Tamara

Tamara is the Slavic form of Tamar meaning “date palm; date fruit” which derives from a Proto-Semitic origin. Tamar is also the name of a river in England which forms a border between Devon and Cornwall though in this case the name seems to be derived from a Proto-Celtic source meaning “dark water”. Tamar is also the name of…

Oleg

Oleg is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Helge, a Scandinavian male name which comes from Old Norse name Helgi meaning “holy, blessed” which comes from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, blessed), composed from *hailaz (healthy, sound; whole, unbroken; complete) via PIE *kóylos (healthy, whole); and *-gaz, an adjective used to denote something meaning “of being, having, or doing”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Helge (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German) Helgi…

Alisa

Alisa is the Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian, and Finnish form of Alice which comes from Old French Aalis via Germanic Adelais, a short form of Adalheidis meaning “noble kind, type” or “of a noble kind”, made up from Germanic elements adal (noble) and heid (kind, sort, type), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Alisa is also a Spanish and Portuguese word,…

Anatoli

Anatoli is a variant transcription of Anatoliy, the Russian and Ukrainian form of Anatolius, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Anatolios meaning “sunrise; East; rise, rising”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Anatoliy (Russian, Ukrainian) Anatoly (Russian) Anatolios (Ancient Greek) Anatolius (Latinized Ancient Greek) Anatole (French) Anatolijs (Latvian) Anatol (Polish)   Female forms: Anatolia (Kate Roman)  

Ivan

Ivan is the Slavic form of John derived from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Ivan is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Vanya (Russian), Ivo (Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian), Yanko (Bulgarian), Vancho (Bulgarian, Macedonian), Vančo (Macedonian), Ivica (Croatian, Serbian) Origin: Hebrew Variants: John (English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch) Jon (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Basque) Johan (Swedish, Norwegian,…

Ruslan

Ruslan is a shortened form of Yeruslan, a Slavic male name which comes from Tatar Uruslan which could be derved from Turkish arslan, aslan meaning “lion”. Yeruslan Lazarevich is the name of a Russian folk hero who seems to have been influenced by the Persian hero Rostem. Origin: Turkish Variants: Yeruslan (Russian) Uruslan (Tatar) Eruslan (Russian) Jeruslan (German)   Female forms: Ruslana…

Anna

Anna is the Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anna (also spelled Ana) is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” (亜奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful; safe, secure” + na 南  “south” (安南); an 杏 “apricot” + 奈 “Nara; what?” (杏奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful;…

Lyra, Lira

Lyra (pr. lie-ra or lee-ra) is the name of a constellation in which the brightest star in its constellation is Vega. The name receives its name from Greek mythology, representing the lyre of Orpheus, a legendary poet and musician who could charm anything with his music. The name comes from Ancient Greek lúra meaning “lyre” which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek…

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…