Pronunciation: (sah-FEE-yah); (SAH-fee-yah)
Nicknames: Safa, Safi, Fi
Detail: This was the name of one of the wives of Muhammad.
- Safiye (Turkish)
Meaning: “Cherry blossom.”
Nicknames: Saku, Saki, Suki
Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”
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 😉
Meaning: “The highest.”
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.
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.
Meaning: “Below the Forest.”
Nicknames: Susi, Suvi, Suki, Silvi
Detail: Susilva is a main belt asteroid, named for Susi, schoolmate of the discoverer.
Possibly from the combination of the Latin sus meaning “below” and from the Latin silva “wood, forest.”
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.
Meaning: “Young Cat.”
Nicknames: Sani, Suri
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!
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.
Nicknames: Svee, Svea, Enja
Detail: German feminine form of Sven.
Alternatively, it may be a Low German short form of names beginning with the Germanic element svan meaning “swan”.