Gender: Feminine

Origin: Armenian

Meaning: “River that inspires poetic talent.”

Pronunciation: (ah-RAHK-see); (AH-rah-zee)

Nicknames: Raxi, Ara, Ari

Detail: Feminine form of the male Arax, from the name of a river (also called the Aras) which flows through Armenia, said to inspire poetic expression.


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Armenian

Meaning: “Comes with his sword.”

Pronunciation: (SOOF-yahn)

Nicknames: Suf, Sufi

Detail: Famous bearer of this name is Abu Sufyan ibn al-Harith, a figure from early Islamic history and Sufjan Stevens, an American musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.