Zia


Gender: Masculine / Feminine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Light, splendor, glow.”

Pronunciation: (ZEE-uh)

Nicknames: Zi

Detail: According to the Holy Quran it means the “light of true knowledge”.

Variations:

  • Zia
  • Ziya
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Ostara


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Eastern; where sun rises; Dawn.”

Pronunciation: (0h-STAHR-uh)

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.”

Variations:

  • Ausos
  • Austron
  • Easter (English)
  • Eastra
  • Eastur
  • Eostra
  • Eostre (Germanic)
  • Eostur
  • Ostara (Germanic)
  • Ostare
  • Ostern

Pasiphae


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Wide shining.”

Pronunciation: (pah-SIH-fah-ee)

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.

Argus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Glistening, shining.”

Pronunciation: (AHR-gus)

Nicknames: Ar, Argo, Gus

Detail: Derived from the Greek argos meaning “glistening, shining”.

In Greek myth this name belonged to both the man who built the Argo and a man with a hundred eyes.

In the Harry Potter series Argus Filch is the caretaker of Hogwarts School.