Origin: Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Latin

Meaning: a Hebrew feminine form of Amariah meaning “Yahweh has said” or “Yahweh has promised”.

I’ve also seen it listed as an elaborated form of Amaro, an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese name and surname of various meanings. Amaro could be from Germanic name Amalric meaning “work, labor/power”. In Sicily, Amaro came about from a nickname meaning “bitter”, “unlucky” or “disappointed”; it could also be derived from Arabic name ‘Ammar meaning “virtuous, devout”.

Amaro is also a Portuguese name of unknown meaning, perhaps influenced from Latin amor meaning “love”. There’s a Saint Amaro in Christian tradition.

Amaris could also be a contracted form of Amaryllis, the Spanish form of Greek Amarilis meaning “to sparkle”.



Origin: Welsh, Italian

Meaning: a Welsh diminutive of Agnes meaning “chaste”. There was also a Nest (aka Nesta) in 11th century Wales, known as the Helen of Wales in her time since both had been abducted because of their beauty which started a war.

Nesta is also an Italian surname, a reduced form of medieval feminine name Onesta which means “honesty” or “honest, sincere”.

Nesta is also a male name, possibly the Jamaican patois form of Greek Nestor which means “homecoming”, although I’m not sure about the accuracy of that. It was the original first name of Bob Marley whose full name was Nesta Robert Marley, though the first and middle name were switched around somehow in his youth.


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)


Origin: Latin

Meaning: a feminine form of Latin Lucianus, from Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light”.

Variants: Luciano (m), Lucianus (m)

Luciana is an alias Esmé Squalor uses in the 7th book (The Vile Village).

Luciana can be pronounced as loo-CHAH-nah, loo-SYAH-nah, or loo-THYAH-nah.


Origin: Italian

Meaning: the Italian form of Latin Beatrix. This name has somewhat of a tricky meaning. Beatrix comes from Latin Viatrix, a feminine form of Viator meaning “voyager, traveler”. It could also mean “blessed” from Latin beatus, the spelling altered to resemble it.

I’ve also seen Beatrice listed as meaning “happy”, also from latin beatus so I’m not sure if they mean the same thing.

Beatrice is the name found in every dedication of A Series of Unfortunate Events and (spoiler alert) it turns out she is the mother of the Baudelaire siblings. I read that there are plenty of literary allusions in the series and if so, Beatrice would probably be an allusion to Dante’s Divine Comedy. Apparently, Beatrice Baudelaire is the great love of Lemony Snicker, who rejected him and married the Baudelaire children’s father, however it’s his unrequited love for her that makes him chronicle the misadventures of the Baudelaire orphans.


Origin: Germanic, Latin, Italian

Meaning: it could be a Latin form of Vivaldus meaning “power, strength in combat” from Old German elements wig (fight, battle, warrior) and walda (might, power).

I’ve also seen it listed as coming from Latin vita meaning “life”.

Vivaldi is an Italian surname, most famously worn by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, a Baroque composer whose best known work are The Four Seasons, a four violin concerti.


Origin: Slavic, Italian

Драго (Serbian)

Meaning: from Slavic element dragu meaning “peace” as well as being a short form of names beginning with the element (such as Dragan, Dragomir, or Dragas, etc.)

It’s also an Italian word meaning “dragon”, the Italian form of Latin draco

Draga is its feminine form