Nicknames: Sela, Vela, Ves
Origin: Biblical / Hebrew
Meaning: “pleasant, sweet, delightful, beautiful.”
Nicknames: Nay, Naa, Nomi, Gnomes
Detail: The name Naamah comes from (naem) meaning be pleasant, sweet, delightful, beautiful. Derivatives are (noam), pleasantness, beauty; (naim), pleasant, sweet; (naaman), pleasantness; and (manammim), delicacies.
Could make a good alternative to the increasing in popularity Naomi, and with Noah also high in the charts, this name is on the good side of unusual.
Meaning: “Servant of God.”
Nicknames: Ama, Tula, Tuli
Detail: Arabic name meaning female servant of Allah.
Like a mash up of Amalia and Tallulah.
Meaning: “Cherry blossom.”
Nicknames: Saku, Saki, Suki
Meaning: “Eastern; where sun rises; Dawn.”
Nicknames: Ossie, Ozzie, Star
Detail: Ostara, may come from the word “east”, meaning dawn.
Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility. Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.”
Meaning: “Fighter/soldier for God.”
Nicknames: Vi, Vija, Jona
Details: Formed from the combination of the Germanic/Norse vi meaning “holy, fighter” and from the Germanic jona, feminine form of John, derived from the Hebrew Yochanan meaning “god is gracious”.
For those of us who like Fiona, this could make a very unusual, alternative choice.
Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”
Nicknames: Squid, Squido
Detail: Formed from the combination of the English squid and from Old English weard meaning “guard”.
This name is now associated with Squidward Tentacles, one of the sea creatures from Spongebob Squarepants.
… April Fools 😉
Detail: Derived from Old Norse alfr “elf”.
In Norse mythology, King Alf was the suitor of Alfhild. She dressed as a man to avoid marrying him. Then, he thinking she was a warrior, they battled almost to the death. Realizing he was as strong as she was, Alfhild married him.
Meaning: “Wide shining.”
Nicknames: Pasi, Posy, Phae, Fae
Detail: In Greek myth, Pasiphae is the daughter of Helios and Perse, and wife of King Minos. When Minos had the misfortune of insulting Poseidon, the god kindled a passionate love in Pasiphae for a bull. She had Daedalus design a construction so that she could mate with the bull, and thus she became the mother of the Minotaur.