Sollemnia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Religious.”

Pronunciation: (soh-LEHM-nee-ah)

Nicknames: Sol, Solle, Soli, Sola, Soleil (soh-LAY, French for “sun”)

Detail: Derived from the Latin sollemnis “religious”.

This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.

Variations:

  • Solange (French)
  • Solène (French)
  • Sollemnia (Roman)

Mercer


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Vendor of sewing materials.”

Pronunciation: (MER-ser)

Nicknames: Mer, Mero

Detail: Transferred use of the surname, in origin an occupational name for a trader of sewing materials (Old French mercier, from Late Latin mercarius, a derivative of merx meaning “merchandise”).

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.

Eulalia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Eloquent; well-spoken.”

Pronunciation: (yoo-LAY-lee-uh)

Nicknames: Eula, Eulie, Lali

Detail: Eulalie is the French feminine form of Latin Eulalius, meaning “well-spoken.”

“Eulalie” is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. The poem is a bridal song about a man who overcomes his sadness by marrying the beautiful Eulalie. The woman’s love has a transformative effect on the narrator, taking him from a “world of moan” to one of happiness.

Variations:

  • Eulalia (English, Italian, and Spanish)
  • Eulàlia (Catalan)
  • Eulália (Portuguese)
  • Eulalie (English and French) [Eng (YOO-lah-lee); Fre (OO-lah-lee)]
  • Eulalja (Polish)
  • Evlaliya (Russian)
  • Olalla (Spanish)

The short forms:

  • Eula (English)
  • Eulah (English)
  • Eulia (English, Italian, and Spanish)
  • Laia (Catalan)
  • Lalia (English, Italian, and Spanish),
  • Ula (Spanish)

Neva


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Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin; Old English; French

Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”

Pronunciation: (NEE-vah)

Nicknames: Neve

Detail: Neva is derived from the Latin word neve meaning “snow”.

A different derivation of Neva is from the Old English word neowe which means “new”

Another origin of Neva is from the Old French Geneva meaning “juniper tree”