Zara

Origin: English, Bulgarian, Arabic

Зара (Bulgarian) Zara

زهرة (Arabic) Zahrah- blooming flower

زهراء (Arabic) Zahrah’- bright, shining, radiant

زهرا (Arabic)- Zahra- bright, shining, radiant

Meaning: English form of Zaïre, a name used by Voltaire for a play. He may have based it on Arabic Zahrah ( زهرة) meaning “blooming flower” or Zahrah’ (زهراء) meaning “bright, shining, radiant”.

Zara could also be a variant spelling of Sara meaning “princess”.

Zara is also a diminutive form of Zaharina, a Bulgarian and Macedonian feminine form of Zechariah meaning “Yahweh remembers”.

Variants: Zarah; Zahra, Zahrah (Arabic); Zaïre (French); Zaira (Italian); Zehra (Turkish)

 

Perry

Origin: English, Welsh

Meaning: an English surname meaning “pear tree”.

It’s also a Welsh surname from ap Herry meaning “son of Herry”, the later a medieval English form of Henry meaning “home ruler”.

Perry or Peri is also a short form of Peregrine meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”.

Spelled Perri, it becomes an Italian surname derived from Peter meaning “stone”.

Variants: Perri, Peri, Perrie

Bay

Origin: English, Germanic, Gaelic/Scottish, Turkish

Meaning: from Latin baca meaning “berry”, originally referring to the berries of a bay tree.

As a surname it comes from Old English Beaga (m) and Beage (f) which mean “garland”, “crown” and “treasure thing”. Bay is also an English word referring to an area of water bordered by land on three sides, as well as referring to the color “reddish brown”.

It also seems to be a variant spelling of Turkish bey, a title used by wealthy leaders referring to a cheiftain or lord.

Bay is also a short form of Bayer, a German surname meaning “Bavaria”, referring to someone from there.

Bay could also be a short form of Gaelic surname O’Bae, itself a short form of McBeth/Macbeth meaning “son of life”, though it also seems to have an implicit meaning of “righteous man” or “religious man”.

Variants: Bae, Baye

Holland

Origin: Dutch, English, Irish

Meaning: from Middle Dutch holtland meaning “wooded land” or “wood land”.

It’s also derived from an English locational name meaning “ridge land”.

I’ve also seen it as being an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname O’hÓileáin from personal name Faolan meaning “wolf”, or the Anglicized form of Ó’hUallacháin meaning “descendent of Uallachán”, the latter meaning “proud” or “arrogant” (the surnames have also been Anglicized as Houlihan and Holohan).

Rainey

Origin: Gaelic, English

Meaning: from what I could find, it’s a Scottish or Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic O’Raighne meaning “descendent of Raonull”, the latter being either a form of Ronald which means “advice,counsel +power,ruler” or a form of Reynold meaning “advice+rule”.

It can also be a variant spelling of English rainy.

Variants: Rainy

Lee

Origin: English, Chinese

Meaning: an English surname from Old English lēah meaning “clearing” or “meadow”.

It’s also a variant spelling of a Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese surname derived  from Chinese character Li (李) meaning “plum” or “plum tree”. Other meanings I’ve come across depending on the kanji are “black”; “reason” or “judge”; “chestnut”, “sharp”, “benefit”, “profit” or “interest”; “strict” or “severe”.

As a Chinese unisex given name, it means “reason, logic” (理);  “stand, establish” (立); “black, dawn” (黎); “power, capability, influence” (力) which is usually masculine; and “beautiful” (丽) usually used for females. Of course there are other possible meanings depending on different kanji.

Variants: Li (Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese surname); Leigh (English)

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, “exist, good”

有香, “exist, fragrance”

優花, “gentle/tenderness, flower”

優香, “gentle/tenderness, fragrance”

Piers

Origin: English, Medieval French

Meaning: a medieval form of Peter from Greek Petros meaning “stone”.

Piers is also the plural form of pier. Pier also happens to be the Dutch form of Peter, as well as being the English term for a raised structure extending from land over water and usually used as a landing place for ships.

Sorin

Origin: Romanian, French, Jewish, Russian, Japanese

Meaning: possibly from Romanian soare meaning “sun”.

I’ve also seen it as a surname. It could be French in origin, from Old French sor, a diminutive of Sorel, meaning “chestnut”, originally a nickname for someone with reddish hair.

It also has a different etymology, a Jewish surname derived from a metronymic of Yiddish female personal given  name Sore, from Hebrew name Sara meaning “princess”, with the Slavic suffic -in. From what I could find, it seems to be (or used to be) very popular in Russia, especially Belarus.

Sōrin (宗 麟)also seems to be a Japanese masculine given name, such as Ōtomo Sōrin (who also went by other names), who was a daimyo of the Ōtomo clan in the 16th century (1530-1587). I couldn’t find any meaning on his name, though sōrin is also the vertical shaft on top of a Japanese pagoda, usually made out of bronze or stone. It means “alternate rings” with the kanji used (相 輪).

Sorinel is a pet form of the name.

Sorina is the feminine form of the name.

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. Her two sisters tried to prevent the liaison and in return, Dionysos drove them mad and they were later transformed into stone. Somehow Karya died and was changed into a nut tree.

Karya is also a word/concept in Hindi, referring to something (an action  whether good or bad) that is done.

Kārya is also a concept in Vedanta, a Hindu philosophy, which stands for effect (kārana is cause)..

Variants: Carya

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

Sohrab

Origin: Persian

سهراب (Persian) Sohrab

Meaning: it means either “illustrious, shining” or “red water”.

In the Persian epic of Shahnameh Sohrab is the name of the son of the hero Rostam. It’s rather a tragic story. Rostam is searching for his lost horse Rakhsh and enters the kingdom of Samangan, becoming the guest of the king whose daughter, Tahmina, falls in love with him at first sight. She visits him in the night wanting to have a child with him and they do spend the night together. Before Rostam leaves, he gives Tahmina two tokens and tells her that if she has a girl she should take one of the tokens, a jewel, and plait it in her hair. If it’s a boy, she should take the other token, a seal, and bind it around his arm. Years pass and Rostam and Sohrab face each other on opposites sides of a war, wrestling each other one on one. Rostam doesn’t know Sohrab is his son and although Sohrab knows the identity of his father, he doesn’t realize that the man he’s fighting is him. Eventually Rostam kills him by stabbing him through the heart, only then seeing the token he’d given Tahmina, who arrives at the battlefield too late to find her son dead in his father’s arms.

Variants: Suhrab; Zurab (Georgian); Sukhrab (Kazakh, Kyrgyz)

Moran

Origin: Hebrew, Irish, Spanish

מוֹרָן (Hebrew)

Meaning: a unisex Hebrew name meaning “viburnum shrub”.

It’s also an Anglicized form of Irish surnames O’Morain and O’Moghrain meaning “descendant of Móran”, Móran being a diminutive of Mór meaning “large” or “great”.

Moran is also a Spanish surname, a habitational surname denoting those who came from a town called Morán.