Meaning: “Holy, blessed.”
Pronunciation: (OL-gah); (AWL-gah)
Nicknames: Oli, Ola, Olgi, Olya
Details: Russian form of Helga. From the from Old Norse name Helgi, derived from heilagr meaning “holy, blessed”.
The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I.
Origin: Russian from Greek
Meaning: “God is gracious.”
Nicknames: Iva, Ivi, Ina, Vana
Feminine form of Ivan, derived from Greek Ioannes “God is gracious”.
Meaning: “Happy favour.”
Nicknames: Rad, Red, Mila, Mili, Rilla
Detail: Derived from the Slavic elements rad “care, joy” and mil “gracious, dear”.
Origin: Czech / Gaelic Meaning: “Rock.”
Origin: French Meaning: “Bird; Hazelnut.”
Origin: Greek Meaning: “Bright one; shining one; defender of men.”
Nicknames: Ala, Ali, Lena, Leni
Detail: Saint Alena was a Belgian martyr.
- Aleena (English)
- Alene (English and Czech)
- Alenka (English, Russian, and Slavic)
- Alyna (Russian)
Meaning: “Noble; honorable.”
Pronunciation: (EH-deh-line); (EH-deh-leehn); (EY-deh-leehn)
Nicknames: Edie, Ede (EY-deh), Edel, Ed