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
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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.