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.

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.

Nwyvre


swiftly runs the Sun in the sky

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Welsh

Meaning: “Sky; energy.”

Pronunciation: (NOOiv-ruh)

Nicknames: Nw, Noo

Detail: Variation of Nwyfre. Nwyfre appears to be connected to the somewhat familiar Middle Welsh word nwyf meaning “energy” or “vigour”.

Nwyfre itself is demonstrated as a poetic word in various medieval Welsh manuscripts, where it means “sky” or “heaven” or “firmament”, and figuratively the “ether”.

As an element, nwyfre is the source of life and consciousness, and modern Druids often refer to it simply as the life force. Its image in nature is blue sky.

Druid Revival lore contains a set of three elements that first appears in Iolo Morganwg’s writings. Whether it’s an invention of Iolo’s or a surviving scrap of some older teaching is anyone’s guess, but the three elements have been part of Druid Revival teaching ever since his time. Their names are Nwyfre, Gwyar, and Calas.

In the Book of Taliesin:

Welsh: “atwyn heul yn ehwybyr yn nwyfre”

English: “swiftly runs the Sun in the sky”

Nimue


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Welsh

Pronunciation: (NIM-oo-ay)

Nicknames: Nim, Moon

Detail: A moon goddess who was sometimes called Lady of the Lake. The Lady of the Lake is usually referred to by various spellings of the names Nimue or Vivienne.

Nimue is thought to be related to Mneme, the shortened form of Mnemosyne, one of the nine water-nymph Muses of Roman and Greek Mythology who gave weapons, not unlike Arthur‘s sword, to the heroic Perseus.

Nootka


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Native American

Meaning: “Circling around.”

Pronunciation: (NOOT-kah)

Nicknames: Noot, Nutella

Detail: When James Cook (British explorer) first encountered the villagers at Yuquot in 1778, they directed him to “come around” (in their language “nootka”) with his ship to the harbour. Cook interpreted this as the name of their tribe. In 1981 the term Nuu-Chah-Nulth (meaning “all along the mountains”) was chosen as the new name of the tribe.

Nevada


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Spanish

Meaning: “Snowy, snow-covered.”

Pronunciation: (nuh-VA-duh); (neh-VAH-dah)

Nicknames: Neve, Neva, Vada

Detail: Although the name is derived from the Spanish word nevada “snowy, snow-covered”, the local pronunciation of the state’s name is not Spanish (neh-VAH-dah) but good ol’ American (nuh-VA-duh).

Neva


March Snow (1904) by Igor Grabar

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin; Old English; French

Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”

Pronunciation: (NEE-vah)

Nicknames: Neve

Detail: Neva is derived from the Latin word neve meaning “snow”.

A different derivation of Neva is from the Old English word neowe which means “new”

Another origin of Neva is from the Old French Geneva meaning “juniper tree”

Noor


Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Light.”

Pronunciation: (noor)

Detail: This name is borne by the Queen Noor of Jordan.

Noor is a city in northern Iran.

Noor is also a beautiful Pakistani actress.

In the Dutch and Flemish ethymology the name Noor is a form of Eleanor, meaning “God is my light.”

Neela


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Indian

Meaning: “Sapphire; blue; color of the sea.”

Pronunciation: (NEE-lah)

Nicknames: Nee, Neeli

Detail: Neelakurinji is a plant that used to grow abundantly in the shola grasslands of South India. The Nilgiri Hills, which literally means “the blue mountains”, got their name from these purplish blue flowers that blossoms gregariously only once in 12 years.

Nymphodora


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Gift of the Nymphs.”

Nicknames: Nym, Phee, Dora

Detail: Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora are virgin martyrs venerated by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. According to tradition, the three women were sisters from Bithynia in Asia Minor. They chose not to marry and to forsake the world. They found a home in a remote location and spent their days in fasting and prayer. When reports reached the governor of the region, Frontonius, that the ill had supposedly been healed as a result of their prayers, he ordered that they be arrested and brought before him. When they refused to forsake Christianity, the governor ordered that they be tortured and then killed. After their deaths, the governor was supposedly struck by lightning and killed as well.