Over the last few days I’d been having some trouble on wordpress and as I was trying to find a solution to it, I decided to look around and came across Blogger. I think the issue I had with wordpress has been resolved but since I’ve already made an account at Blogger I’m thinking of moving there for a while and seeing how it’ll work out, although that’s a hard decision to make considering all the time (and names) I put into this blog. But I’m finding Blogger a little more interesting and I want to give it a try. I’m still going to keep this blog around, of course, and I might change my mind and come back to it again. I posted the link to my new blog below for anyone interested in seeing it 🙂
Origin: Akkadian, Sumerian
Meaning: though the meaning is not clear, I’ve seen it listed as meaning something to the effect of “the ancestor is a young man” or “may the (mature) man become a young man again”.
Variants: Bilgamesh (Sumerian); Gilgamos (Greek)
The eponymous hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem believed to be the oldest surviving work of Western literature; it’s believed that he was based on a real historical figure.
Origin: English, Bulgarian, Arabic
Зара (Bulgarian) Zara
زهرة (Arabic) Zahrah- blooming flower
زهراء (Arabic) Zahrah’- bright, shining, radiant
زهرا (Arabic)- Zahra- bright, shining, radiant
Meaning: English form of Zaïre, a name used by Voltaire for a play. He may have based it on Arabic Zahrah ( زهرة) meaning “blooming flower” or Zahrah’ (زهراء) meaning “bright, shining, radiant”.
Zara could also be a variant spelling of Sara meaning “princess”.
Zara is also a diminutive form of Zaharina, a Bulgarian and Macedonian feminine form of Zechariah meaning “Yahweh remembers”.
Variants: Zarah; Zahra, Zahrah (Arabic); Zaïre (French); Zaira (Italian); Zehra (Turkish)
Meaning: it’s the Russian form of Bademus, a Latinized form of a Persian name, meaning unknown. It’s also been linked to Slavic Vadimir meaning “accuse + peace, world” from Slavic elements vaditi (accuse, to slander, to blame) and miru (peace, world).
Vadik is a diminutive form of the name.
Variants: Vadym (Ukrainian); Vadzim (Belarusian)
Origin: Japanese, English
恵美 (Japanese)- Emi “blessing, kindness + beautiful”
絵美 (Japanese)- Emi “picture, painting + beautiful”
恵美 子 (Japanese)- Emiko “blessing, kindest + beautiful/child”
絵美子 (Japanese)- Emiko “picture, painting +beautiful/child”
Meaning: a Japanese name me composed of kanji e (恵) “blessing, kindness” + mi (美) “beautiful” meaning “blessing, kindness + beautiful” or from e (絵) “picture, painting” + mi (美) “beautiful”. There are also other meanings depending on the kanji used.
Emi can also be a nickname for Emily meaning “rival” or a variant spelling of Emmy, itself a short form of either Emily or Emma, the latter meaning “whole” or “universal”.
Variants: Emiko is a variant form of Japanese Emi with the -ko suffix meaning “child”.
أمينة (Arabic) Aminah- truthful
آمنة (Arabic) Amina- feel safe
Meaning: feminine form of Amin (امين) meaning “truthful”. It could also be derived from Arabic amin (أمن) meaning “safe” or “feel safe”.
Variants: Aminah, Ameena, Ameenah, Aamina, Aaminah; Emina (Bosnian); Amin (m)
Interesting fact: There was a female warrior queen in the northwest of Nigeria named Amina (1533-1610), in a state now known as Zaria (formerly Zazzau). She was a Hausa Muslim warrior and known as a renowned military warrior, expanding her kingdom’s boundaries as well as building walls around her military encampments, some of which have survived to this day (known as Amina’s walls), and was considered “a woman as capable as a man”.
محمود (Arabic) Mahmoud
Meaning: a variant transcription of Mahmud meaning “praiseworthy”, from Arabic hamid meaning “to praise”.
Mahmuda is a very rare feminine form of the name.
Variants: Mahmud, Mahmood; Mahmut (Turkish); Mehmud
Origin: Ancient Roman
Meaning: a variant spelling of Drusilla, the feminine form of Drusus which is supposedly derived from the name of a Gallic chief killed by a Roman soldier, Drausus, possibly meaning “strong”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from Greek drosos meaning “dew”.
I’ve also come across as it being derived from Celtic daru- or derwo- both meaning “oak”.
Dru and Cilla/Silla are diminutive forms of the name.
Variants: Drusilla, Drousilla, Druscilla
Origin: English, Welsh
Meaning: an English surname meaning “pear tree”.
It’s also a Welsh surname from ap Herry meaning “son of Herry”, the later a medieval English form of Henry meaning “home ruler”.
Perry or Peri is also a short form of Peregrine meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”.
Spelled Perri, it becomes an Italian surname derived from Peter meaning “stone”.
Variants: Perri, Peri, Perrie
Origin: Ancient Roman
Meaning: the feminine form of Roman Verginius or Virginius; though originally of unknown meaning it has long been associated with Latin virgo meaning “maid, virgin”.
Virgie, Ginny and Gigi are diminutive forms of the name.
Variants: Virginia; Virginie (French); Verginius, Virginius (Ancient Roman)
Origin: English, Germanic, Gaelic/Scottish, Turkish
Meaning: from Latin baca meaning “berry”, originally referring to the berries of a bay tree.
As a surname it comes from Old English Beaga (m) and Beage (f) which mean “garland”, “crown” and “treasure thing”. Bay is also an English word referring to an area of water bordered by land on three sides, as well as referring to the color “reddish brown”.
It also seems to be a variant spelling of Turkish bey, a title used by wealthy leaders referring to a cheiftain or lord.
Bay is also a short form of Bayer, a German surname meaning “Bavaria”, referring to someone from there.
Bay could also be a short form of Gaelic surname O’Bae, itself a short form of McBeth/Macbeth meaning “son of life”, though it also seems to have an implicit meaning of “righteous man” or “religious man”.
Variants: Bae, Baye
Origin: Dutch, English, Irish
Meaning: from Middle Dutch holtland meaning “wooded land” or “wood land”.
It’s also derived from an English locational name meaning “ridge land”.
I’ve also seen it as being an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname O’hÓileáin from personal name Faolan meaning “wolf”, or the Anglicized form of Ó’hUallacháin meaning “descendent of Uallachán”, the latter meaning “proud” or “arrogant” (the surnames have also been Anglicized as Houlihan and Holohan).
Origin: Gaelic, English
Meaning: from what I could find, it’s a Scottish or Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic O’Raighne meaning “descendent of Raonull”, the latter being either a form of Ronald which means “advice,counsel +power,ruler” or a form of Reynold meaning “advice+rule”.
It can also be a variant spelling of English rainy.
Origin: English, Hebrew
חַוָּה (Ancient Hebrew) Chawwah
Meaning: from Hebrew Chawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”.
Eve is also an English word referring to evening, or the day before a date or event.
Evie/Evy is a dimunutive form of the name.
Variants: Eva, Ava; Chawwah (Hebrew); Hawa (Arabic)