Mahmoud

Origin: Arabic محمود (Arabic) Mahmoud Meaning: a variant transcription of Mahmud meaning “praiseworthy”, from Arabic hamid meaning “to praise”. Mahmuda is a very rare feminine form of the name. Variants: Mahmud, Mahmood; Mahmut (Turkish); Mehmud Advertisements

Aras

Origin: Lithuanian, Kurdish, Persian, Greek Meaning: a Lithuanian masculine name meaning “eagle”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Kurdish and Persian name meaning “equal” or “balanced”. Aras is also the name of a Greek figure in Greek mythology, believed to have built an ancient town in Pgilasia, Peloponnese. I couldn’t find any info on…

Shahin

Origin: Persian شاهین (Arabic) Meaning: most sites list it as meaning “peregrine falcon”. Variants: Shaheen; Şahin (Turkish)

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…

Shiva

Origin: Indian, Persian शिव (Hindi, Sanskrit) شیوا (Persian) שבעה (Hebrew) Meaning: a masculine Sanskrit name meaning “benign, kind, auspicious”. It’s also a feminine Persian name meaning “charming, elegant”. In Hindu mythology, Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and renewal, the husband of the goddess Parvati. Variants: Siva (Hini, male). In Judaism, Shiva is a…

Darius

Origin: Persian Meaning: a Roman form of Dareios, the Greek form of Persian Darayavahush meaning “to possess good” from daraya “to possess” or “to hold” and vahu “good”. Variants: Darrius; Dariush and Daryush are the Persian forms of the name; Dario (Italian, Spanish, Croatian). Daria is a feminine form of the name.

Hana

Origin: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Czech, Slovak, Croatian هناء (Arabic) 花 (Japanese) 華 (Japanese) 하나 (Korean) Meaning: Hana is multicultural name with many different meanings. In Arabic it means “bliss, happiness”. In Persian, Farsi and Kurdish, spelled ( حَنا ) it becomes the name of the henna plant while Kurdish  ( هانا ) means “hope”- though the last…

Yima

Origin: Avestan Meaning: the ancient Avestan form of Persian Jam (a short form of Jamshid), meaning either “twin” or “river”. In all honesty, however, I could find little information about the name’s etymology with the exception of Behind the Name and Wikipedia. Yima is not a name found in A Series of Unfortunate Events– there were…

Abdullah

Origin: Arabic Meaning: servant of Allah ( عبد الله ) Variants: Abd Allah, Abdulah, Abdollah (Persian), Abdullo, Abdullohi (Tajik)

Fairuza

Origin: Persian Meaning: turquoise

Ava

Origin: English, German, Persian, Latin Meaning: to breath, to live; voice, sound; desired; bird Gender: Female Ava is a name that has a surprising number of meanings in different languages. It could be related to Latin avis meaning bird; it could be a variant on either Eve or an anglicization of Aoife; it could come from…

Soraya

Origin: Persian, Arabic, Turkish Meaning: Persian form of Arabic Thurayya meaning “rich” and “wealthy”. It’s also the name for the Pleiades. Variants: Soraia; Surayya; Thurayya Gender: Female The first name I want to post is Soraya, the name of one of my main characters. It’s a variation of Thurayya. I chose this name because it…