Abeiku

Abeiku is an Akan male name in the Fante dialect meaning “born on Wednesday”, the Akan an ethnic group living primarily in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Origin: Akan

Meaning: “born on Wednesday”

Usage: Akan (Fante)

Variants:

  • Abeeku
  • Kwaku
  • Kaku
  • Kuuku
  • Kweku
  • Keku
  • Koku

Female forms:

  • Akua
  • Aku
  • Akuba
  • Kukua
  • Akuma
  • Akusea
  • Ekua

Aytalina

Aytalina Айталина is a beautiful, fascinating name I came across by chance a while ago and I’ve been trying like crazy to figure out its etymology. I know it’s a Russian and Kazakh(?) name and I’m almost positive that the first part of the name, ay ай comes from the Kazah word “moon”, which ultimately derives from a Proto-Turkic origin. The second part of the name is more difficult. It might be related to Kazakh tal тал “willow” or perhaps from Russian talina талина “willow” so the name could essentially be a combination of “moon” + “willow”. I’m not too sold on that latter part, though. However, the name seems to be popular, or at least common from what I’ve found, among the Yakuts, living in the Sakha Republic (also known as Yakutia), a country that is a federal subject of Russia. I mention this because the Yakuts are a Turkic ethnic group and the Yakut language is a Turkic language which ultimately derives from a Proto-Turkic source; and if the first part of Aytalina does indeed come from Proto-Turkic ay ай than it’s likely that the second part of the name also derives from a Proto-Turkic origin- but all of that is just a guess on my part. If anyone knows more about this name, like its etymology and meaning, please let me know!

Origin: uncertain, most likely from a Proto-Turkic source

Meaning: uncertain, though the first part of the name may be derived from Proto-Turkic ay(ай) “moon”. The second element may be related to tal тал “willow”

Usage: Russian (Yakut origin), Yakut

Variants:

  • Aitalina

Alaia

Alaia is a Basque female name meaning “joyful, happy” from Basque alai (joyous, happy) which either derives from Latin alacer (lively, brisk; glad, happy, cheerful) via an uncertain origin; or it cold have been borrowed from Spanish alhaja “jewel; gem” which ultimately derives from an Arabic origin.

Spelled Alaïa it’s a French surname, the French form of Alia (an Arabic female name “exalted, loft, high, sublime”), and Alaia is also an Italian surname though I’m not sure if it also derives from Arabic or a different source entirely.

Alaia is also a variant spelling of Alia/Aliyah, an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Ali meaning “high, exalted, lofty, sublime”. 

Origin: uncertain; Arabic

Meaning: from Basque “joyful, happy”; “high, exalted, lofty, sublime”

Usage: Basque, English (as a variant spelling of Alia)

Variants:

  • Alia (Arabic)
  • Alaya (English)
  • Aaliyah (English)

Aelia

Aelia is the feminine form of Aelius, an Ancient Roman family name of unknown meaning though it’s often been linked to Ancient Greek helios meaning “sun”.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: uncertain though it’s been linked to Ancient Greek helios “sun”

Usage: Ancient Roman

Pronunciation: ee-lia or i-eel-ia (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Aeliana (Ancient Roman)
  • Èlia (Catalan)
  • Elia (Italian)
  • Éliane (French)
  • Eliana (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English)

Male forms:

  • Aelius (Ancient Roman)
  • Aelianus (Ancient Roman)
  • Aelian (anglicized form of Aelianus)
  • Elio (Italian)
  • Eliano (Italian, Portuguese)
  • Élian (French)

Alaric

Alaric is an Ancient Germanic male name meaning “ruler of all” composed of Proto-Germanic *allaz (all) and *rīks (king, ruler). It was the name of Alaric I, the first king of the Visigoths famous for the Sack of Rome in 410 AD, one of the first signs that would lead to the eventual fall of the Roman Empire.

Alaric was also the name of a legendary king of the Swedes who along with his brother Eric co-ruled.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “ruler of all”

Usage: Ancient Germanic, English, Catalan

Variants:

  • Alaricus (Latin)
  • Alarich (German, Czech)
  • Alarik (Finnish, Estonian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Frisian, Croatian, Hungarian)
  • Alrik (Swedish)
  • Alar (Estonian)
  • Alarico (Spanish, Galician, Portuguese, Italian)

Female forms:

  • Alarica (Italian, Spanish, English)
  • Alarika (English)

Adrielle

Adrielle is the feminine form of Adriel, a Hebrew male name meaning “flock of God” or “my help is God”; in the Old Testament, Adriel marries one of Saul’s daughters, Merab.

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “flock of God” or “my help is God”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Adriella (Brazilian Portuguese, English)

Male forms:

  • Adriel (Hebrew, English, Spanish)

Annette

Annette originated as a French diminutive of Anne < Anna meaning “favor, grace” via Hebrew root word hanan חנן (to be gracious, merciful, compassionate) which seems to be derived from a Proto-Semitic origin.

Origin: Proto-Semitic

Meaning: “favor, grace”

Usage: French, English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch

Variants:

Amias

Amias is a variant spelling of Amyas which derives from Latin amicus meaning “friend, friendly; amicable” via root word amō (to love) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word, and from which the word amicable comes from.

Amias is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “friend, friendly; amicable”

Usage: English

Pronunciation: a-mye-es (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Amyas (English)
  • Amis (Medieval English, Medieval French)
  • Ames (English)
  • Amys (Old English)
  • Amicus (Ancient Roman

Female forms:

  • Amice (Medieval English)
  • Amica (Ancient Roman)
  • Amity (English)

Alanis

Alanis is a feminine form of Alan, a name of uncertain etymology and meaning. It comes from an old Breton name, brought to England by the Normans. It could have originated from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, a god of healing and prophecy. The name may possibly be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti (to grow, nourish) via PIE root word *h₂el- (to grow, nourish).

Another possible meaning behind the name is “little rock” via Old Irish ail (rock, boulder) combined with the diminutive suffix -an; or possibly meaning “handsome” via Old Irish álaind (beautiful; lovely, fine, splendid).

Incidentally, the Alans (Alani in Latin) is the name of an Iranian nomadic tribe in the north area of the Caucasus. In this case, the name seems to have originated as a dialectal form of Old Iranian *aryana <aryan, used to refer to the Indo-Iranian people, which derives from the root word arya (noble), which ultimately derives from a Proto-Indo-Iranian source. It could be possible the name Alan is based from this.

Alanis is also a Spanish and Portuguese surname (spelled Alanís), a locational name for someone who came from Alanís, Seville. It seems the name derives from an Arabic origin but I could not find an exact meaning behind the name.

Origin: uncertain; Proto-Indo-Iranian; Arabic

Meaning: uncertain though it could be related to the name of a Celtic deity “to grow, nourish”; possibly “little rock” or “handsome”; “noble”; also a Spanish and Portuguese surname

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Alannis (English)
  • Alanna (English)
  • Alana (English)
  • Allana (English)
  • Alaina (English)
  • Alayna (English)
  • Allyn (English)
  • Alyn (English)
  • Allynne (English)
  • Alauda (Celtic goddess)

Male forms:

  • Alan (English, Scottish, Breton, French)
  • Allan (English, Scottish, Danish)
  • Allen (English, Scottish)
  • Allyn (English)
  • Alyn (English)
  • Alain (French)
  • Alen (Croatian, Slovene)
  • Ailín (Irish)
  • Alun (Welsh)
  • Alaunus (Celtic god)

Amit

Amit अमित is an Indian male name meaning “immeasurable, infinite, boundless” which derives from Sanskrit.

Amit עָמִית is also a Hebrew unisex name meaning “friend” or “colleague

Origin: Sanskrit; Hebrew

Meaning: “immeasurable, finite, boundless” in Sanskrit; “friend” or “colleague” in Hebrew

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

Pronunciation: ah-mitt (Forvo) in Hindi; ah-meet in Hebrew

Variants:

  • Ameet (Indian, Hindi)

Female forms:

  • Amita (Indian, Hindi, Nepali, Marathi)
  • Ameeta (Indian, Hindi)

Asim

Asim عاسم is an Arabic male name meaning “protector”, as well as also being an Arabic surname originating from the given name.

Asim असीम is also an Indian male name meaning “boundless, limitless, endless” which derives from Sanskrit, made up of negative prefix a-(अ-) and sima सीम (limit, border).

Origin: Arabic; Sanskrit

Meaning: “protector” in Arabic; “boundless, limitless, endless” in Sanskrit

Usage: Arabic, Indian, Hindi, Bengali

Variants:

  • Assem (Arabic)
  • Aseem (Indian, Hindi)

Female forms:

  • Asima (Indian, Hindi, Arabic)