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.
… April Fools 😉
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.