived from Marius which could be derived from Latin mas meaning “male” or Latin mare meaning “sea”. It could also be derived from Mars, the… Continue reading Marina

Female, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes, Z names

Zora

Zora comes from a Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora" derived from Proto-Slavic *zorja (dawn). Nicknames: Zorka (Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian), Zorica (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian) Origin: Proto-Slavic Variants: Zorana (Croatian, Serbian) Zorina (Croatian)   Male forms: Zoran (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian) Zorán (Hungarian) Zorin (Croatian)  

Animals, B names, Battle/War, Leopard, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Turkic, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Boris

Boris is a Slavic male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It could have originated as a short form of Boroslav/Borislav meaning "battle glory" from Slavic *borti- (battle) derived from PIE *bʰerH- (to pierce, to strike) and slava (glory, fame) also derived from PIE *ḱlewos (to hear). Boris may also be derived from Turkic Bogoris which could mean "short, small", "wolf", or "snow leopard". Boris is also… Continue reading Boris

Hebrew, Male, S names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Simeon

Simeon is a male name meaning "he who hears" or "he has heard" derived from Hebrew shama (to hear, listen). It was the name of the second son of Jacob and Leah, given to his mother because she believed God had heard her say that she was not as favored by her husband as her sister Rachel. It's also a variant of Simon,… Continue reading Simeon

Albanian, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, J names, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Swahili, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Jana

Jana is a multicultural name with several possible meanings: it is the Latinized form of Jane, the feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”; Jana is also the Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German, Slovene, and Catalan feminine form of Jan, a variant form of Johannes which also derives from John;  it's also the Serbian and Croatian form of Ana, a… Continue reading Jana

Albanian, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vera

Vera is a Russian female name meaning "faith" which comes from Proto-Slavic *vě̀ra (faith, belief) derived from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁- (true), though it's also been associated with Latin verus meaning "true, truthful, real", also derived from the same Proto-Indo-European source. Vera is also an Albanian female name derived from verë meaning "summer". Vera is also a Spanish surname meaning "shore, riverbank; side", a place name… Continue reading Vera

African, Demons, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Etruscan mythology, Female, Gaelic, Hebrew, Hindu mythology, Joy, Kin/Family, Latvian mythology, Light, Love/Beloved, M names, Maasai, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sanskrit, Slavic mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Mara

Mara is a female given name with multiple origins and meanings: Mara is a Hebrew female name meaning "bitter", taken on by Naomi from the Old Testament after she had lost her husband and sons, as well as also being a Croatian and Serbian variant of Marija, which comes from the Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning… Continue reading Mara

Male, Proto-Indo-European, V names, Virtues/Attributes

Vladimir

Vladimir comes from Slavic element vladeti meaning "to rule" (derived from Proto-Indo-European *wal "to be strong") combined with meru (great, famous) essentially meaning "great ruler" or "famous ruler". However, the second element has also been associated with miru (peace, world) so the name could also mean "peaceful ruler" or "world ruler". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Waldomar (Ancient Germanic) Valdimárr (Ancient Scandinavian) Uladzimir (Belarusian) Vladimír… Continue reading Vladimir

Bright/Clear, Color, Female, Light, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Svetlana

Svetlana is a Slavic female name meaning "light" which comes from Russian svet (light) derived from Proto-Slavic *svě̑tъ (light; world) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweytos (bright; white). Nicknames: Lana, Sveta Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Svjetlana (Croatian, Serbian) Světlana (Czech) Svitlana (Ukrainian) Svetlina (Bulgarian)  

Aramaic, Female, M names, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning "lady, mistress", the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master). Origin: Aramaic Variants: Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek) Martta (Finnish) Marthe (French, Norwegian) Marte (Norwegian) Márta (Hungarian) Morta (Lithuanian) Maata (Maori) Marfa (Russian)  

Female, M names, Nickname names, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes

Mila

Mila (pr. mee-lah or my-lah) is a Slavic given name, often used as a short form for names such as Ludmila (love of the people), Milena (gracious, dear), Milica (gracious, dear), Camilla/Camila, or Milagros (miracles). It comes from the Slavic element milu meaning "gracious, dear". Origin: Slavic   Variants: Myla (English) Milla (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish) Milena (Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian) Miléna… Continue reading Mila

Arabic, Celtic, Earth, Female, Gaulish, Hawaiian, L names, Light, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Slavic, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Lana

Lana is an Arabic female name deriving from a root word meaning "soft, tender, gentle". It's also a short form of names like Svetlana, a Slavic female name meaning "light" from Slavic svet (light), or Alana, feminine form of Alan, a Celtic name of uncertain etymology though it's been linked to meaning either "little rock" or "handsome" though it might also be… Continue reading Lana

A names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Love/Beloved, Male, Nickname names, Norse, Old Norse, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Aki

Aki is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word) meaning 秋 "autumn" though it has other meanings such as 燦 "brilliant, bright, radiance", 明 "clear, tomorrow, bright", 昭 "shining", 彬 "refined, gentle", 爽 "refreshing, clear, invigorating", 晶 "clear, crystal, sparkle", 暁 "daybreak, dawn", 彰 "acknowledge", 晃 "clear", 亜紀 "Asia, come after, next +… Continue reading Aki

Battle/War, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Marko

Marko is the Slavic cognate of Mark, the English form of Marcus which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also be from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”.… Continue reading Marko

A names, Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, Male, Physical Attributes, Unisex

Andrea

Andrea is both a male name in Italy, the Italian form of Greek Andreas meaning "manly, masculine", while it's also a female name in other parts of the world, being the feminine form of Andrew, which also happens to be the English form of Greek Andreas. Origin: Greek Male variants: Andreas (Ancient Greek) Andrew (English)   Female forms: Andreina… Continue reading Andrea

Female, Greek, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Sandra

Sandra was originally a nickname for Alessandra, the Italian form of Alexandra, a Greek female form of Alexander meaning "defender of man" or "defending men" from Greek alexo (to defend, help) and aner (man), though it could also be a nickname for Alexandra as well. Sandra could also be a nickname for another Greek name, Cassandra, possibly meaning "exceling man",… Continue reading Sandra

Battle/War, Elves, Kin/Family, Male, Mythological creatures, O names, Old Norse, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Oliver

Oliver is a male given name that has two possible origins. The first is that it could be from Germanic Alfhar from Old Norse Alvar meaning "elf warrior" or "elf army" from Old Norse elements alfr (elf) and arr (warrior, army); or it's derived from another Old Norse name, Áleifr, meaning "ancestor's descendant" from Old Norse anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Oliver is also a surname originating from the… Continue reading Oliver