Donna

Donna comes from the Italian word meaning "woman," or "lady", used as a title of respect for the lady of the house. It derives from Latin domina (lady, mistress of the house) from a Proto-Indo-European source, either from *demh₂- (to tame, subdue) or from *dṓm (house, home) via root *dem- (to build). Donna could also be used as a feminine form of Donald, the … Continue reading Donna

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Cerelia

Cerelia seems to be a variant of Cerealia which is the name of an ancient Roman festival held in honor of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture (and the Roman equivalent of Greek goddess Demeter). The names comes from Latin crescere (to grow, increase, expand) derived from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- (to grow, increase). Another possible meaning behind the name is that it may be a … Continue reading Cerelia

Quentin

Quentin is the French form of Quintinus, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "fifth" from Latin quintus (fifth), which may have originally been given to a fifth child or a child born in the fifth month of the year. Quentin is also a surname derived from the given name. Quinton is a variant spelling though it's also an English place name … Continue reading Quentin

Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning "courage, strength, power" from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it's also a Turkish word meaning "wound"; it's a Hebrew female name meaning "honeycomb" or "honeysuckle" though it may also be related to Hebrew ya'ar יַעַר meaning "forest, woods, woodland"; … Continue reading Yara

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

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