Matryona


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Russian from Latin

Meaning: “Mother.”

Pronunciation: (mah-tree-OH-nuh)

Nicknames: Mona, Mattie, Trya, Tony

Detail: The name Matryona is related to the Latin root mater meaning “mother”.

Matryona’s Place (sometimes Matryona’s Home or House) is a story written in 1959 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is the tale of an old peasant woman’s determined struggle against cold, hunger, and greedy relatives.

Ludovic


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Famed warrior.”

Pronunciation: (LOO-doh-vik)

Nicknames: Ludo, Lu, Dov, Vic

Detail: From the Germanic name Chlodovech, composed of the elements hlud “fame” and wig “warrior”.

In the Harry Potter series, Ludovic Bagman was a quidditch beater for the Wimbourne Wasps and Head of the Department of Games and Sports within the Ministry of Magic.

Linnea


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Swedish

Meaning: “Linnaea flower.”

Pronunciation: (lih-NEY-ah); (LIH-nee-ah)

Nicknames: Leah, Nea, Naya

Detail: From the name of a flower, also known as the twinflower.

It was named by the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who named it after himself, it being his favourite flower.

Lorenzo


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Man from Laurentum.”

Pronunciation: (loh-REN-zoh)

Nicknames: Lozo, Enzo, Renzo, Lenzo

Detail: Italian and Spanish form of Laurentius, which meant “from Laurentum”, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus “laurel”.

Saint Laurence was a 3rd-century deacon and martyr from Rome.

In the Middle Ages this name was common in England (in a variety of spellings), partly because of a second saint by this name, a 7th-century archbishop of Canterbury.

Neva


March Snow (1904) by Igor Grabar

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin; Old English; French

Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”

Pronunciation: (NEE-vah)

Nicknames: Neve

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”

Peirene; Pirene


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “The tying; fastening one.”

Pronunciation: (PEY-reh-nee); (pih-REH-nee)

Nicknames: Pay, Pira, Rene

Detail: Daughter of the river god. Pirene was a nymph in Greek and Roman mythology whose unending grief for the loss of her son transformed her into a fountain near Corinth.