Ela

Ela is a female given name with several possible etymologies: Ela is a Turkish female name which comes from the word meaning “hazel” as in the color; Ela is also a Polish diminutive of Elżbieta, the Polish form of Elizabeth which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”; it’s also possible that…

Pepper

Pepper is the name of a spice belonging to the genus Piper which comes from Ancient Greek péperi (pepper; black pepper) via an Indo-Aryan source. It’s similar to Sanskrit pippali (long pepper). Pepper is often used as a nickname instead of an actual name and is also an English and North German surname which originated as an occupational name for…

Anissa

Anissa is a female given name, likely a combination of Anna (the Latinate form of Hannah meaning “favor, grace”) combined with the -issa suffix. It could also be a variant spelling of Anisa, an Arabic female name meaning “friendly, friend, companion, companionable”. Anisa is also a variant form of Anise, the name of a flowering plant in the Mediterranean used as an…

Coriander

Coriander is the name of an herb used in cooking (also known as cilantro) which comes from Latin coriandrum which comes from Ancient Greek koriannon which seems to be derived from kóris, korios meaning “bedbug”, which may ultimately derive from a pre-Greek origin, perhaps Phoenician. Variants: Coreander (English) Koriander (English, German, Dutch)   Female forms: Coriandra (English) Koriandra (English)…

Anisa

Anisa is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Anis meaning “friendly, friend, companion, companionable”. Anisa is also a variant form of Anise, the name of a flowering plant in the Mediterranean used as an herb and spice. The name comes from Latin anisum meaning “anise” derived from Ancient Greek anison which seems to be derived from an Egyptian source….

Saffron

Saffron is a female given name which comes from the name of a spice which is derived from the flower Crocus sativus (or saffron crocus). The name comes from Old French safran derived from Arabic za’faran which may be derived from Persian possibly meaning “golden leaves”. It’s also the name of a yellow-orange color. Origin: Persian Variants: Safran (Turkish)  

Ginger

Ginger is name of a flower and spice which comes from Old English gingifer (influenced by Old French gingembre) derived from Latin zingiberi from Ancient Greek zingíberis from Prakrit (Middle Indic) singabera derived from Sanskrit srngaveram meaning “horn body” from srngram (horn) and vera (body), though it may also be derived from an Old Tamil word inchi-ver meaning “ginger root”; it may also be a nickname for Virginia, the feminine form of an Ancient…

Vadim

Vadim is a Russian male name of unknown meaning. It’s been used as the Russian form of Bademus, the name of a Persian Christian martyr who was killed in Persia and later recognized as a saint. I’ve seen the name as possibly originating from Persian badian meaning “anise, aniseed”. Vadim could also be a short form of Russian Vadimir composed…

Lakisha

Lakisha is a female name which is composed of the French prefix La meaning “the” combined with the given name Kisha, a variant spelling of Keisha which could be a variant spelling of Keziah meaning “cassia, cinnamon”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Lakeisha LaKisha LaKeisha Lakeshia