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 Lado) is the goddess of love, beauty and marriage, often associated with the other goddesses Freya, Isis and Aphrodite. She’s depicted as a young woman with long golden hair with ears of grain braided in it to represent fertility. Lada is also associated with the summer season and her animals are a cock, a deer, an ant and an eagle, and plants associated with her are a cherry, a dandelion, a linden, and a peony.

However, since Slavic mythology had not been written down in the past, much of the folklore was lost and it’s believed that Lada had never existed in the first place but had been created out of the mistaken belief that the terms used in folk songs (Lada & Lado) were referring to a god/goddess.

Eka

 

Origin: Indonesian, Georgian, Finnish

ეკა (Georgian)

Meaning: an Indonesian unisex name meaning “one, first” derived from Sanskrit eka (एक).

It’s also a Georgian feminine name, a short form of Ekaterine, the Georgian form of Katherine which has several possible meanings: “pure, chaste” from the Greek katharos; or it could come from hekateros, “each of the two; singly”; or from Greek aikia meaning “torture”. It could also be a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”.

I’ve also seen it listed as a Finnish masculine name, a variant form of Ekke possibly meaning “edge” as in the edge of a weapon.

Variants: Eko is the Javanese form of Eka.

Eteri

Origin: Georgian

ეთერი (Georgian)

Meaning: ether, air

Eteriani (the tale of Eteri) is a medieval Georgian folk romance based on two lovers Eteri and Abesalom. They love each other and want to marry but Abesalom’s father, the king, refuses to allow the marriage. A courtier, Murman, is also in love with Eteri and sells his soul to the devil so that the marriage between Abesalom and Eteri does not happen. He also makes Eteri very ill and manages to persuade Abesalom that the only way Eteri can be saved is if he gives up on her and allows Murman to marry her instead, since he has the only remedy to save her, and Abesalom reluctantly agrees- and ends up dying since he can’t live without her. Eteri kills herself and the two are buried together, however Murman buries himself alive between them so that even in death he’s still an obstacle to their love. A hedge grows between the tombs, keeping apart a rose and violet growing from the tombs of the lovers.

An opera by Zakaria Paliashvili called Abesalom and Eteri is based on this folk romance, as well as a poem written by Vazha-Pshavela in the mid 1880s.

*All this from Wikepedia*

Tatiana

Origin: Latin

Meaning: the feminine form of Tatianus, a derivative of Tatius, of unknown meaning.

Tatiana is a name mentioned once in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), as a friend of the author Lemony Snicket.

Tanya/Tania is a short form of the name.

Variants: Tatyana (Russian); Tatjana (Finnish, German), Tatianna, Tatyanna (English); Tatianus (m); Tatienne (French)

Melia

Origin: Greek, English, Gaelic, Georgian

Μελια (Greek)

Meaning: a derivative of meli meaning “honey” as well as being the word for “ash tree”.

It could also be a diminutive of Amelia, a variant of Amalia from Germanic element amal meaning “work, labor”.

I’ve also seen Melia listed as a surname of Gaelic origins, from O’Maille/O’Maele, referring to male descendants of noblemen from mal meaning “prince” or “champion”.

It also seems to be a Georgian surname believed to be derived from melia or mela meaning “fox”.

Melia is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, daughter of the Greek god Okeanos, as well as the name of a group of nymphs known as the Meliae, who also happened to be nymphs of the ash tree. They sprang up from the blood of Uranus’s castration.

Ilya, Ilia

Origin: Russian, Bulgarian, Georgian

Илья (Russian)

ილია (Georgian)

Илия (Bulgarian)

Meaning: Ilya is the Russian form of Elijah meaning “My God is Yahweh”.

Ilia is also a variant transcription of Ilya, but it’s also the Georgian form of Elijah or also a variant transcription of Bulgarian Iliya (also the Bulgarian form of Elijah)

Ilyusha and Ilyushenka are diminutive forms of Ilya

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