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.”
- Easter (English)
- Eostre (Germanic)
- Ostara (Germanic)
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: “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.
Meaning: “Love of God.”
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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Origin: Old English
Meaning: “Blessed spear.”
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)
Meaning: “Small island.”
Detail: From Edgar Allan Poe’s Al Aaraaf, there is an angel named Nesace, who is Beauty personified.
Meaning: “The highest.”
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.