Halia, Halya, Hali’a

Halia is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a sea nymph who lived on the island of Rhodes (named after her daughter Rhodos by Poseidon). She also had six sons with him. When her sons refused to allow Aphrodite to land on the island, she drove them into a madness that caused them to rape their…

Zoya

Zoya is the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian form of Zoe, a Greek female name meaning “life”, derived from PIE root word *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Zoya also seems to have had some use in Hindi and Arabic, either an Arabic form of Zoe or perhaps related to Zahra meaning “to shine, glow; radiant, brilliant” or “flower, blossom” Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Arabic Variants: Zoja (Latvian,…

Polina

Polina is either a Slavic and Greek form of Paulina (the feminine form of Paulinus, a Roman cognomen meaning “small” or “humble” via Latin paulus (little, small) derived from a PIE root word) or it’s a Russian diminutive of Apollinariya, the Russian feminine form of Apollinaris which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. The name is of uncertain etymology and…

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;…