Malina

Origin: Scottish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Greek, Inuit

Meaning: a diminutive of Scottish Malcolmina, the feminine form of Malcolm meaning “disciple of Saint Columba”.

Malina is also a Slavic name meaning “raspberry”.

Mălina is also a Romanian name, deriving from the Romanian word mălin meaning “bird cherry tree”.

It could also be an elaborate form of Scandanivian Malin, a short form of Magdalene meaning “of Magdala”. It could also be derived from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower” from a root meaning “high”.

Malina could also be a variant spelling of Greek Melina meaning “honey”.

Malina is also a figure in Inuit mythology (the practices and spiritual beliefs of the Inuit, an indigenous people from Alaska, Canada, and Greenland). Malina was a sun goddess and her brother Anningan is the moon god. Legend has it that the two got into an argument, she spread black grease on his face, and ran away eventually becoming the sun goddess ( there’s a darker version of the story in which Anningan rapes his sister and she ran away to get away from him). Anningan chases after her, becoming the moon god. So intent is he on chasing after Malina that he forgets to eat and starves, becoming thinner and thinner until he disappears to eat. It’s said that when he finally catches up with her it causes a solar eclipse.

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).

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)

Helena

Origin: Greek, Latin

Meaning: Latin form of Helen, which comes from Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, or possibly related to selene meaning “moon”

‘Ελενη (Greek)

Helena has different pronounciations depending on where you’re from. It’s he-LE-nah, hay-LAY-nah or he-le-nah. I prefer the he-le-nah pronounciation.

Vladimir, Vladimír

Origin: Slavic

Владимир (Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian)

Meaning: from Slavic elements vladeti “rule” and meru “great, famous” meaning “famous ruler”. According to Behindthename, the second element could also be associated with miru “peace, world” so the meaning could also be “peaceful ruler” or “world ruler”. The Vladimír spelling is the Czech and Slovak form of Vladimir.

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

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.