Taharqa

Origin: Ancient Egyptian

Meaning: the name of a 7th century Egyptian pharaoh of the Nubian dynasty, of unknown meaning.

He’s mentioned in the Bible, known as Tirhakah, who went to war against the Assyrian emperor Sennacherib at the king of Judah Hezekiah’s request, stalling the army and eventually forcing Sennacherib to abandon the siege.

Variants: Tirhakah (Biblical); Taharka

Titus

Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: a Roman praenomen possibly related to Latin titulus meaning “title of honor” or titio “fire-brand”, though it’s more likely of pre-Roman origin since it belonged to a Sabine king, Titus Tatius, who co-ruled with Romulus for some years.

Variants: Tita and Titia are feminine forms of the name.

Makeda

Origin: Ethiopic, Hebrew

Meaning: This is a name that has quite a few possible meanings but nothing quite concrete. It’s the Ethiopian name given to the Queen of Sheba which might mean “greatness”, “beautiful”, or derived from the Semitic word for “queen”.

It could also come from a Biblical Canaanite town called Makkedah which means “place of shepherds”.

I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “not thus” in Ethiopic due to a story that when she became queen she announced that it was “not thus is it good to worship the sun, but it is right to worship God”, moving the religion of the time from animism to monotheism.

The Queen of Sheba is a fascinating woman in history so I posted up a few links below for anyone who might be interested in knowing more.

Links:

http://www.dacb.org/stories/ethiopia/makeda.html

http://www.cafleurebon.com/makeda-is-the-true-name-of-the-ethiopian-queen-the-wife-of-king-solomon-of-judea/

http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/biblepeople/a/60113-Makeda-Sheba-Szczepanski.htm