• Origin: Sanskrit मिषिका
  • Meaning: “spikenard; Nardostachys Jatamansi.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pron: (MEE-shee-kah)

The name comes directly from the Sanskrit word for the plant Nardostachys Jatamansi, known as “spikenard,” a plant endemic to the Himalayas.


Nuwair, Nuwairah

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  • Origin: Arabic نُوَيْر نُوَيْرة
  • Meaning: various
  • (NWAY-er; NWAY-rah)

Nuwair is an Arabic unisex name which is most likely a diminutive form of the Arabic name Naar, hence “little fire.” It was mainly a male name in Medieval times but is now almost exclusively feminine. Nuwairah is sometimes used as an elaborate form but may possibly also have a different etymology altogether, being a diminutive form of the Arabic Nour (light) or a diminutive form of Nawrah (flower).

Other transliterations include: Nowaira, Nowair, Nowayr, Nuwaira, Nuwayra, Nuwayr & Nwaira.


Vaia, Vayia, Vaios


  • Origin: Greek Βάια, Βάγια, Βάιος
  • Meaning: “palm branch.”
  • VYE-ah, VYE-ose

The names are derived from the Greek βάϊς (vais) “palm leaf.”

Vaia, Vayia Vaïa and sometimes even transliterated as Vagia, is a Greek female name used on babies born on Palm Sunday. It’s masculine form is Vaios.




Primroses by Henry Le Jeune

From the common name of the flowering plant known as the Primula vulgaris, it derives from the Latin prima rosa (first rose) due to the fact the plant is known to flower very early in the spring.

Primroses are endemic across Western Europe and it is said to be the favorite flower of British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli, hence Primrose Day on April 19th. It is also the county flower of Devon, England.

As a given-name, the earliest record I could find was a christening record for a Primrose Barsten of Gloucester, England in 1624. There are 3 other records found for Primroses in 1628, 1631 and in 1676. There are also a few records for male Primroses, both as a middle name and first, between the 1700s-1800s. In the latter case, it was probably used in reference to the surname of the Earls of Rosebery in Scotland. Sir Archibald Primrose, 1st Earl of Rosebery (1664-1723) was a Scottish politician and 1st Earl of Rosebery to be inducted into the Peerage of Scotland in 1700. In this case, the surname is most likely derived from the Welsh elements pren (tree) & rhos (moore).

By the 1800s, there are numerous records for Primroses, most commonly as a middle name, among females christened in London.

The name is not unheard of among British upper classes, in England & Wales, it is currently the 213th most popular female name in 2018.



IrisOrigin: Greek Ιρις
Meaning: “rainbow”
Gender: Feminine

The name is derived from the Greek “Îris (Ἶρις) Írídos (ίρίδος) “rainbow” and is borne in Greek mythology by the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the Olympian gods. It later became associated with the body part, the flower, and a colour, all of which were named for the Greek goddess.

In recent years, the name has experienced a surge in popularity in several countries. Its rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • #21 (Iceland 2017, Íris)
  • #25 (Portugal, 2016, Íris)
  • #31 (Sweden, 2017)
  • #32 (France, Paris, 2016)
  • #56 (Catalonia, 2016)
  • #73 (Spain, 2016)
  • #84 (England/Wales, 2016)
  • #85 (Netherlands, 2017)
  • #85 (Slovenia, 2016)
  • #116 (Norway, 2016)
  • #121 (France, entire country, 2016)
  • #186 (United States, 2016)
  • #199 (Scotland, 2016)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Iris Ирис Իրիս (Armenian/Bulgarian/Catalan/Czech/Danish/Dutch/English/Estonian/Finnish/French/German/Greek/Italian/Serbo-Croatian/Norwegian/Polish/Romanian/Slovenian/Spanish/Swedish)
  • Iryda Ірыда (Belarusian/Polish)
  • Irida Ирида (Bulgarian/Croatian/Greek/Italian/Russian/Serbian)
  • Iiku (Finnish)
  • Iiri (Finnish)
  • Iiris (Finnish)
  • Írisz (Hungarian)
  • Íris (Icelandic/Portuguese/Slovak)
  • Iride (Italian)
  • Iridė (Lithuanian)
  • Yryda Ирида (Ukrainian)



Ziv, Ziva, Zivit

800px-Cloud_in_the_sunlightZiv is a male Hebrew name which comes directly from the Hebrew word זִיו (ziv) meaning, “brightness, radiance, splendor. In the Bible, this was the name of second month of the Jewish Calendar  (1 Kings 6:1, 6:37), which in modern times is known as Iyar.

Ziva and Zivit are its feminine forms, though Ziv has also been occasionally used on girls.

Alternately, Ziva is can be a latinate form of the Slavic Živa



Gender: Feminine
Origin: English

From the name of the flowering shrub which gets its name from the botanist who first classified it, Georg Josef Kamel.

The name has been used in France since at least the 18th-century.

As of 2010, its French form of Camélia was the 156th most popular female name in France.

Other forms include:

Camélia (French)
Camelia (English/Romanian)

The designated name-day in France in October 5.

The name is currently borne by French pop singer, Camélia Jordana (b.1992).


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Gender: Feminine
Origin: Persian نسرین‎
Meaning: “wild rose.”

The name comes from the Persian word for the wild rose, and is used throughout the former Persian Empire.

As of 2010, its Maghrebin form of Nesrine was the 248th most popular female name in France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Nesrine (Algerian/Moroccan/Tunisian)
  • Nesrin (Azeri/Kurdish/Turkish)
  • Nasrine (Comorian)
  • Nasrin (Pashtun/Persian/Tajik/Uzbek)
  • Nasreen (Urdu)

Lily, Lillian

Gender: Feminine
Origin: English

The name comes directly from the name of the flower, (in particular, in reference to lilium candidum, the classic white lily, also known as the madonna lily), and was a popular choice throughout the English-speaking world in the 18th and early part of the 20th centuries.

It has recently been revived. It is currently the 4th most popular female name in the United Kingdom (2009) and the 17th in the United States (2010). So far, this is the highest that Lily has ever ranked in U.S. naming history.

In other countries, her rankings are as follows:

  • # 6 (New Zealand, 2010)
  • # 7 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
  • # 8 (Scotland, 2010)
  • # 10 (Canada, B.C., 2010)
  • # 13 (Ireland, 2010)
  • # 15 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
  • # 45 (France, 2009)
  • # 51 (Belgium, 2008)
  • # 161 (Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 173 (Norway, 2010)

For several centuries, Lily was a symbol of purity and sometime of death, among Roman Catholics, the name was often a symbol of the Virgin Mary.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Lily (Dutch/English/French/German/Scandinavian)
  • Lilly/Lilli/Lillie (German)
  • Lili (Hungarian)
  • Lilja (Icelandic/Finnish)
  • Líle (Irish-Gaelic)
  • Lilia (Polish)
  • Lília (Portuguese)
  • Lilia/Liliya Лилия (Russian/Ukrainian)
  • Lilly (Scandinavian)

Vernacular forms of Lily, (that is names that are not derived from the Latin lilium but mean lily in their native tongue)

  • Kremena (Bulgarian: masculine form is Kremen)
  • Lis/Lys (French)
  • Shoshannah שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Hebrew)
  • Crina (Romanian: masculine form is Crin)
  • Azucena (Spanish)

Another form of Lily is the Latin Liliana, which is derived from the Latin word, lilium, meaning, “lily.” This has spun off the English female name of Lillian, which has been in usage in the English-speaking world since the 16th-century. Careful on the spelling though, because if spelled with one L that makes it a French masculine name.

Lillian is also sometimes believed to have originally been a diminutive form of Elizabeth, in fact, the name Lily was commonly used as a pet form of Elizabeth.

Currently, Lillian is the 21st most popular female name in the United States, (2010) and is rising. She is somewhat of a vintage, she was the 10th most popular female name for 4 years in a row between 1898-1901. The lowest that Lillian has ranked in U.S. history so far was in 1978, coming in as the 486th most popular female name. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 39 (Liliana, Hungary, 2010)
  • # 93 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
  • # 124 (Liliana, United States, 2010)

Other forms include:

  • Lilyana Лиляна (Bulgarian)
  • Liliana (Czech/English/Hungarian/Italian/Polish/Portuguese/Romanian/Spanish)
  • Lillian (English/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Liliane (French)
  • Liljana Лилјана (Macedonian/Slovene)
  • Lilianna (Polish)
  • Lilias (Scottish)
  • Lilijana (Slovene)

Masculine French form is Lilian.