Aira

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latvian
Meaning: “oar; scull.”
(I-rah).

I have seen this name listed across the internet before, with the dubious meaning “of the wind” and its origins listed as “American.” While the windy meaning seems nice and “airy,” (no pun intended), I am almost certain this is just another name that has been given an embellished meaning, much like Vanessa being listed as Slavic for “butterfly” and Ashley meaning “pretty ash tree of God.” Apparently, Aira is a traditional Latvian female name. A google search brought me the personal web pages of Latvian women of varying ages. I cannot confirm how popular Aira is in its home country as I couldn’t find a stastical data past Latvia’s top 10. Aira is listed on the Latvian national calender, deeming the name an accepted female given name in the Latvian lexicon. I had a hard time finding a meaning for this one. There are not very many sites listing Latvian names with meanings. There are plenty of baby name websites in Latvian that tend not to list the meanings. Mostly because the meanings of many Latvian given names are obvious to native speakers. Though there are plenty of Greek, Latin, German and Russian names that have been borrowed over the centuries, the Latvians have, as do other Baltic countries, their own set of unique names derived from vocabulary in their language. Nature names and word names are apart of the norm. Upon further research, I found that at least in Latvian etymology, Aira is a feminine form of Airis, Airis in turn comes directly from the Latvian word for oar. Not surprising to find such a name among a sea-fearing people. I also found that Aira is scientific name for hair grass. In Latvia, Aira’s name day is August 31st.

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Augūnė

primula

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “tall; high; primula.”
(ow-GOO-nay)

The name is derived from the Lithuanian augus meaning “tall; high.” It is also the Lithuanian word for the Primula flower. Its designated name day is August 30. Masculine form is Augūnas and another feminine form is Augūna.

Višnja

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Serbo-Croat
Meaning: “cherry.”
(VEESH-nyah)

As summer comes to a close, I almost forgot to post about this lovely gem. Find Cherry too tacky as a given name? Then why not this Balkan beauty. The name comes directly from the South Slavic word for the cherry, and it a fairly common name in the former Yugoslav Republic. In Slovenia, its the name of a mountain Gora Visnja, known as Weichselburg in German.

Vladěna

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Czech/Slovak
Meaning: “rule.”
(vlah-DYEH-nah).

The name is most commonly used in the Czech Republic but is occasionally used in other Slavic speaking countries. It shares a common ancestor with the male Russian name Vlad which is derived from the old Slavonic, volod, meaning “rule.” In the modern Czech lexicon, vláda means “government.” The designated name day is August 30.

Adelind

Gender: Feminine
Origin: German
Meaning: “noble and tender”

I have seen Adalyn quite a few times in the birth announcements. I don’t know if this is suppose to be a tryndification of Adeline or if its just a smush of Ada and Lynn, but whatever its origins, it may be the next Madelyn. That said, Adelind, a very obscure German female given name, is composed of the ancient Germanic elements adal meaning noble and lind meaning “tender.” Variations include the Italian and Spanish Adelinda. Possible nickname options are of course Addie, Ada, Del and Lindy.

Rudīte

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latvian
Meaning: “red.”
(roo-DEE-teh)

Though its the name of a sedimentary rock in the scientific world, usually pronounced (roo-DITE), Rudite is a traditional Latvian given name derived from ruds meaning “red” or “gingery” with the feminine suffix of -ite added on. Its designated name day in Latvia is August 22nd. The name is borne by approximately 1, 610 women in Latvia.

Medeinė

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “sapling.”
(meh-DAY-nay)

The name is an evolution of an ancient Baltic female name Medeina (meh-DAY-nah). Medeina was the name of the Baltic goddess of forests and hunting, derived from the element mede meaning “sapling” Medeina was somewhat akin to the Greek and Roman goddess Diana. Not much else is written about her, but she often included in modern Lithuanian symbolism. Her name is fairly popular in the small Baltic country. The designated name day in Lithuania is August 21st.