aarushOrigin: Sanskrit
Meaning: “sun.”
Gender: masculine

The name comes directly from the Sanskrit आरुष (sun).

It first appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 in 2010 and in 2015 and fell off again. The highest it has ranked was in 2010 as the 900th most popular male name.



Sólja, Sóley

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Faroese/Icelandic
Meaning: “buttercup.”
(SOLE-yah); (SOO-lay).

Both names are derived from the Norse word sol meaning “sun.” In modern vernacular both names are used to refer to the buttercup flower in their own respective languages. Sólja is the Faroese form and Sóley the Icelandic. Though Sóley is used as a given name in the Faroe Islands as well.

As of 2010 Sólja was the 8th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Anglo-Saxon
Meaning: “sun gift”
Sunniva: (sun-NEE-vah); (SUN-nih-vuh); Synnove (sewn-NEW-veh) the Y is like a French U and the umlauted O is like the French eu.

The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon name, Sungifu, which is composed of the elements sun meaning, “sun” and gifu meaning, “gift.”

The name was attributed to an Irish princess and saint in the 1170 Norwegian work, (written in Latin), Acta sanctorum in Selio.

The book recounts the legend of St. Sunniva, who fled her native homeland in order to escape the advances of an unwanted suitor. She and her entourage ended up landing in what is now Selje Norway, where they took refuge in a cave. When the local inhabitants accused them of stealing sheep, it is said that rocks fell and miraculously closed off the cave to the angry inhabitants.

In 996, King Olaf Tryggvason excavated the cave where he found the body of the saint, (who had been dead hundreds of years), miraculously intact.

King Olaf designated her as the patron saint of the municipality of Selje. An abbey was built over the site of the cave.

Another legend attributed to her says that when fires ravashed the area of Bergen, between 1170-1 to 1198, the remains of the saint were taken from her reliquary and sat up in a sitting position, which miraculously stopped the spread of the fire.

As of 2010, its Faroese form of Sunneva was the 7th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands, while Sunniva was the 44th most popular female name in Norway, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Sungifu (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Synne (Norwegian/Danish: originally a diminutive, now used as an independent given name)
  • Sunneva (Faroese/Icelandic)
  • Sunnefa (Icelandic)
  • Sunníva (Icelandic)
  • Sunnifa (Middle Scandinavian)
  • Sunni (Norwegian)
  • Sunniva (Norwegian)
  • Synnev(a) (Norwegian)
  • Synøve/Synnøve (Norwegian)
  • Sönne (Swedish)
  • Synnöve (Swedish)

Possible nickname options include Sunny, Sunna, Sun or Neve or Niva.

In 2007, Sunniva was the 47th most popular female name.

The designated name-day is July 8th.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Frisian
Germ (ZEEN-yah)

The name could be a Germanized form of Sinya, a Russian diminutive of Euphrosyne. A more likely etymology is that it is from the German contraction of Gesina, the Frisian form of Gertrude, or it may be derived from the Frisian sin (sun). The name has also been sometimes correlated with a Bulgarian source, Sinia, (blue).

Currently, Sinja is the 456th most popular female name in Germany, (2011).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Sinje
  • Sintje
  • Sünje
  • Sünnje
  • Süntje
  • Sünja
  • Synja
  • Synje


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse/Latin/Spanish
Meaning: “sun”

The name is believed to be of ancient Indo-European roots and in Norse Mythology, she is the personification of the sun. Sól appears in Old Nordic literature, such as, the Prose Edda, where she is attested as being the sister of the Moon (Máni) and the daughter of Mundilfari. It is foretold that in the coming days of Ragnarók, she shall be devoured by the Fenris wolf, but beforehand, she shall give birth to a daughter who will take her place after the great battle.

Many scholars have theorized that the goddess may be an extension of a proto-European bronze age goddess and may be related to the Sanskrit Surya. This theory is supported by the fact that similar attestations and names appear in other Pre-Christian European religions, such as the Lithuanian Saulė, the Gaulic Saulis and the Slavic Solnitse. In Roman mythology, Sol was personified as a man.

In modern Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian, it is the word for sun and is occasionally bestowed as a female given name. It has recently become more common in Latin America, where it was originally used as a short form of Marisol, but is now more often used as an independent given name.

Currently, Sol is the 27th most popular female name in Argentina, (2009).



Gender: Feminine
Origin: Spanish

The name is either a contraction of María Soledad or María del Sol, the name was originally used in honour of the Virgin Mary. In recent years, Spanish-speaking parents may have used it due to the fact that it sounds like Mar y Sol (sea and sun).

It is also the name of a 1996 Mexican telenovela.

Currently, Marisol is the 528th most popular female name in the United States, (2010).


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


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: “sun”

Of all the Sam names, Samson seems to be the least appreciated, ranking only as the 867th most popular male name in the United States (“Popular Baby Names.” Social Security Administration. 2011. Social Security Online. 1 Sept. 2011. http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/)

The name is found in the Old Testament as the name of one of the Israelite judges. He was given supernatural strength by God. However, when he admitted to Delilah that the secret to his power was in his hair, she had it shaven off while he was sleeping.

It is derived from the Hebrew שִׁמְשׁוֹן (Shimshon) meaning “sun.”

The name was first introduced in England after the Norman conquest due to the veneration of a Welsh bishop who founded monasteries in Brittany and Normandy.

In Basque folklore it is found as the name of a mighty giant who is attributed to creating the Pyrenees by throwing stones.

Other forms of the name include:

Shamshoun شمشون‎ (Arabic)
Sanson (Basque)
Samzun (Breton)
Samsó (Catalan)
Samson Самсо́н (Czech/English/French/Norwegian/Polish/Russian/Ukrainian/Welsh)
Simson (Dutch/Finnish/German/Swedish)
Sampson Σαμψών (Greek)
Shimshon  שמשון (Hebrew)
Sámson (Hungarian)
Sansone (Italian)
Samsonas (Lithuanian)
Sansão (Portuguese)
Sansón (Spanish)

The designated name-days are: July 10 (Poland) and July 28 (Poland and France).

Common English short forms are Sam and Sammie. In Polish, the diminutive is Samsonik.


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


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Sanskrit
Meaning: rope; sunbeam; sunlight.”


The name is derived from the Sanskrit either meaning “rope” or “sunlight” “sunbeam.”


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/rashmi
  2. http://spokensanskrit.de/index.php?script=HK&tinput=rashmi&country_ID=&trans=Translate&direction=SE