Meaning: “Wide shining.”
Nicknames: Pasi, Posy, Phae, Fae
Detail: In Greek myth, Pasiphae is the daughter of Helios and Perse, and wife of King Minos. When Minos had the misfortune of insulting Poseidon, the god kindled a passionate love in Pasiphae for a bull. She had Daedalus design a construction so that she could mate with the bull, and thus she became the mother of the Minotaur.
Origin: Greek; Norse
Meaning: “Pure; Hen.”
Details: Scandinavian diminutive of Katarina; from the Greek katharos meaning “Pure”.
It could also be derived from Old Norse kaða meaning “hen”.
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
Meaning: “Small island.”
Detail: From Edgar Allan Poe’s Al Aaraaf, there is an angel named Nesace, who is Beauty personified.
Meaning: “Good harvest.”
Nicknames: Euli, Eulia, Eusie, Sto, Stolie, Story, Lottie, Lia
From the Greek name Eustachys meaning “good harvest”. Male version is Eustolios. This is related to the name Eustace.
Little is known of Eustolia and her sister Soprata, however they were revered as saints since the 7th century.
Meaning: “Descended from stone.”
Nicknames: Liv, Livi, Pilvi, Pelle, Ole, Olive
Detail: Combination of per, from the Greek petros “stone, rock”, and oliv, form of Olaf, from the Old Norse AnulaiƀaR meaning “ancestor’s descendent”
Nicknames: Ox, Oxi, Oka, Xana, Xani
Ukrainian form of the Greek Xenia, meaning “hospitality “.
Xenia was a 5th century saint.
- 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)
Meaning: “Dragon, serpent.”
Detail: From the Greek name Drakon which meant “dragon, serpent”.
In the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Draco Malfoy is a popular character.
This was the name of a 7th-century BC Athenian legislator.
This is also the name of a constellation in the northern sky.