Nicknames: Fara, Falla
Detail: Italian word for butterfly.
The pasta, farfalle, often called “bow-ties” in the US, are really butterflies.
Meaning: “Cherry blossom.”
Nicknames: Saku, Saki, Suki
Meaning: “Eastern; where sun rises; Dawn.”
Nicknames: Ossie, Ozzie, Star
Detail: Ostara, may come from the word “east”, meaning dawn.
Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility. Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.”
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.
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Detail: Derived from Old Norse alfr “elf”.
In Norse mythology, King Alf was the suitor of Alfhild. She dressed as a man to avoid marrying him. Then, he thinking she was a warrior, they battled almost to the death. Realizing he was as strong as she was, Alfhild married him.
Meaning: “Wide shining.”
Nicknames: Pasi, Posy, Phae, Fae
Detail: In Greek myth, Pasiphae is the daughter of Helios and Perse, and wife of King Minos. When Minos had the misfortune of insulting Poseidon, the god kindled a passionate love in Pasiphae for a bull. She had Daedalus design a construction so that she could mate with the bull, and thus she became the mother of the Minotaur.
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.
Pronunciation: (roo-BAY-us); (ROO-bee-us)
Detail: Derived from the Latin word ruber.
Rubeus Hagrid is a character in the Harry Potter books.
“Hagrid”, according to Rowling in an interview, comes from the word “hagridden”, meaning to have a nightmarish night, particularly when hung over.
Meaning: “Little Dove.”
Nicknames: Duvi, Duva
Details: Means “little dove” in Middle Dutch, in modern Dutch duifje means “little dove”
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
Origin: Old English
Meaning: “Blessed spear.”
Nicknames: Ed, Eddy
Detail: Derived from the Old English elements ead “rich, blessed” and gar “spear”.
This was the name of a 10th-century English king who is regarded as a saint.
Famous bearers include author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
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.