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”….

Emi

  Origin: Japanese, English 恵美 (Japanese)- Emi “blessing, kindness + beautiful” 絵美 (Japanese)- Emi “picture, painting + beautiful” 恵美 子 (Japanese)- Emiko “blessing, kindest + beautiful/child” 絵美子 (Japanese)- Emiko “picture, painting +beautiful/child” Meaning: a Japanese name me composed of kanji e (恵) “blessing, kindness” + mi (美) “beautiful” meaning “blessing, kindness + beautiful” or from e (絵) “picture, painting”…

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…

Billie

Origin: English Meaning: a common nickname for William or Wilhelmina, essentially meaning “resolute protection” from Germanic elements wil “will, desire” and helm “helmet, protection”. Variants: Billy; William; Wilhelmina

Tracy

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: an English surname derived from a Norman-French place meaning “domain belonging to Thracius”, the latter meaning “of Thracia”. It also has a separate origin as an Irish surname, from Gaelic O’Treasaigh meaning “descendant of the war-like one”. Tracy has also been used as a short form of Theresa, either meaning “summer”…

Christie

Origin: English, Irish, Scottish Meaning: a diminutive of Christopher and Christine/Christina meaning “bearing Christ”. Variants: Kristie, Kristy, Christy,

Nesta

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…

Rami

Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Indian رامي (Arabic) רמי (Hebrew) Meaning: in Arabic it either comes from the verb rami (رامي) meaning “to throw” referring to either an archer or a good marksman; or it could be from ram (رام) meaning “to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”. Rami is also from Hebrew Ram…

Hans

Origin: German, Dutch, Scandinavian Meaning: the German, Dutch and Scandinavian short form of Johannes, the Latin form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Hansel is another variant of Hans while Hansine is the Danish feminine form of the name.

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…

Ellen

Origin: English, Greek, Dutch Meaning: a medieval form of Helen, probably derived from Greek ‘ελενη (helene) meaning “torch” or “corposant” or possibly related to Greek σεληνη (selene) meaning “moon”. Ellen is also a short form of Dutch Eleonora, a cognate of Eleanor meaning “the other Aenor”. Variants: Helen, Helene, Helena, Hellen, Elena, Eleni, Elene

Sandy

Origin: English Meaning: a short form of Alexander, Alexandra or Sandra all meaning “defending men” or “defender of men”. It’s also an English surname derived from a place name meaning “sandy island” from Old English sand (sand) + ēg (island). It could also be from Old Norse elements sand (truth) or sandr (sand). Sandy is also a color describing a yellowish-red color,…

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…

Larry

  Origin: a diminutive of Laurence/Lawrence from Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning “from Laurentum/ Laurentium”, which most likely comes from laurus “laurel” or lauretum “laurel grove”. Larry appears in the third book in the series (The Wide Window), a minor character who appears as a waiter.

Kit

Origin: English Meaning: a dimunitive of Christopher meaning bearing Christ, or 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”. Kit is also…

Hal

Origin: English Meaning: a diminutive of Harry, itself a diminutive of Henry meaning “home ruler” Hal is an old man the Baudelaires meet in the 8th book (The Hostile Hospital) when they get jobs with him in the Library of Records.

Carmelita

Origin: Spanish Meaning: a Spanish diminutive of Hebrew Carmel meaning “garden” Carmelita Spats is an unpleasant character the Baudelaires’ meet in Book 5 The Austere Academy and in later books as well, as an antagonist.

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…

Sandra

Origin: English Meaning: short form of Alessandra or Alexandra meaning “defending men” or “defender of men”. Variants: Xandra

Sadey

Origin: English Meaning: a pet form of Sarah meaning “lady, princess, noblewoman” Variants: Sadie