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: “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.
Meaning: “Good harvest.”
Nicknames: Euli, Eulia, Eusie, Sto, Stolie, Story, Lottie, Lia
From the Greek name
Eustachys meaning “good harvest”. Male version is Eustolios. This is related to the name Eustace.
Little is known of Eustolia and her sister
Soprata, however they were revered as saints since the 7th century.
Nicknames: Ox, Oxi, Oka, Xana, Xani
Ukrainian form of the Greek Xenia, meaning “hospitality “.
Xenia was a 5
th century saint.
Ksenija (Slovene, Croatian)
Oksana (Ukrainian, Russian)
Oxana (Ukrainian, Russian)
Meaning: “Holy, blessed.”
Pronunciation: (OL-gah); (AWL-gah)
Nicknames: Oli, Ola, Olgi, Olya
Details: Russian form of Helga. From the from Old Norse name
Helgi, derived from heilagr meaning “holy, blessed”.
The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I.
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Meaning: “Little bear.”
Deatail: Saint Ursula is a Chistian saint.
Much Ado About Nothing, Ursula is a waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Leonato’s daughter, Hero.
Harry Potter series, Ursula Black is the wife of Phineas Nigellus Black, a former Headmaster of Hogwarts.
Nicknames: Sol, Solle, Soli, Sola, Soleil (soh-LAY, French for “sun”)
Detail: Derived from the Latin
This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.
Meaning: “Good order.”
Nicknames: Nomi, Gnomes, Eumi, Mia
Detail: Eunomia was the goddess of law and legislation.
Meaning: “Able to survive.”
Nicknames: Zo, Zosi
Detail: A Greek name derived from
zosimos meaning “viable” or “likely to survive”.
This was the name of several early saints and a pope.
Zosimos (Ancient Greek)
Zosimus (Ancient Greek)
Zosime (Ancient Greek) [ZOH-suh-mee]
Meaning: “Fortune, Luck.”
Nicknames: Tuna, Tuni, Fora
Detail: The goddess Fortuna controls the destiny of every human being. She is the goddess who permits the fertilization of humans, animals and plants.
Origin: Russian from Greek
Meaning: “God is gracious.”
Nicknames: Iva, Ivi, Ina, Vana
Feminine form of Ivan, derived from Greek
Ioannes “God is gracious”.
Meaning: “One from Ephesus.”
Pronunciation: (eh-FEE-zee-oh); (eh-FEE-zhoh)
Nicknames: Fiso, Efo
Detail: From the Latin byname Ephesius, which originally belonged to a person who was from the city of Ephesus, in Ionia.
This was the name of a saint martyred on Sardinia in the 4th century
Noor, Nora, Nori
From the Latin Honorius which meant “honor”.
Names of several saints, Honorina and Honorius.
Honora (Irish, English)
Nora (Irish, English, Scandinavian, German, Italian)
Norah (Irish, English)
Noreen (Irish, English)
Norene (Irish, English)
Meaning: “Fruit tree.”
Nicknames: Pomme (French word for apple), Pomy,
Detail: From the Latin
pomus “fruit tree”. This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.
Harry Potter series Pomona Sprout the professor of Herbology.
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Nicknames: Eut, Tyki, Yuki
Detail: The Greek personification and Goddess of Happiness. In Roman mythology her equivalent was Felicitas.