Larissa, Larisa

Origin: Greek

Лариса (Russian, Ukrainian) Larisa

Λαρισα (Ancient Greek) Larisa

Meaning: the name of an ancient city in Greece, the name most likely means “citadel” or “fortress”.

Larissa is a nymph in Greek mythology.

Lara is a short form of the name.

Variants: Larysa (Ukrainian); Larisa is the version often used in Russia.

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.

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)

Drago

Origin: Slavic, Italian

Драго (Serbian)

Meaning: from Slavic element dragu meaning “peace” as well as being a short form of names beginning with the element (such as Dragan, Dragomir, or Dragas, etc.)

It’s also an Italian word meaning “dragon”, the Italian form of Latin draco

Draga is its feminine form

Dejan

Origin: Slavic, Latin

Дејан (Serbian and Macedonian)

Meaning: either derived from a South Slavic word dejati meaning “to act, to do” or related to Latin deus “god”

Variants: Deyan, Dejana (feminine form)

Dejan is pronounced “de-yan” with the “j” silent.

Carla, Karla

Origin: German, Scandinavian, Croatian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English

Meaning: the feminine form of Charles, derived from a Germanic word meaning “man”. It seems to have been used to describe men who were nor thralls or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society so it connotes the idea of a “free man”

The spelling Carla is the feminine form of Carlo, which is the Italian form of Charles; it’s also the Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan feminine

form of Carlos, as well as being the English feminine form of German Carl.

The Karla spelling is the German, Scandinavian and Croatian feminine form of Charles

Milan

Origin: Slavic

Милан (Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian)

Meaning: from Slavic element milu meaning :gracious, dear”. According to Wikipedia, it also has Indian and Latin origins; in Hindu it’s supposed to mean “eager”, “worthy”, or “competitor”, all coming from an expression meaning “a coming together”. In Latin, it’s supposed to mean “eager and laborious”

In Slavic-speaking countries, Milan is strictly a male name with Milana or Milena as its feminine counterparts, although it’s also been used for girls, probably inspired by the city in Italy (whose name comes from a different source- either from Latin or Celtic roots)

Ivan

Origin: Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovene, Macedonian, English

Meaning: Slavic form of John, meaning “Yahweh is gracious”

Although in English, Ivan is always pronounced as “eye-ven”, in Russian and Ukrainian it’s pronounced as “ee-vahn”

Eva

Origin: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Russian, Georgian, Biblical

Meaning: form of Eve, meaning to breathe or to live

Neven

Origin: Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian, Irish

Meaning: marigold; saintly, holy, religious

Neven is the masculine form of Nevena, which means marigold; it could also be a variant spelling of Irish Nevan, which means either holy, religious, or saintly;

Petra

Origin: Greek, Finnish, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian,

Meaning: feminine form of Peter, meaning “stone” or “rock”

Variants: Peta, Petrina, Penka

Emma

Origin: German, English

Meaning: universal, whole

Variants: Emmy/Emmie, Ema

Gender: Female

Other languages: Ema (Croatian, Czech, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish)

Emma is currently one of the most popular names in the U.S.; small wonder, since it’s such a short, two syllable name that seems both sweet and sassy and works in a lot of languages worldwide.