Origin: Ethiopic, Hebrew
Meaning: This is a name that has quite a few possible meanings but nothing quite concrete. It’s the Ethiopian name given to the Queen of Sheba which might mean “greatness”, “beautiful”, or derived from the Semitic word for “queen”.
It could also come from a Biblical Canaanite town called Makkedah which means “place of shepherds”.
I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “not thus” in Ethiopic due to a story that when she became queen she announced that it was “not thus is it good to worship the sun, but it is right to worship God”, moving the religion of the time from animism to monotheism.
The Queen of Sheba is a fascinating woman in history so I posted up a few links below for anyone who might be interested in knowing more.