Avdotya


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Russian from Greek

Meaning: “Pleasure; delight; to seem well.”

Pronunciation: (ahv-DOHT-yah)

Nicknames: Ava, Avda; Duni

Detail: Russian variation of the Greek Eudokia.

Dunja is a diminutive form of Avdotya.

Dunja also means “quince” in the South Slavic languages, a quince being a type of fruit.

In Crime and Punishment, Avdotya is as clever, proud, and beautiful as her brother Rodion, the protagonist, but she is also ethical and kindhearted. She is called Dunya (DOON-yah), Dounia or Dunechka for short.

Yfke


Yfke Sturm

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Frisian

Meaning: “Bow; Yew.”

Pronunciation: (EEF-keh)

Nicknames: Yffy, Effy

Detail: Possibly derived from the French name Yves, which originated as a shortened form of any Germanic name containing ‘iv’ (‘yew’).

Yfke Sturm is a Dutch supermodel.

Alula


Dolce Far Niente (Sweet Nothings) by John William Godward

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic       Meaning: “First born.”

Origin: Latin         Meaning: “Winged one.”

Origin: Chamorro Meaning: “Hasten.”

Pronuniation: (ah-LOO-lah)

Nicknames: Lula

Detail: Alula is a star in Ursa Major