Sterling

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

Kaito

Origin: Japanese

海斗 (Kaito)

海翔 (Kaito)

Meaning: from Japanese kai 海 meaning “sea, ocean” combined with either to 斗 referring to the constellation of the Big Dipper, or to 翔 meaning “to soar, fly”. There are probably more meanings with different kanji but these were the most common meanings I could find.

Kaito (怪 盗) is also a word meaning phanton thief or gentleman thief. It seems to be the same pronounciation as the name but with different kanji.

Pavo

Origin: Croatian, Latin

Meaning: a short form of masculine name Pavao, the Croatian form of Paul meaning “small” or “humble”.

Pavo is also Latin for “peacock”, which is what makes it a unisex name in my opinion. Pavo is also the name of a constellation.

Soraya

Origin: Persian, Arabic, Turkish

Meaning: Persian form of Arabic Thurayya meaning “rich” and “wealthy”. It’s also the name for the Pleiades.

Variants: Soraia; Surayya; Thurayya

Gender: Female

The first name I want to post is Soraya, the name of one of my main characters. It’s a variation of Thurayya. I chose this name because it strikes me as being both fierce and feminine, two traits my character possesses and then some. I also based her ethnicity as Turkish so the name fits, although it also seems to be very popular among Spanish speakers as well. In Persian, it means princess, a Persian form of the name Sarah, while in Arabic it refers to the Pleiades, a bright cluster of 7 stars able to be seen with the naked eye.