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.

Eustolia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Good harvest.”

Pronunciation: (yoo-STOH-lee-uh)

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.

Oxana


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Hospitality.”

Pronunciation: (ahks-AH-nah)

Nicknames: Ox, Oxi, Oka, Xana, Xani

Ukrainian form of the Greek Xenia, meaning “hospitality “.

Xenia was a 5th century saint.

Female Variations:

  • Aksinya (Russian)
  • Ksenia (Polish)
  • Ksenija (Slovene, Croatian)
  • Oksana (Ukrainian, Russian)
  • Oxana (Ukrainian, Russian)
  • Senja (Finnish)
  • Xena (Modern)
  • Xene (Greek)
  • Xenia (Greek)
  • Zena (English)
  • Zenia (English)

Olga


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

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.

Ursula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Little bear.”

Pronunciation: (UR-suh-lah)

Nicknames: Ursa, Sula, Ulla

Deatail: Saint Ursula is a Chistian saint.

In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Ursula is a waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Leonato’s daughter, Hero.

In the Harry Potter series, Ursula Black is the wife of Phineas Nigellus Black, a former Headmaster of Hogwarts.

Sollemnia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Religious.”

Pronunciation: (soh-LEHM-nee-ah)

Nicknames: Sol, Solle, Soli, Sola, Soleil (soh-LAY, French for “sun”)

Detail: Derived from the Latin sollemnis “religious”.

This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.

Variations:

  • Solange (French)
  • Solène (French)
  • Sollemnia (Roman)