Dunja

quinceGender: Feminine
Origin: South Slavic Дуња
Meaning: “quince fruit.”
(DOON-yah)

The name comes directly from the South Slavic word for the quince fruit. The quince is usually ready to fall from its stems from early October all the way to November, it is considered an autumnal fruit.

Coincidentally, the name could also be a Russian diminutive form of Avdotya which is a Russian form of the Greek name Eudoxia meaning “good fame.”  The spelling is also sometimes transliterated as Dunya.

As of 2009, Dunja was the 97th most popular female name in Croatia.

The name is borne by Russian violinist Dunja (Avdotya) Lavrova (b.1985).

Eudocia, Eudoxia

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “to seem well.”
Eng (yoo-DOH-shuh); Russ (ef-doh-KEE-yah)

Eudocia/Eudoxia is a latinized form of the Greek feminine name Ευδοκια (Eudokia), which is composed of the Greek elements, ευ (ev) meaning, “good” and δοκεω (dokeo) meaning, “to seem.”

The name has been popular throughout the Orthodox Christian world for centuries. It was popularized by the cult of an Eastern Orthodox saint who was martyred for her faith in pre-Islamo-Christian Syria.

It was also an extremely popular name among Byzantine royalty, being borne by at least nine Byzantine empresses.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Evdokiya Евдокия (Bulgarian/Russian)
  • Eudòcia (Catalan)
  • Eudocia (English/Latin/Spanish)
  • Eudoxia (English/German/Hungarian/Latin/Spanish)
  • Eudoxie (French)
  • Evdok’ia ევდოკია (Georgian)
  • Eudokia Ευδοκια (Greek: Ancient)
  • Evdokia Ευδοκια (Greek: Modern)
  • Eudossia (Italian)
  • Ewdokia/Eudokia/Eudoksja/Jewdocha (Polish)
  • Avdotya Авдотья (Russian)
  • Yevdokiya Евдокия (Russian)
  • Evdokija Евдокија (Serbian)
  • Evdokia Євдокія (Ukrainian)

Common Russian diminutives are Dunya and Dunyasha.

The designated name-day is March 1.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/eudocia