Said

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic سعيد
Meaning: “happy.”
(sah-EED)

The name comes directly from the Arabic meaning, “happy.”

As of 2009, Said was the 459th most popular male name in France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Said سعيد Саид (Albanian/Arabic/Assyrian/Azeri/Bosnian/Bulgarian/Chechen/Circassian/Dagestani/Egyptian/Indonesian/Iranian/Javanese/Kazakh/Kyrgyz/Lebanese/Ossetian/Pashtun/Syrian/Tatar/Turkmen/Uzbek)
  • Saïd (Algerian/Moroccan/Tunisian)
  • Sead (Bosnian)
  • Sejad (Bosnian)
  • Sait (Kurdish/Turkish)
The feminine form is Saida.

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Samra

The name is of a few different etymologies. It could be from the Arabic adjective  امغر (asemr) which means, “tan” or “darkish-skin.” It could also be a variant transliteration of the Arabic female name, Samira.

The name is also a popular Ethiopian female name, its origin may be traced either to the Arabic or it could be an Amharic form of the Biblical city name, Samara.

The name is borne by an Ethiopian Orthodox saint, known as Christos Samra; a yearly festival is held in her honour. Many legends have been attributed to her, one of the most curious being that she went to Hell and asked Satan if he would be willing to reconcile with God. Satan refused to reconcile and held Samra hostage in Hell. Samra was eventually rescued by the Angel Gabriel and in the process, rescued several doomed souls. It is believed that no prayer to her will go unanswered.

Another Ethiopian form is Samrawit, literally meaning, “belonging to Samra.”

As of 2010, Samra 76th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Nayeli

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Zapotec
Meaning: “I love you.”
(nye-YEH-lee)

The name comes directly from the Zapotec phrase meaning, “I love you,” it is a name that has appeared among the the Aztec Revival in Latin America, particularly Mexico. It is currently the 67th most popular female name in Puerto Rico and the 387th most popular in the United States, (2010).

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/nayeli
  2. http://vidayfamilia.univision.com