Yuka

Origin: Japanese 優 花 “gentle/tenderness flower” Meaning: I’ve seen it listed as meaning “gentle/tenderness flower”from Japanese elements yu 優 (gentle) and ka 花 “flower”, though like all Japanese names the meaning depends on the kanji used. According to Wikipedia, here are some of the other meanings. 由香, “reason, fragrance” 由華, “reason, beautiful” 由佳, “reason, good” 由花, “reason, flower” 有佳,…

Graciela

Origin: Spanish Meaning: an elaborate form of Gracia meaning “grace”. Gracília is the Portuguese equivalent of Graça.

Monica

Origin: Unknown Meaning: though the name is of unknown meaning, believed to have North African or Phoenician origins, it has been associated with Latin moneo meaning “advisor” and Greek monos meaning “one”. Variants: Monique (French); Mònica (Catalan); Mónica (Spanish); Mônica (Portuguese); Monika (Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish). Mona has been used…

Karya

Origin: Greek, Hindu Meaning: nut tree In Greek mythology, Karya is one of the Hamadryades, eight nymphs who presided over a particular tree. Karya is the nymph of the nut tree- walnut, hazel and the sweet chestnut. There’s also another myth in which Karya was a Lakonian maiden who was loved by the god Dionysos….

Riley

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: from an English surname meaning “rye clearing”. It’s also a variant spelling of Reilly, an Irish surname of unknown meaning from given name Raghailleach, though I have seen it listed as possibly meaning “valiant” or “courageous”. Variants: Reilly, Ryley, Rylie, Rylee, Ryleigh

Helix

Origin: Greek Meaning: referring to “something twisted” or a “spiral”.  

Trendafilka

Origin: Macedonian Meaning: from Macedonian trendafil meaning “eglantine, sweet briar”. Trena is a diminutive form of the name.

Reem

Origin: Arabic Meaning: it means “gazelle”. Variants: Rim, Rema, Rima, Reema

Belladonna

Origin: Italian Meaning: from Italian bella (beautiful) and donna (lady) meaning “beautiful lady”. Belladonna is also the name of a deadly nightshade, which apparently got its name because it was used by women as eyedrops to  dilute their pupils to make them look more seductive.

Eretria, Eritrea

Origin: Greek Meaning: the name of a town in Euboea, Greece, meaning “city of the rowers” or “rowing city” from Greek eretes “rower” and verb eressein/erettein “to row”, probably named so because it had a powerful naval force. Spelled Eritrea, it becomes a country in the Horn of Africa (a peninsula in Northeast Africa). The…

Tracy

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: an English surname derived from a Norman-French place meaning “domain belonging to Thracius”, the latter meaning “of Thracia”. It also has a separate origin as an Irish surname, from Gaelic O’Treasaigh meaning “descendant of the war-like one”. Tracy has also been used as a short form of Theresa, either meaning “summer”…

Epiphany

Origin: Greek Meaning: from Greek epiphaneia meaning “manifestation” and “appearance”. Having entered the English lexicon, it usually refers to a sudden or striking realization- religious, scientific, philiosophic, etc. Variants: Epiphanie, Epiphania; Epiphanes (m); Epiphanios (m); Epiphanius (m); Epifanio (m, Italian, Spanish); Epifania (f, Italian, Spanish).

Lada

Origin: Slavic; Georgian Meaning: it could mean “young girl” from Slavic mlada, or “bride” or “girl, maid”; the etymology is not clear. I’ve also seen the name listed as the feminine form of Lado, a Georgian masculine short form of Vladimer from Russian Vladimir meaning “famous ruler” or “peaceful ruler”. In Slavic mythology, Lada (also known as…

Beverly

Origin: English Meaning: a surname that means “beaver stream” from Old English beofer meaning “beaver” and licc meaning “stream”, denoting someone who lived near one. Beverly was originally used as a masculien name before becoming more popular for women. Bev and Verlie are diminutives of the name. Variants: Beverley

India

Origin: Sanskrit Meaning: the name comes from the Indus river, which comes from Greek Indus/Indos which is ultimately derived from Sanskrit sindhu meaning “river”, “flood”, “sea” and “ocean”. India is the Latinate form of the name.

Perimede

Origin: Greek Meaning: from Greek peri meaning “around”, “exceedingly” and medos  meaning “plans” or “schemes” ultinateky meaning “surrounded by schemes” or “around schemes”. Perimede is the name of several minor figures in Greek mythology, as well as another name for Agamede, a witch mentioned in the Iliad as someone who knew the healing powers of every plant…

Agamede

Origin: Greek Αγαμηδη (Greek) Meaning: composed of Greek elements aga meaning “greatly, strongly” and medos meaning “plans”, “schemes”, and “counsels”, generally interpreted to mean “very skilled” or “very cunning”. Agamede was mentioned in passing in Homer’s Iliad, said to know the healing powers of every plant in the world. She was later associated as more of a sorceress-like…

Avila

Origin: Germanic Meaning: it comes from Germanic element avi of unknown meaning, though possibly meaning “desired”. Aveline, Avelina/Evelina and Evelyn derive from it, as well as Ava. Avila is also the name of a city in Spain, as well as a Spanish and Galician surname. Variants: Aveline, Avelina, Evelina, Evelyn, Avice Avis, Ava

Juana

Origin: Spanish Meaning: the feminine form of Juan, itself the Spanish form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Joan, Joanna and Jane would the English equivalent of Juana. Juanita is a diminutive form of the name. Variants: Juan (m)

Sidero

Origin: Greek Meaning: iron In Greek mythology, Sidero was the second wife of Salmoneus and the stepmother of his daughter Tyro, whom she apparently mistreated. This earned her the hatred of Tyro’s sons and was killed by Tyro’s son Pelias, who killed her on the altar of Hera and earned the goddess’s hatred.