Safiyya


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Pure.”

Pronunciation: (sah-FEE-yah); (SAH-fee-yah)

Nicknames: Safa, Safi, Fi

Detail: This was the name of one of the wives of Muhammad.

Variations:

  • Safiya
  • Safiye (Turkish)
  • Safiyya
  • Safiyyah

Nashira


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “The bearer of good news.”

Pronunciation: (Nah-shee-rah)

Nicknames: Nash, Nashas, Shira, Nira

Detail: Nashira, also known as Gamma Capricorni, is a bright star in the constellation of Capricornus. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun enters Capricorn by definition at the moment of winter solstice, or roughly at December 22, and leaves it around January 19. Symbol for Capricorn is a goat.

Huma


 

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Persian

Meaning: “Bird, water spirit.”

Pronunciation: (HOO-mah)

Nicknames: Hum, Humi

Detail: A mythical high flying bird which symbolises freedom.

The word Huma which has a Persian origin is Bulah in Arabic. It is supposed that in the word Huma, hu represents “spirit”, and mah originates from the Arabic Ma’a which means “water”.

Noor


Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Light.”

Pronunciation: (noor)

Detail: This name is borne by the Queen Noor of Jordan.

Noor is a city in northern Iran.

Noor is also a beautiful Pakistani actress.

In the Dutch and Flemish ethymology the name Noor is a form of Eleanor, meaning “God is my light.”

Sula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic      Meaning: “Peace.”

Origin: Latin         Meaning: “Little bear.”

Origin: Icelandic     Meaning: “Sun.”

Pronunciation: (suh-lah); (soo-lah)

Detail: Variation of Old Testament Shulamit, from the Song of Songs meaning “peace”.

Fosco


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin  

Meaning: “Dark-haired.”

Pronunciation: (FAWS-koh)

Nicknames: Foz, Fos, Fox

Detail: Fosco Baggins was the paternal grandfather of the ring-bearer Frodo in The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.

Male Variations:

  • Faaiz (Arabic)
  • Fabek (Polish)
  • Fabius (Latvian, Lithuanian, and German)
  • Faiz (Arabic)
  • Falk (Hebrew, Yiddish, and German)
  • Fawzi (Arabic)
  • Fayaz (Arabic)
  • Fayiz (Arabic)
  • Fisk (English and Scandinavian)
  • Fiske (English and Scandinavian)
  • Fokko (Frisian)
  • Folk (English)
  • Folke (English and German)
  • Folki (Scandinavian)
  • Folko (German)
  • Fonsie (English)
  • Fox (English) 
  • Fuyuki (Japanese)
  • Phuoc (Vietnamese)

Female Variations:

  • Faaiza (Arabic)
  • Faiza (Arabic)
  • Fawziya (Arabic)
  • Fayza (Arabic)
  • Feike (Dutch)
  • Feiza (Arabic)
  • Feyza (Turkish)
  • Fieke (German)
  • Fumiko (Japanese) 
  • Fuyuko (Japanese)

Alula


Dolce Far Niente (Sweet Nothings) by John William Godward

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic       Meaning: “First born.”

Origin: Latin         Meaning: “Winged one.”

Origin: Chamorro Meaning: “Hasten.”

Pronuniation: (ah-LOO-lah)

Nicknames: Lula

Detail: Alula is a star in Ursa Major

Rabastan


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Serpent’s head.”

Pronunciation: (ra-BAS-tan)

Detail:  In world of the Harry Potter he is a Death Eater

Rabastan is related to Rastaban, an Arabic phrase meaning “the serpent’s head”— a name of Beta Draconis, one of the stars in the constellation Draco.

Ptolemy


Name Day:  August 24

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Aggressive; warlike.”

Pronunciation: (TO-leh-mee) Ptolemy

Nicknames: Tol, Tolo, Lemy

Detail: Greek name derived from the word polemeios, meaning “agressive, warlike.” Ptolemy was very popular with the upper class of Greece for several hundred years AD, so appears on many unrelated generals and leaders of the time.

Ptolemy was an Egyptian astronomer, mathematician, and geographer who flourished in Alexandria during the 2nd century A.D.

It was also the name of fifteen Egyptian kings.

Variations:

  • Batlemos (Arabic)
  • Ptolemaeus (Greek)
  • Ptolemaeus (Latin)
  • Ptolemaios (Greek / German)
  • Ptolemais (Greek)
  • Ptolemäus (German)
  • Ptolemy (English)
  • Ptolomeo (Spanish)
  • Talmai (Aramaic)
  • Talmai (Hebrew)
  • Tolomeo (Italian / Spanish)