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.

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Zorya


A girl plays with a tame wolf in the village of Nadbiarezha

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Ukrainian

Meaning: “Rising star.”

Pronunciation: (ZOHR-yah)

Nicknames: Zori, Zor, Zora, Zoro

Detail: The future of our universe rests in the hands of three young women, the Zorya. The most important task of these heavenly Slavic stunners is to guard over the doomsday dog who tries to eat the constellation Ursa Minor (the little bear). If the dog ever breaks free from the chain, the universe will end.

In ancient Slavic mythology, the Zorya are the guardian goddesses of sky and light. There was the morning star (Utrennyaya); the evening star (Vechernyaya); and the midnight Zorya (Polunochnaya).

Merope


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Mortal; bee-mask; eloquent.”

Pronunciation: (mair-OH-pee); (mer-OH-pee)

Nicknames: Mero, Meri, Rope, Rory

Detail: In the Harry Potter series Merope Gaunt is the mother of dear Lord Voldemort.

In Greek mythology, Merope is one of the seven Pleiades (Maia, Electra, Taygete, Celaeno, Alcyone, Sterope, and Merope). She fell in love with a mortal man (as did Merope Gaunt) and being ashamed of this, she is the faintest star in the constellation.

Alula


Dolce Far Niente (Sweet Nothings) by John William Godward

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic       Meaning: “First born.”

Origin: Latin         Meaning: “Winged one.”

Origin: Chamorro Meaning: “Hasten.”

Pronuniation: (ah-LOO-lah)

Nicknames: Lula

Detail: Alula is a star in Ursa Major