Françoise

Origin: French Meaning: the feminine form of François, the French form of Franciscus meaning “Frenchman”. Variants: François (m); Francis, Frances

Gilgamesh

Origin: Akkadian, Sumerian Meaning: though the meaning is not clear, I’ve seen it listed as meaning something to the effect of “the ancestor is a young man” or “may the (mature) man become a young man again”. Variants: Bilgamesh (Sumerian); Gilgamos (Greek) The eponymous hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem believed to be…

Zara

Origin: English, Bulgarian, Arabic Зара (Bulgarian) Zara زهرة (Arabic) Zahrah- blooming flower زهراء (Arabic) Zahrah’- bright, shining, radiant زهرا (Arabic)- Zahra- bright, shining, radiant Meaning: English form of Zaïre, a name used by Voltaire for a play. He may have based it on Arabic Zahrah ( زهرة) meaning “blooming flower” or Zahrah’ (زهراء) meaning “bright, shining, radiant”….

Vadim

Origin: Russian Meaning: it’s the Russian form of Bademus, a Latinized form of a Persian name, meaning unknown. It’s also been linked to Slavic Vadimir meaning “accuse + peace, world” from Slavic elements vaditi (accuse, to slander, to blame) and miru (peace, world). Vadik is a diminutive form of the name. Variants: Vadym (Ukrainian); Vadzim (Belarusian)

Emi

  Origin: Japanese, English 恵美 (Japanese)- Emi “blessing, kindness + beautiful” 絵美 (Japanese)- Emi “picture, painting + beautiful” 恵美 子 (Japanese)- Emiko “blessing, kindest + beautiful/child” 絵美子 (Japanese)- Emiko “picture, painting +beautiful/child” Meaning: a Japanese name me composed of kanji e (恵) “blessing, kindness” + mi (美) “beautiful” meaning “blessing, kindness + beautiful” or from e (絵) “picture, painting”…

Rémy

Origin: French Meaning: French form of Latin Remigius meaning “oarsman” or “rower”. It could also come from Latin Remedius meaning “cure, remedy”. Variants: Rémi, Remy, Remi

Amina

Origin: Arabic أمينة (Arabic) Aminah- truthful آمنة (Arabic) Amina- feel safe Meaning: feminine form of Amin (امين) meaning “truthful”. It could also be derived from Arabic amin (أمن) meaning “safe” or “feel safe”. Variants: Aminah, Ameena, Ameenah, Aamina, Aaminah; Emina (Bosnian); Amin (m) Interesting fact: There was a female warrior queen in the northwest of Nigeria named…

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

Drucilla

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: a variant spelling of Drusilla, the feminine form of Drusus which is supposedly derived from the name of a Gallic chief killed by a Roman soldier, Drausus, possibly meaning “strong”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from Greek drosos meaning “dew”. I’ve also come across as it being derived from Celtic daru-…

Emmett

Origin: English Meaning: a masculine form of Emma which means “whole” or “universal”. Variants: Emmott

Bay

Origin: English, Germanic, Gaelic/Scottish, Turkish Meaning: from Latin baca meaning “berry”, originally referring to the berries of a bay tree. As a surname it comes from Old English Beaga (m) and Beage (f) which mean “garland”, “crown” and “treasure thing”. Bay is also an English word referring to an area of water bordered by land on three…

Holland

Origin: Dutch, English, Irish Meaning: from Middle Dutch holtland meaning “wooded land” or “wood land”. It’s also derived from an English locational name meaning “ridge land”. I’ve also seen it as being an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname O’hÓileáin from personal name Faolan meaning “wolf”, or the Anglicized form of Ó’hUallacháin meaning “descendent of Uallachán”, the latter meaning…

Rainey

Origin: Gaelic, English Meaning: from what I could find, it’s a Scottish or Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic O’Raighne meaning “descendent of Raonull”, the latter being either a form of Ronald which means “advice,counsel +power,ruler” or a form of Reynold meaning “advice+rule”. It can also be a variant spelling of English rainy. Variants:…

Curtis

Origin: Anglo-Norman Meaning: from an English surname meaning “courteous, polite” from Old French curteis or courtois, originally used as a nickname for someone who was refined. Curt is a short form of the name. Variants: Kurtis

Eve

Origin: English, Hebrew חַוָּה (Ancient Hebrew) Chawwah Meaning: from Hebrew Chawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”. Eve is also an English word referring to evening, or the day before a date or event. Evie/Evy is a dimunutive form of the name. Variants: Eva, Ava; Chawwah (Hebrew); Hawa (Arabic)

Lee

Origin: English, Chinese Meaning: an English surname from Old English lēah meaning “clearing” or “meadow”. It’s also a variant spelling of a Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese surname derived  from Chinese character Li (李) meaning “plum” or “plum tree”. Other meanings I’ve come across depending on the kanji are “black”; “reason” or “judge”; “chestnut”, “sharp”, “benefit”, “profit”…

Vidya

Origin: Indian विद्या (Hindi, Sanskrit) Meaning: it means “knowledge, science, learning” in Sanskrit. It was also one of the epithets of the Hindu goddess Saraswati. Also it’s listed as a feminine name on Behind the name, I’ve seen it used as a masculine name, making it a unisex name. Variants: Widya (Indonesian); Vidyā, Vidhya

Jago

Origin: Cornish Meaning: the Cornish form of Jacob meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Pronounced jay-go.

Billie

Origin: English Meaning: a common nickname for William or Wilhelmina, essentially meaning “resolute protection” from Germanic elements wil “will, desire” and helm “helmet, protection”. Variants: Billy; William; Wilhelmina

August

Origin: Latin Meaning: a form of Augustus, from Latin meaning “great” or “venerable”. It was originally a title given to the first Roman emperor. Gus and Augie are diminutives of the name. Augusta and Augustine are feminine forms of the name, while Auguste is a unisex name (feminine in German, masculine in French) as well…