Gender: Masculine / Feminine
Meaning: “Light, splendor, glow.”
Detail: According to the Holy Quran it means the “light of true knowledge”.
Nicknames: Ox, Oxi, Oka, Xana, Xani
Ukrainian form of the Greek Xenia, meaning “hospitality “.
Xenia was a 5th century saint.
Meaning: “Able to survive.”
Pronunciation: (ZOH-suh-muhs) Listen
Nicknames: Zo, Zosi
Detail: A Greek name derived from zosimos meaning “viable” or “likely to survive”.
This was the name of several early saints and a pope.
Meaning: “Rising star.”
Nicknames: Zori, Zor, Zora, Zoro
Detail: The future of our universe rests in the hands of three young women, the Zorya. The most important task of these heavenly Slavic stunners is to guard over the doomsday dog who tries to eat the constellation Ursa Minor (the little bear). If the dog ever breaks free from the chain, the universe will end.
In ancient Slavic mythology, the Zorya are the guardian goddesses of sky and light. There was the morning star (Utrennyaya); the evening star (Vechernyaya); and the midnight Zorya (Polunochnaya).
Meaning: “Dark battle; stone; grey warrior maiden.”
Pronunciation: (grih-ZEL-dah) Griselda
Nicknames: Zelda, Gris, Grisi, Grey, Grizzly, Grace, Elda
Detail: In medieval European lore, Griselda was the wife of nobleman who tolerated any annoyance or grief he caused her. She is known in several literary works, including the Canterbury Tales and the Decameron, as “Patient Griselda.”
In the Clerk’s Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Lord Walter, an Italian Nobleman takes the Shepherd girl Griselda as his wife.
Griselda Marchbanks personally examines Harry Potter in his O.W.L.s.