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

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)

Opaline


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Sanskrit

Meaning: “Jewel, gem.”

Pronunciation: (OH-puh-leen); (OH-puh-line)

Nicknames: Opal, Opie

Detail: The word derives from Sanskrit upala meaning “jewel”, which also gave the Greek opallios, the Latin opalus, and the English opal.

The opal is an iridescent gemstone, popular for many centuries. It is the birthstone of October.

Ophelia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Help.”

Pronunciation: (oh-FEE-lee-ah)

Nicknames: Ophie, Phe, Lia,

Detail: Derived from Greek ophelos meaning “help”.

This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem “Arcadia”.

It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play Hamlet, in which it belongs to Hamlet’s lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself.

Variations:

  • Ofélia (Portugese)
  • Ofelia (Spanish, Italian)
  • Ophelia (English)
  • Ophélie (French) [oh-fay-LEE]

Oenone


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Wine.”

Pronunciation: (ee-NOH-nee)

Nicknames: Oene (ee-nee)

Detail: In Greek mythology, Oenone (or Oinone) was a naiad (of the water) nymph. She was the first wife of Paris, until he abandoned her when Aphrodite awarded him the hand of Helene in marriage. Later during the Trojan War when Paris had been wounded by the poisoned arrow of Philoktetes, he sought her healing skills, but Oenone, remembering his past treatment of her, would not heal him, so he was taken back to Troy. Oenone, meanwhile, with a change of heart, left to Troy to find and heal him; when she found him dead she hanged herself.

Ondine


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Wave; water spirit.”

Pronunciation: (OHN-deen)

Nicknames: Onni, Ondi, Odie

Detail: Ondine was a water nymph in German mythology. Ondines or undines are also elementals, enumerated as the water elementals in works of alchemy by Paracelsus.

Variations:

  • Undine [un-DEEN]

Did anyone else enjoy the movie Ondine? It is about the story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid.

Olallie


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Chinook (A Native American people inhabiting the Pacific Northwest)

Meaning: “Berries.”

Pronunciation: (oh-LAH-leh); (oh-LAH-lee)

Nicknames: Olla, Olli, Lali, Lala

Detail: The Olallieberry is grown mainly on the Northwest Coast of the United States and Canada. This cross between a Youngberry and a Loganberry has a distinctive, sweet flavor and resembles a large, elongated Blackberry. It’s delicious both fresh and cooked and makes excellent jams and jellies.

Variations:

  • Olalla
  • Olallie

Onatah


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Iroquois

Meaning: “Daughter of the Earth and Corn Spirit.”

Pronunciation: (oh-NAH-tah)

Nicknames: Nat, Ona, Ota

Detail: In Iroquois mythology, Onatah is the corn goddess. She was the daughter of Eithinoha (Mother Earth).

Onatah was kidnapped by the ruler of the underworld. Her mother searched everywhere for her, to no avail. She grieved and while she grieved no crops grew. Finally, the sun found where she was, split open the ground and rescued her, and the earth flourished. However, the spirits of the underworld miss Onatah, and whenever the sun sleeps they snatch her back (winter), and then a great human effort in ceremonies and offerings are needed to awaken the sun and rescue her again (spring).

Ottoline



Gender: Feminine

Origin: German

Meaning: “Prospers in battle.”

Pronunciation: (AWT-tuh-line); (AWT-tuh-leen)

Nicknames: Ottie, Otka, Lottie, Tola

Detail: Ottoline is a variation of Otthild, derived from ott “prosperity, fortune, riches” and hild “battle, fight”

Variations:

  • Otthild
  • Otthilda
  • Ottila
  • Ottilia
  • Ottilie
  • Ottiline
  • Ottoline
  • Otylia

Orpheus


Orpheus Leading Eurydice from the Underworld (1861) by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Darkness.”

Pronunciation: (OR-fee-us) Orpheus

Nicknames: Orphie, Ori

Detail: Orpheus was given his lyre by Apollo. Trained by the Muses, he developed into a musician so talented he could literally move mountains with his song. When Orpheus’ wife, Eurydice, was killed by the bite of a serpent, he went down to the underworld to bring her back. His songs were so beautiful that Hades agreed to allow Eurydice to return to the world of the living. However, Orpheus had to meet one condition: he must not look back as he was leading her to the surface. Just before the pair reached the upper world, Orpheus looked back, and EurydiceEurydice slipped back into the underworld once again.