Martina

Martina is the feminine form of Martin which ultimately derives from the name of the Roman war of god, Mars, who played a prominent role in Roman worship, including being linked to agricultural functions. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” or from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”. However, it’s possible…

Emilie

Emilie is the Scandinavian form of Emilia, itself a variant of Aemilia, the feminine form of Aemilius, an Ancient Roman name. Though the origin of the name is uncertain, it has often been associated with Latin aemulus meaning “rival; rivaling, striving” via Proto-Italic *aimos (imitation) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aemilia (Ancient Roman) Aemiliana (Ancient Roman) Emílie (Czech) Emilija…

Layla

Layla is an Arabic female name meaning “night” which comes from Proto-Semitic layl- meaning “night”. There’s a popular Persian story called Layla and Qays (also known as Layla and Majnun), known across the Middle East and which has many versions. Qays and Laylagrew up in the same tribe and loved each other but her father wouldn’t allow them to get married and…

Aina

Aina is a female given name in various cultures and therefore has various meanings depending on its origin: in Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish, Aina is a variant of Aino meaning “the only one”, though aina is also a Finnish adverb meaning “always”. In the Finnish epic Kalevala, it’s the name of a girl who drowns herself when…

Tyra

Tyra is a Scandinavian female name which comes from Old Norse Þýri which is either a variant of Þórví (an Ancient Scandinavian name composed of Thor, the Norse god of thunder whose name means “thunder” and ví “holy”, so the name essentially means “holy Thor” or “Thor is holy”) or a variant of Þórveig (meaning “Thor’s strength” or “strength of…

Hannah

Hannah is a female given name which comes from Hebrew Channah meaning “favor, grace”; it’s also an English surname originating from the given name. As a Scottish surname it could be a variant of Hannay, a name of uncertain origin though it seems to derive from a locational name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Chanah (Hebrew) Chana (Hebrew) Channah (Biblical…

Agnetha

Agnetha is the Scandinavian form of Agnes, the Latinized form of Hagne, a Greek female name meaning “pure, chaste” from Greek hagnos (pure, chaste). The name later became associated with Latin agnus meaning “lamb” because of a virgin-martyr who died for her faith in ancient Rome. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Agneta (Swedish) Hagne (Ancient Greek) Hagno (Ancient Greek) Annis (Medieval English) Annice (English) Agnete…

Werner

Werner comes from a Germanic name made up of Germanic elements warin (guard) and hari (army), and is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Wessel (German, Dutch, Frisian), Wetzel (German) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Verner (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian) Garnier (Medieval French) Irnerius (Latin) Wernerus (Latin) Warinhari (Ancient Germanic) Warner (English)    

Mona

Mona is a female given name with multiple origins and meanings behind it: it’s an Anglicized form of Irish Muadhnait, made up of Irish muadh (noble) combined with a diminutive suffix; it’s also used as a nickname for Monika, the Scandinavian form of Monica, a name of unknown origin though it’s likely derived from a  North African or Phoenician origin….

Joel

Joel is a male given name which comes from Hebrew yoel meaning “Yahweh is God”. Joel is also a surname though it derives from two possible origins. The first is from the given name above; the second is that’s a variant of Jewell, derived from a Breton name, Judikael via French Judicaël, which comes from Old Breton Iudicael “meaning generous lord” or…