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. Advertisements

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…

Iskra

Origin: Slavic Meaning: spark

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”…

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…

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;

Darko

Origin: Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian Meaning: gift

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

Boris

Origin: Russian, Bulgarian, German, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, Georgian Meaning: could possibly mean wolf, short, or snow leopard

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…