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)

 

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” + mi (美) “beautiful”. There are also other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Emi can also be a nickname for Emily meaning “rival” or a variant spelling of Emmy, itself a short form of either Emily or Emma, the latter meaning “whole” or “universal”.

Variants: Emiko is a variant form of Japanese Emi with the -ko suffix meaning “child”.

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

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” from Greek theros or “to harvest” from Greek therizo.

Trace/Trayce is a diminutive form of the name.

Variants: Traci, Tracie, Traycie, Tracee, Traycee

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 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.

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 (רָם) meaning “high, exalted” as well as being a short form of either Rahamim, which could mean “compassionate” or “affectionate” or Yermiyahu, the Hebrew form of Jeremiah meaning “Yahhew has uplifted”.

Rami is also a surname, both in Arabic and in Indian, the latter deriving from Rama meaning “pleasing” or “charming”.

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.

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, as well as a word used to describe something consisting of sand.

Variants: Sandi, Sandee

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 also used as a diminutive of names such as Mary (to be rebellious; well-fed; bitter, bitterness; or it could come from Egyptian meaning “beloved” or “love”; bitter, drop; myrrh, mistress); Margaret (pearl) or Mabel (lovable).

It’s also a word in English, as well as being an archaic word for “maiden” in Old English.

Variants: Mae, Maye

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 a word, a short form of kitten, referring to a baby cat.

Kit Snicket first appears at the end of the 11th book (The Grim Grotto) and makes subsequent appearances in the next two books as well. Apparently, she’s the sister of Lemony Snicket, was a friend of the Baudelaire parents, and seems to have a complicated past with Count Olaf.

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.