Zara

Origin: English, Bulgarian, Arabic

Зара (Bulgarian) Zara

زهرة (Arabic) Zahrah- blooming flower

زهراء (Arabic) Zahrah’- bright, shining, radiant

زهرا (Arabic)- Zahra- bright, shining, radiant

Meaning: English form of Zaïre, a name used by Voltaire for a play. He may have based it on Arabic Zahrah ( زهرة) meaning “blooming flower” or Zahrah’ (زهراء) meaning “bright, shining, radiant”.

Zara could also be a variant spelling of Sara meaning “princess”.

Zara is also a diminutive form of Zaharina, a Bulgarian and Macedonian feminine form of Zechariah meaning “Yahweh remembers”.

Variants: Zarah; Zahra, Zahrah (Arabic); Zaïre (French); Zaira (Italian); Zehra (Turkish)

 

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”.

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.

Sohrab

Origin: Persian

سهراب (Persian) Sohrab

Meaning: it means either “illustrious, shining” or “red water”.

In the Persian epic of Shahnameh Sohrab is the name of the son of the hero Rostam. It’s rather a tragic story. Rostam is searching for his lost horse Rakhsh and enters the kingdom of Samangan, becoming the guest of the king whose daughter, Tahmina, falls in love with him at first sight. She visits him in the night wanting to have a child with him and they do spend the night together. Before Rostam leaves, he gives Tahmina two tokens and tells her that if she has a girl she should take one of the tokens, a jewel, and plait it in her hair. If it’s a boy, she should take the other token, a seal, and bind it around his arm. Years pass and Rostam and Sohrab face each other on opposites sides of a war, wrestling each other one on one. Rostam doesn’t know Sohrab is his son and although Sohrab knows the identity of his father, he doesn’t realize that the man he’s fighting is him. Eventually Rostam kills him by stabbing him through the heart, only then seeing the token he’d given Tahmina, who arrives at the battlefield too late to find her son dead in his father’s arms.

Variants: Suhrab; Zurab (Georgian); Sukhrab (Kazakh, Kyrgyz)

Hanan

Origin: Hebrew, Arabic, Irish

חָנָן (Ancient Hebrew)- Chanan

حنان (Arabic)- Hanan

Meaning: a masculine Hebrew name meaning “gracious”; there are several minor figures in the Bible with the name.

It’s also a feminine Arabic name meaning “mercy, compassion”.

Hanan could also be a variant spelling of Irish Hannan from a Gaelic surname of unknown meaning.

Rami

Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Indian

رامي (Arabic)

רמי (Hebrew)

Meaning: in Arabic it either comes from the verb rami (رامي) meaning “to throw” referring to either an archer or a good marksman; or it could be from ram (رام) meaning “to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”.

Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם) meaning “high, exalted” as well as being a short form of either Rahamim, which could mean “compassionate” or “affectionate” or Yermiyahu, the Hebrew form of Jeremiah meaning “Yahhew has uplifted”.

Rami is also a surname, both in Arabic and in Indian, the latter deriving from Rama meaning “pleasing” or “charming”.

Hana

Origin: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Czech, Slovak, Croatian

هناء (Arabic)

花 (Japanese)

華 (Japanese)

하나 (Korean)

Meaning: Hana is multicultural name with many different meanings. In Arabic it means “bliss, happiness”. In Persian, Farsi and Kurdish, spelled ( حَنا ) it becomes the name of the henna plant while Kurdish  ( هانا ) means “hope”- though the last two are based on shaky evidence. Hana is also a place name in Iran.

Hana is also a Japanese name meaning “flower”.

It’s also a Korean name meaning “one”.

Hana is also the Czech, Slovak and Croatian form of Hannah meaning “favor” or “grace”.

According to Wikipedia, Hana means “moon” in Albanian.

In Hawaiian, Hana means “craft” or work” as well as being a place name in Maui.

In Maori, it means “to shine, glow, radiate, give out heat” as a verb and “flame, glow, warmth, heat, radiance” as a noun.

Hana could also be a variant spelling of Hannah.

Variants: Hanaa (Arabic); Ha-na (Korean)