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
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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.

Amadeus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Love of God.”

Pronunciation: (ahm-uh-DAY-us)

Nicknames: Amo, Amadeo, Deo

Detail: Derived from Latin amare “to love” and Deus “God”.

A famous bearer was the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

 

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Edgar


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Old English

Meaning: “Blessed spear.”

Pronunciation: (ED-gahr)

Nicknames: Ed, Eddy

Detail: Derived from the Old English elements ead “rich, blessed” and gar “spear”.

This was the name of a 10th-century English king who is regarded as a saint.

Famous bearers include author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Soprata


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “The highest.”

Pronunciation: (soh-PRAT-uh)

Nicknames: So, Sopi, Sopa,

Possibly derived from the Latin supra meaning “high”.

Little is known of Soprata and her sister Eustolia,  however they were revered as saints since the 7th century.