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…

Simona

Origin: Italian, English Meaning: Simona is the feminine form of Italian masculine Simone; it’s also the feminine form of Simon as well meaning “he has heard” or “God is listening”. Simonetta is the Italian diminutive of Simona Simone (u)

Malina

Origin: Scottish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Greek, Inuit Meaning: a diminutive of Scottish Malcolmina, the feminine form of Malcolm meaning “disciple of Saint Columba”. Malina is also a Slavic name meaning “raspberry”. Mălina is also a Romanian name, deriving from the Romanian word mălin meaning “bird cherry tree”. It could also be an…

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…

Ovidia

Origin: Latin, Romanian Meaning: a feminine form of Ovid, the English form of Latin Ovidius either from Latin ovum meaning “egg” or Latin ovis “sheep”. It’s also a Romanian feminine form of Ovidiu, the Romanian form of Ovid. I’ve also seen it listed as a Norwegian feminine form of Ove which has several meanings: “inheritance”; “active, at work”. Variants:…

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…

Angelica, Anjelika

Origin: English, Italian, Romanian Meaning: comes from Latin angelicas, meaning “angelic”

Daniella, Daniela

Origin: German, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovene, English Meaning: feminine form of Daniel, meaning “God is my judge”

Fane

Origin: English, Romanian, Irish Meaning: In English, fane is a word name, an archaic term for a temple or a church or a shrine (according to Dictionary.com); it could also mean “joyful, glad”; in Romanian, it’s also a diminutive of Ștefan, meaning “crown”; and it’s also the name of a river in Ireland, but I couldn’t…

Marius

Origin: Roman, Romanian, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, French, English Meaning: comes from either the Roman god of war, Mars, meaning “male” or comes from Latin word mare meaning “sea”

Daciana

Origin: Romanian Meaning: comes from Dacia, old Roman name for what is now Romania and Moldova Variants: Dacia