RudraOrigin: Sanskrit
Meaning: debated
Gender: Masculine

This is the name of a diety in Hinduism who is mainly associated with the wind, storm and the hunt. Rudra is believed to be the personification of terror and some schools of thought claim Rudra and Shiva are one and the same being. Rudra is an important diety in the Hindu sect known as Saivism.

The meaning of Rudra itself is debated, many sources believe it is derived from the Sanskrit root rud (to howl; to cry), other sources believe it is linked with a Sanskrit root word rud for (red) or even (shining), whilst others have connected the name with the Sanskrit रौद्र raudra (wild); the name can also be connected with the Sanskrit word for the number eleven रुद्र (rudra).



Majd, Majda

MajdOrigin: Arabic مجد
Meaning: exaltation; glory
Arab (MADGE); Serbo-Cro/Slov. (MYE-dah)

Majd is a traditional unisex Arabic name meaning “glory; exaltation.”

Majd is the acronym for the Algerian political party Mouvement Algérien pour la Justice et le Développement. Majd is also the name of a Lebanese political party.

Majda is also used among Bosnian Muslims as a Slavonic exclusive feminine form of the Arabic Majd; it is also used by Serbian, Croatians and Slovenes as a contracted form of Magdalena.

Another transliteration is Magd.




OnyxOrigin: Latin
Meaning: “claw; fingernail”
Gender: Feminine

From the name of a gemstone, this name first came into use as a female given name in the 19th-century. Onyx itself derives from the Latin word for “fingernail; claw.”

In the ancient world, the stone was used for cameos, intaglios and vessels. The Onyx was believed to be a remedy against labor pain among Medieval midwives.

Onyx is also used as a synonym for the colour black.

Possible short forms are Oni, Onnie, Nixie or Nyx.



Sharbel, Charbel

Sharbel, CharbelOrigin: Aramaic
Meaning: uncertain
Gender: Masculine

A traditional Aramaic male name, many sources erroneously list this name as Arabic. Its meaning is illusive, but what is known is that the second element of the name is either from the Aramaic el (God) or Ba’al, meaning “master; lord.”

This is a very common name among Assyrian Christians as it was borne by an early Christian martyr and saint of Syria (known to Western Christians as St. Sarbelius). St. Sarbelius was martyred under the Roman Emperor Trajan.

In the 19th-century, the name was borne by a Lebanese mystic and monk, St. Charbel Makhlouf (1828-1898).

The name is sometimes transliterated as Šarbel or Šarbil.

Since this is the name of a saint venerated among Roman Catholics and Eastern Christians, there are equivalents that appear on several Christian calendars across the world, however, the following names are not necessarily in common use in said languages:

  • Xàrbel (Catalan)
  • Šarbel (Croatian/Czech)
  • Charbel (French, used among French-speakers of Lebanese or Assyrian descent)
  • Scharbel (German)
  • Sarbelius (Latin)
  • Chárbel (Spanish, used among Spanish-speakers of Lebanese descent, especially in Mexico where there is a large Lebanese-Mexican community)
  • Szarbel (Polish: not in use, but appears on the Catholic Saint calendar)



QasimOrigin: Arabic قاسم
Meaning: “one who distributes; one who shares.”
Gender: Masculine

The name is derived from the Arabic root Q-S-M قسم (qasama) “to share or to divide.” The name was borne by one of the infant sons of the Prophet Muhammed, Qasim ibn Muhammed (d. 605).

In the UK, the name appeared in the Top 500 between 1996 and 2005 and peaked at #318 in 1997.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Gasim/Qasım (Azeri)
  • Qaasim (Somalian)
  • Qasem/Qassem (Persian)
  • Kassem (Lebanese)
  • Kasım (Turkish)

Other transliterations from the Arabic include: Quasim, Casim, Cassim, Kacem, Kasem, Kassem, Kassim, Qasem, Kasim, Qassim, Ghasem, Kassam, Kaseem, Kasseem, Qaseem, and Kasim.


Harmonia, Harmony

HarmonyOrigin: Greek
Meaning: “harmony”
Gender: Feminine

Harmonia was the name of the Greek goddess of peace and harmony, her Roman counterpart being Concordia.

Harmonia was also the name of a minor in nymph in Greek mythology.

In history, Harmonia was the name of the daughter of Gelo, a 3rd-century Sicilian king. Their story is rather unpleasant to say the least, after her family was slaughtered by their angry subjects, a faithful girl chose to stand in Harmonia’s place and was slaughtered as a result. Harmonia felt so guilty about someone else sacrificing their life for her that she ultimately killed herself.

Harmonia is also the name of a plant species, a species of beetle and butterfly.

Its English counterpart of Harmony has been in use since the 18th-century, being popularized among the Puritans.

Harmony has been in the U.S. top 1000 since 2000 and has steadily risen since then. As of 2016, it was the 191st most popular female name. It is also currently #369 in England & Wales, 2016. Between 2005 and 2010, it was among the top 100 most popular female names in New Zealand, peaking at #70 in 2006.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Harmonia (Catalan/Czech/Dutch/Greek/Hungarian/Polish/Portuguese/Romanian)
  • Harmonie (French)
  • Harmonía/Armonía (Spanish)
  • Armonia (Italian)


Latin Words That Would Make Awesome Baby Names

Roman Names

I meant to publish this several weeks ago, but never got around it. Here is a list of lovely Latin names that would make awesome female names. What do you think? Would you use any of these?

  • Abellana (hazelnut)
  • Acerra: name of a type of small box that held incense for sacrifices
  • Aerizusa: name of a kind of precious stone, speculated to pertain to “turquoise”
  • Aeruca “verdigris”
  • Aethra: “the upper, pure air; the bright, clear, serene sky; the air, heavens, sky”
  • Alauda “lark”
  • Albuelis: name of a kind of vine
  • Alica: a form of wheat, grits or a type of drink produced from the aformentioned wheat.
  • Alicula: a short tunic with a cape
  • Alsine: “chickweed”
  • Anima “soul”
  • Apella “small bee”
  • Aqua “water”
  • Ara “altar; sanctuary”
  • Aranea “spider; spider web”
  • Ardissa: name of an unknown type of plant
  • Arianis: name of a type of wild plant that grew in what is now Afghanistan
  • Arinca: a kind of grain
  • Aris: name of a plant in the arum family
  • Arista “ear of grain; harvest; summer”
  • Atrusca: name of a kind of grape
  • Auraria “goldmine; female goldsmith”
  • Aurata “golden; gilded; sea bream”
  • Avena “wild oat”
  • Avicella/Avicula “little bird”
  • Avis “bird”
  • Bacalia: name of a type of laurel with berries
  • Banderia “banner; flag”
  • Barneca “barnacle goose”
  • Bellatrix “warrior woman”
  • Bellis “daisy”
  • Berula “watercress”
  • Betula “birch”
  • Bolis: a term for a meteor shaped like an arrow
  • Boria: name of a kind of jasper
  • Brassica “cabbage”
  • Bria “winecup”
  • Brisa “refuse of grapes after pressing”
  • Brontea “thunderstone; precious stone”
  • Bruma “winter solstice; winter cold”
  • Bryonia “bryony”
  • Bucardia: name of a type of precious stone
  • Cacalia “coltsfoot plant”
  • Cadmitis: name of a type of precious stone
  • Caesura “a pause in a verse”
  • Cala “burning log”
  • Calabrix: name of a shrub speculated to be the buckthorn
  • Caliditas “warmth; heat”
  • Callais: name of a precious stone that was green, perhaps the turqoise
  • Callis “path”
  • Caltha “marigold”
  • Camella “wine-goblet”
  • Campana “bell”
  • Canna “reed”
  • Cantatio “charm; spell; music; song”
  • Cantilena “old song; gossip; oft-repeated saying”
  • Cantio “song”
  • Cantrix “songstress”
  • Cappella “cloak; chapel”
  • Caprea “roe deer; wild female goat”
  • Carex “reedgrass; rushes”
  • Carica: name of a type of fig
  • Carissa “artful woman”
  • Cassia “cinnamon”
  • Cassita “crested lark”
  • Castanea “chestnut”
  • Cathedra “ceremonial chair”
  • Cedrus “cedar”
  • Cembra “Swiss pine”
  • Ceraunia: name of a light blue gemstone
  • Cerceris: name of a type of bird, exact translation has been lost in history
  • Ceresia “cherry”
  • Chara: name of a type of root plant, exact translation has been lost in history
  • Chelidonia “celandine swallow”
  • Chelys “tortoise”
  • Chilias “the number one thousand”
  • Cicindela “firefly”
  • Ciconia “stork”
  • Cidaris “diadem; tiara”
  • Cifra “zero”
  • Cinis “cold ashes”
  • Cinnabaris “dragon’s blood; cinnabar”
  • Cynira “10-stringed lyre”
  • Codia “head of the poppy”
  • Coris “hypericon plant”
  • Dabla “Arabian date palm”
  • Damalio “calf”
  • Damma “fallow deer”
  • Dammula “small deer”
  • Dextra “right hand”
  • Docis: meteor in the form of a beam
  • Dolba “caterpiller”
  • Dos “gift; dowry; endowment”
  • Dracaena “she-dragon”
  • Dracontia: name of a precious stone allegedly found in serpent heads
  • Dravoca “darnel grass”
  • Eclipsis “solar eclipse”
  • Emys: name of a type of tortoise
  • Equa “mare”
  • Erice “heath
  • Fabella “story; play”
  • Fera “wild animal; beast”
  • Feria “festival; holiday”
  • Ferula “fennel”
  • Filiola “young daughter”
  • Filix “fern”
  • Fulica “waterfowl”
  • Galbina: name of a type of small bird
  • Gallina “hen”
  • Gavia: name of a type of bird
  • Gelela “bitter apple”
  • Gemmula “small plant; small gem”
  • Genista “broom plant”
  • Glena “a bundle of ears of grain”
  • Glis “dormouse”
  • Hadra “stone”
  • Harena “sand”
  • Helix “ivy; willow”
  • Iberis “cress”
  • Ilex “holm oak”
  • Irio: name of a type of plant
  • Isatis “woad”
  • Lada: name of a type of shrub
  • Lanterna “torch; lantern”
  • Lapsana: name of a type of plant similar to mustard
  • Larix “larch”
  • Laurea “laurel tree”
  • Laus “praise; glory”
  • Lautitia “elegance; splendour”
  • Leaena “lioness”
  • Leros: name of a kind of precious stone
  • Lex “law”
  • Lexis “word”
  • Libellula “dragonfly”
  • Libra “a pound; balance; scale”
  • Loba “nightshade”
  • Luella “atonement”
  • Luma “thorn”
  • Lunula: moon-shaped ornament
  • Lutra “otter”
  • Lux “light”
  • Lychnis: name of a type of rose or precious stone
  • Macaerinthe “rosemary”
  • Maena “a small sea-fish”
  • Magia “magic; sorcery”
  • Martes “marten”
  • Mataxa “silk”
  • Meles “badger”
  • Mellilla “sweetheart”
  • Mellinia “sweetness”
  • Melongena “aubergine”
  • Merenda “taste” also a small evening meal
  • Merula “blackbird”
  • Musica “music”
  • Nabla: name of a type of lyre
  • Narita: name of a type of sea-snail
  • Natula “little daughter”
  • Natura “nature”
  • Nebula “cloud; fog”
  • Nepa “scorpion; crab”
  • Nitela “brightness; splendour”
  • Nix “snow”
  • Noticula “moon; candle; lamp; lantern”
  • Noctua “owl”
  • Nodia: name of a type of plant
  • Nox “night”
  • Nubes “stormcloud”
  • Nubicula “little cloud”
  • Nux “tree-nut”
  • Olea “olive”
  • Olla “pot; jar”
  • Olyra “spelt”
  • Ombria: name of a precious stone
  • Ononis “restharrow” a type of shrub”
  • Palara: name of a type of bird
  • Pandia: name of a precious stone
  • Penna “feather”
  • Persica “walnut; peach”
  • Phalaena “moth”
  • Pluvia “rain”
  • Poetria “poem; poesy; poetess”
  • Porphirio: name of a type of bird “purple swampen.”
  • Principissa “princess”
  • Quiescentia “quiet; rest”
  • Rana “frog”
  • Rhodora: name of a type of plant
  • Rica “veil”
  • Rubecula “robin”
  • Rubia “red dye; madder”
  • Rubrica “red ochre; rubric”
  • Runa “dart; javelin”
  • Sacristia “vestry”
  • Saeta “silk; bristle”
  • Saga “sage; fortune-teller”
  • Sagitta “arrow”
  • Salina “salt”
  • Saliunca “nard-tree”
  • Salix “willow”
  • Salvia “sage-plant”
  • Samara: name of a plant
  • Sambuca: name of a type of harp
  • Sampsa: “olive pomace”
  • Sapphirus “sapphire”
  • Sarissa: name of a type of pike or weapon
  • Satureia “savory herb”
  • Seris: name of a type of Chicory
  • Seselis “saxifrage”
  • Sitella “voting urn”
  • Sozusa “artemisia plant”
  • Sphaera “globe; sphere”
  • Spica “ear of grain”
  • Spuma “foam”
  • Stiria “icicle”
  • Taeda “pinewood; torch”
  • Taleola “small shoot”
  • Talpa “mole (animal)”
  • Talpona: name of a type of vine
  • Tamarix “tamarisk”
  • Tarrupia: name of a type of grape
  • Tela “web; loom”
  • Telis “fenugreek”
  • Terra “earth; soil; world”
  • Thymbra “savory”
  • Tiara “turban; ornamental headdress”
  • Tilia “linden tree”
  • Tisana “pearl barley”
  • Umbra “shadow; ghost”
  • Unda “wave”
  • Uria: name of a type of seabird
  • Ursa “female bear”
  • Urtica “stinging nettle”
  • Vallis “valley”
  • Venia “indulgence; kindness; grace; mercy”
  • Verbena “herb”
  • Virga “twig; magical wand”
  • Vox “voice; accent”
  • Zea “emmer wheat; rosemary”
  • Zeta: the Letter Z
  • Zmintha: name of a type of mint
  • Zona “belt; girdle”
  • Zura “seed; Christ’s Thorn (type of plant)”

Ancient Roman Place Names

  • Adrana: from the Latin name for the Eder River in Germany
  • Aleria: name of a city in Corsica
  • Allia: name of a river in Latium
  • Alsa: Latin name for the Ausa River in Venetia
  • Alyzia: name of a town in Ancient Greece
  • Ameria: name of an ancient city in Umbria
  • Ancyra: Latin name for Ankara, Turkey
  • Aprusia: name of a small river in Umbria
  • Avara: Latin name for the Yèvre river in France
  • Aveia: name of a city near L’Aquila, Italy
  • Brixia: Latin name for Brescia
  • Caralis: Latin name for Cagliari
  • Calauria: name of an island of the Saronic golf
  • Caledonia: Latin name for Scotland
  • Calela: name of a town in Apulia
  • Caletra: name of an Etruscan city
  • Edeta: name of a city in what is now Spain
  • Hibernia “Ireland”
  • Letoia: name of an island in the Ionian sea mentioned by Pliny
  • Lutetia: ancient name for Paris
  • Narnia: Latin name for Narni, Italy
  • Nebrissa: name of a town in what is now Spain
  • Noeta: name of a town in what is now Spain
  • Priene: name of a town in Greece
  • Prinoessa: name of an island on the Ionian sea
  • Robrica: name of a town in what is now Belgium
  • Rura: Latin name for the River Ruhr in Germany
  • Saba: Latin name for Sheba
  • Sabaria: name of a town in Pannonia
  • Sabora: name of a town in what is now Andalusia
  • Sabrata: name of a town in North Africa
  • Sabrina: Latin name for the Severn river
  • Samara: Latin name for the river Somme
  • Samaria: Ancient city in the West Bank
  • Samarobriva: Latin name for Amiens
  • Sicoris: Latin name for the Segre river in Spain
  • Silana: name of a town in Greece
  • Silpia: name of a town in Spain
  • Sina: Latin name for China
  • Sinuessa: name of a town in Lazio
  • Snelandia: Latin name for Iceland
  • Talamina: name of a town in Spain
  • Tamaris: name of the Tambre river in Spain
  • Taruenna: Latin name for Thérouanne, a town in Belgium

Boys names to come soon…

Rigobert, Rigoberto

RigobertOrigin: Germanic
Meaning: “bright ruler”
Gender: Masculine

The name derives from the Old High German, Ricbert, which is composed of the elements, rik (ruler) and behrt (bright).

Rigobert was borne by a late 7th-century Benedictine monk who succeeded St. Rieul as Bishop of Rheims.

Its Spanish and Italian form of Rigoberto is fairly common among Hispanic communities in the United States. It has appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 between 2000-2009 and peaked at #633 in 2001.

Other forms include:

  • Ricbehrt (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Rigobert (Czech/Dutch/German/French/Hungarian)
  • Ricbert (Dutch)
  • Richbert (German)
  • Ricbraht (German)
  • Ricpert (German)
  • Ricoberto (Italian)
  • Rigoberto (Italian/Spanish)
  • Ricobertus (Late Latin)
  • Rygobert (Polish)
  • Ribert (Swedish)

A French and Spanish short form is Rigo.



ShlokOrigin: Sanskrit
Meaning: praise; verse; sound; prayer”
Gender: Masculine

The name comes from the Sanskrit word श्लोक (shloka) meaning “praise; verse; sound; prayer.”

Shloka is the name of a type of verse line which appears in classical Indian epic verse.



ZeldaThe name can either be a Yiddish feminine form of Selig (blessed; happy) or a diminutive form of Griselda.

The name came became somewhat widespread at the turn of the 20th-century thanks to the American writer, Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), who in her case, was named for the fictional characters in Jane Howard’s Zelda: A Tale of the Massachusetts Colony (1866) and Robert Edward Francillon’s Zelda’s Fortune (1874).

Despite its vintage feel, Zelda has only recently appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 within the last 2 years, first entering in 2015. It is currently the 689th most popular female name.

This is also the name of the character from the video game series, The Legend of Zelda by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.

Other notable bearers include American fashion designer, Zelda Wynn Valdes (1905-2001), American actress Zelda Rubenstein (1933-2010) and American actress, daughter of Robin Williams, Zelda Williams (b.1986).

Another form is Selda.

The name has also occurred in occasional use in French-speaking countries, Spanish and Portuguese-Speaking countries and German-Speaking countries.