Apostolos

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “apostle; messenger.”
Αποστολος

The name is derived from the Greek, meaning “apostle; messenger.”

The name is usually given in honour of one of Christ’s 12 Apostles.

Other forms include the Greek, Apostolis Αποστολης and the Bulgarian/Macedonia Apostol Апостол

The designated name-day is June 30 in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/search.php?terms=apostolos
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Šárka

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Czech
Meaning: debated
(SHAHR-kah)

The name is a very old Czech female given name of uncertain derivation. It is sometimes believed to be connected to an Indo-European word that also has its roots in the Corsican sarra meaning “ridge; hill” and the Spanish sierra (mountain ridge). Hence, the name’s meaning may have something to do with mountain, hill or crag.

The name is borne by a warrior woman of Czech folklore. According to Chronica Boëmorum, by Cosmas of Prague and Dalimil’s Chronicle, Šárka was one of the warrior women who participated in the Maiden’s War, in which a band of female warriors rebelled against the male forces of Libuše’s husband.

Šárka tricked the men by tying herself to a tree, after they rescued her, she put a sleeping potion in their mead and slew them in their sleep.

The same story was also the subject of the 18th-century Czech opera, Šárka by Leoš Janáček (1887)

The designated name-day is June 30.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/s18a10rka
  2. http://www.finitesite.com/dandelion/DIVVAL.htm
  3. http://ao-institut.cz/Galerie/Ceska-zeme/

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Kamen

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Bulgarian
Meaning: “stone.”
Камен

The name is derived from the Bulgarian word for stone or work. It is used as a vernacular form of Petros.

The name has been borne by a few Bulgarian saints.

The designated name-day is June 29.

The feminine form is Kamena.

Sources

  1. http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_20020522_beatific-bulgaria_en.html
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/search.php?terms=kamen