Nita

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

Variants:

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

Rafer

Rafer is a male given name originating as a pet-form of either Rafferty, an Irish surname meaning “flood tide” or “abundance, prosperity”; or Raphael/Rafael meaning “God has healed” or “God heals”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Hebrew

Meaning: originally a pet-form of either Rafferty “flood tide” or “abundance, prosperity” or Raphael/Rafael “God has healed”, “God heals”

Usage: English

Pronunciation: not sure. It could be either ray-fer or raffer

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)

Eliana

Eliana is a Hebrew female name meaning “my God has answered”.

Eliana is also the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of French Éliane via Ancient Roman Aeliana, the feminine form of Aelius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning though it’s often been linked to Ancient Greek helios meaning “sun”.

It’s also possible that Eliana could be a variant spelling of Ileana, the Romanian form of Helena, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Helene. The origin of the name is unknown- it’s been linked to Ancient Greek helene meaning “torch”, likely in reference to something that shines or illuminates, so the name would essentially mean “the shining one” or “the bright one”; another possible origin is from Ancient Greek selene “moon”, which would tie it to the idea of illumination and light.

Origin: Hebrew; uncertain

Meaning: from Hebrew “my God has answered”; also the Latinate form of Ancient Roman Aeliana/Aelius, possibly “sun”; could also be from Ancient Greek helene “torch” or selene “moon”, essentially meaning “the shining one” or “the bright one”

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Hebrew

Nicknames: Liana, Ellie/Elly, Lina, Nina

Variants:

  • Elliana (English)
  • Eleana (English)
  • Eleanna (English)
  • Elleana (English
  • Aeliana (Ancient Roman)
  • Éliane (French)
  • Élian (Spanish, Portuguese)

Male forms:

  • Elian (English, Spanish)
  • Elián (Spanish, Portuguese)

Pascale

Pascale is a French female name, the feminine form of Pascal which comes from Late Latin Paschalis “relating to Easter”, itself a derivative of pascha “Passover” via Ancient Greek páskha (Passover) via Aramaic pasḥā פַּסְחָא via a Hebrew root word.

Pascale is also an Italian and French surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “Easter”, “Passover”

Usage: French

Variants:

  • Pascaline (French diminutive of Pascale)
  • Pasqualina (Italian)
  • Pascuala (Spanish)
  • Pasqua (Italian)

Male forms:

  • Pascal (French, German, Dutch)
  • Paschal
  • Pasquale (Italian)
  • Pasqualino (Italian diminutive of Pasquale)
  • Pascual (Spanish)
  • Paskal (Bulgarian, Macedonian)
  • Pasco (Cornish)
  • Paškal (Croatian)
  • Paško (Croatian diminutive of Paškal)
  • Paschalis (Late Roman, Greek)

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)

Josette

Josette originated as a French diminutive of Joséphine, the French form of Josephine, the feminine form of Joseph which derives from Hebrew Yosef meaning “(God) will add” derived from a root word meaning “add, increase”. 

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “(God) will add”, essentially referring to prosperity and abundance

Usage: French, English

Variants:

  • Josetta (English, Italian)
  • Josiane (French diminutive of Joséphine)
  • Giosetta (Italian) 
  • Joséphine (French)
  • Josephine (French, English)
  • Josèphe (French)
  • Josée (French)

Male forms:

  • Joseph (English, French, German)
  • José (French, Spanish, Portuguese)

Hadassah

Hadassah is a Hebrew female name meaning “myrtle”. It was the Hebrew name of Queen Esther, the wife of Ahasuerus, the king of Persia. When the king’s chief advisor, Haman, plots to have all the Jews in the kingdom assassinated, Esther is the one who helps foil his plan. 

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “myrtle”

Usage: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Hadasa (Hebrew)
  • Hadas (Hebrew)
  • Hode (Yiddish)
  • Hodel (Yiddish diminutive of Hode)

Gad

In the Old Testament Gad is the name of the first son of Jacob and Zilpah (his wife Leah’s handmaid) and his seventh son overall, and is the founder of one of the Israelite tribes named after him. The name comes from Hebrew gad (גָּד) meaning “luck” which seems to derive from an unknown origin. Gad could also be used as a nickname for Gadiel meaning “luck of God” or God is my luck”. 

Gad is also the name of a pan-Semitic god of fortune and seems to be related to the given name; perhaps the Gad in the Bible was named after this deity. Gad is also the name of a prophet or seer of King David

Gad also seems to be another Hebrew word for coriander

Gad (جاد) is also an Arabic male name, the Egyptian form of Jad meaning “earnest, serious”.

Gad is also a Navajo word meaning “juniper (tree)”.

Origin: Hebrew via an uncertain etymology; Arabic; Navajo

Meaning: a Hebrew male name “luck”; an Arabic male name “serious, earnest”; also a Navajo word “juniper” 

Usage: Hebrew, Arabic (Egyptian)

Pronunciation: gad or jad

Variants:

  • Gadiel (Hebrew)
  • Jad (Arabic)

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Jabez

Jabez is the name of a character in the Old Testament who is blessed by God. The name comes from Hebrew meaning “sorrow” or “pain”, so named because his birth caused his mother great pain.

Jabez is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “sorrow” or “pain”

Usage: Hebrew, English

Pronunciation: jay-bez (Forvo)

Hosea

Hosea is the name of one of the twelve minor prophets in the Old Testament as well as being the eponymous name of the Book of Hosea. The name comes from Biblical Hebrew Hoshea which derives from Hebrew meaning “salvation” via a root word (to save, free).

Hosea is an also an English surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “salvation”

Usage: Hebrew, English

Pronunciation: ho-say-uh (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Hoshea (Biblical, Biblical Hebrew)
  • Oshea (variant of Hoshea in some versions of the Bible)
  • Hosee (Biblical Greek)
  • Osee (Biblical Latin)

Ami

Ami could be used as a variant spelling of Amy meaning “beloved” which comes from Latin amātus (loved, beloved) derived from a PIE root word. Ami (pr. a-mee; Forvo) is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “beauty, beautiful”
  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “sea, ocean”
  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “reality; truth”
  • a “Asia, second, ranking next” + mi “seeing, looking”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s あみ.

Ami is also a Hebrew male name meaning “my people” or “my nation”; it could also be used a nickname for Ammiel meaning “God is my kinsman” or “my kinsman is God”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Japanese; Proto-Semitic, Hebrew

Meaning: “beloved”; as a Japanese female name a variety of meanings; “my people” or “my nation”, or “God is my kinsman”, “my kinsman is God”

Usage: English, Japanese, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Amy (English)
  • Amiko (Japanese)
  • Amika (Japanese)
  • Amie (Japanese, English)