Uliana


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Russian from Greek

Meaning: “Downy-bearded.”

Pronunciation: (oo-lee-AH-nuh)

Nicknames: Uli, Ula, Una, Iana

Russian form of Julius, possibly derived from Greek ιουλος (ioulos) “downy-bearded”.

Homer


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Pledge; hostage.”

Pronunciation: (HOH-mer)

Nicknames: Hom, Homie

Detail: A Greek name derived from homeros meaning “hostage” or “pledge”.

Homer was the Greek epic poet who wrote the ‘Iliad’, about the Trojan War, and the ‘Odyssey’, about Odysseus’ journey home after the war.

This name is borne by the cartoon father on the television series ‘The Simpsons’.

Male Variations:

  • Homer (English, Ancient Greek)
  • Homeros (Ancient Greek)

Adolf


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Noble Wolf.”

Pronunciation: (AH-dawlf)

Nicknames: Ado, Dolf, Alf, Alfie

Detail: From the Germanic name Adalwolf, which meant “noble wolf” from the Germanic elements adal “noble” and wulf.

Male Variations:

  • Aadolf (Finnish)
  • Aadolf (Finnish)
  • Aatoli  (Finnish)
  • Aatolppi (Finnish)
  • Aatoltti (Finnish)
  • Aatolvi (Finnish)
  • Aatovi (Finnish)
  • Aatto (Finnish)
  • Aatu (Finnish)
  • Adalwolf (Ancient Germanic)
  • Ádo (Sami)
  • Adolf  (German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Czech, Ancient Germanic)
  • Adolfe (Danish)
  • Adolfito (Spanish)
  • Adolfo (Italian, Spanish)
  • Adolph (English)
  • Adolphe (French)
  • Adolphus (Ancient Germanic (Latinized))
  • Alef (Swedish)
  • Aleph (Swedish)
  • Alf (Scandinavian)
  • Doffen (Norwegian)
  • Dölf (Limburgish)
  • Dolf (Swedish)
  • Dolph (English)
  • Dolph (Swedish)
  • Dulf (Limburgish)
  • Fito (Spanish)
  • Tolhvi (Finnish)
  • Tolkki (Finnish)
  • Tolppi (Finnish)
  • Tolppo (Finnish)
  • Tolvi (Finnish)

Female Variations:

  • Aadolfiia  (Finnish)
  • Aadolfiina (Finnish)
  • Aatohviina (Finnish)
  • Aatolva (Finnish)
  • Aatolviina (Finnish)
  • Adolfa (English)
  • Adolfina (Finnish, Swedish)
  • Adolfine (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Adolpha (English)
  • Alfiina (Finnish)
  • Alviina (Finnish)
  • Atofiina (Finnish)
  • Atohviina (Finnish)
  • Tolviina (Finnish)
  • Viina (Finnish)
  • Viinu (Finnish)

Is Adolf forever off limits? Middle name? How about his variations? How strongly do you feel about this name?

I think he is very handsome, however some people have gone as far to say that they would “doubt the morality of such a person” who would bear this name onto a child. I find this a bit on the extreme side.

Will this forever be my tainted love?

Have you found THE name?


As name lovers we are certain to develop our taste and style. We have our favorites,  lists, and combos.

My question  is have you found the perfect name/sibset? Is this the name you know you are going to use? Or do you have a favorite of the moment and it changes occasionally? How long have you loved this name?

Also, do you have favorite list of names or do you have the sibset planned ahead?

I’d love to hear your approach to naming.

Ophelia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Help.”

Pronunciation: (oh-FEE-lee-ah)

Nicknames: Ophie, Phe, Lia,

Detail: Derived from Greek ophelos meaning “help”.

This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem “Arcadia”.

It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play Hamlet, in which it belongs to Hamlet’s lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself.

Variations:

  • Ofélia (Portugese)
  • Ofelia (Spanish, Italian)
  • Ophelia (English)
  • Ophélie (French) [oh-fay-LEE]

Ursula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Little bear.”

Pronunciation: (UR-suh-lah)

Nicknames: Ursa, Sula, Ulla

Deatail: Saint Ursula is a Chistian saint.

In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Ursula is a waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Leonato’s daughter, Hero.

In the Harry Potter series, Ursula Black is the wife of Phineas Nigellus Black, a former Headmaster of Hogwarts.

Sollemnia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Religious.”

Pronunciation: (soh-LEHM-nee-ah)

Nicknames: Sol, Solle, Soli, Sola, Soleil (soh-LAY, French for “sun”)

Detail: Derived from the Latin sollemnis “religious”.

This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.

Variations:

  • Solange (French)
  • Solène (French)
  • Sollemnia (Roman)

Zosimus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Able to survive.”

Pronunciation: (ZOH-suh-muhs) Listen

Nicknames: Zo, Zosi

Detail: A Greek name derived from zosimos meaning “viable” or “likely to survive”.

This was the name of several early saints and a pope.

Male Variations:

  • Sosimo (Spanish)
  • Zosimo (Spanish)
  • Zosimos (Ancient Greek)
  • Zosimus (Ancient Greek)

Female Variations:

  • Zosime (Ancient Greek) [ZOH-suh-mee]
    • Nicknames: Zosi, Zoe

Echo


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Echo.”

Pronunciation: (EH-koh)

Nicknames: Eki, Coco

Detail: Means “echo” from the word for the repeating reflected sound, which derives from Greek eche “sound”.

In Greek mythology Echo was a nymph given a speech impediment by Hera, so that she could only repeat what others said. She fell in love with Narcissus, but her love was not returned, and she pined away until nothing remained of her except her voice.

Sapphira


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Sapphire, blue gemstone.”

Pronunciation: (sah-FEER-ah); (sah-FAHY-rah)

Nicknames: Saph, Saphi, Safa, Phira

Detail: Sapphira was a character in Acts in the New Testament.

In the book Eragon, the main character’s blue dragon is named Saphira.

Sapphire gemstone is the birthstone for the month of September.