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)

Tanvi

Tanvi is an Indian female name meaning “slender, thin” or “delicate” which comes from Sanskrit tanu तनु (thin, slender) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “slender, thin” or “delicate”

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi

Variants:

  • Tanu (Indian, Hindi)

Hema

Hema हेमा is an Indian female name meaning “gold” or “golden” derived from Sanskrit.

Hemā is also the name of a male hero featuring in both Maori and Hawaiian mythology, although I couldn’t find any specific information behind the name.

Origin: Sanskrit

Meaning: “gold, golden”; also the name of a hero in Maori and Hawaiian mythology

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada

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)

Indira

Indira is a Hindu female name meaning “beauty” and is another name for Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of luck, prosperity, wealth and joy.

Origin: Sanskrit

Meaning: “beauty”

Usage: Hindu, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi, Odia

Variants:

  • Intira (Thai)

Farooq

Farooq (فاروق) is a variant transcription of Faruq, an Arabic male name meaning “one who distinguishes right from wrong” and is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “one who distinguishes right from wrong”

Usage: Arabic, Indian, Urdu

Pronunciation: fa-rook (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Faruq (Arabic)
  • Farouk (Arabic)
  • Faruk (Arabic, Turkish)

Gita

Gita is an Indian female name meaning “song” which derives from Sanskrit gīta गीता which ultimately derives from a PIE origin. The Bhagavad Gita (the divine song) is the name of a Hindu epic poem in which the god Krishna and the prince Arjuna have a philosophical debate about the righteousness of battle against friends and family.

Gita is also a Czech and Latvian female name, originating as a nickname for Brigita (a form of Irish Bridget meaning “exalted one”) or Margita (from Latin Margarita meaning “pearl”).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: means “song” as an Indian and Hindi female name; also a Czech and Latvian female name originating as a shortened form of Brigita “exalted one” or Margita “pearl”

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Latvian, Czech

Pronunciation: pronounced with a hard g, like Gilbert or glass; geeta

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Variants:

  • Geeta (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu)
  • Geetha (a Southern Indian transcription of Gita)

Sonali

Sonali (सोनाली) is an Indian female name, the strictly feminine form of Sonal meaning “gold” which derives from Sanskrit suvárṇa सुवर्ण (gold), composed of su-, a Sanskrit prefix meaning “good, well” combined with varna (hue, color), both of which derive from a PIE origin.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “gold”

Usage: Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati

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Variants:

  • Sonalee (Indian, Hindi)
  • Sonal (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati)
  • Sona (Indian, Hindi)
  • Swarna (Indian, Telugu, Hindi)
  • Swaran (Punjabi)

Male forms:

  • Sonal (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati)
  • Swarna (Indian, Telugu, Hindi)
  • Swaran (Punjabi)

Sonia

Sonia is a variant spelling of Sonya, a Russian diminutive of Sofiya, the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian form of Sophia which comes from Ancient Greek sophía σοφῐ́ᾱ meaning “wisdom”, originally connoting the meaning of skill or cleverness, especially in regards to a craft or someone who was wise and learned; it derives from Ancient Greek sophos which originates from an unknown origin.

Sonia is also a popular Indian female name though in this case it seems to be derived from Sanskrit sonā सोना meaning “gold” via suvárna (meaning “gold” as a noun, and “gold, golden color; bright, brilliant hue; good color” as an adjective), which ultimately derives from a PIE origin.

Origin: unknown; Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: ultimately from Sophia meaning “wisdom”; is also an Indian female name meaning “gold”

Usage: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, French, Greek, Russian, Indian, Hindi

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Variants:

  • Sonya (Russian, English)
  • Sonja (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Sonje (German)
  • Sofya (Russian)
  • Sophia (Ancient Greek, Greek, English, German)
  • Sofia (Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Italian, Greek, Finnish Estonian, Slovak, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian)
  • Sophie (French, English, German, Dutch)
  • Sophy (English)
  • Sofija (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Lithuanian, Latvian)
  • Sofie (German, Danish, Dutch, Czech)
  • Žofie (Czech)
  • Soňa (Czech, Slovak)
  • Sohvi (Finnish)
  • Sopio (Georgian)
  • Szofi (Hungarian)
  • Zsófia (Hungarian)
  • Szófia (Hungarian)
  • Szonja (Hungarian)
  • Soffía (Icelandic)
  • Zofia (Polish)
  • Žofia (Slovak)

Male forms:

  • Soni (Indian, Hindi)

Vega

Vega is the name of the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and the fifth brightest star in the night sky. The name derives from the Arabic phrase an-nasr al-wāqi النَّسْر الوَاقِع‎ meaning “the falling eagle”; nasr is the Arabic word for vulture (and eagle) which derives from a Proto-Semitic origin. Because Vega comes from the wāqi part, the name would actually mean “falling (eagle)”.

Vega is also a Spanish surname meaning “meadow” which seems to derive from a Basque origin; it originated as a locational name for someone who lived near a meadow or a fertile lowland. However, it’s also a Spanish female name which may have arisen from the Spanish title Nuestra Señora de la Vega (“Our Lady of the Meadow”)- Marian titles seem to be very popular among Spanish families.

Vēga (वेग) is also an Indian female name which comes from the word meaning “speed, velocity, momentum” derived from Sanskrit.

Origin: Arabic, Proto-Semitic; Basque; Sanskrit

Meaning: “the falling (eagle)” or “the falling (vulture)”; “meadow”; “speed, velocity, momentum”

Usage: Spanish, English, Indian, Hindi, Marathi

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