Nectar is the English form of the Greek NektariosΝεκτάριος, which is derived from νέκταρ (nektar), meaning “nectar, the drink of the gods. Nectar is not a name that has ever been in common use in the English-speaking world, but since it is the name of several Eastern and Western Christian saints, the proper English male translation of the name would be Nectar; or it would have appeared thus in the calendar.
It was borne by St. Nectaire of Auvergne, a 4th-century Christian missionary to the Gauls in what is now the Massif Central region of France. According to Gregory of Tours, he was sent by Pope Fabian, along with his brothers, where he transformed a temple that was dedicated to Apollo on Mont Cornadore into a cathedral that still stands, and was subsequently beheaded by the local Gaulic chieftain. The commune of Saint-Nectaire in the Puy-de-Dôme department of France gets its name from him, as does the cheese of the same name; or the latter technically comes from the Marshal of Senneterre, which is a linguistic corruption of Saint-Nectaire.
Safin سَفِين is an Arabic male name that derives from the Arabic root, S-F-N س ف ن meaning, “ship.” Safin itself is the plural form and therefore means “ships.” The singular form of Safina سَفِينة (ship) is used as a female given-name. Another feminine form, which is Safana سَفّانة, literally meaning “boatwright” in modern Arabic derives from the same root but may have had a connotation of a precious gem or pearl in old Arabic and was also used as a term of endearment for a daughter.
Other forms include: Safeen (masculine), Saffanah (feminine), Safanah (feminine) & Safinah (feminine).
Safwanis an Arabic male name which is derived from the Arabic صَفْوَانٍ meaning “rock.” It is used in Quran verse 2:264: Such men are like a rock covered with earth: a shower falls upon it and leaves it hard and bare. (Quran 2:264). It also shares the same root with صاف؛ (cloudless).
The name was borne by 2 companions (sahabas) of the Prophet Muhammed, Safwan ibn Umayyah صفوان بن أمية) (died 661) and Ṣafwān ibn al-Muʿaṭṭal al-Sulamī (صفوان بن المعطل السلمي) (d. 638 or 679), the latter is attributed to founding the city of Safwan in Iraq.
A Turkish form is Safvan(Turkish) and it is sometimes transliterated as Safuan.