Myfanwy

Myfanwy is a Welsh female name meaning "my woman" made up from my (my) and banw (woman), though I've also seen the second element as possibly being from derived from Welsh annwyl meaning "dear, beloved", so the name may also mean "my beloved", or from Old Welsh manwy meaning "fine, delicate, rare". The name is pronounced ma-van-wee or muhv-an-wee (Forvo). In Welsh, the f is pronounced like … Continue reading Myfanwy

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Leda

Leda is the queen of Sparta in Greek mythology, the wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, who was seduced by the god Zeus in the form of a swan, on the same night she lay with her husband, though versions differ on whether she gave birth to one egg or two. It's not clear which of … Continue reading Leda

Sarah

Sarah is a Hebrew female name meaning "lady, princess, noblewoman" which comes from Hebrew root word sarar (to rule, to be princely) from sar (chief, ruler, prince, captain, chieftain, official) which seems to be a cognate of Akkadian šarru (king). Sarah seems to have been used as a title for royal women. Origin: Hebrew   Variants: Sara (English, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, … Continue reading Sarah

Corynna

Corynna is a variant spelling of Corinna, the Latinized form of Greek Korinna derived from kore meaning "maiden, girl, young woman". In Greek mythology, Kore was another name for the goddess Persephone. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Corinna (English, German, Ancient Greek) Korinna (Ancient Greek) Corina (English, German, Romanian) Korina (Greek, English) Corrine (French, English) Kore (Greek) Korë (Greek) Cora (English, German,  

Belladonna

Belladonna is an Italian name which means "beautiful lady" from Italian elements bella (beautiful) and donna (lady). Bella is derived from Latin bellus meaning "beautiful, pretty, handsome", while Donna is also derived from Latin domina "lady, mistress of the house". It's the name of a plant known as deadly nightshade, which is poisonous. It supposedly got its name Belladonna because it was used by women to dilate the … Continue reading Belladonna

Marta

Marta is a cognate of Martha, which comes from Aramaic meaning "lady, mistress", the feminine form of mar/mara (lord, master). Origin: Aramaic Variants: Martha (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek) Martta (Finnish) Marthe (French, Norwegian) Marte (Norwegian) Márta (Hungarian) Morta (Lithuanian) Maata (Maori) Marfa (Russian)  

Leatrice

Leatrice seems to be a combination of two names, Leah (a Hebrew female name possibly meaning "weary, languid, tired" though it's also been associated with the meaning of "cow". It might also be related to an Akkadian word meaning "mistress"); and Beatrice, the Italian form of Beatrix which means '"happy" or "blessed" from Latin beatus, taking on the meaning of "she who … Continue reading Leatrice

Queenie

Queenie was originally used as a nickname for Queen, a title for a female sovereign or monarch from Old English cwen meaning "woman, wife, consort" from Proto-Germanic *kweniz (woman). Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Queen  

Nina

Nina is the name of a Sumerian fertility goddess who was also identified with Ishtar and Inanna. Her name in cuneiform is written with a fish inside of a house and means "water lady" or "lady of the water" from Sumerian nin (lady) and a (water). The city of Ninevah was named after her. Nina is also the Russian … Continue reading Nina

Nymphidia

Nymphidia is an Ancient Greek name, the feminine form of Nymphidius, the genitive form of Nymphe or Nympha meaning "bride, bridal, young woman". Nymphidia later took on the meaning for a beautiful young woman or later to a woman with divine origin. It was used by English poet Michael Drayon (1563-1631) for his poem Nymphidia (The Court of Faery) published in 1627, … Continue reading Nymphidia