Origin: Greek, English, German, Danish

Meaning: probably a variant of Lydia, which means “from Lydia”

Variants: Lydda, it could also be a short form of Phyllida (Nameberry)

Gender: Female

I’m not really sure where I came across this name; I found it in a little notebook I keep of names wherever I come across them. There wasn’t much I could find online about Lidda, although the most common theory was that it was a variation of Lydia, which is also a name I love and used for another story in a different story.


Origin: Hebrew, English, German

Meaning: “My father is joy” or “father’s joy”

Variants: Abigail, Gail, Gayle

Gender: Female

Abagaile (nickname Abbey) is a variation of Abigail, which is the most popular spelling of the name. This is the name of Soraya’s best friend, a highly dysfunctional woman with a lot of tics. Abagaile, as a full name, sounds regal to me- smart, sophisticated, plus it comes with nicknames Abbey or Gail. It’s a pretty cool name in my book 🙂


Origin: Persian, Arabic, Turkish

Meaning: Persian form of Arabic Thurayya meaning “rich” and “wealthy”. It’s also the name for the Pleiades.

Variants: Soraia; Surayya; Thurayya

Gender: Female

The first name I want to post is Soraya, the name of one of my main characters. It’s a variation of Thurayya. I chose this name because it strikes me as being both fierce and feminine, two traits my character possesses and then some. I also based her ethnicity as Turkish so the name fits, although it also seems to be very popular among Spanish speakers as well. In Persian, it means princess, a Persian form of the name Sarah, while in Arabic it refers to the Pleiades, a bright cluster of 7 stars able to be seen with the naked eye.

My First Post :)

I’ve always had a fascination with names, though not nearly as long as I’ve loved writing. I decided to create a blog about names and see where that takes me. I hope I can keep it up, since I have a tendency of never finishing much of anything, so fingers’ crossed 🙂

BTW, I’m no expert on names but I’ll do the best I can to be as accurate as possible. This is the first time I’ve ever kept a blog so I’ll probably stumble quite a bit along the way but hopefully the ride will be worthwhile 🙂