Avani

AvaniGender: Feminine
Origin: Sanskrit
Meaning: “the earth”
(UV-e-nee; UV-nee)

The name is derived from the Sanskrit अवनी (avani) “the earth.” It is the name of a small village in India that is known for its temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess, Sita, who is sometimes also known as Avanisuta (daughter of earth) as it is believed she was found while ploughing the earth.

Its pronunciation should be simple enough for most English-speakers, but is often butchered to (uh-VAH-nee). Avani sounds somewhat like Ebony; the emphasis is on the first and last syllable with soft a sounds, in some dialects the v is silent (UH-nee).

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Žemyna

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “earth”
(zheh-MEE-nah)

The name is derived from the Baltic element žemė meaning, “earth.”

In ancient Baltic religions, this was the name of an earth and fertility goddess, known as Žemyna among the Lithuanians and Zemes-mãte among the Latvians.

She was responsible for bringing enrichment to the crops, fields and livestock. She was the personification of nature and the earth.

Other Lithuanian forms include: ŽemėŽemelėŽemynėlėŽemynėlyna.

In Polish, it is rendered as Zemyna.

The Latvian form is Zeme and the Saimogaitian form is Žemīna.

The designated name-day is February 21.

Sources

  1. J.Suchocki, Mitologia bałtyjska, Warszawa 1991.
  2. http://day.lt/vardai/%DEemyna
  3. http://www.ilcerchiodellaluna.it/central_Dee_Zemyna.htm
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Žemyna
  5. http://lt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Žemyna
  6. http://bat-smg.wikipedia.org/wiki/Žemīna