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 female personal given  name Sore, from Hebrew name Sara meaning “princess”, with the Slavic suffic -in. From what I could find, it seems to be (or used to be) very popular in Russia, especially Belarus.

Sōrin (宗 麟)also seems to be a Japanese masculine given name, such as Ōtomo Sōrin (who also went by other names), who was a daimyo of the Ōtomo clan in the 16th century (1530-1587). I couldn’t find any meaning on his name, though sōrin is also the vertical shaft on top of a Japanese pagoda, usually made out of bronze or stone. It means “alternate rings” with the kanji used (相 輪).

Sorinel is a pet form of the name.

Sorina is the feminine form of the name.


Origin: English, Scottish

Meaning: from an English surname from Old English sterre meaning “star” with the diminutive suffix -ling meaning “little star”, so named because some of the Norman coins it was named after had star emblems on them. Sterling could also be a variant of Starling, referring to the bird.

Sterling could also be a variant spelling of Stirling, a place in Scotland. Though the meaning isn’t clear, it could be related to stri “strife” and linne “pool”.

Sterling has entered English vocabulary as referring to something excellent (sterling silver) as well as being British currency (pound sterling).

Variants: Stirling


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 daughter, Tahmina, falls in love with him at first sight. She visits him in the night wanting to have a child with him and they do spend the night together. Before Rostam leaves, he gives Tahmina two tokens and tells her that if she has a girl she should take one of the tokens, a jewel, and plait it in her hair. If it’s a boy, she should take the other token, a seal, and bind it around his arm. Years pass and Rostam and Sohrab face each other on opposites sides of a war, wrestling each other one on one. Rostam doesn’t know Sohrab is his son and although Sohrab knows the identity of his father, he doesn’t realize that the man he’s fighting is him. Eventually Rostam kills him by stabbing him through the heart, only then seeing the token he’d given Tahmina, who arrives at the battlefield too late to find her son dead in his father’s arms.

Variants: Suhrab; Zurab (Georgian); Sukhrab (Kazakh, Kyrgyz)


Origin: Irish

Meaning: It may be related to Old Irish sen meaning “old, ancient” and abhainn meaning “river”. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “wise”.

It’s also the Anglicization of Gaelic surname Ó Seanáin meaning “descendant of Seanán”, the latter meaning “old”. It could also be related to O’Sionain, referring to someone who worked with straw.

As well as also being the name of the longest river in Ireland, Shannon is also associated with the Irish goddess Sionna


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 week long mourning period also referred to as “sitting shiva”; shiva means “seven” in Hebrew, though I don’t know if it’s used as a name.


Origin: Irish

Meaning: an Anglicized form of Súilleabháin from Irish surname Ó Súilleabháin meaning “descendant of Súilleabháin”, Súilleabháin meaning “little dark eye” from Irish elements súil “eye” + dubh “black” and the diminutive suffix -án.

Sully is a diminutive form of the name.


Origin: Korean

Meaning: as usual the meaning depends on the hanja used, meaning there is a wide variety of meaning for Sun-Hye. Sun (also spelled Seon) means “to give, to be generous” and “good” depending on the hanja, while Hye means “bright, intelligent” or “favor, kindness”; the list below is copied from Wikipedia, listing the different meanings of Hye.

惠 (은혜 혜, eunhye hye): to favour

慧 (슬기로울 혜, seulgiroul hye): intelligent

兮 (어조사 혜, eojosa hye): exclamation

蕙 (풀 이름 혜, pul ireum hye): orchid

彗 (살별 혜, salbyeol hye): broomstick

譿 (슬기로울 혜, seulgiroul hye): intelligent

寭 (밝힐 혜 balkhil hye): to examine

憓 (사랑할 혜 saranghal hye): love

暳 (별 반짝일 혜 byeol banjjagil hye): twinkling star

蹊 (좁은 길 혜 jobeun gil hye): trail

醯 (식혜 혜 singhye hye): vinegar

鞋 (신 혜 sin hye): shoes

譓 (슬기로울 혜, seulgiroul hye): intelligent

鏸 (날카로울 혜 nalkaroul hye): sharp, pointed

匸 (감출 혜 gamchul hye): box

䚷 (진실한 말 혜 jinsilhan mal hye): honest words

Both Sun/Seon and Hye can also be used in different combination names, like Ji-Hye (f) or Hye-Rim (f), or Ha-Sun (u) or Sun-hwa (f), and they are both unisex names so they can be found in both female and male names, though from what I could find, Sun-Hye is a strictly feminine name. Sun/Seon and Hye can also be used as single name elements.

Hye-Sun/Seon is also another variant of the name, just switching the elements around.


Origin: English, Old French, Latin

Meaning: an English word meaning “wise” or “sagacious”. As an English surname it was used as a nickname for a wise person from Old French sage meaning “learned, sensible”, ultimately from Latin sapiere “to taste, discern”.

It’s also from Latin salvere meaning “to feel well, wealthy”, the name of a genus of plants.


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


Origin: English

Meaning: from an English word, either referring to an abundance of sunlight or referring to someone who is cheerful and joyous.

Sunny Baudelaire in the youngest of the siblings, an unusual baby with unusually sharp teeth that have come in handy at times when they needed it. Later on in the series, Sunny discovers a talent for cooking.



Origin: Greek, Hebrew

Meaning: Sidon was the name of a chief city in ancient Phoenicia (now known as Saida, in Lebanon) which was founded in the 3rd millennium BC, a place famous for its purple dye. The name most likely comes from Phoenician Tzidhon  “fishing place” or “fishery” from tzud (to hunt, capture) though there also seems to be some Hebrew roots as well.

Sidon is also mentioned in the Bible as the son of Canaan, son of Ham, son of Noah.

Variants: Sidonian

It’s pronounced sy-don.