Manuel

Origin: Spanish, Portuguese, German

Meaning: the Spanish, Portuguese and German form of Emmanuel meaning “God is with us”.

Manuela is the feminine form of the name.

Manny is a common nickname in English; Manolo and Manu are the Spanish diminutives of the name while Nelinho is the Portuguese diminutive. Manu is also the short form of Manuel (as well as its feminine form Manuela) in German.

Variants: Manoel (Portuguese Brazilian); Manuele, Emanuele (Italian); Emanuel (German, Portuguese); Manouel (Late Greek); Emmanuel (Hebrew, English); Emmanuel (French).

Monica

Origin: Unknown

Meaning: though the name is of unknown meaning, believed to have North African or Phoenician origins, it has been associated with Latin moneo meaning “advisor” and Greek monos meaning “one”.

Variants: Monique (French); Mònica (Catalan); Mónica (Spanish); Mônica (Portuguese); Monika (Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish).

Mona has been used as a diminutive form of the name.

José

Origin: Spanish, Portuguese

Meaning: the Spanish and Portuguese form of Joseph meaning “He will add” or “Yahweh will increase”.

Pepe and Pepito are diminutive forms of the name in Spanish, while in Portuguese Zé and Zezé are the diminutive forms of José.

Josefa is the feminine form of the name in Spanish and Portuguese (Pepita being a diminutive in Spanish).

Amaris

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”.

 

Gabriel

Origin: Hebrew

גַּבְרִיאֵל (Gavri’el) Hebrew

Γαβριηλ (Gabriel) Ancient Greek

Meaning: from Hebrew Gavri’el meaning “God is my strong man”, “strong man of God”, “God is my strength”.

Gabe is a diminutive form of the name.

Gabrielle and Gabriela/Gabriella are feminine forms of the name.

Masculine forms: Gabriele (Italian); Gábor (Hungarian); Gavriil (Russian); Jabril, Jibril (Arabic); Kaapro (Finnish).

Calix

Origin: Latin

Meaning: a short form of Calixtus from Roman Callistus, the Greek form of Kallistos meaning “most beautiful”. The Callistus spelling was perhaps influenced by Latin calix meaning “wine cup”.

Calix is also a Catalan and Portuguese surname, perhaps deriving from Portugeuse cálice or Catalan càlic both meaning “communion cup”. In Catalan it could perhaps be derived from calitx, a type of throwing game.

Variants: Calixtus, Callistus

Tatiana

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)

Luciana

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.

Rey

Origin: Spanish

Meaning: “king” from Latin rex, regis. It could also be a form of Reynard, from Germanic Raginhard composed of elements ragin “advice” and hard “brave, hardy”

Interestingly enough, Renard is the French word for fox, based on the medieval fables of Reynard the fox, an anthropomorphic red fox who was a trickster and often deceived or played tricks on other animals.

Rey also comes from Old English roege meaning “female roe deer”, which referred to someone of a nervous temperament.

Guiomar

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: derived from Germanic name Wigmar, from elements wig “war, battle” and meri “famous”.

According to Wikipedia, it’s a surname ranging from Portuguese, French and Swedish. It was also the name of a male cousin of Guinevere’s in the Lancelot-Grail cycle. In modern Portugual and Spain, it is used as a feminine name.

Helena

Origin: Greek, Latin

Meaning: Latin form of Helen, which comes from Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, or possibly related to selene meaning “moon”

‘Ελενη (Greek)

Helena has different pronounciations depending on where you’re from. It’s he-LE-nah, hay-LAY-nah or he-le-nah. I prefer the he-le-nah pronounciation.

Carla, Karla

Origin: German, Scandinavian, Croatian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English

Meaning: the feminine form of Charles, derived from a Germanic word meaning “man”. It seems to have been used to describe men who were nor thralls or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society so it connotes the idea of a “free man”

The spelling Carla is the feminine form of Carlo, which is the Italian form of Charles; it’s also the Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan feminine

form of Carlos, as well as being the English feminine form of German Carl.

The Karla spelling is the German, Scandinavian and Croatian feminine form of Charles