Azad

Azad is a Persian, Indian, and Arabic male name meaning “free” which comes from Persian azad آزاد (free; independent) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It’s also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Azat (Turkish, Turkmen, Armenian, Tatar, Kazakh)   Female forms: Azadeh (Persian) Azadah (Persian)   Azad- آزاد (Persian)  

Bora

Bora is a multi-cultural name with various meanings depending on the origin: it’s a Turkish male name meaning “storm, squall” which ultimately derives from Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind. Boreas means “north wind” which seems to be derived from an unknown origin, either from Proto-Slavic *gorà (mountain; hill; any mountainous elevation) or a PIE root…

Rumi

Rumi is a Japanese female name with a variant of meanings depending on the kanji used: ru 留 “detain; fasten” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (留美); ru 瑠 “lapis lazuli” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (瑠美); ru 流 “current; flow; stream” + mi 水 “water” (流水); ru 屡 “often, frequently” + mi 水 “water” (屡水); ru 屡 “often, frequently” + mi 三 “three” (屡三) There are other meanings depending on the…

Alim

Alim is an Arabic male name meaning “learned, scholar, knowing” as well as a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Aleem (Arabic) Alem (Bosnian) Alimjan (Uyghur)   Female forms: Alima (Arabic) Alimah (Arabic) Aleema (Arabic)   Alim- عليم (Arabic)  

Çolpan

Çolpan is a Turkish female name meaning “Venus” as in the planet, as well as a Turkish surname. From what I could find, the etymology behind the name is uncertain and rather interesting. It may have originally derived from a Persian word meaning “shepherd”, perhaps because shepherds used the Morning Star to lead their flock…

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)  …