May

Origin: English

Meaning: the month of May got its name from the Greek and Roman goddess Maia. In Greek, it means “mother” from an honorific used to address older women. It also means “midwife”. Maia also means “great” in Latin, the Roman Maia coming from a different etymology as opposed to its Greek counterpart.

May is also used as a diminutive of names such as Mary (to be rebellious; well-fed; bitter, bitterness; or it could come from Egyptian meaning “beloved” or “love”; bitter, drop; myrrh, mistress); Margaret (pearl) or Mabel (lovable).

It’s also a word in English, as well as being an archaic word for “maiden” in Old English.

Variants: Mae, Maye

Amberly

Origin: English

Meaning: an elaboration of Amber influenced by Kimberly. Amber is from Arabic ‘anbar(عنبر), referring fossilized tree resin, while the -lee or -ley ending is from Old English meaning “clearing” or “grove”.

However, it also has a long history as a surname. Although the origins are unclear, from what I could find it could be an occupational name for someone employed as an enameller (from Anglo-Norman-French amayler), someone who applies color or varnish to ceramics.

Amberly could also be derived from Old English ambler meaning “to walk slowly” and is usually used to describe the easy gait ofa horse, referring to someone who was employed with horses.

Technically speaking, amber is not an actual gemstone but fossilized tree resin.

Variants: Amberley, Amberleigh, Amberle, Ambler, Ambeller, Amble

Jade

Origin: English, Spanish, French

Meaning: derived from Spanish (piedra de) ijada meaning “colic stone” or “(stone of the) flank” relating to the belief that jade could protect the kidneys and intestines from disease. Jade is believed to symbolize purity, wisdom, justice, loyalty, sincerity and truth

Variants: Jayde, Jada, Giada (Italian), Jaida, Jayda

Beryl

Origin: English derived from Greek beryllos, which in turn comes from Sanskrit verulia/veruliya (via Latin beryllus, from Old French beryl and Middle English beril

Meaning: it refers to the clear or pale-green blue precious stone derived from Sanskrit origin

Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beryl

http://www.behindthename.com/name/beryl

http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Beryl

Soraya

Origin: Persian, Arabic, Turkish

Meaning: Persian form of Arabic Thurayya meaning “rich” and “wealthy”. It’s also the name for the Pleiades.

Variants: Soraia; Surayya; Thurayya

Gender: Female

The first name I want to post is Soraya, the name of one of my main characters. It’s a variation of Thurayya. I chose this name because it strikes me as being both fierce and feminine, two traits my character possesses and then some. I also based her ethnicity as Turkish so the name fits, although it also seems to be very popular among Spanish speakers as well. In Persian, it means princess, a Persian form of the name Sarah, while in Arabic it refers to the Pleiades, a bright cluster of 7 stars able to be seen with the naked eye.