Kira

Kira is the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been attributed to it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the enemy in verbal contest” from Elamite, an extinct language that was once…

Martha

Martha is a female given name meaning “lady, mistress”, the feminine form of Aramaic martā מרתא (lady, mistress; ruler), the feminine form of mar (lord, master). Nicknames: Martita (Spanish), Mártuska (Hungarian), Matty (Medieval English) Origin: Aramaic Variants: Marta (Swedish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Swedish, Icelandic, Latvian, Georgian) Marfa…

Nanaya

Nanaya is the name of a Sumerian goddess worshipped by both the Sumerians and Akkadians, being the goddess of sex and war. She is closely associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar, all of whom share similar functions. Nanaya could possibly be related to Inanna meaning “lady of the heavens” though that’s not certain. Another source (Llewellyn’s Complete Book of…

Alma

Alma is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning “soul” which comes from Latin anima (soul, spirit, life) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and as a Spanish name derives from this source. However, as an English female name it could possible be derived from Latin almus meaning “nourishing”. In Azerbaijani and Hungarian, alma is a word…

Reijo

Reijo (pr. ray-yo; Forvo) is a Finnish male name, the Finnish form of Gregory, the English form of Latinized Greek form Gregorius deriving from Greek Gregorios meaning “watchful, vigilant, alert” from Greek gregoros ultimately derived from a PIE root word. Reijo (pr. ray-jo) is also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used (the ones with stars…

Felice

Felice (pr. feh-lee-che; Forvo) is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Felix meaning “lucky, successful, auspicious”. It also means “fruitful, fertile, prosperous”, deriving from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse) from which derive several derivatives such as Greek phuo “to make grow” or “to produce”, Latin fio “to become”, fecundus “fertile”, fetus “pregnant” and “offspring” and even femina “woman”. Felice (pr. feh-lee-tsa or fel-eese) is also a female given name, the German feminine form of Felix…

Geneva

Geneva is the name of a city in Switzerland as well as the name of several places in the U.S. The origin of the name is uncertain though it may be derived from Celtic genu meaning “bend, knee” or “mouth” referring to an estuary or a bending river, derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that…

Freya

Freya is the goddess of love, death, beauty, fertility and war in Norse mythology, and the twin sister of Freyr. The name comes from Old Norse freyja meaning “lady” which comes from Proto-Germanic *frawjǭ (lady, wife of a lord) which derives from a PIE root word. There seems to be some thought that Freya and Frigg were once the same goddess (Frigg being the…

Leto

Leto is the name of the mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis in Greek mythology by Zeus. When Hera found out that she was pregnant, she constantly pursued her from land to land, preventing her from giving birth. Leto eventually found refuge on the floating island of Delos and gave birth, first to Artemis (who apparently assisted her mother…