Monica

Origin: Unknown Meaning: though the name is of unknown meaning, believed to have North African or Phoenician origins, it has been associated with Latin moneo meaning “advisor” and Greek monos meaning “one”. Variants: Monique (French); Mònica (Catalan); Mónica (Spanish); Mônica (Portuguese); Monika (Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish). Mona has been used…

José

Origin: Spanish, Portuguese Meaning: the Spanish and Portuguese form of Joseph meaning “He will add” or “Yahweh will increase”. Pepe and Pepito are diminutive forms of the name in Spanish, while in Portuguese Zé and Zezé are the diminutive forms of José. Josefa is the feminine form of the name in Spanish and Portuguese (Pepita being…

Karya

Origin: Greek, Hindu Meaning: nut tree In Greek mythology, Karya is one of the Hamadryades, eight nymphs who presided over a particular tree. Karya is the nymph of the nut tree- walnut, hazel and the sweet chestnut. There’s also another myth in which Karya was a Lakonian maiden who was loved by the god Dionysos….

Valyant

Origin: Latin, English Meaning: the medieval spelling of Valiant from Latin meaning “strong, healthy, brave, courageous”. In the Arthurian Romance, Valyant was a king of Wales and a cousin of Lancelot. Variants: Valiant

Riley

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: from an English surname meaning “rye clearing”. It’s also a variant spelling of Reilly, an Irish surname of unknown meaning from given name Raghailleach, though I have seen it listed as possibly meaning “valiant” or “courageous”. Variants: Reilly, Ryley, Rylie, Rylee, Ryleigh

Helix

Origin: Greek Meaning: referring to “something twisted” or a “spiral”.  

Trendafilka

Origin: Macedonian Meaning: from Macedonian trendafil meaning “eglantine, sweet briar”. Trena is a diminutive form of the name.

Aras

Origin: Lithuanian, Kurdish, Persian, Greek Meaning: a Lithuanian masculine name meaning “eagle”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Kurdish and Persian name meaning “equal” or “balanced”. Aras is also the name of a Greek figure in Greek mythology, believed to have built an ancient town in Pgilasia, Peloponnese. I couldn’t find any info on…

Reem

Origin: Arabic Meaning: it means “gazelle”. Variants: Rim, Rema, Rima, Reema

Judikael

Origin: Breton, French Meaning: Breton form of French Judicaël meaning “generous lord” or “generous prince” from elements iud (lord, prince) and cael (generous). Judicaelle is a feminine form of the name. Variants: Judicaël, Juhel (French); Iudicael, Yezekael, Judicael

Belladonna

Origin: Italian Meaning: from Italian bella (beautiful) and donna (lady) meaning “beautiful lady”. Belladonna is also the name of a deadly nightshade, which apparently got its name because it was used by women as eyedrops to  dilute their pupils to make them look more seductive.

Shahin

Origin: Persian شاهین (Arabic) Meaning: most sites list it as meaning “peregrine falcon”. Variants: Shaheen; Şahin (Turkish)

Eretria, Eritrea

Origin: Greek Meaning: the name of a town in Euboea, Greece, meaning “city of the rowers” or “rowing city” from Greek eretes “rower” and verb eressein/erettein “to row”, probably named so because it had a powerful naval force. Spelled Eritrea, it becomes a country in the Horn of Africa (a peninsula in Northeast Africa). The…

Zoilus

Origin: Ancient Greek Meaning: the Latinized form of Greek Zoilos, possibly meaning “alive, living”. Zoilus was a Greek grammarian, philosopher, and literary critic who was very critical of Homer’s work, so much so that he was known as Homeromastix meaning “Homer whipper” or “Homer scourge”. There’s also another Zoilus, a saint who was martyred in…

Tracy

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: an English surname derived from a Norman-French place meaning “domain belonging to Thracius”, the latter meaning “of Thracia”. It also has a separate origin as an Irish surname, from Gaelic O’Treasaigh meaning “descendant of the war-like one”. Tracy has also been used as a short form of Theresa, either meaning “summer”…

Madigan

Origin: Irish Meaning: Anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Madaidhín meaning “descendant of Madaihín”, the latter meaning “dog, mastiff” from Irish madadh. Variants: Madden

Epiphany

Origin: Greek Meaning: from Greek epiphaneia meaning “manifestation” and “appearance”. Having entered the English lexicon, it usually refers to a sudden or striking realization- religious, scientific, philiosophic, etc. Variants: Epiphanie, Epiphania; Epiphanes (m); Epiphanios (m); Epiphanius (m); Epifanio (m, Italian, Spanish); Epifania (f, Italian, Spanish).

Denzil

Origin: English Meaning: there are several possible meanings for the name but nothing concrete, and they may not even be accurate. It’s from a surname denoting someone who came from a place called Denzell in Cornwall. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “fort”, “fertile highland” or “high stronghold”. I’ve also seen it listed as being a…

Lada

Origin: Slavic; Georgian Meaning: it could mean “young girl” from Slavic mlada, or “bride” or “girl, maid”; the etymology is not clear. I’ve also seen the name listed as the feminine form of Lado, a Georgian masculine short form of Vladimer from Russian Vladimir meaning “famous ruler” or “peaceful ruler”. In Slavic mythology, Lada (also known as…

Sterling

Origin: English, Scottish Meaning: from an English surname from Old English sterre meaning “star” with the diminutive suffix -ling meaning “little star”, so named because some of the Norman coins it was named after had star emblems on them. Sterling could also be a variant of Starling, referring to the bird. Sterling could also be a variant spelling…