A Special Moment by Emile Munier

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Italian

Meaning: “Affectionate; benevolent.”

Pronunciation: (ben-VOH-lee-oh); (ben-VOL-yo)

Nicknames: Ben, Volo

Detail: In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin and close friend


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Daughter of Ares.”

Pronunciation: (sih-NOH-pee)

Nicknames: Sini, Sope, Pepper, Poppy

Detail: A natural satellite of the planet Jupiter.

Sinope is the name of five different rivers in Greece and Turkey and in Greek mythology the goddess of those rivers.


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


Soup (1865) William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Pearl.”

Nicknames: Greta, Gret, Gretty, Grey

Detail:   In the Brother Grimm’s fairytale, Gretel and her brother Hansel are captured by a witch after stumbling across her gingerbread house in the forest. The witch intends to eat the children but they trick her and are able to make their escape.


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.