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)

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)

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)

Rona

Rona is the name of two islands in Scotland- North Rona, a small, uninhabited island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and South Rona, a small, inhabited island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.  The name seems to derive from Old Norse meaning “rough island”.

Rona is also the name of a figure in Maori mythology. She had gone to the river one night when the moon was hidden behind some clouds. When she was returning home, Rona stepped on a root or rock and was so upset, began to curse at the moon. The moon god heard her and, angered, grabbed her. The woman was so frightened she grabbed onto a ngaio tree but was still pulled up into the sky. I couldn’t find a specific meaning behind the name in Maori.

Rona is also the feminine form of Ron, a Hebrew male name meaning “song, joy”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Maori; Hebrew

Meaning: the name of two islands in around Scotland “rough island”; the name of a figure in Maori mythology, meaning unknown; feminine form of Hebrew Ron “song, joy”

Usage: Scottish, English, Hebrew

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Variants:

  • Rhona (Scottish)
  • Ronna (English)

Male forms:

  • Ron (Hebrew)

Dean

Dean comes from an English surname, either a locational name meaning “valley” via Old English dene (valley), or an occupational name for someone who worked for a dean, the head of an ecclesiastical head of a cathedral. It comes from Latin decānus (chief of ten people) via decem (ten), which ultimately derives from a PIE root word.

A dean is also the head of a college or university, or someone in charge of a department or faculty.

Dean could also be used as a variant spelling of Deen or Dīn (دين)an Arabic male name meaning “religion, faith, creed” and “way of life” as well as having roots in Hebrew din דִּין meaning “law, judgment”, which seems to be derived from a Proto-Semitic origin.

OriginProto-Indo-European; Proto-Semitic

Meaning: an English surname “valley” or “chief of ten”; from Arabic “religion, faith, creed” or “way of life”; also from Hebrew “law, judgment”

Usage: English, Arabic, Hebrew

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Variants:

  • Dene (English)
  • Dane (English)
  • Deane (English)
  • Deen (Arabic)
  • Dīn (Arabic)

Female forms:

  • Dena (English, Arabic)
  • Dina (English, Arabic)
  • Deena (English)
  • Deanna (English)
  • Deana (English)
  • Deanne (English)
  • Deann (English)

Ran

Ran is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. The most popular kanji I’ve seen for this name is  meaning “orchid” though it can also be written with  meaning “indigo”, either referring to the color or to the Persicaria tinctoria, the name of a species of flowering plants, also known as Chinese indigo or Japanese indigo. There may be other possible meanings. Written in hiragana, it’sらん.

Ran is also a Chinese surname written with the character 冉 meaning “tender, weak”.

Rán (pr. rawn) is also the name of a goddess of the sea in Norse mythology; she captures sailors in her net and drowns them. She is married to the giant Ægir with whom she has nine daughters who personify the waves. Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it’s been linked to Old Norse rán meaning “robbery, theft; plunder” via Proto-Germanic *rahną, which itself derives from an uncertain origin, possibly from a PIE root word.

Ran is also a Hebrew male name, a variant transcription of Ron, meaning “to sing” from a Hebrew root word. 

Ran is also an English word, the past tense of run (to move swiftly, to go at a fast pace); rān is also an Old English word referring to an “unlawful seizure of property; robbery”.

Origin: Japanese; Chinese; uncertain, possibly PIE; Hebrew

Meaning: as a Japanese female name can mean either “orchid” or “indigo”; also a Chinese surname “weak, tender”; the name of a Norse goddess of the sea, the name of uncertain etymology though possibly “robber” or “robbery”; a Hebrew male name “to sing”; also an English word, the past tense of run, as well as an Old English word “unlawful seizure of property; robbery”

Usage: Japanese; Chinese; Old Norse; Hebrew

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Variants:

  • Rán (Old Norse)

Daniel

Daniel is the name of several figures in the Bible, including the prophet Daniel, who features in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. It comes from a Hebrew name meaning “God is my judge” or “judge of God”, made up of Hebrew dan דָּן (to judge) and el אֵל (god).

Daniel is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Semitic

Meaning: “God is my judge” or “judge of God”

Usage: English, Hebrew, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Armenian, Georgian

Nicknames: Dan, Danny/Dannie

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Variants:

  • Danilo (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian)
  • Daniele (Italian)
  • Danijel (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian)
  • Danyal (Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish)
  • Taniel (Armenian)
  • Danel (Basque)
  • Deniel (Breton)
  • Danail (Bulgarian)
  • Daniël (Dutch)
  • Dániel (Hungarian, Faroese)
  • Dánjal (Faroese)
  • Taneli (Finnish)
  • Daníel (Icelandic)
  • Daniels (Latvian)
  • Danielius (Lithuanian)
  • Daniil (Russian)
  • Deiniol (Welsh)

Feminine forms:

  • Danielle (French, English)
  • Danièle (French)
  • Daniela (Bulgarian, Italian, German, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Macedonian, English)
  • Daniella (English)
  • Dana (Romanian, Czech, Slovak, German, Hebrew)
  • Danijela (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian)
  • Daniëlle (Dutch)

Eliam

Eliam is the name of two figures in the Bible, the name of the father of Bathsheba (the wife of King David and the mother of Solomon), as well as the name of one of David’s Thirty Warriors. The name means “God’s people” or “people of God” though I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “God is my nation”, composed of Hebrew el אל (god) and am עם (people, nation).

Origin: Proto-Semitic, Hebrew

Meaning: “God’s people” or “people of God” or “God is my nation”

Usage: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Eliyam (Hebrew)
  • Elyam (Hebrew)
  • Ammiel (Hebrew)- a transposed form of Eliam

Abner

Abner is a Hebrew male name meaning “my father is light” or “father’s light”, made up from Hebrew av אָב (father) and ner נֵר (lamp; light), both derived from a Proto-Semitic origin.

Abner is the name of a figure in the Old Testament, the cousin of Saul, the first king of Israel, and the commander of his army.

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

Origin: Proto-Semitic

Meaning: “my father is light” or “father’s light”

Usage: Hebrew, English

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Variants:

  • Avner (Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew)
  • Abenner (Biblical Greek)