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)

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:

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)

April

April is the 4th month of the year in the Gregorian calendar (the 5th in the Julian calendar), and is associated with the beginning of spring. The name comes from Latin Aprīlis “of April” though the origin of the name is uncertain. It’s traditionally been associated with Latin aperire “to open, to uncover” in reference to when the flowers begin to open and bloom. 

However, it may perhaps be based from Etruscan Apru, which is the Etruscan form of Aphroditethe month likely named after the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

April is also a surname originating from the given name, someone who was born or baptized in the month of April, or it might have originated as a nickname. 

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: uncertain, could be linked to Latin “to open, to uncover”, or based on the name of the goddess Aphrodite 

Usage: English

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Variants:

  • Avril (French)
  • Abril (Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian)
  • Aprile (Italian)

 

Adelia

Adelia is an elaborated form of Adela, itself the Latinate form of Adele which derives from Germanic element adal (noble) via Proto-Germanic *aþalaz(noble) < *aþalą (nature, disposition; nobility, race) which derives from an unknown origin though it could be linked to PIE *at-al  (family, race) from *at(i)- (beyond, over) + *h₂el- (to grow, nourish).

Adelia is also the name of a genus of flowering plants though in this case it seems to be composed of Ancient Greek prefix a- (a negative prefix) combined with delos δήλος (visible) so the name would mean “not visible”, which seems to have arisen due to the difficulty in interpreting the genus.

Origin: uncertain; Proto-Indo-Europeam

Meaninga variant of Adele/Adela “noble”; also the name of a genus of flowering plants “not visible”

Usage: English, Spanish

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Variants:

  • Adelya (English)
  • Adela (English, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Ancient Germanic)
  • Adella (English)
  • Adele (English, Latin, German)
  • Adèle (French)
  • Adélie (French)

Arden

Arden comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from Arden in Warwickshire or the one from North Yorkshire. The name seems to derive from a Celtic source, via Celtic *ardwo meaning “high”. Another possible meaning I’ve seen listed for Arden as a surname is “eagle valley”, made up of Old English elements earn (eagle) and dene (valley).

Arden is also a Spanish word, the third person plural or arder meaning “to burn”, derived from Latin ardere

Arden is the name of several places in England, including the Forest of Arden located in Warwickshire; the Forest of Arden is the main setting used in William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It (1599), which may have been based on the Ardennes, a heavily forested, hilly region spread out among France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium, which may derive from the same Celtic root word as above. 

Origin: uncertain, either from a Celtic or a Proto-Indo-European source

Meaning: as an English surname it seems to derive from a Celtic source “high”, though it may also mean “eagle valley”; also a Spanish word “they burn”

Usage: English

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Ailsa

Ailsa derives its name from Ailsa Craig, the name of a rocky island located off of Scotland. Though the name’s origin doesn’t seem certain, it’s often been linked as being derived from Alfsigesey meaning “Álfsigr’s island”, Álfsigr an Old Norse male name meaning “elf victory” composed of Old Norse elements alfr (elf) + sigr (victory). Other meanings I’ve seen listed for it are “fairy rock” or “Elizabeth’s rock” but those don’t seem very likely.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: uncertain though it’s been linked to Alfsigesey “Álfsigr’s island”

Usage: Scottish, English

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Arianna

Arianna is the Italian form of Ariadnethe name of a Cretan princess in Greek mythology who helps the hero Theseus escape the labyrinth of the Minotaur, though he later repaid her kindness by leaving her behind on an island while she was sleeping. Ariadne was later found by the god Dionysos who made her his bride, and in some versions of the myth she was later made immortal.

Ariadne is made up of Ancient Greek element ari- (ᾰ̓ρῐ-), an intensive prefix that seems to be related to a sense of goodness and excellence (and also related to another Ancient Greek element, aristos “best, excellent”)combined with adnos ἀδνός (holy), a Cretan dialectal form of hagnos (holy, pure), both of which derive from a PIE origin.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “most holy” or “most pure”

Usage: Italian, English

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Variants:

  • Ariana (Portuguese, English)
  • Aryana (English)
  • Ariadne (Ancient Greek)
  • Ariadni (Modern Greek)
  • Ariadna (Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Polish)
  • Arijana (Croatian)
  • Ariane (French, German, Dutch)
  • Arianne (French)
  • Arienne (French)