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.

Merlin

Origin: Welsh, English

Meaning: from Welsh Myrddin meaning “sea fortress”.

Meaning: Merlin is a key figure in the King Arthur romance, a sorcerer who is Arthur’s closest adviser and ally. The name was Latinized into Merlinus by Geoffrey of Monmouth because its regular form, Merdinus, was similar to the Anglo-Norman word merde that meant excrement.

Myrrdin Wyllt is a figure in Medieval Welsh legend, depicted as a madman after a battle in which his lord was killed, who went to live in the forest with the animals and received the gift of prophecy. Interestingly enough, this Myrrdin was the same person Geoffrey of Monmouth took and conflated with his character of Merlin .

Merlis is also the name of a species of falcon.

Variants: Merlin, Merlyn

Peregrine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: from Latin Peregrinus meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”, the latter referring to those who went on pilgramages.

Peregrina is the strictly feminine form of the name.

Peregrine is also the name of the Peregrine falcon.

Variants: Peregrinus, Pellegrino (Italian), Peregrin, Peregrina (f)

Lark, Larkspur, & Larkin

Origin: English, Irish

Meaning: Lark is the name of a type of bird, as well as a word meaning “to have fun, to frolic”, “to behave mischievously, to play pranks”, “a source of or a quest for adventure or amusement”.

Lark is also a nickname for a merry, cheerful person, as well as an occupational name for someone who hunted larks and sold them for food.

Larkspur is the more popular name of the genus delphiniums and can symbolize airiness, levity and fickleness in the language of flowers.

Larkin is a medieval diminutive of Laurence meaning “from Laurentum”. It could also be an Anglicized form of Irish Lorcan meaning “little fierce one”.

Pavo

Origin: Croatian, Latin

Meaning: a short form of masculine name Pavao, the Croatian form of Paul meaning “small” or “humble”.

Pavo is also Latin for “peacock”, which is what makes it a unisex name in my opinion. Pavo is also the name of a constellation.

Yonah

Origin: Hebrew ( יוֹנָה )

Meaning: Hebrew form of Jonah meaning “dove”  ( יוֹנָה )

Spelled Yona, it becomes a word used in Ancient India (by the Pali and Prakrits) to refer to Greek speakers, (its analogue Yavana was used in Sanskrit) as well as being a transliteration for the Ionians

Yonina and Yonit are feminine forms of Yonah

Amalda

 

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Origin: German, Latin, English

Meaning: debated. Most of the information I could find on it list it as being of Germanic origin meaning “eagle, strong”. It could also be a variant of Latin Amalia, from the Germanic element amal meaning “work, labor”

Amalda is also the name of a genus of sea snails in the Olividae family, pictured above courtesey of Wikipedia.

There seems to be a character called Amalda in a book, Famous Assassinations of History, from the Time of Julius Caesar Down to the Present by Dennis O’Sullivan. It was published in 1882 and I couldn’t find much information on it, although I’ve posted the link below.

Another Amalda I’ve found is mentioned during one of the Crusades in 1570, when Ottoman forces conquered the island of Cyprus (under Venetian rule) and killed many of the troops and townspeople despite promises of their safety if they surrendered.Those that survived were enslaved and sent to Turkey for slavery but one of them, Amalda de Rocas, chose to die instead, setting fire to the ship she and the other captors were on and blowing it up. I don’t know if that particular story is true- if they all died on the ship, than how could anyone know who blew it up?

 

Links

https://books.google.com/books?id=vz42AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA21&lpg=PA21&dq=amalda+name+and+history&source=bl&ots=-bdYq07GDn&sig=Doe5_tcWG9znemGWQ8ac44IscB0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqvIXG6fzJAhUMbj4KHYkQApY4ChDoAQg0MAQ#v=onepage&q=amalda%20name%20and%20history&f=false

Horus

Origin: Egyptian

Meaning: the Greek form of Egyptian Hrw, reconstructed as Heru or Haru possibly meaning “falcon” or “high” referring to “The distant one” or “One who is high/above”

In Egyptian mythology, Horus was the most important of the gods. Seen as the personal god of the reigning monarch at the time, he was also the god of the sky, light, law and war, as well as war and hunting. Horus was the son of Osiris and Isis, who was conceived after his father’s murder at the hands of Set when Isis managed to retrieve most of the dismembered pieces of her husband, who only stayed alive long enough to conceive a son, who later avenged his father’s death and took back his rightful place on the throne.

Horus is often depicted as having a falcon’s head.