Aras

Aras is a Lithuanian male which comes from the Lithuanian word meaning “eagle”. I’ve also seen Aras listed as being a Kurdish, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu male name meaning “equal, balanced” which seems to be derived from the name of a river that runs from Turkey to Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan. However, according to Armenian tradition, the…

Yusuf

Yusuf is an Arabic and Turkish male name, the Arabic form of Joseph which comes from Hebrew Yosef meaning “Yahweh will increase” or “Yahweh will add”. Yusuf is also a surname. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Yousef (Arabic) Youssef (Arabic) Yusef (Arabic) Joseph (English, French, German) Josef (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Scandinavian) Yosef (Hebrew) Hovsep (Armenian) Yusif (Azerbaijani) Joseba…

Roxelana

Roxelana is probably most famously connected to Hurrem Sultan, the wife of the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent who ruled over the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. She was originally a slave and concubine but later became his wife, breaking tradition- sultans never married their concubines. She also became a close confident and advisor in all matters…

Aya

Aya is a female given name which has several possible origins. The first is that it’s an Arabic name, a variant transcription of Ayah meaning “sign, token” and “verse” (such as the verses in the Quran), which derives from a Proto-Semitic root. Aya is also a Hebrew female name meaning “honey buzzard” though I’ve seen some sources…

Ada

Ada is a female given name, a short form of names beginning with Germanic element adal meaning “noble” such as Adelaide (meaning “noble kind”). Ada could also be variant spelling of Adah which is a Hebrew female name meaning “ornament”. Ada is also a Turkish word and female name meaning “island”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew, Proto-Turkic Variants: Adah (Hebrew, English)  …

Damir

Damir is a Slavic male name made up of Slavic elements dan (given) and miru (peace; world) essentially meaning “to give peace”. It’s also possible that Damir is a variant form of Demir, a Turkish male name meaning “iron”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Turkic Variants: Demir (Bosnian, Turkish) Timur (Tatar, Chechen, Kazakh, Uzbek, Russian) Temir (Kazakh) Timour Temur (Georgian) Temuri (Georgian)…

Rabia

Rabia is an Arabic and Turkish female name which comes from two sources depending on the transliteration. The first is that it comes from Rabīʿa ربيعة meaning “spring” or Rāabiʿa رابعة meaning “fourth” from arbaʿa أَرْبَعَة (four). Origin: Arabic Variants: Raa’bia (Arabic) meaning “fourth” Rabi’a (Arabic) meaning “spring”   Male forms: Rabi (Arabic) meaning “spring”

Iskander

Iskander is an Arabic and Turkish male name, the Arabic form of Alexander which comes from Ancient Greek Alexandros meaning “defending men” or “defender of men”. Iskander is also a surname which originates from the given name. In Greek mythology, it was another name for the Trojan prince Paris, famous for abducting Helen, wife of Menelaus, which started the…

Abdullah

Abdullah is an Arabic male name, a variant trancription of Abd Allah meaning “servant of Allah”, Allah being the Arabic word for god. Abdullah is also a surname. Origin: Arabic Variants: Abd Allah (Arabic) Abdulah (Bosnian) Abdollah (Persian) Abdullo (Tajik) Abdullohi (Tajik) Abdala (Portuguese) Abdalla (Arabic) Abdallah (Arabic)   Female forms: Amatullah (Arabic)   Abdullah- عبد الله…