Naamah


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Biblical / Hebrew

Meaning: “pleasant, sweet, delightful, beautiful.”

Pronunciation: (NAY-ah-mah)

Nicknames: Nay, Naa, Nomi, Gnomes

Detail: The name Naamah comes from naem (naem) meaning be pleasant, sweet, delightful, beautiful. Derivatives are naem (noam), pleasantness, beauty; naim (naim), pleasant, sweet; naaman (naaman), pleasantness; and manammim (manammim), delicacies.

Could make a good alternative to the increasing in popularity Naomi, and with Noah also high in the charts, this name is on the good side of unusual.

Annevieve


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Hebrew / Gaulish

Meaning: “Graceful woman.”

Pronunciation: (AN-uh-veev)

Nicknames: Anne, Vivi, Neve, Nevi

Details: Combination of Anne names and Genevieve. Anne being derived from the Hebrew name Channah which meant “favour” or “grace”; and Genevieve from Genovefa, a Gaulish name possibly meaning “tribe woman”.

Suki


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: “Beloved.”

Pronunciation: (SOO-kee)

Nicknames: Suk, Sook

Sidenote: I am loving the supernatural hoopla, so I chose Suki to honor Sookie Stackhouse from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Alright, Suki and Sookie have nothing in common other than being homophones, but following tangents are like taking a trip to fun city.

Sookie is actually a pet name for Susan (from Hebrew word shoshan meaning “Lily”), used in the Southern United States.

I LOVE this series. Sookie is not the standard kick-butt heroine we are used to seeing in Urban Fantasy books. Yet, she kicks-butt in her own way, by being brave, fun and flawed. She is far from perfect and that makes her more real and even more lovable.

And tonight is the season premiere of True Blood. *swoons* Let the paranormal merriment begin!

Yael


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “Ibex; Mountain goat.”

Pronunciation: (ya-EL)

Nicknames: Ya, Yaya, El, Yelle

Detail: Hebrew name meaning “ibex” or “mountain goat.” The ibex is a type of mountain goat.

In the bible, this is the name of the wife of Heber the Kenite who killed general Sisera, an enemy of the Israelites.

Vashti


 

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Persian

Meaning: “Good looking, beautiful.”

Pronunciation: (VASH-tee)

Nicknames: Vash

Detail: In the book of Esther, in the bible, Vashti is the wife of King Ahasuerus. The king holds a banquet for his men, and Vashti holds a separate banquet for the women. On the seventh day, when the king was “merry with wine,” he sends for Vashti to come before him and his guests, to show off her beauty. Vashti refuses to come, and the king becomes angry. He asks his advisers how Vashti should be punished for her disobedience. His adviser tells him that Vashti has wronged not only the king, but also all of the husbands of Persia, whose wives may be encouraged by Vashti’s actions to disobey their husbands. He encourages the king to dismiss Vashti and find a new queen. The king then chooses Esther to replace Vashti as queen.

Fosco


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin  

Meaning: “Dark-haired.”

Pronunciation: (FAWS-koh)

Nicknames: Foz, Fos, Fox

Detail: Fosco Baggins was the paternal grandfather of the ring-bearer Frodo in The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.

Male Variations:

  • Faaiz (Arabic)
  • Fabek (Polish)
  • Fabius (Latvian, Lithuanian, and German)
  • Faiz (Arabic)
  • Falk (Hebrew, Yiddish, and German)
  • Fawzi (Arabic)
  • Fayaz (Arabic)
  • Fayiz (Arabic)
  • Fisk (English and Scandinavian)
  • Fiske (English and Scandinavian)
  • Fokko (Frisian)
  • Folk (English)
  • Folke (English and German)
  • Folki (Scandinavian)
  • Folko (German)
  • Fonsie (English)
  • Fox (English) 
  • Fuyuki (Japanese)
  • Phuoc (Vietnamese)

Female Variations:

  • Faaiza (Arabic)
  • Faiza (Arabic)
  • Fawziya (Arabic)
  • Fayza (Arabic)
  • Feike (Dutch)
  • Feiza (Arabic)
  • Feyza (Turkish)
  • Fieke (German)
  • Fumiko (Japanese) 
  • Fuyuko (Japanese)

Abraxas


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “Blessing; Blessed name.”

Pronunciation: (uh-BRAHK-suhs)

Nicknames: Ax, Brax

Detail: This name is either originating from the Hebrew ha-berak-hah “blessing” (one of the oldest magical spells is close in meaning – abracadabra “to bless” from ha braka dabara).

Or that it arose from the joining of two Coptic words: abrak and sax meaning “a holy, revered and blessed name.”

Abraxas Malfoy was the grandfather of Draco Malfoy.