Nicknames: Sne, Snea, Jana
Detail: Derived from the Slavic word snežan meaning “snowy”.
Meaning: “The bearer of good news.”
Nicknames: Nash, Nashas, Shira, Nira
Detail: Nashira, also known as Gamma Capricorni, is a bright star in the constellation of Capricornus. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun enters Capricorn by definition at the moment of winter solstice, or roughly at December 22, and leaves it around January 19. Symbol for Capricorn is a goat.
Meaning: “Snowy, snow-covered.”
Pronunciation: (nuh-VA-duh); (neh-VAH-dah)
Nicknames: Neve, Neva, Vada
Detail: Although the name is derived from the Spanish word nevada “snowy, snow-covered”, the local pronunciation of the state’s name is not Spanish (neh-VAH-dah) but good ol’ American (nuh-VA-duh).
Meaning: “Daughter of the Earth and Corn Spirit.”
Nicknames: Nat, Ona, Ota
Detail: In Iroquois mythology, Onatah is the corn goddess. She was the daughter of Eithinoha (Mother Earth).
Onatah was kidnapped by the ruler of the underworld. Her mother searched everywhere for her, to no avail. She grieved and while she grieved no crops grew. Finally, the sun found where she was, split open the ground and rescued her, and the earth flourished. However, the spirits of the underworld miss Onatah, and whenever the sun sleeps they snatch her back (winter), and then a great human effort in ceremonies and offerings are needed to awaken the sun and rescue her again (spring).
Origin: Latin; Old English; French
Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”
Detail: Neva is derived from the Latin word neve meaning “snow”.
A different derivation of Neva is from the Old English word neowe which means “new”
Another origin of Neva is from the Old French Geneva meaning “juniper tree”