Žyvilė, Živilė

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: debated
(zhee-VIL-ay); (zhih-VIL-ay)

The name may be composed of the Lithuanian elements, žy- from (žygiuoti), “to move; to march” and vil- from (viltis) meaning “hope.”

According to Polish historian and linguist, K. Gorski, the name may also be a corruption of the name of an ancient Baltic diety, Zizili, the name of an obscure fertility goddess.

The name is believed to have been first introduced by Polish-Lithuanian poet, Adam Mickiewicz.

The designated name-day is February 6.

A Polish form is Żywila

Sources:

  1. K. GórskiOnomastyka Mickiewicza, [w:] Onomastica nr 10-11, r. VI, Wrocław 1960
  2. http://day.lt/vardai/%DEivil%EB
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