Artaxias


Majesty by Wolfgang Weber

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Great warrior; lion-king.”

Pronunciation: (ar-TAKS-ee-as)

Nicknames: Arto, Art, Artie, Tax

Detail: Artaxes (ar-TAK-seez) is the Greek form of Persian Artachshatra. In the bible, this is the name of the son and successor of Khshayarsha as emperor of Persia. His Hebrew name is Artachshashta.

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Yael


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “Ibex; Mountain goat.”

Pronunciation: (ya-EL)

Nicknames: Ya, Yaya, El, Yelle

Detail: Hebrew name meaning “ibex” or “mountain goat.” The ibex is a type of mountain goat.

In the bible, this is the name of the wife of Heber the Kenite who killed general Sisera, an enemy of the Israelites.

Vashti


 

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Persian

Meaning: “Good looking, beautiful.”

Pronunciation: (VASH-tee)

Nicknames: Vash

Detail: In the book of Esther, in the bible, Vashti is the wife of King Ahasuerus. The king holds a banquet for his men, and Vashti holds a separate banquet for the women. On the seventh day, when the king was “merry with wine,” he sends for Vashti to come before him and his guests, to show off her beauty. Vashti refuses to come, and the king becomes angry. He asks his advisers how Vashti should be punished for her disobedience. His adviser tells him that Vashti has wronged not only the king, but also all of the husbands of Persia, whose wives may be encouraged by Vashti’s actions to disobey their husbands. He encourages the king to dismiss Vashti and find a new queen. The king then chooses Esther to replace Vashti as queen.

Sula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Arabic      Meaning: “Peace.”

Origin: Latin         Meaning: “Little bear.”

Origin: Icelandic     Meaning: “Sun.”

Pronunciation: (suh-lah); (soo-lah)

Detail: Variation of Old Testament Shulamit, from the Song of Songs meaning “peace”.

Lilith


Lilith (1892) by John Collier

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Sumerian

Meaning: “Of the Night.”

Pronunciation: (LIL-ith)

Nicknames: Lil, Lily, Lith, Lithie, Lila

Detail: In mythology, this is the name of a Mesopotamian / Sumerian goddess of storms. The oldest story considers Lilith to be Adam’s first wife.