Naamah


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Biblical / Hebrew

Meaning: “pleasant, sweet, delightful, beautiful.”

Pronunciation: (NAY-ah-mah)

Nicknames: Nay, Naa, Nomi, Gnomes

Detail: The name Naamah comes from naem (naem) meaning be pleasant, sweet, delightful, beautiful. Derivatives are naem (noam), pleasantness, beauty; naim (naim), pleasant, sweet; naaman (naaman), pleasantness; and manammim (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.

Safiyya


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Pure.”

Pronunciation: (sah-FEE-yah); (SAH-fee-yah)

Nicknames: Safa, Safi, Fi

Detail: This was the name of one of the wives of Muhammad.

Variations:

  • Safiya
  • Safiye (Turkish)
  • Safiyya
  • Safiyyah

Ostara


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Eastern; where sun rises; Dawn.”

Pronunciation: (0h-STAHR-uh)

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.”

Variations:

  • Ausos
  • Austron
  • Easter (English)
  • Eastra
  • Eastur
  • Eostra
  • Eostre (Germanic)
  • Eostur
  • Ostara (Germanic)
  • Ostare
  • Ostern

Vijona


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Fighter/soldier for God.”

Pronunciation: (vee-YOH-nah)

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.

Pasiphae


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Wide shining.”

Pronunciation: (pah-SIH-fah-ee)

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.

Nashira


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “The bearer of good news.”

Pronunciation: (Nah-shee-rah)

Nicknames: Nash, Nashas, Shira, Nira

Detail: Nashira, also known as Gamma Capricorni, is a bright star in the constellation of Capricornus. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun enters Capricorn by definition at the moment of winter solstice, or roughly at December 22, and leaves it around January 19. Symbol for Capricorn is a goat.