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 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”.

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 as Augustine.

Variants: Augusto (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish); Augustus (Latin); Aukusti (Finnish); Augustas, Augusts (Lithuanian); Avgust (Ukrainian, Russian).

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 the name’s meaning, however.

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 figure (like Circe and Medea).

In Greek mythology, she was the mother of Dictys by the god Poseidon.

Agamede was also known as Perimede.

It’s pronounced as a-ga-MEE-dee

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, Amaro came about from a nickname meaning “bitter”, “unlucky” or “disappointed”; it could also be derived from Arabic name ‘Ammar meaning “virtuous, devout”.

Amaro is also a Portuguese name of unknown meaning, perhaps influenced from Latin amor meaning “love”. There’s a Saint Amaro in Christian tradition.

Amaris could also be a contracted form of Amaryllis, the Spanish form of Greek Amarilis meaning “to sparkle”.

 

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 in Turkey called Amos. From what I could find, it comes from Greek, possibly meaning “sandy”.

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 I didn’t want April to slip through.

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, and those I did find I had already written about in previous posts.

 

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 for someone employed as an enameller (from Anglo-Norman-French amayler), someone who applies color or varnish to ceramics.

Amberly could also be derived from Old English ambler meaning “to walk slowly” and is usually used to describe the easy gait ofa horse, referring to someone who was employed with horses.

Technically speaking, amber is not an actual gemstone but fossilized tree resin.

Variants: Amberley, Amberleigh, Amberle, Ambler, Ambeller, Amble

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 hiragana below:

漢人

阿弓

*All of this is from Wikipedia