Amina

Origin: Arabic 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…

August

Origin: Latin Meaning: a form of Augustus, from Latin meaning “great” or “venerable”. It was originally a title given to the first Roman emperor. Gus and Augie are diminutives of the name. Augusta and Augustine are feminine forms of the name, while Auguste is a unisex name (feminine in German, masculine in French) as well…

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…

Agamede

Origin: Greek Αγαμηδη (Greek) Meaning: composed of Greek elements aga meaning “greatly, strongly” and medos meaning “plans”, “schemes”, and “counsels”, generally interpreted to mean “very skilled” or “very cunning”. Agamede was mentioned in passing in Homer’s Iliad, said to know the healing powers of every plant in the world. She was later associated as more of a sorceress-like…

Avila

Origin: Germanic Meaning: it comes from Germanic element avi of unknown meaning, though possibly meaning “desired”. Aveline, Avelina/Evelina and Evelyn derive from it, as well as Ava. Avila is also the name of a city in Spain, as well as a Spanish and Galician surname. Variants: Aveline, Avelina, Evelina, Evelyn, Avice Avis, Ava

Amaris

Origin: Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Latin Meaning: a Hebrew feminine form of Amariah meaning “Yahweh has said” or “Yahweh has promised”. I’ve also seen it listed as an elaborated form of Amaro, an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese name and surname of various meanings. Amaro could be from Germanic name Amalric meaning “work, labor/power”. In Sicily,…

Agafya

Origin: Russian Агафья (Russian) Meaning: the Russian form of Agatha meaning “good”. Variants: Agafia

Armand

Origin: French Meaning: the French form of Herman meaning “army man”. Armande is the French feminine form of the name. Variants: Armando (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese); Ermanno (Italian).

Azure

Origin: Anglo-French, Latin, Persian Meaning: used to describe the color of the sky on a clear day, “sky blue”. It’s also another name for lapis lazuli. From Middle English asur from Anglo-French azeure ultimately from Persian lāzaward (لاجورد). Variants: Azura, Azurite

Ayman

Origin: Arabic أيمن (Arabic) Meaning: right-handed, blessed, lucky

Akulina

Origin: Russian Акулина (Akulina) Акилина (Akilina) Meaning: a variant spelling of Akilina, the Russian feminine form of Latin Aquilina meaning “eagle”. Variants: Akilina

Amos

Origin: Hebrew עָמוֹס (Hebrew); Αμως (Ancient Greek) Meaning: carried (by God). Amos is one of twleve minor prophets in the Old Testament, who wrote the Book of Amos. As a surname it seems to have a different origin, coming from Old French Amis meaning “friend” from Latin amicus, a derivative of amare “to love”. There’s also an ancient city…

April

Origin: Latin Meaning: originally the second month in the ancient Roman calendar, April comes from the adjective aperire “to open” in reference to when the trees and flowers begin to open up. Aprilia is an elaborate form of the name This isn’t part of the A-Z challenge but I’ve been doing a profile on each month and…

Ahab

Origin: Hebrew  ( אַחְאָב ) Meaning: from Hebrew אָח (‘ach) meaning “brother” and אֲב (‘av) “father” meaning “brother of the father” or “uncle” The name is from the fourth book of A Series of Unfortunate Events (The Miserable Mill), the name of a hospital mentioned only once. There were very few A names I could find in the series,…

Aiden

Origin: Irish, Scottish Meaning: variant spelling of Aidan, which is the Anglicized form of  Aodhán, from old Irish Áedán, a dimunitive of Áed/Aodh meaning “fire”, a name borne by several figures in Irish mythology Variants: Aidan, Ayden, Adan, Aodh, Aodhán, Áed

Amberly

Origin: English Meaning: an elaboration of Amber influenced by Kimberly. Amber is from Arabic ‘anbar(عنبر), referring fossilized tree resin, while the -lee or -ley ending is from Old English meaning “clearing” or “grove”. However, it also has a long history as a surname. Although the origins are unclear, from what I could find it could be an occupational name…

Ayumi

Origin: Japanese Meaning: It has several different meanings depending on the kanji used. 歩, “progress”, “walking”, “a step” 歩美, “walking, beauty” 歩実, “walking, truth” 鮎己, “sweetfish, oneself” 亜由美, “Asia, reason, beauty” 安愉海, “peaceful, pleasure, sea” 明征魅, “bright, conquer, fascination” 充裕実, “provide, abundant, truth” 歩未, “walking”, “not yet” It’s also a very rare surname using the…

Abdullah

Origin: Arabic Meaning: servant of Allah ( عبد الله ) Variants: Abd Allah, Abdulah, Abdollah (Persian), Abdullo, Abdullohi (Tajik)

Apollonia

Origin: Greek (Απολλωνια) Meaning: feminine form of Apollonios meaning “belonging to Apollo”

Andrew

Origin: Greek, English Meaning: from Greek Andreas meaning “manly, masculine” Andy and Drew are diminutive forms of the name