Gender: Feminine
Origin: Estonian
Meaning: “sleepy.”

The name is possibly derived from the Estonian element, une- meaning, “sleepy, bedtime.”

The designated name-day occurs on Leap Year, February 29.


Skaidra, Skaidrė

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latvian/Lithuanian
Meaning: “clear; serene, pure.”
Lith (SKADE-dray; SKADE-rah)
Lithuanian pronunciation can be heard here http://www.forvo.com/word/skaidra/

The name is derived from the Baltic element, skaidri, meaning “clear, serene, pure.”

In Lithuania, its designated name-day is April 4, while in Latvia it is February 28.

Another Lithuanian form is Skaidruolė and another Latvian form is Skaidrite.

Skaidrė is also the name of a village in Lithuania.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Irish-Gaelic
Meaning: “brightness; beauty.”

The name comes directly from the Gaelic meaning, “brightness; beauty.” In Irish legend, it was borne by the beautiful daughter of the sea god, she fell in love with Oisín, the son of Fionn Mac Cumhail and carried him off to the land of perpetual youth, where he lived with her for 300 years.

Currently, Niamh has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity all over the British Isles. She stands as the 70th most popular female name in England/Wales, (2008). Her rankings in other countries is as follows:

  • # 18 (Ireland, 2008)
  • # 26 (Scotland, 2009)

The Welsh form is Nia.


  1. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/niamh?view=uk
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/niamh


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “homecoming.”

In Homer’s the Iliad, the name is borne by the wise and advisory king of Pylos. It was also borne by a few early Christian saints.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Nestor Νεστωρ Нестор (Bulgarian/English/French/German/Greek/Polish/Russian)
  • Nèstor (Catalan)
  • Nestór (Czech)
  • Néstor (Galician/Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Nestore (Italian)
  • Nestoras (Lithuanian)

Designated name-days are:  February 26 (France/Poland), September 8 (Poland), October  27 (Bulgaria/Greece), November 9 (Poland).