Viorica

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Romanian
Meaning: “bluebell.”
(yor-EE-kah) http://www.forvo.com/search/Viorica/

The name is derived from the Romanian botanical word, viorea, meaning “bluebell.”

The name is borne by famous Romanian operatic soprano, Viorica Ursuleac (1894-1985) and Romanian-French Mezzo-soprano, Viorica Cortez (b.1935)

The masculine form is Viorel (YOR-el)

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/viorel
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/viorica
  3. http://www.forvo.com/search/Viorica/
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Libuše

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Czech/Slovak
Meaning: “dear; pleasant”
(lee-BOO-sheh)

The name is borne by a legendary Czech princess who was considered the mother of the Czech people. In the 8th-century, she supposedly founded the city of Prague. She was the youngest daughter of King Krok and was chosen by her father to be heir to his throne.

The people, however, were not pleased with the idea of a female ruler so she was forced to resign and choose a successor. She pointed her finger in the direction of Stadice and chose a ploughman by the name of Premsyl. Libuse married him and thus began a Czech dynesty.

Its designated name day is July 10.

In German chronicles, the name was often rendered as Libussa or Libusche.

Rashmi

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Sanskrit
Meaning: rope; sunbeam; sunlight.”
(RUSH-mee)

रश्मी

The name is derived from the Sanskrit either meaning “rope” or “sunlight” “sunbeam.”

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/rashmi
  2. http://spokensanskrit.de/index.php?script=HK&tinput=rashmi&country_ID=&trans=Translate&direction=SE

Ketill, Kjell

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Swedish; Norwegian
Meaning: “kettle; cauldron.”
Swe (SHELL)

The name is derived from the Old Norse Ketill, refering to a cauldron but it could also be interpreted to mean “helmut”.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Keld (Danish)
  • Kell (Danish)
  • Ketel/Ketil (Danish)
  • Kield/Kjeld (Danish)
  • Kjetil (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Ketill (Icelandic/Old Norse)
  • Kittel/Kittil (Norwegian)
  • Kjetel (Norwegian)
  • Kettil (Swedish)
  • Käl (Swedish)

Obscure feminine forms include:

  • Katla (Faroese/Icelandic/Old Norse)
  • Kiälla (Swedish: very old and obscure)
  • Kjella (Swedish: SHEL-lah: obscure)
  • Kjellina/Kjelline (Swedish: obscure)

The designated name day in Sweden is July 8.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/kjell
  2. http://www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Ketill

Meltem

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Turkish
Meaning: “sea breeze; sea wind.”
(MEL-tehm)

The name is derived from the Turkish word used to describe the annual winds felt on the Aegean. They are dry North winds which blow from Mid-May to September and are hence associated with the summer months.

Sources

  1. http://turkishnamesfromturkey.blogspot.com/2009/03/m-turkish-girl-names-m.html
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/meltem
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etesian

Azzurra

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Italian
Meaning: “blue.”
Pronunciation: http://www.forvo.com/word/azzurra#it

The name comes directly from the Italian feminine noun meaning “blue.”

It shares the same etymology with the English word azure and the Spanish word azul.

Another form of the name is Azzurrina.

Masculine forms are Azzurro and Azzurrino.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/azzurra
  2. http://www.forvo.com/word/azzurra#it
  3. http://www.frasi.net/nomi/default.asp?nomepersona=Azzurra
  4. http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azzurra

Przybywoj

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Polish
Meaning: “arrived warrior”
(PSHI-bih-VOY)

The name is composed of the Old Slavonic elements, przyby meaning “arrived” and woj meaning “warrior.”

In Polish history, the name was borne by one of the leaders for the battle over Mieszko’s empty throne (circ. 992-995).

Another form of the name is Przybywój.

In Poland, the designated name-day is July 5.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/lists/7.php
  2. http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Przybywoj