Safiyya


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Pure.”

Pronunciation: (sah-FEE-yah); (SAH-fee-yah)

Nicknames: Safa, Safi, Fi

Detail: This was the name of one of the wives of Muhammad.

Variations:

  • Safiya
  • Safiye (Turkish)
  • Safiyya
  • Safiyyah

Squidward


Squidward Tentacles

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”

Pronunciation: (SKWID-wawrd)

Nicknames: Squid, Squido

Detail: Formed from the combination of the English squid and from Old English weard meaning “guard”.

This name is now associated with Squidward Tentacles, one of the sea creatures from Spongebob Squarepants.

… April Fools 😉

Soprata


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “The highest.”

Pronunciation: (soh-PRAT-uh)

Nicknames: So, Sopi, Sopa,

Possibly derived from the Latin supra meaning “high”.

Little is known of Soprata and her sister Eustolia,  however they were revered as saints since the 7th century.

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)

Sapphira


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Sapphire, blue gemstone.”

Pronunciation: (sah-FEER-ah); (sah-FAHY-rah)

Nicknames: Saph, Saphi, Safa, Phira

Detail: Sapphira was a character in Acts in the New Testament.

In the book Eragon, the main character’s blue dragon is named Saphira.

Sapphire gemstone is the birthstone for the month of September.

Sufjan


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Armenian

Meaning: “Comes with his sword.”

Pronunciation: (SOOF-yahn)

Nicknames: Suf, Sufi

Detail: Famous bearer of this name is Abu Sufyan ibn al-Harith, a figure from early Islamic history and Sufjan Stevens, an American musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Sose


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Save.”

Pronunciation: (SOH-see)

Detail: From the Greek σως (sos) “safe, whole, unwounded”

Sose was an Oreiad (mountain) or Naiad (water) nymph of Arkadia and highland prophetess loved by the god Hermes. She bore him one of the Panes.

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!

Salsola


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Salt.”

Pronunciation: (sal-SOH-lah)

Nicknames: Sala, Sally, Salt, Sola, Salsa

Detail: The name Salsola is derived from Latin salsus, meaning “salt”.

Common names of various members of the Salsola plant genus include tumbleweed, for its wind-blown seed dispersal habit; saltwort, for its salt tolerance; and Russian thistle for its origins, although it is not a thistle.

Salsola is the salt of the earth.