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).

Avila

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: it comes from Germanic element avi of unknown meaning, though possibly meaning “desired”.

Aveline, Avelina/Evelina and Evelyn derive from it, as well as Ava.

Avila is also the name of a city in Spain, as well as a Spanish and Galician surname.

Variants: Aveline, Avelina, Evelina, Evelyn, Avice Avis, Ava

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”.

 

Moran

Origin: Hebrew, Irish, Spanish

מוֹרָן (Hebrew)

Meaning: a unisex Hebrew name meaning “viburnum shrub”.

It’s also an Anglicized form of Irish surnames O’Morain and O’Moghrain meaning “descendant of Móran”, Móran being a diminutive of Mór meaning “large” or “great”.

Moran is also a Spanish surname, a habitational surname denoting those who came from a town called Morán.

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).

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.

Georgina

Origin: English

Meaning: feminine form of George which comes from Greek georgos (γεωργος) meaning “farmer, earthworker”, from Greek elements ge (γη) “earth” and ergon (εργον) “work”.

Georgina Orwell is one of the antagonists in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), an associate of Count Olaf’s who tries to help him steal the Baudelaire fortune. She meets a particularly gruesome end. Georgina Orwell is a nod to George Orwell

Jade

Origin: English, Spanish, French

Meaning: derived from Spanish (piedra de) ijada meaning “colic stone” or “(stone of the) flank” relating to the belief that jade could protect the kidneys and intestines from disease. Jade is believed to symbolize purity, wisdom, justice, loyalty, sincerity and truth

Variants: Jayde, Jada, Giada (Italian), Jaida, Jayda

Hector

Origin: Greek ( ‘Εκτωρ )

Meaning: “holding fast” from Greek εχω (echo) meaning “to hold, to possess”

Hector is a famous figure in the Iliad, the son of King Priam and the brother of Paris. He was one of Troy’s greatest champions against the Greeks and his death by Achilles ultinately spelled the end of Troy.

It’s also the name of King Arthur’s foster father (also known as Ector)

Variants: Hektor