Albina

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “white; bright.”
Eng (al-BYE-nah)

The name has very ancient roots as it was borne by the Etruscan goddess of the dawn, the name is linked to the Latin word albus meaning “white; bright” and it is also linked to the modern French word (aube)meaning “dawn” and Spanish word (alba) “dawn.” The Latin masculine version is Albinus. Interestingly enough, Albina also coincides with the Romanian word for “bee.”

Though it has Latin roots, the name seems to be especially common in Central Asian countries, such as Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan, and is common among the Tartar populations of Russia.

The name is also used in Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, in Spanish-speaking countries and in Portuguese speaking countries.

It is borne by Chechen Human Right’s Activist, Albina Digaeva (b.1978), it is also borne by Russian-Tartar olympic biathlete, Albina Akhatova (b.1976) and Tajik Olympic Archer, Albina Kamaletdinova (b.1969).

It was also borne by a 3rd century Christian martyr.

The designated name-day is usually December 15.

Other forms include:

  • Albína (Czech/Slovak)
  • Albina Альби́на (Russian)

A Russian diminutive form is Alya and Slovenian diminutives are Bina, Binca (BEENT-sah); Albinca.

Masculine forms are:

  • Albin (Czech/English/Polish/German/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Aubin (French)
  • Albinus (Latin)
  • Albín (Slovakian)

Alban

Gender: Masculine
Origin: English/Latin
Meaning: “from Alba; white one.”
(AL-ben)

    The name is derived from the Latin Albanus, either meaning , “one from Alba,” or “one who is white.”

    The name was borne by the first Britain’s first Christian martyr; killed in the 4th century.

    Alban himself was not a Christian, and during the persecution of the Christians that were raging throughout the Roman empire, Alban agreed to hide a priest. When the authorities came to his door and tried to search his house, Alban dressed himself as the priest he was hiding and volunteered to be executed in the priest’s stead. During his imprisonment, Alban proclaimed himself a Christian and was beheaded.

    His feast is celebrated on June 22.

    Though a popular saint, even before the Reformation, the name never became widely used in England.