Meaning: “Mountain goat.”
Nicknames: Nya, Yala
Meaning: “The inner structure of the palm leaf.”
Nicknames: Sana, Sani
Pronunciation: (neh-FEH-lee); (NEF-eh-lee)
Nicknames: Nephie, Nefi
Detail: In Greek legend, Nephele was created from a cloud by Zeus, who shaped the cloud to look like Hera in order to trick Ixion, a mortal who desired her.
Meaning: “Wild horse.”
Nicknames: Gru, Rush
Detail: Pet form of Russian Agrafena, meaning “wild horse.”
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Nicknames: Svee, Svea, Enja
Detail: German feminine form of
Alternatively, it may be a Low German short form of names beginning with the Germanic element
svan meaning “swan”.
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Meaning: “Having beautiful dark lips.”
Nicknames: Lam, Lami, Lomi, Moa, Mya
Meaning: “Guide; compass.”
Nicknames: Loda, Lodi, Lottie, Ludy, Luey, Demi
Detail: Literally, the word refers to a
lodestone, a piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.
Nicknames: Jee, Jeevi, Jeeva, Jeeves, Vika
Meaning: “All gifted.”
Nicknames: Panda, Pan, Dora
Detail: In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. The gods bestowed her with many talents; Aphrodite gave her beauty, Apollo music, Hermes persuasion, and so forth. Hence her name: Pandora, “All gifted”.
With her, Pandora had a jar which she was not to open under any circumstance. Impelled by her natural curiosity, Pandora opened the jar, and all evil contained escaped and spread over the earth. She hastened to close the lid, but the whole contents of the jar had escaped, except for one thing which lay at the bottom, and that was Hope.
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Meaning: “Fire lily.”
Nicknames: Elda, Eddie, Lilja, Lila, Lily
Detail: From the Old Norse elements
eldr meaning “fire” and lilja “lily”
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Meaning: “The one who belongs to the Earth.”
Nicknames: Zemi, Mina
Detail: The Lithuanian Earth Goddess.
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Meaning: “Cherry blossom.”
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Alas, I have spring finals. I will be using my spare time for studying in lieu of internet perusing. After exams are over, I aim to get back into a routine.
Origin: Russian from Latin
Nicknames: Mona, Mattie, Trya, Tony
Detail: The name Matryona is related to the Latin root
mater meaning “mother”.
Matryona’s Place (sometimes Matryona’s Home or House) is a story written in 1959 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is the tale of an old peasant woman’s determined struggle against cold, hunger, and greedy relatives.
Meaning: “Milky Way; long part of the fish.”
Nicknames: Ika, Roa
Detail: Ikaroa literally means the long part of the fish. Ikaroa also refers to the Milky Way.
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Origin: Choctaw (Southeastern North America)
Meaning: “Leaping water.”
Nicknames: Tula, Lula
Nicknames: Nyd, Nydi, Nya, Nedda
Detail: In Greek mythology Io was a princess loved by Zeus, who changed her into a heifer in order to hide her from the jealous Hera. She regained human form after she was driven to Egypt by Argus.
A moon of Jupiter bears this name in her honour.
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Nicknames: Zume, Zumi, Uma, Uzu
Detail: A goddess of laughter & merriment.
Uzume is the name of a Japanese Shinto goddess and means “whirling”. The story of Uzume tells of her strange dance that lured the sun goddess, Amaterasu, out of the cave where she had hidden herself.
Nicknames: Cas, Caz
Detail: Traditionally it belonged to one of the three Magi (the Three Wise Men of the Christian nativity story). The name is also associated with the children’s cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost.