Asiya آسية is the name of the wife of the pharaoh during the time of Moses, his adoptive mother according to Islamic tradition. The name seems to be derived from Arabic root word a-s-y أسي “to be distressed, to be gloomy”.

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “to be distressed, to be gloomy, grieved”

Usage: Arabic


  • Assia (Maghrebi Arabic)
  • Asja (Bosnian)


Ridwan رضوان is an Arabic male name meaning “satisfaction” and “being pleased with; consent, approval”. It’s the name of an angel in Islam who guards the gates of heaven.

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “satisfaction, contentment, approval”

Usage: Arabic, Indonesian


  • Rizwan (Urdu, Arabic)
  • Rizvan (Azerbaijani)
  • Rıdvan (Turkish)
  • Rızvan (Turkish)

Female forms:

  • Ridwana (Arabic)
  • Rizwana (Urdu, Arabic)


Glynis is a Welsh female name, either a variant of Glenys derived from the Welsh word glân meaning “clean, clear, holy” via Proto-Celtic *glanos (clean; clear), or it’s an elaborated form of Welsh glyn “valley”.

Origin: Proto-Celtic

Meaning: “clean, clear, holy” or “valley”

Usage: Welsh


  • Glenys (Welsh)
  • Glennis (anglicized spelling of Glynis/Glenys)
  • Glenice (anglicized spelling of Glynis/Glenys)


Pelagio is the Spanish and Italian form of Pelagius, the latinized form of Ancient Greek Pelagios meaning “of the sea” via Ancient Greek pelagos (sea) via an uncertain origin.

Origin: Ancient Greek via an uncertain etymology

Meaning: “of the sea”

Usage: Spanish, Italian


  • Pelagius (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Pelagios (Ancient Greek)
  • Pelayo (Spanish)

Female forms:

  • Pelagia (Ancient Greek, Greek, Spanish)
  • Pelageya (Russian)
  • Pelagiya (Russian)


Lakshmi is the name of the Hindu goddess of good luck, prosperity, and beauty. The wife of Vishnu (a major deity in Hinduism). The name means “sign, mark” which derives from Sanskrit root lakṣ लक्ष् (perceive, observe) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “sign, mark”

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia


  • Laxmi (Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Nepali)

Male forms:

  • Laxmi (Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Nepali)


Sunil is an Indian male name meaning “very dark” or “very blue”, composed of su- सु (good, well) and nila नील (dark blue).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “very dark” or “very blue”

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali

Female forms:

  • Sunila (Indian, Hindi)


Contessa is the Italian word for “countess”, the feminine equivalent of a count (or conte in Italian). The word derives from Latin come, comitem (companion, comrade; attendant), made up of Latin prefix com- (with) and (to go).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “countess”

Usage: English, Italian (word, although I’m not sure if this is used as a given name in Italy)


  • Contessina (Italian diminutive of Contessa)


Sforza comes from an Italian surname, famously associated with a ruling family in Renaissance Italy, in Milan, a powerful family from 1450 to 1535. The name comes from Italian sforzare meaning “to force; to strain”, from Vulgar Latin *exfortiare via ex- (out, away) and fortiare< fortiō< fortis (strong, powerful).

The name was occasionally used as a given name in Renaissance Italy.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “to force; to strain”

Usage: Medieval Italian


Duvessa is the anglicized form of Dubh Essa meaning “black waterfall”, made up of Irish dubh (black; black-haired) and eas (waterfall, cascade, rapid). Dubh Essa (also spelled Dubhessa) was a fairy common given name in medieval Ireland, in the 13th/14th century.

Duvessa was used in Irish playwright M.J. Molloy’s play The Wooing of Duvessa (1964).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “black waterfall”

Usage: medieval Irish


  • Dubh Essa (medieval Irish)
  • Dubhessa (medieval Irish(


Nita as an English name originated as a shortened form of names ending in nita such as Anita (a diminutive of Ana/Anna meaning “favor, grace” which ultimately derives from a Proto-Semitic root word), Juanita (diminutive of Juana, the Spanish equivalent of Joanna, the feminine form of John “Yahweh is gracious”); or Bonita, a Spanish/Portuguese word meaning “pretty, beautiful” which ultimately derives from a PIE origin.

Nita is also an Indian female name meaning “modest, correct, well-behaved” and “led, guided”.

Nita is also a Choctaw word meaning ‘bear”

Origin: Proto-Semitic; Hebrew; Proto-Indo-European; Choctaw

Meaning: a nickname for Anita “grace, favor”, Juanita “Yahweh is gracious”, or Bonita “pretty, beautiful”; an Indian female name “modest, correct, well-behaved” and “led, guided”; a Choctaw word “bear”

Usage: English, Indian, Marathi, Choctaw


  • Neeta (Indian, Marathi)
  • Nitha (Indian, Marathi)
  • Neetha (Indian, Marathi)


Maynard comes from an English surname of Norman origin which derived from Germanic personal name Mainard, Meinard meaning “strength + hardy”, composed of Germanic elements magin (strength) and hard (brave, hardy).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “strength + brave, hardy”

Usage: English


  • Maynerd (English)
  • Mainard (English, French)
  • Meinard (Dutch)
  • Meindert (Dutch)
  • Meinhard (German)
  • Meginhard (German)