Pandora


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “All gifted.”

Pronunciation: (pan-DOR-uh)

Nicknames: Panda, Pan, Dora

Detail: In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. The gods bestowed her with many talents; Aphrodite gave her beauty, Apollo music, Hermes persuasion, and so forth. Hence her name: Pandora, “All gifted”.

With her, Pandora had a jar which she was not to open under any circumstance. Impelled by her natural curiosity, Pandora opened the jar, and all evil contained escaped and spread over the earth. She hastened to close the lid, but the whole contents of the jar had escaped, except for one thing which lay at the bottom, and that was Hope.

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Eldlilja


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Icelandic

Meaning: “Fire lily.”

Pronunciation: (eld-LEEL-yah)

Nicknames: Elda, Eddie, Lilja, Lila, Lily

Detail: From the Old Norse elements eldr meaning “fire” and lilja “lily”