Fiddah, Fizzah, Fizziyah

  • Origin: Arabic فِضَّة
  • Meaning: “silver.”
  • Gender: female
  • Phonetic Pronunciation Standard Arabic: FEED-dah; Spoken Arabic: FEEZ-zah
  • IPA: /fidˤ.dˤa/

The name comes directly from the Arabic word فِضَّة (fiddah), meaning “silver”, it is sometimes transliterated as Fizzah.

Another form is Fizziyah فِضِّيَّة, which means “silvery.” Also transliterated as Fiddiyah.

Fizzi فِضِّي is a unisex variation.

It is the same word in Maltese, but spelled Fidda. It is not used as a given-name in Malta, but may hypothetically make a nice Maltese female name since it is already used as a legitimate Arabic female name in other parts of the world.

Other forms include:

  • Fidah (Malay)
  • Fedha (Swahili)

Other transliterations include: Feda, Fedda, Fedha, Feza, Fezza, Fidda, Fida & Fidha.

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Damilọ́lá

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “God makes me wealthy.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pron: DAH-MEE-LOH-LAH (equal emphasis)

The name is composed of the Yoruba dá…l’ọ́lá (to make wealthy by God) and mi (me).

Another form is Dánlọlá.

It is borne by Nigerian model and actress, Dámilọ́la Adégbìtẹ́ (b. 1985).

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Dongmei

  • Origin: Chinese
  • Spelling: 冬梅 (most popular)
  • Meaning: “winter plum.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Approx Pron: (DAWNG-MAY)

The name is a transliteration of the Chinese unisex name 冬梅 (winter plum). This is the most popular form. Other character combinations for this name are possible, which then alters the meaning and in some cases, the gender. There is 东 dong (east) & 梅 mei (plum; apricot); or 东 mei (little sister) or 美 mei (beautiful). There are numerous other character combinations that will alter the meaning.

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Aráolúwa, Àràolúwa

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “the Lord’s kin” or “the Lord’s Miracle.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pronunciation: AH-raw-OH-loo-wah

These are separate names but they have identical pronunciation. The former is from the Yoruba phrase ará-olúwa (the Lord’s kin), while the latter is derived from àrà-olúwa, meaning, (the Lord’s wonder).

A common short form is Ara.

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Ayanda

  • Origin: Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
  • Meaning: “they are increasing.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • i-AHN-dah

The name is from a Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele phrase, meaning “they are increasing.”

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Dárasími, Ọlúwadárasími

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “good to me; the Lord is good to me.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pronunciation: DAH-rah-SEE-mee

Dárasími is from the Yoruba phrase, dára-sí-mi (good to me), there is also Ọlúwadárasími, which means “the Lord is good to me.”

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Teg, Tegh

  • Origin: Hindi, Punjabi
  • Gurmukhi: ਤੇਗ
  • Hindi: तेग
  • Meaning: “sword.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • (TAYG)

The name comes directly from the Hindi/Punjabi word meaning, “sword.” It is a unisex name, primarily used among Sikhs.

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Ajani

  • Origin: Yoruba
  • Meaning: “one whom we fought to have.”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pronunciation: AH-JAH-NEE

The name is a Yoruba unisex name which is usually given to a child where the parents were having a hard time having children or a child who was in a high risk pregnancy. It is from the Yoruba phrase, à-jà-ní (the one we fought for, or the one whom we fought to have).

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Tenzin

  • Origin: Tibetan བསྟན་འཛིན
  • Meaning: “upholder of Buddhist dharma”
  • Gender: unisex
  • Pronunciation: TEN-zin

The name is a popular Tibetan Buddhist name and ultimately derives from the Tibetan (bstan-‘dzin) བསྟན་འཛིན meaning “upholder of teachings.” It is one of the current names of the Dalai Llama, Tenzin Gyatso (b. 1935).

Other forms are Tenzing and Stanzing. A Ladakhi form is Stanzin. All of them are considered gender neutral and are used interchangeably among males and females.

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