Eve

Origin: English, Hebrew

חַוָּה (Ancient Hebrew) Chawwah

Meaning: from Hebrew Chawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”.

Eve is also an English word referring to evening, or the day before a date or event.

Evie/Evy is a dimunutive form of the name.

Variants: Eva, Ava; Chawwah (Hebrew); Hawa (Arabic)

Gilead

Origin: Hebrew

גִּלְעָד (Ancient Hebrew) Gil’ad

Meaning: the name of a place in the Old Testament, located east of Jordan, I’ve seen it meaning “monument of testimony”; “harsh”, rude” from Arabic jal’ad; “perptual fountain”, “heap of stones” or “camel hump”.

Variants: Gilad

It’s pronounced gil-ee-uhd and I’ve posted a link below.

http://forvo.com/search/gilead/

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.

Bartholomew

Origin: English, Aramaic

Meaning: the English form of Bartholomaios, the Greek form of an Aramaic name, Bar-Talmai, meaning “son of Talmai”, the first part, Bar, meaning “son” in Aramaic. Talmai is a Hebrew name meaning “furrow”, referring to either a ploughman or someone who owned land.

However, I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “son of Ptolemy”, Ptolemy meaning “warlike, conflict, aggressive”.

Bart, Barty and Tolly are diminutive forms of the name.

 

Ephraim

Origin: Hebrew

אֶפְרָיִם (‘Efrayim)

Εφραιμ (Greek)

Meaning: from Hebrew ‘Efrayim meaning “fruitful”. However, I’ve also seen it listed as either being derived from Hebrew masculine noun ‘aper (אפר) meaning “covering” or “bandage” or from masculine noun ‘eper (אפר) meaning “ashes”.

Variants: Efraim; Evron (Yiddish)

Darius

Origin: Persian

Meaning: a Roman form of Dareios, the Greek form of Persian Darayavahush meaning “to possess good” from daraya “to possess” or “to hold” and vahu “good”.

Variants: Darrius; Dariush and Daryush are the Persian forms of the name; Dario (Italian, Spanish, Croatian).

Daria is a feminine form of the name.

Bathsheba

Origin: Hebrew

בַּת־שֶׁבַע (Hebrew)

Meaning: “daughter of the oath” or, alternatively, “daughter of seven” since the last part of the name (sheba) is similar to both the word for oath and seven. For a more detailed etymology of the name, I posted the link below.

Variants: Bat-Sheva, Batsheva

Sheba could be a short form of Bathsheba which, by itself, could mean either “oath” or “seven” but from what I found out, Sheba is also used as a male  name several times in the Bible (with a different meaning) as well as a place name.

In the Old Testament, Bathsheba’s husband is intentionally sent to the frontline of battle to be killed so that King David could marry her. They have a son, Solomon.

Links:

http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Bathsheba.html#.V1eqileVfwx

Gabriel

Origin: Hebrew

גַּבְרִיאֵל (Gavri’el) Hebrew

Γαβριηλ (Gabriel) Ancient Greek

Meaning: from Hebrew Gavri’el meaning “God is my strong man”, “strong man of God”, “God is my strength”.

Gabe is a diminutive form of the name.

Gabrielle and Gabriela/Gabriella are feminine forms of the name.

Masculine forms: Gabriele (Italian); Gábor (Hungarian); Gavriil (Russian); Jabril, Jibril (Arabic); Kaapro (Finnish).

Titus

Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: a Roman praenomen possibly related to Latin titulus meaning “title of honor” or titio “fire-brand”, though it’s more likely of pre-Roman origin since it belonged to a Sabine king, Titus Tatius, who co-ruled with Romulus for some years.

Variants: Tita and Titia are feminine forms of the name.

Makeda

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.

Links:

http://www.dacb.org/stories/ethiopia/makeda.html

http://www.cafleurebon.com/makeda-is-the-true-name-of-the-ethiopian-queen-the-wife-of-king-solomon-of-judea/

http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/biblepeople/a/60113-Makeda-Sheba-Szczepanski.htm

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”.

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.

 

Sidon

Origin: Greek, Hebrew

Meaning: Sidon was the name of a chief city in ancient Phoenicia (now known as Saida, in Lebanon) which was founded in the 3rd millennium BC, a place famous for its purple dye. The name most likely comes from Phoenician Tzidhon  “fishing place” or “fishery” from tzud (to hunt, capture) though there also seems to be some Hebrew roots as well.

Sidon is also mentioned in the Bible as the son of Canaan, son of Ham, son of Noah.

Variants: Sidonian

It’s pronounced sy-don.

 

Links:

http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Sidon.html#.VuBpeceVfww

http://www.ancient.eu/sidon/