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)

Lulu

Lulu لؤلؤة comes from the Arabic word meaning “pearl” and is often used a female given name. I’ve also come across the name as being used as a pet-name often given to slaves (male and female) in the ancient Middle East.

Lulu also originated as a diminutive of names beginning with the Lu/Lou sounds such as Louise/Louisa (“famous battle” or “famous in battle”), Lucy, Lucia (“light”), Luanne (a combination of Louise + Anne “favor, grace”), etc.

Lulu is also a Chinese female name, often used as a double name such as lù lù 露露 meaning “dew” or lù lù 璐璐 “beautiful jade”. There are likely other meanings depending on the characters used.

Origin: Arabic; Chinese

Meaning: “pearl” in Arabic; often used as a short form of names such as Louise “famous battle” or “famous in battle”, Lucy “light”, Luanne; a Chinese female name with varying meanings depending on the characters used “dew” or “beautiful jade”

Usage: Arabic, English, Chinese

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:

Marie

Marie is the Czech and French form of Maria, the Latin and Ancient Greek form of Hebrew Miriam, a name of uncertain origin though several meanings have been ascribed to it such as “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “obstinacy” or “wished for child” from a Hebrew root word. It’s also possible that it might have originated from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr or “love” via mr.

Marie is also a Japanese female name (which I believe is pronounced mah-ree-ee, with three syllables) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as:

  • ma  “truth, reality”  
  • ma 万 “ten thousand” 
  • ma 麻 “hemp, flax”
  • ri 理 “reason, logic”  
  • ri 里 “village”
  • 恵 “blessing, grace, favor”
  • “creek, inlet, bay”
  • 絵 “picture, drawing, painting”

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

Originuncertain; Japanese

Meaning: uncertain though various meanings attributed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “obstinacy”, “wished for child”, “beloved” or “love; as a Japanese female name has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used

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

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Variants:

  • Mariette (French diminutive of Marie)
  • Maria (Latin, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrianian)
  • Mari (Welsh, Breton, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Mary (English)
  • Maryam (Arabic, Persian)
  • Miriam (Hebrew, English, German)

Sean

Sean is the Anglicized form of Seán, the Irish form of John, the Old English and Latin form of Iohannes < Ancient Greek Ioannes, the contracted form of Hebrew Yochanan which means “Yahweh is gracious”. 

Origin: Proto-Semitic, Hebrew

Meaning: “Yahweh is gracious” or “God is gracious”

Usage: Irish, English

Pronunciation: shawn

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Variants:

  • Seán (Irish)
  • Shawn (English)
  • Shaun (English)
  • Shayne (English)
  • Shane (Irish, English)
  • Deshaun (African-American)
  • Deshawn (African-American)
  • Rashaun (African-American)
  • Keshaun (African-American)
  • Lashawn (African-American)

Female forms:

  • Seana (Irish, English)
  • Shawna (English)
  • Shauna (English)
  • Lashawn (African-American)

Leanne

Leanne is an English female name, a combination of Lee (which comes from an English surname meaning “clearing”) and Anne (which comes from Hebrew meaning “favor, grace” via a Proto-Semitic root). 

It could also be a variant spelling of Liane, itself the German and French form of the Liana plant, a type of long-stemmed wooded vine that grows in the jungle. The word derives from Middle French lien (to bind) via Latin ligo (to bind) which derives from PIE root word *leyǵ- (to bind, tie); though Liane is also used as a shortened form of names such as Éliane (the French form of Aeliana, the feminine form of Aelius, a Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Ancient Greek helios meaning “sun”) or Juliane (the French and German form of Julian from Ancient Roman name Julius of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Greek ioulos (downy-bearded) or related to Jupiter, the name of the Roman god derived from Indo-European *Dyeu-Pater meaning “sky father”).

OriginProto-Indo-European, Proto-Semitic; uncertain

Meaning: a combination of given names Lee and Anne “clearing + favor, grace”; could also be a variant spelling of Liane, the German French form of liana, a type of long-climbing vine; also a shortened form of names such as Éliane (the French form of Aeliana, of uncertain meaning, possibly related to helios “sun”), or Juliane (the feminine form of Julian, related to Jupiter “sky father”).

Usage: English

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Variants:

  • Lianne (English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish)
  • Liane (German, French)
  • Leann (English)
  • Lee-Ann (English)
  • Lee-Anne (English)
  • Lee Ann (English)
  • Lee Anne (English)
  • Li-Anne (English)

Mylo

Mylo is a variant spelling of Milo, an Old Germanic form of Miles. Although the meaning and etymology behind the name is unclear, it’s been linked to Slavic name element milu meaning “gracious, dear”; Miles has also been linked to Latin word mīles meaning “soldier; knight”, a word that derives from an unknown origin, possibly Etruscan, but that seems to be more of a folk etymology than actual fact.

Milo is also the Latinized form of Milon, an Ancient Greek male name meaning “yew”; Milo (Milon) of Croton was a famous wrestler in Ancient Greece in the 6th century, who had won several victories in the Olympic and Pythian Games, and his name became associated with extraordinary strength.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: uncertain though it’s been linked to a Slavic element “gracious, dear”, and has also been associated through folk etymology with Latin mīles “soldier; knight”; also a Latinized form of Ancient Greek Milon “yew”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Milo (English, Ancient Germanic)
  • Miles (English)
  • Myles (English)

Johnna

Johnna is an English female name, the feminine form of John meaning “God is gracious” or “Yahweh is gracious”, Yahweh being the name of the Hebrew god.

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “god is gracious”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Johna (English)
  • Jonna (English)

Male forms:

  • John (English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch)
  • Jon (English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Basque)