Olga


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

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.

Alena


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Czech / Gaelic Meaning: “Rock.”

Origin: French Meaning: “Bird; Hazelnut.”

Origin: Greek Meaning: “Bright one; shining one; defender of men.”

Pronunciation: (ah-LEY-nah)

Nicknames: Ala, Ali, Lena, Leni

Detail: Saint Alena was a Belgian martyr.

Variations:

  • Ailina
  • Aleena (English)
  • Alena
  • Alene (English and Czech)
  • Aleni
  • Alenia
  • Alenka (English, Russian, and Slavic)
  • Alenna
  • Alenya
  • Alyna (Russian)

Euphrosyne


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “joy, mirth.”

Pronunciation: (yoo-FROH-sih-nee)

Nicknames: Euphy, Rose, Syne

Detail: Euphrosyne is one of the three graces. (She is the happy smiling one, bubbling over with laughter.) These three ladies are the attendants to Venus. Their names are Aglaia (splendor), Euphrosyne (mirth) and Thalia (good cheer). They were the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome.

A few early saints bore the name variation Euphrosyne.

Variations:

  • Efrosyni (Greek)
  • Eufrozina (Hungarian)
  • Euphrosyne (Greek)
  • Fruzsina (Hungarian) [frooz-SEE-nah]