Gender: Feminine
Origin: Bosnian/Serbo-Croat/Bulgarian/Macedonian
Meaning: “marigold.”

Origin: Breton
Meaning: “heaven; temple; fane.”

The name could be from the South Slavic word, neven, meaning, “marigold flower”.

There is also a masculine version of Neven.

The feminine form is currently borne by Nevena Tsoneva (b.1986), a famous Bulgarian pop singer, (pictured left).

Diminutive forms include Neva and Nevenka and the masculine Nevenko.

Neven is also the name of a popular gel used in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Known as Neven Gel, it is made from marigold extracts and is used as a sort of Bengay cream.

I must give credit to one of my followers Capucine who informed me of the names’ coincidental Breton origins.

The name was borne by a Breton Saint of whom I could find very little information, however, it is believed that he left his name in some French place names in Brittany Lannéven and Lesneven. His feast and name-day is April 6.

Its meaning and derivation is of debated origin, it could be derived from an old Breton word for “temple; fane” or it is possibly related to the modern Breton word for “sky”, (also possibly meaning “heaven”) from the Breton word (neñv).

Offshoots include the masculine forms of Nevenoe, and Neveno.

Masculine diminutives include: Nevenou, Nevenig, Venou and Venig.

The feminine versions are Nevena and Nevenez and feminine diminutives include: Venaig and Nezig.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: English
Meaning: “Mary’s Gold.”

This is the English name for the tagetes plant. The marigold is a bright, yellow orange flower that often blooms in June.

In English, the plant gets its name from the term “Mary’s Gold.” In Medieval Catholic England, the plant was associated with the Virgin Mary.

In Pre-Hispanic Mexico, the marigold was often associated with death and was the flower for funerals and burials. The flower is still associated with the Day of the Dead Festivities.

In India and Thailand, vast quantities of marigold are cultivated for weddings and special events.

The name came into usage as a first name in the early 19th century.

Goldie is a common pet form.