Gender: Feminine
Origin: Bosnian
Meaning: “soul.”

The name is either derived from the Turkic element, can, meaning, “soul” or perhaps a Bosnian form of the Arabic, Jinan جنان , meaning, “paradise; garden.”

As of 2010, Dženana was the 64th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Another form is Dženita which is currently the 71st most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).

A masculine form is Dženan.


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Turkish
Meaning: “soul; life.”

The name comes from the Turkish word for soul or life. The name appears in various forms across the former Soviet Union. It is most often found as an element in Central European male and female names.

As of 2010, its Bosnian form of Džan was 100th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

There is also a feminine form, Džana, which is currently the 49th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010).

A Kazakh form is Zhan Жан.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Kazakh Жансая
Meaning: “soul shadow.”

The name is composed of the Kazakh elements, zhan (soul, life, heart) and saya (shadow).

It is currently the 14th most popular female name in Kazakhstan, (2010).

Other transliterated forms are Xansaja or Zhansaja.



Gender: Masculine
Origin: Croatian/Czech/Macedonian/Serbian/Slovak/Slovene
Meaning: “soul

The name is derived from the Slavonic element, dusha, meaning , “soul.”

Likewise, in Czech, it can also be a derivative of the Old Slavonic male name, Duchoslav meaning “soul glory.”

The name was borne by 14th-century Serbian King, Stefan Uroš IV Dušan (1308-1355). He was considered the most powerful Serbian ruler in history and perhaps one of the most powerful rulers in 14th-century Europe.

Other forms include the Polish Duszan, the Bulgarian Dushko, the Hungarian Dusán and the Romanian Duşan.

Feminine forms include Dušana and Dušanka.

The designated name-days are April 9 (Czech) and May 26 (Slovakia).


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/dus18an


vesiretkeilyGender: Feminine
Origin: Finnish
Meaning: “mind; soul; spirit”

The name is derived from the Finnish mieli meaning “mind; soul; spirit.” In Finnish mythology, the name is borne by the wife of Tapio and the goddess of the hunt and of forests. She appears quite a bit in the Finnish Epic, the Kalevala. The designated name-day is September 23. To hear how the name is pronounced go here: http://www.forvo.com/search/Mielikki/