Dyveke


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Dutch

Meaning: “Little Dove.”

Pronunciation: (doo-VEE-kuh)

Nicknames: Duvi, Duva

Details: Means “little dove” in Middle Dutch, in modern Dutch duifje means “little dove”

 

2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments

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Draco


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Dragon, serpent.”

Pronunciation: (DRAY-koh)

Nicknames: Dra

Detail: From the Greek name Drakon which meant “dragon, serpent”.

In the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Draco Malfoy is a popular character.

This was the name of a 7th-century BC Athenian legislator.

This is also the name of a constellation in the northern sky.

Avdotya


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Russian from Greek

Meaning: “Pleasure; delight; to seem well.”

Pronunciation: (ahv-DOHT-yah)

Nicknames: Ava, Avda; Duni

Detail: Russian variation of the Greek Eudokia.

Dunja is a diminutive form of Avdotya.

Dunja also means “quince” in the South Slavic languages, a quince being a type of fruit.

In Crime and Punishment, Avdotya is as clever, proud, and beautiful as her brother Rodion, the protagonist, but she is also ethical and kindhearted. She is called Dunya (DOON-yah), Dounia or Dunechka for short.