NAMES & NICKNAMES (Q-Z)

NAMES & NICKNAMES (Q-Z)

Are you curious about the origin/s and meaning/s of your name or someone else's name?

This page presents a sample of personal names beginning with the letters Q-Z that are currently considered to be "distinctive" and "non-standard", particularly in the United States. Click http://www.cocojams.com/content/names-nicknames for Part #1 -personal names that begin with the letter (A-P). Many of the names included in this collection are names that have been given to African Americans since the 1960s.

Most of the names on this two Cocojams.com Names & Nickname pages have been posted because of visitors' queries.

DISCLAIMER:
This page doesn't purport to be a comprehensive listing of personal names that may be considered distinctive in the USA.

I am not a linguist.

The majority of the names on this two Cocojams.com Names & Nickname pages have been posted because of visitors' queries and most of the information including in this page is from other online sites or from Baby name books.

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Ms. Azizi Powell, Founder/Editor of Cocojams.com
Latest revision - July 16, 2013

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OTHER RELATED LINKS
http://www.cocojams.com/content/yoruba-names-their-meanings-fela-sowande Yoruba Names & Their Meanings.

(This page is an exact publication of a chapter on Yoruba (Nigeria, West Africa) names from an unpublished manuscript written in 1966 by the renown Yoruba musician, composer, and scholar Dr. Fela Sowande.)

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http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-i-got-my-african-name.html How I Got My African Name
(This is a page from my cultural blog.)

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WHAT DO I MEAN BY A "DISTINCTIVE" (NON-STANDARD) NAME?
A "distinctive" ("non-standard") name is one that is likely not to be currently listed in the top 100 names for any specific nation, However, that name could be very well be a "standard" name in other nations. And that name could have been commonly given in that particular nation's past.

Although some people use adjectives such as "unusual", "odd", and "ghetto" to refer to some of these names, I prefer to use the adjectives "unique" and "distinctive".

Some people stigmatize contemporary names by saying that they are "made up names". The truth of the matter is that every name was "made up" at some point in time.

Some of the names featured on this page are older names that may have been commonly given in the United States, but have now been largely "retired". Other featured names may be non-English language forms of a name that Americans are still familiar with. Some of those name may still be the standard way of saying those names in Hebrew, Latin, French, Celtic, Arabic, or other languages. Other names featured on this page have been more recently created.

Some of these contemporary names are variants (different forms) of one or more older names. Other names featured on this page are names that are borrowed in whole or modified versions of last names, geographical place names, product names, concept names, other nouns, or adjectives. Only a few of these "non-standard" names are completely made up "from scratch".

There's a pattern to creating new names. While you read the names on this page, see which patterns you can recognize. Hint: review the names and read the comments provided on Cocojams' other pages about names to learn some of the ways that names are created.

DISCLAIMER
This page is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of every name that might be considered "non-standard" in the United States.

In no way do I consider myself an expert on name origin & meanings. I consider this page as an opportunity to share information that I have found in books and on websites. I strongly encourage others to join with me in sharing any information or corrections that they may have about a particular name or naming practice.

I'm sorry that I'm not able to respond to every request for the origin and meaning of a particular name. My replies to queries about names are only posted on this website, and are not sent by way of private emails or postal addresses.

SEND YOUR NAME QUERIES TO COCOJAMS
Please send in your queries or comments regarding "non-traditional" names to
cocojams17@yahoo.com.. Your email address is never posted or shared. Or if you are on facebook, you can befriend me or send me a private message. My facebook name is cocojams jambalayah.

When you send in a request for information about a name, if you know this information, please don't forget to include whether the name is male, female, or given to both genders, and what language or culture you think that name comes from. This information may be important because the same name and similar names may be found in more than one language.

Thanks to all those who have submitted requests and comments to this page!

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ORIGINS & MEANINGS OF SELECTED NON-STANDARD NAMES
(Q-Z)

Queries are listed in alphabetical order. The newest postings are indicated by their dates

Q,R,S
QUAN ; KUAN ; KWAN
http://www.behindthename.com/name/quan
meaning #1
Gender: Masculine

Usage: Vietnamese

Means "soldier" in Vietnamese.

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meaning #2 & #3
from http://www.20000-names.com/male_q_names.htm:
Chinese name meaning "spring (of water)." Also a martial arts term meaning "fist."
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"Quan" is used as an ending for a number of contemporary African American male names, for example DaQuan (pronounced DAY-kwan) and Jayquan (pronounced JAY-kwan). These names may have been created as names that rhymed with "von' (vaughn) ending names. It's also possible that these names may have been created as a result of the association of African Americans with Vietnamese-Americans and/or Chinese Americans. While these names don't have any established meaning, it's possible to use the meanings of the first part of the name and the last part of the name as the meaning for the newly coined name. For instance the "Da" in DaQuan may come from the Hebrew name "David" which means "beloved". Since one meaning for "quan" is soldier, the meaning for DaQuan can be said to be "beloved soldier" or "beloved warrior". Using the same process, the "Jay" in Jayquan can be said to come from the name "Jason" which means "to heal". Thus Jaquan could be said to mean "a soldier who heals, meaning a medic" or "healing spring (water):

-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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QUANAH
Native American (Comanche)- Fragrant

From http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Quanah
The boy's name Quanah is pronounced KWAH-ne. It is of Native American Indian origin, and the meaning of Quanah is "fragrant, sweet-smelling". The name of a 19th-century chief of the Comanche.

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Here's a link to the Wikipidea page of the Comanche chief Quanah Parker: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quanah_Parker
--Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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QUATICA
What does my name mean? Quaticia Lachell
-Quaticia; 10/2/2006

Editor:
Thanks for your question. Let's consider these two names separately. See the entry for Lachell under the "L" section.

In my opinion, the name "Quaticia" is a contemporary {probably female} American name. This name probably was created by combining the elements (parts of the name) "Qua" with the element "ticia". The name Quaticia probably doesn't have any established meaning. But you could give it a meaning. One way to do that is to check out the meanings of names that are spelled similarly to your name. You then can "adopt" one or more of those name meanings whole cloth, or you can play with those name meanings, tweaking the meanings and creating one that you like the best.

I'm wondering if you pronounce your name "kwah-TISH-ah". Let's start with the "kwah" beginning sound. There are a number of contemporary names that begin with the element "Qua". In my experience, these names have usually, but not always, been given to African Americans. "Qua" is usually pronounced "kwah". The "Qua" element may have originated in the Akan (Ghana, West Africa) day names such as "Kwame {male born on Saturday}, "Kwabina" (male born on Tuesday), and "Kwaku" (male born on Wednesday). See http://www.answers.com/topic/akan-name for more information on Akan day names. So that a contemporary meaning of that "Qua" sound would be something like "person" ("a human being", "one who is "alive"; "a soul").

The elements "Quay" {pronounced "kway" and "Quan" (pronounced "kwan") also are being used to create a number of contemporary African American and other American names (like Quayshon, Quante, Quaylin). I believe that these names are the result of African Americans being introduced to Vietnamese names {because of the immigration of Vietnamese to the USA and the integration of Vietnamese children and African American children in urban public schools. The element Quay may have been "borrowed" by African Americans from the Vietnamese female & male name "Qu 'y" (meaning precious) and the Vietnamese name "Quye^ n" (meaning a kind of bird). http://www.adoptvietnam.org/vietnamese/names-girls.htm .
So, if you consider the fact that "Quaticia" could be a version of Quayticia or Quanticia, you could use either or both of those meanings for the beginning of your name.

Or as an alternative meaning, you could use the meaning of the Irish female name "Caoilfhionn" (f) KEE lin, KWAY linn Keelin, Kaylin, Caoilinn, Caoileann -fair and slender
See http://www.namenerds.com/irish/meaning2.html

So what does your name "Quaticia" mean? You tell me.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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QUAYLIN
what is the meaning of the name Quaylin?
-Quaylin; 1/6/2007

Editor:
See this information from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Katherine:
"Katherine, pronounced KATH-rin, KATH-er-rin. It is of Greek origin, and its meaning is "pure". From the word "katharos". A name in use since at least the third century AD. The early Latin forms Katerina and Caterina became Katharine and Catherine. The French Cateline and English Catlyn came into wider use during the medieval period, and variant spellings and forms were endless.

Katherine has 192 variant forms [including]: Caitlin, Caren, Cari, Carin, Caryn, Carynn, Cass, Cassey, Cassi, Cassie, Cat, Catherine, Catheryn, Cathie, Cathleen, Kaitlin, Kaitlinn, Kaitlyn, Kaitrin, Kaitrine, Kaitrinn, Kaitrinna, Kaitriona, Kaity, Karen, Karena, Kari, Karin, Karon, Karri, Karrin, Karyn, Karynn, Kasia, Kasienka, Kasja, Kaska, Kasya, Kass, Kathryn, Kathryne, Kathrynn, Kathy, Kathyrine, Katrina, Katrine, Katriona, Katrionagh, Katrya, Katryna, Katushka, Katy, Katya, Kay, Kaye, Kaylin, Kit, Kittey, Kitti, Kittie, Kitty, Rina, Trina, Trinchen, Trine, Trinette, Yekaterin and Yekaterina"

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Quaylin may also be a combination of the female names "Kay" [from "Katherine" or "Catherine'] and "Lynne" {or "Lin" from "Linda" which is Spanish for "pretty"}.

For another alternative meaning, see this excerpt [with minor changes] from the comment I wrote about the name "Quaticia":
"The elements "Quay" {pronounced "kway" and "Quan" {pronounced "kwan"} also are being used to create a number of contemporary African American and other American names {like Quayshon, Quante, Quaylin}. I believe that these names may be a result of African Americans being introduced to Vietnamese names {because of the immigration of Vietnamese to the USA and the integration of Vietnamese children and African American children in urban public schools. The element Quay may have been "borrowed" by African Americans from the Vietnamese female & male name "Qu 'y" {meaning precious} and the Vietnamese name "Quye^ n" {meaning a kind of bird}. http://www.adoptvietnam.org/vietnamese/names-girls.htm ...

For still another alternative meaning, you could use the meaning of the Irish female name "Caoilfhionn" (f) KEE lin, KWAY linn Keelin, Kaylin, Caoilinn, Caoileann -fair and slender
See http://www.namenerds.com/irish/meaning2.html
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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QUINTA ; QUINTEN ; QUINTIN
I have a very unusual name, and never have I met anyone with the same name. Would you tell me what the name "Quinta" means?
-Quinta G.; 10/21/2007

Editor:
Quinta, your name is probably a female version of the masculine name Quinten. See this information from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Quentin : "The boy's name Quentin \qu(en)-tin\ is pronounced KWEN-tin. It is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "fifth". Quent and Quint are short forms."
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A male given the name Quinten was either the fifth born son or the fifth born child. Many personal names in the USA are given to children because of the way the name sounds and not because of what the name means. Whoever gave you the name "Quinta" used their creativity to make a female version of that male name.

Btw: Quinta, see the entries above for the other names you sought information about-Jamel and Nykheri. I also posted an entry for your middle name LaShea.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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Q'ORIANKA
Q’orianka translates to “golden eagle” in Quechua, the official language of the Inca Empire and an official language in Peru
Source: http://www.latina.com/entertainment/buzz/100-stars-you-never-knew-were-l... for Q'orianka Kilcher, who may be best known for her role as as Pocahontas in the Terrence Malick film, The New World (2005)
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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QUVENZHANE
From
Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced /kwæˈvɑːnʒəne(ɪ)/; kwa-VAHN-zha-nay,[2][3][4] born August 28, 2003) is an American child actress. She is known for her leading role as Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012).[5] For this role, she has been nominated and won several awards. She is the youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Wallis was born in Houma, Louisiana, the daughter of Qulyndreia, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver.[1][7][8] "Quven", the first part of her name, combines her parents' first names, while her mother says that zhané means "fairy" in Swahili.
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I've found no documentation to date to substantiate the statement that "Zhane" means "fairy" in Swahili. An entry for the name "Zhane" is foun below.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RAKIM ; RAKEEM
i believe that the male name "Rakim" (alternate spelling "Rakeem") is a post 1960s neo-Arabic name creation that was constructed by African American who combined the Arabic masculine names Hakim (Hakeem) and Karim (Kareem). Alternatively, the name "Rakim" could have been created by just substituting the "H" in the name "Hakim" for a "R".

I believe that the meaning for the name "Hakim" (wise) and/or the meaning for the name "Karim" (generous, noble, friendly, precious, and distinquished) can be used as the meaning for the name "Rakeem". Therefore, the name African American derived name "Rakim" can be said to mean "one who is wise, generous, noble, friendly, precious, and distinquished
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RAHM ; RAM
http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Rahm : The boy's name Rahm \ra-hm\ is a variant of Ram (Sanskrit, Hebrew), and the meaning of Rahm is "pleasing; supreme".
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RAJEEV
can anybody tell me what is the meaning of Rajeev Dev?
-priiya; 10/25/2007

Editor:
See http://babynames.indastro.com/Suggested%20HindutwomR.html: Rajeev, Hindu masculine name meaning "Blue lotus".
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In order to understand this meaning, consider the spiritual meaning of both the color "blue" and the "lotus" flower in Hindu culture.

Also, see http://www.behindthename.com/php/view.php?name=dev: "Dev; Gender: Masculine; Derived from Sanskrit देव (deva) meaning "god"."
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Therefore Rajeev Dev means something like "the spiritual one"; or "one who is Godlike in his thoughts & actions"
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RASHAN ; RASHAAN ; RASHON ; RASHAWN ; RASHAUN
Each of these names are probably contemporary American forms of the Arabic male name "Rashad"
http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html gives this meaning for the name Rashad: "Integrity of conduct, maturity, wisdom". Also, see the name "Rashed" below
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RASHED ; RASHEED ; RASHID
I want know the meaning of my name. My name is Rashed. Could u pls.let me know
the meaning of it. It is deadly urgent for me. Thanks
-Rashed; 8/28/2006

Editor:
Rashed, your name is a form of the Arabic masculine names Rashad {meaning "Integrity of conduct, maturity, wisdom" and "Rashid" {meaning "One of good council; rightly guided, wise, having true faith"}

See this link for meanings of other Arabic male names: http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html
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And now that I've responded to your request, Rashed, I want to say this to you and to others:
While I think that it can be interesting and fun to know the origin & meanings of your name and other names, I hope that it is not something that people see as a life or death matter. Some names have assigned meanings. And some names don't. Some names have positive meanings. And others don't.

So what do you do if your name doesn't have any meaning? I think you can either forget about the whole concept of name meanings {since name meanings aren't considered to be important in most cultures nowadays anyway}. Or you could use your self-determination and creativity and think up a meaning you like, and that fits you-for your name.

But if your name has an assigned meaning and it's not great, or it doesn't fit you, what do you do? Well, if you like the sound of your name, and you think your name fits your personality and image, then you can forget about that ole assigned meaning, and forget about the idea of names having any meanings. Or you can give a different meaning to your name. Why not? There's no law against it {at least none that I know of}.

What I am trying to say is I'm hoping that people want to learn about name meanings because this subject is interesting and fun. While I believe that a positive meaning for a name can help build up a person's self-esteem, learning about name meanings should never be a deadly urgent matter.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RASHIDA ; RASHEEDA
Because it is the female form of the male Arabic name "Rashid", the name Rashida {Rasheeda} has the same meaning as that name-"One of good council; rightly guided, wise, having true faith"
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RAVEN
What does Raven mean Where did it arrive other than the bible.
-Raven; 1/25/2007

Editor:
The raven is a black bird. See this information from http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp/keyword.raven/qx/symbolism_details.htm about the meaning of the raven:
"As the collector of bright objects, the raven stands as a symbol of knowledge. It is also an emblem of divine providence. The raven is said to be a Danish device used as a heraldic symbol very early in history. Visually, no differentiation is made between the symbols of a raven, a rook or a crow. The symbol of the crow signifies that the bearer is someone who is watchful and vigilant for friends..."
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The raven is also an important symbol in Native American folklore. Here's an excerpt from http://www.northwestcoastnativeartists.com/artists/symbolsdetail.php?rec... :
The Raven is the transformer, trickster and creator. Known in legends as the one who released the sun, moon, and stars; discovered man in a clamshell; brought the salmon and the water; and taught man how to fish and hunt.

Raven in Kwaguilth culture is known as the sky messenger of the animal kingdom. The Raven is famous for being a somewhat mischievous glutton. He was always out to please himself and have a good time, but his adventures always ended up bettering mankind."
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RAQUAHN; RAQUAN; RAYHAN
I want to find out what Raquahn means. Name meanings are very important to me
-Ron P; 1/24/2007

Editor:
I believe that "Raquhan" & "Raquan" are contemporary American variants of the Arabic male name "Rayhan".
http://www.2muslims.com/directory/Detailed/219300.shtml and other online resources give that name meaning as "favored by Allah". This name meaning can be translated as "favored by God".

The name "Raquahn" could also have been created by combining the male name "Ray" and the male name "Quan. "Ray" is a widely used nickname for the male name "Raymond". Raymond is an English name meaning "mighty protector". http://www.20000-names.com/male_q_names.htm has this information: Quan- "Chinese male name meaning "spring (of water)." ; Also a martial arts term meaning "fist." ; a Vietnamese name element meaning "soldier, warrior."
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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REMETRIA
What does my name mean? Thank you.
-Remetria; 2/13/2007

Editor:
My guess is that Remetria is a female contemporary name that was made by rhyming the name
Demetria. See the entry for that name above.

By the way, newly created names usually have no established meaning. If the name is similar in spelling or pronunciation to an already established name, including if the name might have been created through rhyming, you could use the meaning of that established name. Or you could use your self-determination and creativity and come up with another positive meaning for that newly established name.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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REMY
"Remy" is a male name of French origin from from Rheims, a town in central France.
The Big Easy. Set in New Orleans, Louisiana, this 1987 flick starred Dennis Quaid as the Cajun cop Remy McSwain-
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RHIANNON; RHIANA; RHIANNA
Hi I would like to know where the name rhianna originates from and what is the meaning behind it thank you Rita xx
-Rita; 12/2/2007

Editor:
From http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/goddess_rhiannon.htm
"Rhiannon, Celtic goddess of the moon and inspiration, the enchanting fairy princess who rode so swiftly that no horseman could catch her, loved and chose to marry a mortal king of Wales.

Accused of murdering their infant son, Rhiannon bore her humiliating punishment with a grace and dignity that melted the hearts of her adopted countrymen.

Eventually proven innocent, Rhiannon was reunited with her husband and son and restored to her throne.

Later the Celtic goddess Rhiannon became the famous Lady of the Lake who, in the legends of Camelot, gave Arthur the magical sword called Excalibur."

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"Nonny"; "Nonnie" are nicknames for Rhiannon (Rhiana).

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Also, from http://www.ummah.net/family/fem.html, the similarly spelled Arabic name "Rihana" (variants: Rhiana, Rhianna; Riana, Rianna) means "sweet basil."

Interested in what basil signifies? Read the information on
http://www.sallys-place.com/food/columns/gilbert/basil.htm.

Also, read the entry for "Ryan", "Rian" below.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RHOLIHLAHLA
from "Clicking with Xhosa: a Xhosa phrasebook" By Silvia Skorge (page 19)

http://books.google.com/books?id=EQs7uKv_k3UC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Cli...
"Former President Mandala’s Xhosa name is Rholihlahla (from ukurohola +ihlahla. meaning “pulling a branch from a tree” or “provoking a quarrel or an argument”, but its colloquial meaning is “troublemaker”. Although he says in his autobiography that he doesn’t believe that “names are destiny, or that my father somehow divined my future, he says that in later years, friends and relatives would ascribe to his birth name the many storms he has both caused and weathered.”
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RHONDA
What does my name mean? Also, what does the name Ladez mean?
Rhonda; 10/18/2006

Editor:
See information about the name "Ladez" under "L"
With regard to the name "Rhonda", see this excerpt from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Rhonda
"The girl's name Rhonda is pronounced RON-dah. It is of Welsh origin, and its meaning is "good lance." Since the name only became popular in the 20th century, it also possibly derives from the name of the River Rhondda, meaning "noisy", in Wales. In the US, there is a well-known Beach Boys' song, "Help Me, Rhonda!"...
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Most websites on names say that Rhonda means "good spear". My sense is that this name probably refers to the person carrying the spear being good at using it, hence the meaning would be "a woman who is good or skilled in battle." Personally, I would disregard the second meaning given since it seems to be seldom used, and because it's not positive.
A contemporary meaning for "good spear" is "a strong female who is able to defend herself".
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RIMA ; REEMA; REEMAH; RIM; REEM
1."Rima" (pronounced REE-mah) is an Arabic female name that means "white antelope". A related Arabic female name is "Rim", "Reem" which means "Gazelle" (http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/fem.html)

An antelope is probably a symbol of beauty and gracefulness. A white antelope is probably a symbol of spiritual purity and physical grace/beauty. Here's some additional information about what the antelope symbolizes:

"The antelope, which is also referred to as an ibex or a springbok, has three main symbolic meanings. It represents someone who is skillful at music and a lover of harmony, someone with a keen mind for politics and the ability to foresee times and opportunities well, and lastly, a person who is unwilling to assail his enemies rashly, who would prefer to stand his ground than risk harming another wrongfully. Thus the antelope signifies harmony, polity and peace. The antelope has also been used occasionally as an emblem of purity and fleetness"...

http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp/keyword.antelope/qx/symbolism_details...

2. "Rima" (pronounced REE-mah) is a Spanish female name meaning "rhyme" . It's extended meaning is "poetry". (http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Rima)

Given these two meanings, the name Rima (Reema) can be said to mean something like poetry in motion and/or "beautiful, graceful lover of harmony"
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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ROMINA
The name "Romina" is an ancient name meaning "Tribute to Rome" or for the country of Romania Meaning " The blood of Romania" they are both names of great importance. My grandma told me what the name means but i am not to sure if that is true.
-Romina,

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I've what to know what my name means? I'm Romina.
-Romina; 11/10/2006

Editor:
I have found "Romina" given as an Italian {Latin} female name. http://www.behindthename.com/bb_gen/arcview.php?id=36567/ gives this meaning for the name "Romina": "little Rome" [as 'ina" is a suffix-name ending-which means 'little"]. In this context "little" is often a term of affection used by an older person for a younger person. This term doesn't necessarily refer to size. Btw, the person who asked the question about that name indicates that it is the name of a singer, Romina Power.

The 1941 book What Shall We Name The Baby {edited by Winthrop Ames}, doesn't include the name "Romina". However, it does include the name Romola and indicates that "Rome" means "the strong {one}. Therefore, the name Romina could be said to mean "the strong one who we love".

However, the meaning that your grandma gave you may also be true since its my opinion that-at least in this day & age, a personal name can mean what we say it means.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RONICA ; RONIKA
Hello, i have always wondered what my name means. I found out that it is latin but i have been looking on the internet for the latin meaning of it and can not find it. If you could help me id really appreciate it, Thank you.
-Ronica P.

Editor:
Many contemporary male and/or female names have been created by adding a prefix {a beginning element} or a suffix {an ending element} or both a prefix and a suffix to traditional names. "ica" is a relatively familiar suffix for female names in the United States. The suffix "ica" {pronounced "ekah" which rhymes with "we" kah} is added to a male name to create a female version of that name. This suffix is similar to the ending "icia" in the name "Patricia" . "Patricia" is a female form of the name "Patrick". These types of names are often given to a daughter to commemorate the connection that the father and daughter have with each other. Of course, these masculine names may be given to a baby girl just because the person giving the name likes how it sounds. In the 1970s, it became quite common particularly among African Americans for the suffix "ica" to be spelled to "ika". This may be because this spelling was felt to add more uniqueness, and a bit of "Afrocentricity" to the names which were created. In the context of contemporary {post 1960s} American names, the suffix ica or ika have no meaning. Therefore, in trying to determine the meaning of a contemporary American name that ends with "ica" or "ika", my suggestion is to only look at the beginning name or element.

http://www.uib.no/People/hnohf/elfnam.htm provides this meaning for "Ron, Ronald: From Reginald, an old Germanic name composed of the elements *ragina- "judgement, council" and *waldan "to rule", thus meaning "ruler of judgement" or simply "judge".
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A number of name websites give the meaning of Ronald as leader, or ruler, king, or king's counsel {advisor/lawyer}. Ronica {Ronika} has the same meaning as Ronald. Therefore, Ronica and Ronika is a status or royalty name which means "a woman who is a leader, ruler, queen, or queen's counsel.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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RUDI ; RUDIE
from http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100525034608AALBdDo
Rudy Name Meaning and History
1.Variant spelling of German Rudi.
2.Ukrainian, Polish, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Slavic rudy ‘red’.
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Rudy-famil…"
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RUDYARD
"Rudyard" is an Anglo Saxon male name, and surname.
from http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100525034608AALBdDo "Rudyard means “yard where rue was grown.” Rue is perennial evergreen shrub common in Europe with yellow flowers. The plant is psychoactive; the leaves of the shrub were used as a stimulant in the Middle Ages. The leaves wer noted for their strong smell and bitter taste,"
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RUSSELL
"Russell" is a name which is used as a first name [forename/personal name] and a last name [surname].
http://genealogy.about.com/library/surnames/r/bl_name-RUSSELL.htm gives this origin & meaning of this name:
"Definition: A patronymic name derived from the given name "Rousel," old French for someone with red hair or a red face. Surname; Origin: English, Scottish, Irish "
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"Patronymic" [adjective] means "Of, relating to, or derived from the name of one's father or a paternal ancestor {father}.
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RYAN , RIAN
Galic male name meaning "little king"
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SABRINA / SYBRINA
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabrina_(given_name) "Sabrina is a feminine given name derived from the name of the River Severn in Wales".

Sybrina Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old unarmed African American male who was slain in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer. "Sybrina" is a form of the name "Sabrina".
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SADE
I am Sade and I would want to know what my name means and what language it is.
-Sade; 9/14/2006

I would really like to know what my name means. I'm named after the famous singer Sade.
-Sade; 6/5/2007

Editor:
The name "Sade" [usually pronounced sha-DAY] is a clip [part] of the Yoruba language of Nigeria, West Africa name "Folasade". According to Ogonna Chuks-orji, Names From Africa, Their Origin, Meaning, And Pronunciation {Johnson Publishing Co, 1975}, this name means "honor confers {gives} a crown". "Crown" here means the tiara that queens wear. This book indicates that the traditional pronunciation for Folasade is "faw-lah-shah-DEH". However, the American pronunciation of the name Sade is "shah-day". This is the way the pop singer Sade pronounces her name. The 'real name' of the Nigerian born singer "Sade" is Helen Folasade Adu.

See http://people.africadatabase.org/en/person/3423.html for information on the singer Sade.

Also see information on the name "Sadie" below.
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SADIE
The female name "Sadie" [pronounced SAY-dee] is a form of the Hebrew female name "Sara" {Sarah}. "Sadie" is pronounced [say-de]. The meaning of the name Sarah and all its variants is "princess".
See http://www.babynameworld.com/s.asp for the origin & meaning of Sadie.

Perhaps its a coincidence that the female names Saida, Sade, and Sadie are spelled & pronounced almost alike and have similar meanings. I don't know enough about etymology, history, and other such subjects to say if these names are connected and if so what the connection is. Names that are spelled the same and pronounced and have similar meanings may not originate from the same source. But then again, they might be related. If someone has done any research on this, I'd love to post their findings.
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SAIDA
The female name "Saida" is of Arabic origin; meaning- the fortunate one; The American pronunciation is sah-EE-dah
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SAINABOU
hey i was wondering if yall knw tha meaning of my name..all i know is that itz african but i dont know the meaning...thankz
-Sainabou; 12/9/2006

Editor:
"Sainabou" is a West African {Gambian & Senegalese} form of the Arabic female names "Zainab" {"Zaynab"} and/or "Zaina". Zainab & Zaynab means "fragrant flowering plant" and Zaina means "beautiful". For more information, see the entries for those names on this page.
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SALAH; Sala;
Male Arabic name; "Salah - Righteousness"
Source: http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html
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Pronunciation: SAH-lah
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SALAH AL DIN ; SALADIN
[request for Din rom Te-Anna B. January 17, 2013]

Din
From http://meanings-of-names.blurtit.com/q747727.html
"The surname including Din may have several derivations, depending on how used in the name. Does it stand alone as "din" or was it added to part of a name to indicate a specific meaning? For example, Muslim: Shortened form of any of the many Arabic names formed with the word din 'religion', for example Saifuddin 'sword of religion' or Salahuddin 'righteousness of religion'. Or in Arab/Kurdish and Turkish origin, added to honor name of the Arab warrior as in surnames like - saladin, salah-ud-din, salaheddine. Din (special chracter above the I) means "religion" or "way of life" in Arab. In Hindi that word means "day". You might check further and find out more if you know the immigration pattern for a specific person's ancestors with that surname... Here are some other possibilities and info to get you started. It seems if the name stands alone my guess is it was derived from Sanskrit and may be Hindi or Arabian in derivation... Good luck!"
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Saladin -male Arabic name; from "Salah al Din also means Righteousness of the Faith; name of the Muslim leader who liberated Jerusalem from the Crusaders"
Source: http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html
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"al Din", sometimes written "udin", means "of the Faith". "Faith" here is a reference to Islam. See this Wikipedia page on Saladin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saladin
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SAMARJIT
Hi, i'm looking for the meaning of the name Shanica, i love the name , and had read it in a book many years ago, in fact i named my daughter Shanica. Now people ask her the meaning of her name ,and i can't give her an answer. I am originally from India, and have the name Samarjit, people ask me about my name as well, my uncle named me, that's all i know.

Editor:
See the entry below for Shanica. For the meaning of Samarjit, see this information from http://utopianvision.co.uk/services/indian-names/?cat=&letter=S
{Names from India}: Samarjit m, meaning: Victorious in war.
http://www.findyourfate.com/numerology/babynames/indiannames2.html also has the same origin, gender, & meaning for that name.
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SAMIYAH ; SAMIYA
"Samiyah-"Elevated, exhalted, lofty"
Source: http://www.ummah.net/family/fem.html
Pronunciation: sah-MY-yah
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SAMIRA ; SAMEERA
http://www.ummah.net/family/fem.html {a website on Arabic female names} gives this meaning for : Samira, Sameera - Entertaining female companion. Also see the entry for the name "Shamara".
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SANA ; SANAA ; SANAY
from http://www.ummah.net/family/fem.html (female Arabic names)
"Sana' - Resplendence, brilliance; to gaze or look"
Sanaa Lathan is the name of an African American actress.
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SANDILE
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Zulu_given_names [South Africa] (m/f) - "we have increased"
See that website for a list of other Zulu names.
Among Zulu-speakers, the name Sandile is used for both girls and boys, and means ‘the family is full’ or ‘that is enough.’"
[Thanks to Richard 4/25/2007 from South Africa for this information]
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SANDRA; SONDRA; SOUNDRA; SONDRIA
from
Sandra is a female name which is pronounced SAN-drah, SAHN-drah. It is of English origin. Short form of Alexandra (Greek) "man's defender" via Alessandra (Italian)."

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Sondra, Soundra; Sondria; LaSandraare forms of the name Sandra. Newly created names that are forms of another name can be said to have the same meaning of the older name.
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SAQUITA
i am curious to know what may name means if it means anything at all. Thank you for your time.
-Saquita S.

Editor:
I was not able to find the name "Saquita" listed under female or male names. If I were a betting person (which I'm not), I'd bet that this is a female name that is a creative spelling of the Spanish name "Chaquita" (meaning, "little girl").

"Chaquita" is a diminutive form of the Spanish word "chica" which means "girl" ('chico" means boy). The "ita" ending "little" (as in "young" one). This is an affectionate name for a child. "Little girl" can be said to describe someone who is very "feminine" in their interests & outlook on life. Here's one source for the name "Chaquita": http://www.babynameaddicts.com/html/names/female/female_c.html. That same website also lists "Chaqueta (new), meaning="Little Girl."
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By "new", I'm assuming that website means that this name has been "newly created". If "Chaquita" is the source of the name "Saquita" , the "s" is a substitution for the letter "c", and the "h" (in "ch") was dropped.

Fwiw (for what it's worth), given the fact that the element "Char" means "manly", the feminine name "Charquita" means "little manly one". Since bravery is considered an element of manliness, "Charquita" can be said to mean "little brave one"....It's possible that "Saquita" may have other meanings.

Saquita S, if you are a male, then I'm sure you will want to come up with another meaning for your name than the one I am suggesting. If this meaning doesn't sit well with you, be creative and come up with your own meaning for your name. You've got the power!
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SARANE
This contemporary female name is pronounced the same as the word "Serene" {meaning peaceful}>
Thus this name can be said to have the same meaning as the word "serene".
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SASHA
See this information from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Sasha: "The boy's and girl's name Sasha \s(a)-sha\ is pronounced SAH-shah. It is of Russian origin. Short form of Alexander (Greek) "man's defender". The -sha ending may not be feminine in Russia, though it is in the US.

Sasha has 6 variant forms: Sacha, Sasa, Sascha, Saschenka, Sasheen and ZsaZsa:"
For more information, see also related names Saskia and Alexandra
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SASKIA
hi mine names saskia, whats the meaning of it?
-saskia; 1/5/2008

Editor:
See this information from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Saskia: " The girl's name Saskia of Danish and Old German origin, and its meaning is "the Saxon people". From "sachs". Also possibly "valley of light". Name of the wife of the 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt. Use of her name in the Netherlands can be traced to her; however, the derivation of Saskia from the name of the Saxon people is uncertain. The name could also possibly be of Slavic origin, and related to Sasha, a short form of Alexandra.
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SHAINA ; SHAYNA
Shaina is a Hebrew name meaning "beautiful"
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SHAKANI
I would love to know the meaning of my daughters name shakani
-tracey; 9/27/2006

Editor:
Using Google search engine, I see that Shakani is a place name in Zanzibar, East Africa. Zanzibar is part of Tanzania. However, I've not found any meaning of that name-yet.
Hopefully, some Cocojams reader who has information about this name will share it.
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SHACARI
what does shacari mean
-beautifull ; 12/5/2006

Editor:
The name Shacari is listed on a website named African Girls/Female Baby Names" which is found at http://babynames.indastro.com/africanonefS.html. The same website also lists the names Shacara & Shaccara. No language origins or meanings are given for these names which reinforces my sense that these names aren't traditional African {or Arabic} names, but are contemporary versions of another name. My guess is that Shacari is a contemporary American form of the Arabic name Shakira.
See information for that name below.
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SHAHIYM; SHAHEEM
Goodday I'm trying to find the meaning of the name shahiym. Thank you
-aminat o; 1/30/2007

Editor:
The name "Shahiym" may be a variant spelling for the name "Shaheem". And the name Shaheem may be a contemporary name that was created to rhyme with Arabic male names that end in "im" or "eem". In the name "Shahiym" the 'y' may have been added to increase the name's uniqueness while retaining the sound. "Sha" is a very popular prefix {beginning sound} for contemporary male and female names, especially among African Americans.

Among the Arabic male names that rhyme with "Shaheem" are "Hakeem" {"Hakim"; "Akeem"} "Karim" {Kareem} and "Kadim" {"Kadeem"}. Hakim {Hakeem, Akeem} means "wise, ruler, governor"; Karim, Kareen means "generous, noble, friendly, precious and distinguished"; and Kadim {Kadeem} is probably a variant form of the name name "Kadeen" {"Kadin"} which means "friend, companion, confidant".
See http://www.ummah.net/family/masc.html and http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/ara.php for online listings of Arabic names.

If Shahiym is a newly created name, it does not have any established meaning. Just as someone used his or her creativity to coin this name, creativity can be used to come up with a meaning for this name. Positive name meanings help to reinforce self-esteem. Therefore, don't let the probability that Shahiym may be a new name stop you {or whoever name it is} from giving it a meaning.
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SHAKIRA
See http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/fem.html: "Shakira Origin: Arabic; Gender: Female; Meaning "Thankful".
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The American pronunciation of this name is shah-KEER-rah {with KEER pronounced like the word "care"}. "Thankful" here probably means that the parents are thankful to God for life and other things including for the birth of a child. And/or "thankful" could mean that the child with that name should be thankful to God.
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SHAMARA; SHAMMARA
My name is Shamara. What does it mean?
-Shay; 5/14/2007

Editor:
"Shamara" {Shammara} is usually said to be an Arabic female name. The meaning that I've found most often for this name is that which is provided by http://www.babynamenetwork.com/baby_names/origin.cfm?origin=Arabic&start... "he girded his loins". According to http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19970423 "to gird one's loins" means "too prepare oneself for something requiring strength and endurance; ready oneself for action"'. The main meaning of gird is 'to encircle or bind with a belt or band'; loins, though often used to refer to the genitals, actually refers to the part of the human body between the hips and the lower ribs, regarded as the seat of physical strength. To gird one's loins literally means 'to wrap a belt around one's waist', the point being that in the days of loose garments, belting oneself would confine one's clothing and allow freer motion of the body"
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http://kamalkapoor.com/name-meanings/name-details.asp?name=Shamara provides an updated version of the "gird one's loins" meaning. That website says that Shamara is an Arabic female name that means "ready for battle."

However, http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/fem.html {a website on Arabic names} gives this meaning for the female name "Samarah" - Soft light. I'm not sure about the accuracy of this meaning or why it differs from the other meaning that I've found. Maybe it was early in the morning {soft light?} when a person prepared for battle[??]

In the USA and other non-Arabic speaking cultures, Shamara may also be a contemporary form of the Arabic female names "Samira" or "Sameera". See the entries for those names upthread.
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SHAMSUL
Hi dude, Shamsul A. is here. Eagerly know the meaning of my name. Could u pls.inform me. Take care,
Shamsul A.; 8/29/2006

Editor:
http://www.aaiil.org/text/muslimnames/muslimnamesstu.shtml indicates that the name Shams is a masculine Arabic name that means "Sun". Without the energy & force of the sun, nothing on this planet could lives. This symbolism is important when thinking about the meaning of the name "Shamsul". Here are several other names from that website which have the "Shams" element:
Shamsud Dawlah {Shams-ud Daw-laa}; M; Arabic; Sun of the kingdom
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Shamsud Din {Shams-ud Deen}; M; Arabic; Sun of the religion (Islam)
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Shamsul Arifin {Shams-ul Aa-ri-feen}; M; Arabic; Sun of the sain [saint?]
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You might be interested to know that the Hebrew male name Samson also means "sun".
See this information from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Samson :
"The boy's name Samson is pronounced SAM-sun. It is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "sun." Biblical: a judge of ancient Israel, endowed by God with superhuman strength. The name was used in the Middle Ages and by the Puritans. Samson has 6 variant forms: Sam, Sampson, Sansom, Sanson, Sansone and Shem"

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I found two different meanings for another Hebrew masculine name with this "Sam" element-"Samuel". One meaning is "His name is God" and the other meaning is "God has heard". In my opinion, if you got to the essence of that name, both the "Sam" element in the beginning of that name and the "el" element at the end of that name would mean "God" , particularly since in ancient times, the sun was considered a symbol for the Supreme God.
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SHAN- See the entry for Sian

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SHANA
"Shana" is an Irish female name that comes from the male name Shea {Shay}. The name means "majestic, wise one" or "from the fairy's {meaning supernatural beings'} fort
Shana could also be a form of the name Shan which is part of the large family of names that come from the Hebrew name John. If so, Shana has the same meaning as John {Sean, Shaun, Shawn etc= "God is gracious" {or "God is good"}. I would particularly chose this meaning for the female names Shawna or Shauna.
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SHANAYA; SHANIA
I would like to find out the meaning of the name Shanaya. Alternately it can be spelt also as Shania. But I would like to know the meaning of Shanaya and would appreciate if you could please let me know the same. Thanks
-ukhosla; 11/13/2006

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hi i wud like to know the meaning of the name "shanaya".im expectin and really like this name
-sue; 12/12/2007

Editor:
As you have indicated, "Shanaya" may be a contemporary version of the name "Shania". Here's an excerpt from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Shania : "The girl's name Shania \ sh(a)-nia\ is pronounced sha-NYE-ah. It is of Native American Indian origin, and its meaning is "on my way". Also variant of Shane."
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The name Shania has become more familiar due to the popularity of the Canadian country & western singer/composer Shania Twain. "Shania" means ‘on my way’ in the Ojibwa language. "The Ojibwe language--otherwise anglicized as Chippewa, Ojibwa or Ojibway and known to its own speakers as Anishinabe or Anishinaabemowin--is an Algonquian tongue spoken by 50,000 people in the northern United States and southern Canada."

As the thinkbabynames excerpt noted, Shania may also be a form of the male name "Shane". Shane is a part of the large family of names that are translations of "John". One female form of that name is "Shan". See other names beginning with Shan" on this page.
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SHANAYNAY ; SHANENE ; SHANEYNEY
Shanaynay is a female name of contemporary African American origin. The name Shanaynay may have been formed by combining the elements Sha+nay+nay. Or the name Shanaynay may have been created by combining the elements Shan+nay+nay. While this name has no established meaning, the element "Shan" can be associated with the well established names (meaning "far older names that do have an established meaning) "Shana" (gift of God) and/or "Shani" (wonderful, marvelous).

Shanaynay can also be a form of the female name Shania, as a contemporary African American form of that name is "Shanaya", See the entry above for the origin & meaning of "Shania".

It should be noted that repeated the same element two times is a long accepted way in African American communities of forming nicknames. Repeating the same syllable two times is sometimes also an acceptable form of nicknaming among other Americans. A famous example is the nickname "Jon Jon" which the late President John Kennedy gave to his son. Among African Americans, the nickname "Nay Nay" is usually associated with the female name "Renee" (meaing "rebirth", associated with Christmas, and the birth of Jesus). For that reason, the name "Shanaynay" could also be said to carry the meaning of the name "Renee".

Unfortunately, the name "Shanaynay" has been labeled by some comedians as a so-called "Black Ghetto name". As a result, some people have ridiculed this name. However, those who do so, aren't aware of the positive meanings that can be associated with this name.
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SHANE
...What does the name Shane mean...?
-Shane.B ; 12/24/2006

Editor
See http://www.ireland-information.com/heraldichall/irishboysnames.htm,
"A form of Sean, popularised by Shane of'Neill, Ulster Chieftain, 1567;
Sean: A form of name John. Hebrew: 'God has favoured' or Variants: Eoin, Seon, Shaun, Shawn, Shane"
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I have also seen the name Shane and other forms of the name John given the meanings "God is gracious", "God is merciful, God has forgiven, and Gift of God. In my opinion, to be merciful, and gracious can mean to be forgiving. Also, a person who is considered a gift of God, is a favored person.
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SHANGE
"Shange" is a in Xhosa, (Zulu-South Africa) female name that means "she who walks like a lion"
http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~cybers/shange2.html
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SHANI
This Kiswahili {Swahili} female name means "marvelous". Shani is also a Hebrew name that means "the color crimson or scarlet". These colors have multiple Biblicallmeanings. The "mark of prosperity, or royalty" ties this name to its Swahili counterpart.

Shani could also be derived from the name "Shawnee", which is the group name of a Native American people.

For more information, see the entry for the names Shanica, Shanika, Shaniqua below.
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SHANICE; SHANISE ; SHAUNICE
What does my name mean?
-Shanice; 8/9/2006

Editor:
"Shanice" may be a form of the Gaelic name "Shan". (See the entry for that name on this page under "Shana").

Shanice may also be a form of the Swahili name "Shani". n, the name, "Shanice" and its variant "Shanise" (is a modern version of the female names "Jane", "Janice", "Janet", "Jan" "Joan", etc. These names share the same meanings as their male versions "John", "Jonathan", "Sean", "Shawn", "Shaun", "Shane", "Juan", "Ian" , "Ivan", etc. All of these names come from the Hebrew male name "Yohanan" which means "Gracious Gift Of God" or "God is Gracious" or "The Lord Is Gracious", or "The Lord Is Merciful".
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SHANICA; SHANIKA; SHANIQUA
I believe that the female names "Shanica", "Shanika", and "Shaniqua" are related. It's my position that these names are of contemporary African American origin and are combinations of the elements "Shani" and the suffix "ica" (ca), "ika" (ka) or the suffix "qua". These suffixes have no assigned meaning in contemporary American names. However the name "Shani" does.

In Hebrew, the female name "Shani" is related to the color "crimson" or "scarlet". http://judaism.about.com/od/hebrewname1/tp/names_gs.htm

The colors crimson and scarlet have various Biblical meanings, Two of those meanings are the same as those associated with the color purple (a color of prosperity, a color of royalty). http://www.christcenteredmall.com/teachings/symbolism/colors.htm This connects the Hebrew meaning of the name Shani with the Swahili meaning of that same name.

In Swahili, the female name "Shani" means "marvelous", "wonderful". http://www.perfect-baby-names.com/african-baby-girl-names.html and http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Shani

It's also possible that Shanica, Shanika, and Shaniqua could be considered part of the large family of "Shane"; Shawn'; ''Sean'' (John) names. Therefore Shanica, Shanika, and Shaniqua could be given the same Celtic meaning for "Shanna", "Sian", "Shane" etc ("gracious gift of God").

It should be noted that "Shani" is the name of a line of girl's Barbi dolls. "Barbie's friend Shani, produced during the early 1990s, was marketed as the star of her own toy line, and later as a member of Barbie's cast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Barbie's_friends_and_family

Unfortunately, the name "Shaniqua" has been subject to ridicule as a so-called "Black Ghetto name" in certain recent YouTube videos. However, those individuals who produce such videos and those who laugh at the name "Shaniqua" aren't aware of the two highly positive meanings of this name.
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SHANNON
Origin-Irish Gaelic
Meaning- small wise one.
Shannon is a female or male name which is also said to mean "old one" ,This may be because an old person is supposed to be wise.
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SHANTE' ; SHAWNTE ; SHANTAY ; SHANTAE
I believe that this name is either a contemporary American version of the French female name Chantal or a form of the name male or female name Shan (Shaun; Shawn). See entries on this page for those names. This name is usually pronounced "shaun-tay". While the name Shante' is usually given to females, there are also males with this name This stands to reason, particularly if you accept the theory that it comes from versions of the male name John (Shaun, Shawn, Sean).
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SHANTELLE; CHANTELLE; CHANTAL; SHONTELLE
http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Shantelle: The girl's name Shantelle \sh(an)-telle, shant(el)-le\ is pronounced shan-TEL, shahn-TEL. It is of Old French origin, and its meaning is "stone". Variant of Chantal.
Shantelle has 12 variant forms: Shanta, Shantahl, Shantal, Shantalle, Shantay, Shante, Shantel, Shantell, Shantella, Shontal, Shontalle and Shontelle.

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Also see http://www.behindthename.com/name/chantal :
Chantel
Gender: Feminine
Usage: French, English, Dutch
Pronounced: shawn-TAL (French), shawn-TAL (English), shan-TAL (English), shahn-TAHL (Dutch) [key]

From a French surname which was derived from a place name meaning "stony". It was originally given in honour of Saint Jeanne-Françoise de Chantal, the founder of the Visitation Order in the 17th century. It has become associated with French chant "song".
-Wear your name proudly. Best wishes, Azizi

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SHANZAY ; SHANZE
i want to know meaning and origin of baby girl name "shanzay" or "shanze"
-sohail; 10/28/2006

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What are the meanings and origin of 'Shanzay' , the name we chose for our baby girl, Thanks
-Adnan; 2/24/2008

Editor:
I thought that the name "Shanzay" was probably a contemporary name with no established meaning. My suggestion was going to be to consider using the meaning for name Shan {see that entry on this page} or to use your self-determination and creativity to chose or make up a name meaning for this name. However, I received the following message from someone whose name is Shanze:

"Hi, my name is Shanze. Just for fun, I was looking up meanings of names of people I know and looked up my name. I came to your website and I would like to make a correction. Shanze is a French name meaning 'rose'. Also, it is a Muslim name meaning 'tree of paradise'. The name that sounds like Shanze, Shanzay means 'princess'."
-Shanze; 2/24/2007
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Thanks, Shanze! I appreciate you correcting my statement by sending in this information. I'd love it if you would also share the names of the online or print sources for that information so that I can share it with others.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SHARISE ; SHERISE
See the entry for Cherise above

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SHARLENE; SHARLINEL CHARLENE; CHARLYN
What is the meaning of "Sharline"? And where does it come? Does the name have any story? And what else is the same as the name? Thank you.
-Sharline: 6/18/2007

Editor:
Sharline, your name is a female form of the male name "Charles". See this information about that name:

http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Charles: "The boy's name Charles \ch(ar)-les\ is pronounced charlz. It is of Old German origin, and its meaning is "free man". From "karl", similar to Old English "churl", meaning "man, serf". The first Holy Roman Emperor (seventh to eighth century) Charlemagne (Latin Carolus Magnus, meaning "Charles the Great") was a powerful Germanic leader who created a more ordered society out of the chaos that followed the fall of Rome. He united France and much of central Europe. His widespread fame gave rise to many forms of his name. Charles is the French variant of Carolus or Karolus, adopted by the English especially since the 17th-century reigns of kings Charles I and II. Charles and its variant forms have been favoured by the royalty of several countries, including the present Prince of Wales. Charlie and Charly are occasionally used for girls..."
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Since the name "Charles" means "free man", the name Sharline and other forms of that name means "free woman". These are status names, meaning they refer to the person's status in society. To be free-by birth or otherwise-is an important condition to have. I am referring not only to slavery, but also to serfdom. A free person walks proudly. And- hopefully- as fully as possible, a free person takes on the responsibilities that comes with freedom, including protecting that freedom and advocating for freedom for others...

Often females with the name Sharline, Sharlene, Charlynn, or other forms of this name have been named after their fathers. For instance, I have an uncle named Charles whose daughter is named Charlynn. Another meaning for the name Charlynn could be Char {free woman} + lynn {from the Spanish "Linda" meaning pretty}. There are other meanings for "lynn" http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Lynn [= provides that information. But I'm partial to the German+Spanish meaning of that name which would "pretty, free woman". Sharline, even if your name is pronounced shar-LEEN, you could still claim that name meaning. No one's stopping you from doing so-since you're free, and it's a free country, right?

So does your name come with a story? Yes, indeed, all names do, even if they don't have an established meaning. The questions are which stories do you want to tell and how will you tell them?
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SHARON ; SHA'RON
Sharon is a male or female Hebrew name though it is most often given to females. This personal name is from an Old Testament place name meaning "plain" in Hebrew, referring to a fertile plain near the coast of Israel. This is also the name of a type of flowering shrub, the rose of Sharon. http://www.behindthename.com/name/sharon

Note: One young girl I know was given the name Sha'Ron and pronounces it shay-RON. This name could have come from the name Sharon. It might also have come from combining the name or nickname "Shay" with the name "Ron" (for instance, if the mother's name was Shay and the father's name is "Ron". In the first case, I'd say that the meaning of Sha'Ron could be the same as the name "Sharon". In the second case, that name may be given the same meanings as the name "Shay" and the name "Ronald".
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SHATESHIA
I would like to know if the name Shateshia has a meaning?
-Teshia; 11/8/2006

Editor:
The name "Shateshia" is probably a newly created name which is probably of African American origin. As a newly created name, Shateshia has no established meaning. "Shateshia" is probably pronounced either shah-TEE-she-ah" or shah-TEE-shah". This name could also be pronounced "shah-tay-shah" because contemporary names (particularly African American names don't always follow so-called standard American pronunciation "rules". I'm curious how you pronounce your name. Given it's 'a' ending, it is probably given as a female name.

Although some people look down on "made up names", every name was made up at some time. Making up names is a creative activity. Names that are newly created are often made by changing parts of an already existing name, rhyming an already existing name, and/or combining parts of more than one name. In many cultures, specific elements of a name have specific meanings. For instance, in the European language Spanish the suffix {ending element} "ita" means :little", in the Hebrew language the element "el" refers to God, and in the West African language Yoruba, the element "ola" means honor or glory. However, usually in the United States, no meanings are given to elements used to form contemporary personal names. The sound of a name is what is important, not it's meaning. And increasingly, consideration is given to how a name looks, which is why some names feature more than one capitol letter and/or accent marks or a hypen.

My guess is that Shateshia was created by taking the prefix "Sha" {which has no meaning} and the element "teshia". "Teshia" may come from the female name "Natisha". Natisha is the English version of the Russian name Natasha. Natasha means "birthday". It specifically means "Christmas birthday" {December 25th, the day given on which Jesus is said to have been born}. The traditional belief was that any person born on the same day as Jesus had special protection, and therefore was considered to be a special person. It's my view that contemporary names that are created from older names can be said to have the same meaning as those older names. Therefore, you could say that Shateshia means "birthday" or "born on Christmas day" or "one who is special". And if you don't like those meanings, you can use your creativity and self-determination and make a meaning that you do like.
-Best wishes, and wear your name proudly!

Here's a response from Shatesia:
"...My name is pronounced sha-TEE-sha but people think it is pronounced sha-TEE-shee-ah. Again thank you so much for your help!"

Editor:
You're welcome, Shatesia!

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SHAUNICE
See the entry for Shanice on this page

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SHARAZAD; SHARIZAD; SHEHERAZADE
Sharazad was the Persian name of the narrator of 1001 Nights. Both Sharazad and Sharizad are Persian female names that mean "city dweller" (a person who lives in the city). shahr {city} + zad {person}; "shahr" and the word "shah" have the same root. "Shah" means "king". The city was where the king lived. Those persons living in the city would therefore have some degree of status. See http://www.20000-names.com/female_persian_names.htm .

Also see this information from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Sheherezade
"The girl's name Sheherezade...is of Arabic, Farsi and Persian origin, and its meaning is "city dweller". In "A Thousand and One Arabian Nights", Sheherazade tells one tale to her royal husband each night. Having been betrayed by his first wife, the husband had resolved to marry a different virgin each day, and kill at dawn. So fascinating were Sheherazade's stories, however, that the king let her live so that he could keep hearing them. He eventually fell in love with her. Sheherezade has 4 variant forms: Scheherezade, Shahrazad, Sharazad and Sharizad".
-Best wishes, and wear your name proudly!

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SHAWNEE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ShawneeL "The Shawnee, Shaawanwaki, Shaawanooki and Shaawanowi lenaweeki, [2] are an Algonquian-speaking people native to North America. Historically they inhabited the areas of Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Western Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Today there are three federally recognized Shawnee tribes: Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, and Shawnee Tribe, all of which are headquartered in Oklahoma."
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Although it is rare, "Shawnee" has been used as a female name by some African Americans.
-Best wishes, and wear your name proudly!

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SHAWNTEE
This female name may also be a contemporary American form of either of these contemporary American female name "Shante" or "Shanti". See entries for those two names above.
-Best wishes, and wear your name proudly!

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SHAZRAY ; SHAZA ; SHAZIA ; SHAAZIYA
I would really like to know exactly what Shazray, which is feminine means. I originally was taught that it was persian and meant precious pearl, but I have never met anyone who's actually persian have it. The only people who seem to have it are Pakistanis.
-Shazray K; 5/30/2008

Editor:
Shazray, your name may be a contemporary English form of these Indian Muslim female names: Shaza (fragrance) and Shazia (shaaziya-fragrant) http://www.milligazette.com/misl/muslimbabyname.htm. Also, you name may be a form of "Shahrazad" listed above.
-Best wishes, and wear your name proudly!

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SHEA
from http://www.behindthename.com/name/shea
Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Irish
Pronounced: SHAY
Anglicized form of the name "Seaghdha"
Seaghdha- Possibly means "admirable" or "hawk-like" in Gaelic.

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A person who is admirable is a person who has many fine qualities that others like (admire). A person who is "hawk-like" is alert and courageous.
-Best wishes, and wear your name proudly!

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SHE 'VONNE
(pronounced Shay-von)
a female name; a combination of the name "Shea" and the suffix "von". The meaning can be said to combine the meaning of Shea (admirable and courageous) and Von (Vaughn)
which means little. Little here originally meant "younger" and wasn't a reference to height. Thus the name "She' vonne" means the little admirable,courageous one.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SHEENA
http://baby-names.adoption.com/search/Simone.html :
"The girl's name Sheena is pronounced SHE-nah. It is of Irish origin. Variant of Jane (Hebrew) "the Lord is gracious" or Jean. Made popular by singer Sheena Easton"...
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SHELBY
http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Shelby: "The boy's and girl's name Shelby \sh(el)-by\ is pronounced SHEL-bee. It is of Old Norse origin, and its meaning is "willow; from the ledge estate". English surname [last name] used as a given name [personal name] for girls and occasionally for boys".
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SHEROSE
I wanted to know if there is a origin behind the nickname of "sherose" & if there is then i was wondering if you could tell me it! thanx!
-shelby; 5/22/2008

Editor:
The name "Sherose" may be a blend of the female name Sherise and the female name "Rose". See the entry for the name "Sherise" on this page. "Rose" is an English flower name. A common nickname for that name is "Reesie". That nickname conforms to the "ie" or "y" ending for nicknames that was very common in the early to late 1950s. Another nickname for the name "Sherise" that I've heard is "Ree Ree." Making a nickname by repeating the beginning sound of a name is very common among African Americans. Thsese nicknames may also be used for the name "Sherose". Of course, a person's nickname or nicknames don't have to sound anything like their first or middle name.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SHIMON ; SIMON ; SIMONE ; SIMONA
Hi I would like to know what Shimon means
-Alisha; 11/10/2006

Editor:
"Shimon" is a Hebrew masculine name that means "one who listens"; Simon is the male form of that name. Simone {Simona} are female forms of that same name.
See http://www.italyworldclub.com/genealogy/surnames/s.htm:
"Simone, Simoni, Simeone": From the first name Simone, derived from the Hebrew name "Sim'on", from the verb "sama" = to listen"

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These names probably mean "One who listens to God."
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SHOSHANA ; SHOSHONA ; SUSAN ; SUSANNA
From http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Shoshana

"Shoshana" is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Shoshana is "lily". [Shoshana" is a]Variant of Susan and Susanna, which are the more common and Anglicised forms...

Shoshana has 4 variant forms: Shosha, Shoshanah, Sosanna and Sosannah.

That site also indicates that the name "Shana" may be related to the name "Shoshana"
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SHYAN; SHAYAN
My name is Shyan and i am a girl who wants to find out the meaning and language of origin of her name please.
-Shyan; 3/7/2007

Editor:
In March 2007, I wrote that I couldn't find any information about the name "Shyan". I suggested that maybe it was a unique way of spelling the Native American name "Cheyenne". And maybe it is. But since that time, I've received a query about a similar spelled {and pronounced?} name "Shayan". And I was successful in finding information online about that name. http://www.persia.org/Information/boys.html ShAyAn [origin} Iran {Persia} [gender] male [meaning] "Worthy, deserving, meriting" Perhaps this information for Shayan may also be the source for the name "Shyan".
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SIAN; SIANNA; SHAN; SHANA; SHANNA
I was wondering what my name means and where it comes from.
-Siannna; 1/17/2007

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I was wondering what Shanna means?
-Shanna; 5/31/2007

Editor:
See this information about the name "Sian" from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Sian:
"The girl's name Sian is pronounced shon. It is of Welsh origin. Variant of Jane (Hebrew), meaning "the Lord is gracious." See also Seana, Shana, Shanae, and Shawna.

Sian has 2 variant forms: Siana and Sianna. For more information, see also the related name Shan".
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"Sian", "Sianna", "Shan", "Shana", and "Jane" are all female forms of the male name John. See http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/John for a list of male names from different languages ofthe name "John". All these names-as well as the female names that are part of the "John" family have the same meaning- "The Lord is Gracious", or "God is merciful". Another way of saying this is "God is good".

Traditionally, people who are given names that refer to God were thought to be especially under God's protection. A male or female might have been given a name from the large "John" family of names because of the special protection such a name was thought to give, or to say "thank you" to God because it was good (gracious, merciful) of Him to send the parents a child.

By the way, Welsh is the traditional language of Wales. Wales is one of the four parts of The United Kingdom (the other parts of that nation are England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland).

According to a woman with that name who is a member of an online discussion forum that I belong to, the name Sian (spelled with a cone shaped accent mark over the "a") is pronounced "Shan". I found this quite interesting because I know an African American teenage girl who has the name "Shan" and I always wondered if her name was clipped from the name "Shanice". Maybe it was. But maybe her folks (or whoever gave her that name) knew about the Welsh name "Shan". Folks in the United States
may have selected the name "Sian, or "Shan" or "Sianna" or "Siannna" for their daughter because they like the way the name sound and they like the fact that it is unique.

Also, when I asked my Internet friend Sian about that website's pronunciation of the name Sian, she told me that regional differences account for differences in that name's pronunciation. If I understood her correctly, some people in Wales pronounce it Shan (which rhymes with "ran") and some people pronounce it Shon (which rhymes with "John").

My thanks to sian, west wales from Mudcat Discussion Forum http://www.mudcat.org/threads.cfm for hipping me to what your name means!

To all the Sians, Siannas, Siannas, Shons, and Shans in the world,
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi!

Addendum: I just met two sisters who share the middle name "Siany" {pronounced-see-AN-nee}.Their parents,Tim & Melissa, selected the name from a baby name book, but weren't sure about the name's origin & meaning. I told them that Siany might be a form of the Celtic name Sian, even though it is pronounced different from their daughters' name. Therefore this name could be said to have the same meaning as "Sian, Shon, Shan, Shawn, Shaun etc.

For another possiblity, see the entry for the name "Shoshana" on this page.

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SIERRA; CIERRA
http://babyparenting.about.com/cs/gettingready/a/sierra.htm provides this information about the origin & meaning of the name Sierra:
"Sierra-Gender: female; Origin: Spanish ; Meaning: Range of mountains
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The beauty of mountains is the key meaning of the name Sierra. However, the name also may bring to mind the attributes of strength and endurance.

Regarding the beauty of mountain ranges, http://www.shgresources.com/resources/symbols/names/statenamesorign/ provides this information about the meaning of the state name "Nevada":
"Spanish sailors gazed upon the beautiful mountain ranges of California. They called these mountains Sierra Nevada (snowy range). Sierra Nevada seemed an apt name for the new territory that was being carved out of Utah, but when the deed was done in 1859, the name of this new territory had been shortened to Nevada.
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Sierra Leone, West Africa is another geographical place that has the name Sierra. Sierra Leone means "Lion Mountain".

An alternate meaning for Sierra; Cierra is the name Ciara. See information on that name above.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SILVEIRA-MONIZ; MUNIZ
what is the meaning of these to last names
-silveira-moniz ; 2/3/08

Editor:
http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Silveira-name-meaning.ashx provides this information for the surname {last name "Silveira": "Galician and Portuguese: habitational [place] name from... Silveira in Lugo and Pontevedra provinces or a topographic name from silveira ‘woodland’, a collective derivative of silva."
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Of course, another term for "woodland" is "forest". Therefore, the last name "Silveira" means "one who comes from the forest".

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"Moniz" is a Portuguese last name which comes from the medieval personal name "Munho"
http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Moniz-name-meaning.ashx?fn=&yr=1920

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Here's information for the similar spelled name "Muniz"
Galician, Asturian-Leonese, and Spanish (Muñiz): last name from the old personal name Muño (see Munoz).; Portuguese: variant of Moniz. http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Muniz-name-meaning.ashx?fid=10&ln=Munoz&fn...

Sorry, I've not been able to find any meaning/s for the name "Munho" and Muño . The name "Munho" is very similar to the Spanish word "mundo" meaning "world", but I'm not sure if it means the same thing. If someone knows the meaning of these names, please send in that information! Thanks!
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SIPHO ; SIPHIWE
From "Clicking with Xhosa: a Xhosa phrasebook" By Silvia Skorge (page 19)
Gender-male
Language-Xhosa (nation-South Africa)
Meaning-gift (from the word "isiopho")
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SIPHOKAZI
Gender-female
Language-Xhosa (nation-South Africa)
Meaning-gift (from the word "isiopho")

Names ending in "kazi"; "wa"; "eke" are female suffixes, while the suffix "iwe" can be either a girl’s name or a boy’s name....Xhosa girls names are often prefixed by no which means “mother of”

From "Clicking with Xhosa: a Xhosa phrasebook" By Silvia Skorge (page 19)
http://books.google.com/books?id=EQs7uKv_k3UC&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=zenzil...
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SIYABONGA
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Zulu_given_names -Male Zulu name which means "we thank you"
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SKIPWORTH
I need to find out where the surname "skipworth'... originated from for my year 6 school project ? Please help.
-Megan: 2/23/2007

Editor:
Megan, you asked about the origin and meanings of three other surnames {last names}. Two of those names mean the exact same thing as if they were used as "regular" words. The other surname Williamson means the son of William. William is a German male name and means "resolute guardian" or helmet of protection". See this information for the surname Skipworth:

http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/fact.aspx?fid=10&ln=Skipwith&fn=&yr=... "
variant of English name Skipwith
English (Yorkshire): habitational [place of resident] name from a place in Yorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Schipwic, from Old English sceap, scip ‘sheep’ + wic ‘outlying settlement’. Under later Scandinavian influence the initial ‘s’ became ‘sk’ and the second element was changed to -with (Old Norse viðr ‘wood’)."
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A contemporary meaning for the name Skipworth can be said to be "a person who lives in or comes from a country or a suburban community"
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SOMALIA
All my life I have wanted to know the meaning of my name, "SOMALIA". I was named after the actual country, but everytime I search for the name's meaning, I come up empty. I seriously need your help. Thanks a million.
-Somalia G.

Editor:
According to http://www.ipoaa.com/african_country_name_origin.htm, the name of the African nation of "Somalia" means "The Land of the Somali, the dominant Ethnic group in the country." "Dominate" used here means "largest number of persons". Throughout the world, many ethnic group names translate to something like "the people", but I'm not sure if this is the original meaning for the word "Somalia". Here's some excerpts from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Somalia :

"Somalia (Somali: Soomaaliya) is a coastal nation in East Africa, widely known as Horn of Africa. Continentally, it is surrounded by Ethiopia and Djibouti on the north and mid-west, and Kenya on its south-west. The Gulf of Aden is located on its far east...Somalia together with Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti (collectively known as the Horn of Africa), were known to the Ancient Egyptians as the Land of Punt. The earliest definite record of contact between Ancient Egypt and Punt comes from an entry on the Palermo stone during the reign of Sahure of the Fifth Dynasty (around 2250 BC). It says in one year 80,000 units of myrrh and frankincense was brought to Egypt from Punt as well as other quantities of goods that were highly valued in Ancient Egypt. Between the Thirteenth and Seventeenth Dynasties, the contact between Egypt and Punt was broken. This was due to the fact that Egypt was invaded by the Hyksos. The fifth ruler in the Eighteen Dynasty of Egyptian Pharaohs was Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose III. She became Queen in the year 1493 BC and made a landmark expedition to the land of Punt which is recorded on the walls of the Deir ci-Bahari temple located in Alexandria. Her eight ships sailed to Puntland and came back with cargoes of fine woods, ebony, myrrh, cinnamon and incense trees to plant in the temple garden..."

According to one theory, the nation of Somalia, or elsewhere in the land of Punt, was the location of the "Garden of Eden" that is mentioned in the Christian Bible. However, there are a number of theories about where the Garden of Eden was located. If indeed the Garden of Eden was located in Somalia, a person with that name would be a very special person indeed. Also, as you have read, Somalia is associated with "goods that were highly valued in Ancient Egypt". If no other meaning can be found for the name Somalia {or even if the ancient meaning of this name can be found, it seems to me that you should consider that name to be a blessing.

Also, given the "Soomaaliya" spelling of that nation's name, I wonder if the Arabic female name "Aaliyah" could have come from this Somali name. Given the history of Somalia and Arabian nations, it's my sense that the name Somalia predates the name Aaliaya {"Aliyah, "Aliya"}. The name "Aliyah" means "e Exalted, noble, highest social standing." It seems to me that the name "Somalia" could be said to carry that meaning also.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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Btw, the first website link that I provided for the name "Somalia" has a listing of the origin/meaning of many other names of African nations. It's a great resource for folks interested in the meanings of the names of African names.

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SONATA
What is does my name mean?
-Sonata

Editor:
The female name "Sonata" probably comes from the Italian word "sonnet". A sonnet is a 14-line lyrical poem. Sonata is usually pronounced "soh-NAH-tah".
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SONIA; SONYA; SONJAa
i would like to know the meaning of sonia.olivia [last name omitted]
-sonia r.; 3/7/2008

Editor:
Sonia, I don't post whole names on this page. I've posted information about the name "Olivia" in the "O" section of this page. http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Sonia provides this information about the name "Sonia": "The girl's name Sonia \s(o)-nia\ is pronounced SOHN-yah. It is of English origin. Variant of Sophia (Greek) "wisdom"...
Sonia has 10 variant forms: Sohnia, Sohnnja, Sondja, Sondya, Sonja, Sonje, Sonni, Sonnie, Sonnja and Sonya".
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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SONU
Can you please send me the meaning of the word Sonu?
-Deepa S. ; 5/17/2007

Editor:
http://www.yourbabysname.com/names_s.htm gives this the meaning of the name "Sonu" as "Gold. Beautiful". This name is listed as a female name and is included with many names from India. On http://www.babiesonline.com/babynames/boybabynames/boybabynamesS.asp the name "Sonu" is listed with boys names from India. Its meaning is given as "gold".
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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STEFANIE ; STEPHANIE
See http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Stephanie: The girl's name Stephanie \s-tepha-nie, st(e)-phanie\ is pronounced STEFF-a-nee. It is of Greek origin, and its meaning is "crown, garland". Feminine form of Stephen. The name of the first Christian martyr was a favored name choice from the early Christian era. Stephania, a Latin form of the name, was used for girls. The French form Stephanie became popular early in the 20th century.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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STEWART ; STEWARD; STUART
My girlfriend says she's french, but her last name is Stewarts... I want to know the origin of her last name...Thanks.
-Jordan; 10/23/2008

Editor:
"Stewarts" is a form of the name "Stewart". Stewart, Steward, Stuart are both personal names and surnames {last names}. See this information from: http://genealogy.about.com/library/surnames/s/bl_name-STEWART.htm: "Definition: An occupational name for a steward or manager of a household or estate; or one who had charge of a king's or important noble's household. From Middle English 'stiward.'
Surname Origin: English, Scottish
Alternate Surname Spellings: Stuart; Steward"
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Incidentally, Jordan, given the high degree of intermarriage between French and English people throughout the centuries, just because a person has an English last name, does not mean that they aren't French. You shared with me your girlfriend's first and middle name. It might interest you to know that they both happen to be either French names or French forms of a name.
-Wear your name proudly! Best wishes, Azizi

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STENY
This name is commonly associated with the Democratic politician Steny Hoyer.
According to http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/061113/13hoyerfacts.htm"He [Steny Hoyer] is of Danish ancestry, and his first name is an adaptation of the Danish name Steen.

http://www.searchforancestors.com/surnames/origin/s/steen.php
Steen Surname Origin
(origin Danish and Dutch) A stone.

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Thus Steny means "stony".
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STOKLEY
"Stokley" is a last name and a personal name.
From http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Stokely-family-history.ashx and http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Stockley-family-history.ashx
"Variant form of Stockley" Stockley- "English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Devon, County Durham, and Staffordshire, called Stockleigh or Stockley, from Old English stocc ‘tree trunk’ + leah ‘clearing’".
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Click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stokely_Carmichael to find information about Trinidadian/American Black activist Stockley Carmichael (also known as Kwame Ture).

Stokley Williams is the lead singer (and drummer/bassist) for the R&B group Mint Condition.. Click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mint_Condition?oldid=0 for more information about this group
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STROM
The male name "Strom" is from the surname (last name) "Nystrom"
http://www.surnameweb.org/Strom/surname-origin.htm
Origin: The name Nystrom is Swede for new to the stream.
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This name is commonly associated with the now deceased Republican politician Strom Thurmond.
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SUSANNAH ; SUSANNA ; SUSAN ; SHOSHANNA
Hi My name is Susannah and i will like to know what my name means
-Susannah; 8/18/2008

Editor:
The name Susannah (Susan; Susanna etc) is usually given the meaning "lily". http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Susannah: "The girl's name Susannah \s(u)-sannah, sus(an)-nah\ is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "lily". The original form of the name Susan... Susannah has 12 variant forms: Sanna, Sannah, Shoshanna, Shanna, ShuShu, Suesanna, Susana, Susanna, Susannagh, Suzanna, Zanna and Zannie".

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However, see this quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan: "Susan is a female given name, a form of Susanna, deriving originally from Middle Egyptian "sšn" (lotus flower), first reported on an 11.Dyn. sarcophagus approximately 2000 B.C. Susan is a very popular name, and variations are found in many languages. However, the Hebrew root for the name for the lily, שושן is derived from the root שוש or ששנ , meaning to be joyful, bright, or cheerful, which is the basis for the word and name ששון Sasson, meaning joy".
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Therefore, Susannah can be said to mean "lily"; "lily of the valley", or "lotus flower" . The name Susannah can also be said to mean "joyful, bright, cheerful". In contemporary times, the lotus flower and lilies are symbols of purity.
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SUKIE
"Sukie" (pronounced SOOK-key" is a nickname for the female name "Susan".
This female nickname may also come from the Spanish word for sugar "azucar". The phrase "ah Sukie Sukie" that is found in some R&B songs is meant to convey the sexual attractiveness of the female it is directed to, and thus owes more to the Spanish meaning than the Egyptian/Hebrew name "Susan".
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SYAZWANI
my first name is Syazwani. secomd name is natasya. wud love to know the meaning of the two.. thank u
-Tasya; 2/5/2007

Editor:
Tasya, see the entry for "Natalie" upthread for the meaning of the name "Nataysha". Your name "Taysa" is pronounced "TAY-shah", right?

With regard to the name "Syazwani", my guess is that this is an Arabic name. I've seen the name Syazwani listed online as both a first and a last name. In all cases, these name appear to be associated with someone who is either Muslim or from a nation such as Singapore which has a large Muslim or Arabic population.

It's possible that the name Syazwani may be related to the Arabic masculine name "Safwan" . http://www.ummah.net/family/masc.html#S gives this meaning for "Safwan - Rocks".
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I believe this implies strength and endurance. However, this may not be the meaning of the name "Syazwani"

If anyone reading this knows the origin & meaning of this name, please send it in. I'll continue to look for more information about this name.
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TAHAIA
I am wondering the origins of my name. It is Tahaia ( Tah Hay' Ee Yah) My mother died when I was very young, and I have no idea where she got the name. I am not African American....thanks for your help
-Tahaia Jean (TJ) ; 8/3/2007

Editor:
Tahaia, it's possible that your name might have come from the female names Tala, Talia, and/or Talulah. See my comments about those names below. It's also possible that your name may have come from either or both of these two Arabic female names:
"Tahirah" meaning (pure, chaste) and "Takiyah" meaning (pious, righteous) online source: http://www.ummah.net/family/fem.html

Also see my comments about originally created names {which are often disparagingly called "made up names"} in the entry for the name Afeni and elsewhere on this page.
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TAHTIONA- See the entry for Tiyanna, Tahtiona, Tatiana below

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TAI
http://www.behindthename.com/name/tai

Gender: Masculine & Feminine
Usage: Chinese
Other Scripts: 太 (Chinese)
Means "great, extreme" in Chinese.
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TAIA ; TYLA
This female name is usually said to be of Native American origin with a meaning of "wolf" or "princess of wolves". However, see this excerpt from http://www.native-languages.org/wrongnames.htm :
"Baby name books claim this means "princess of wolves" or "stalking wolf" in Cherokee. This is false. There isn't any word "Tala" in Cherokee, there isn't any word for "princess" in Cherokee ("Cherokee princess" is a white myth), and the word for "wolf" is "Wahya" in Cherokee. Furthermore, it's highly unlikely that a simple word like "Tala" means "princess of wolves" in ANY language, but particularly an American Indian language, where words tend to be longer, not shorter, than English ones. It's possible that the word means "wolf" in some American Indian language other than Cherokee, and the rest is an embellishment. More likely, Tala was the name of a Cherokee heroine in a Western or romance novel, and her name was given a completely fictional meaning like "princess of wolves" in the story".

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Perhaps the name "Tala" is a clip {shortened form} of a longer Native American name.
http://www.bchealth.com/services/birthcenter/nativeambabynames.shtml lists two female names that may be sources for the name Tala: "Talula" is a Choctaw female name meaning "leaping water"and Talutah is a Sioux female name meaning "blood-red." However, that same website also lists Tala as meaning "wolf", so if that meaning is suspect, then the other meanings given may also be suspect.

For what it's worth, Pamela A. Samuelson's book Baby Names For The New Century basically concur with the bchealth website's' origin & meaning of the name "Talula". Samuelson writes that Talula (tah-LOO-lah) is "Native American Choctow [and means] "water sprays to the sky". Samuelson lists Talli, Tallia, Talulah, and Tally as being related to the name Talula.

The name "Tala" is usually pronounced "TIE-lah". Tyla may be an alternative spelling of the same name. It usually is pronounced the same as Tala. But several name websites indicate that Tyla is an English female or male name which means "good". Also see the entry below of the Hebrew name "Talia."

So what does the name Tala (Tyla) really mean? Maybe it really does means "leaping water". Or maybe it really does mean "princess of wolves". Or maybe it really means "The good one". Or maybe it means whatever meaning you assign to it. To each her or his own.
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Post script:
http://www.indiansun.net/symbols_animals.htm indicates that in Native American culture, the wolf symbolizes "Teacher of New Ideas and Wisdom, Intense Loyalty with Balance of Independence". Visit that website for more information on Native American animal symbolism.

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TAIWO
See the entry for Kehinde on this page.

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TALIA ; TAHLIA ; TALIAH
Talia (TAL-ya) is a Hebrew female name which means "golden dew from above" According to Pamela Samuelson's book Baby Names For The New Century, variant forms of the female name Talia are Talor, Talora, Talya, Tahlia, and Taliah.
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TALULA ; TALLULAH ; TALULAH
What does the name Talula mean, and where does it come from?
-Rosemary P.; 1/7/2007

Editor:
"Talula" is a variant form of the name "Tallulah". This female name is of Native American Choctow origin. Its meaning is usually said to be "leaping waters" . See http://www.20000-names.com/female_native_american_names_2.htm But also see the comment for the name "Tala" that is written above.
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TAMARA
"Tamara" is a Hebrew female name meaning "date" {the edible fruit} or date palm tree, or palm tree. I have also seen the meaning "upright" given for this name. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamar_(name) for more information on this name.
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TAMIEKA ; TAMIKA ; TAMEKA ; TAMIKO ; TAMEAKA ; TAMENIKA
What does my name Tamieka mean and what origin is it from?
-Tamieka (Phila,PA); 6/25/2006

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please i need the hebrew meanin of my name
- tamieka; 4/13/2008

Editor:
In my opinion, Tamika", and other similarly spelled names including Tamika", "Tameka" and "Tamenika", are American forms of the Japanese female name "Tamiko". Specifically, these names appear to be of African American creation. "Tamiko" meaning is usually given as "girl child'. I have also seen these meanings for the name "Tamiko": "people child" or "abundance child" or child of "Tami". I have seen the name "Tamika" on some listings of Japanese female names, but more often have seen "Tamiko".

"Tamika" was 'adopted' by African Americans in the mid to late 1960s or so because of its similarity with a number of Arabic names & traditional African names [the 'ika' suffix and/or the ''ah' sound at the end]. But, how did Black people become aware of the name "Tamika" in the first place? Well, it's my position that we took that name from this 1963 movie "A Girl Named Tamiko" http://imdb.com/title/tt0056021/movie and exchanged the 'o' ending for an 'ah' ending to better fit our sound preferences. That's creativity in action.

My advice for all the "Tameikas" and "Tamikas" (and similarly spelled names) in the world is to look to Japanese name books to better pin down the meaning of this name. Given the information that I have, I usually give it the meaning "the feminine one" . Of course, what is feminine to one person may not be feminine to another.

With regard to tameika's {4/13/2008} request for the Hebrew meaning of her name, there are forms of certain names in various languages throughout the world. For instance, the English name "John" has its source in the Old French name "Jehan", which comes from the Hebrew name "Yôhānnān", "Juan" is the Spanish form of that Hebrew male name, "Jan" is the Dutch form, and "Johan" is the German/Swiss form. However, not all personal names have forms in different languages. I don't believe that there is any Hebrew form of the American female name "Tameika". However, if you were to look at the meaning of the source name for Tamieka {the Japanese name Tamiko" -"girl child"}, you'll find names in various languages that are the same as or similar to the meaning of this name.
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TA-NAHISI
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta-Nehisi_Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates (born 1975, Baltimore, Maryland) is a senior editor for The Atlantic and blogs on its website. (He pronounces his given name ...TAH-nə-HAH-see KOHTS."

According to comments written on the blog http://www.languagehat.com/archives/003378.php "Ta-Nahisi: is an Egyptian name which means "Land of the Nubian", Here are the pertinent comments:,

"Also for the record Ta-Nehisi (pronounced Tah-Nuh-Hah-See) is an Egyptian name for ancient Nubia....Now, leaving aside the Egyptological side of it (the hieroglyphs transliterated as nḥsy and translated "Nubian" cannot, of course, be confidently provided with vowels, and I don't know where the "Ta" comes from..."
-ROMANI DATABASE.,,January 19, 2009

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I don't know where the "Ta" comes from
I was under the impression it meant "land", as in "Ta-Seti".
-Posted by: bulbul at January 19, 2009 09:05 PM
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TANISHA ; TANESHA ; TANISHIA
"Tanisha" (American pronunciation- tah-NEE-sha) is a Hausa (northern Nigeria, West African) name which means "female born on Monday"
"Tanesha" and "Tanishia" are two of many contemporary African American variants of that Hausa name.
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TANYA ; TANIA ; TONYA ; TANIA
Tonya is a short form of the name "Tatiana". Tatiana is a Russian royalty name. See the entry for "Tatiana" below.
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TARA
What does the name "Tara" mean?
-Dina

Editor:
See this excerpt from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Tara
"The girl's name Tara is pronounced TAH-rah. It is of Gaelic and Sanskrit origin, and its meaning is "hill; star." Ancient Tara was the site of the "stone of destiny" on which Irish kings resided, and Margaret Mitchell probably had this in mind when she named the fictional home of Scarlett O'Hara in her 1936 novel "Gone With the Wind." Hindu mythology: Tara is one of the names of the wife of Shiva."

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Also see this excerpt from http://www.sripremananda.org/english/e7_more/e7b_names/e7b_tara.htm
Tara is an important Hindu and Buddhist Goddess. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Bodhisattva Tara is the consort of the deity Avalokiteshvara, the Lord who looks with compassion on all living beings. In China she is known as Kwan Yin. Tara is the shakti (power) of divine sound. The name Tara means the saviour. She is the knowledge that saves us at difficult points in our lives. The concept of a saving Goddess is a very ancient one and a common theme is many spiritual traditions. Tara also means a bright and shining star. Tara is the power that uplifts us to higher levels of spiritual understanding, giving us the strength to transcend our troubling thoughts. It is also said that Tara is the form of the Goddess as Aum - the original mantra from which all of creation arose. She has an etheric appearance. Through the grace of Goddess Tara we can understand the deep meaning of mantras. She gives the gift of poetry and the ability to speak and communicate well. But all, Tara is the radiant knowledge of perfect, true knowledge. "
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TARAJI
"Taraji" (tah-rah-jee) is a Swahili name which means "faith".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraji_P._Henson

I have also seen this name meaning given as 'hope ; faith"
http://www.blurtit.com/q1464247.html

Note- American actress Taraji Penda Henson's middle name is Swahili for "Love".
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TAREN ; TARYN
um im about to have a baby boy and i was thinking of the name Taren and i was just wondering the meaning of that name..
-Tasha; 9/25/2006

Editor:
Congratulations on expecting your baby. I have found a number of online sources for the name Taren. http://www.celticbug.com/Taryn/Meaning.html indicates that the name Taren is a form of the name "Taryn". Other spellings of that name are Tarin, Taran, Tarun, Terin, Tarran, Teryn, Taryne, and Tehren.

Although http://www.celticbug.com/Taryn/Meaning.html says that the name Taryn is both a girl's and a boy's name, most online sources list Taryn and its various spellings as a girl's name. http://www.parenthood.com/babynames_searchresults.html?searchName=Taryn indicate that Tayrn is a feminine form of the male name Tyrone. {Tyrone is of Gaelic origin. it is usually pronounced TY-rohn and it means Owen's land}.

http://www.celticbug.com/Taryn/Meaning.html lists these different origins & meanings for the name Taryn {and all the variant spellings}: Scots-Gaelic {Tender/Innocent}; Irish-Gaelic {Rocky Hill}; Norse/Celtic {Thunder}; Latin {Of The Earth}; English {Tower}; Greek {The Reaper}; Hebrew {Wild Goat}; Arabic {To carry}; Sanskrit {Young}; Greco-Roman {Queen}. That website also notes that there is a Celtic God of Thunder whose name is 'Tarranis".

In the United States, the name Taryn {Taren} is most often pronounced to rhyme with the female name Karen. This is another reason why I would be hesitant about given this name to a boy. While it is true that every person should wear his or her name proudly, it's more difficult to do that when a male has a name that most people around him thinks is female {and vice versa}.
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TARIQ ; TAREK ; TARIK ; TAREEK
Here's some information about the male name "Tariq" from its Wikipedia page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C4%81riq
"Tāriq (Arabic: طارق ‎) an Arabic given name. It is common first male name in Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia
Various transliterations include Taariq, Tarik, Tareq, Tarek, Taric. Tarick, Tareeq, Thariq, Tareque, and Tarique.

The name Tariq from the Sufi tradition (the Tariqas orders) has three related meanings in the Arabic language:

Ṭāriq, the noun related to the Arabic verb ṭaraqa (Arabic: طرق‎ meaning "messenger / knocking") and thus meaning deliverer of messages / the knocking one

The Qur'an names the morning star ṭāriq and describes it as the shining star that leads the way. Recent discoveries about pulsar stars have prompted some scholars[who?] to associate those neutron stars with ṭāriq, where knocking equates to pulsing.

"Traveler through the night", or more specifically a "pathbreaker" or "pathfinder" or "he who leads the way"."
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"Tareek" is probably an American variant of that Arabic name. It should be noted that all Arabic speaking people are not Muslim, and all people who have Arabic names are not Muslim. This is particularly the case with African Americans who have Arabic names.
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TASHA
"Tasha" (pronounced tah-shah) is a contemporary American female name that may have come from the Russian name "Natasha"- Birthday (natal day), a reference to females who were born on or near Jesus' birth at Christmas time.
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TAVARES ; TAVARIS
"Tavares" is a Portuguese place name that is used as last name (surname). In the United States Tavares (Tavaris) has been given as a male and female personal name.

From http://genforum.genealogy.com/tavares/messages/71.html
"Here goes a free translation of the entry TAVARES in the Dicionario de Familias Portuguesas (Dictionary of Portuguese Families):
"Name of toponymical roots, named after a place in Beira (region in the North of Portugal) and used as a surname by some of the descendents of the "Riba-Douro" (Upper-Douro), from whom they descend by their Fonsecas ancestors. It is, therefore, an old family and of great nobility, related with one of the best medieval families."

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For more information about the name Tavares, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tavares
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TAVIA
See the entry for Latavia

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TAVIS
Origin-Gaelic (Scottish)
Gender- Male
Meaning- twin

Famous person with this name -African American talk show host Tavis Smiley
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TE-ANNA, TE-ANNE
Female name that may be created from combining a name that begins with the element "Te" and the name "Anna" , or a name that was created to rhyme with "Deanna"
As such the meaning of this American name combines the meaning of the "Te" name + the meaning of Anna. or a new meaning can be given to this name.
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TEMITOPE (nicknames: TOPE; TEMI)
http://www.behindthename.com/name/temitope : Masculine/Feminine Yoruba (Nigeria) name that means "enough to give thanks".
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From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=%28Yoruba%29&page=7 posted by amoye Sep 6, 2009
"its feminine and masculine,yoruba origin:it means what God has done for me is enough to give thanks to God"

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TENE ; TENNE ; TENNA ; TENEA ; TENAY
where does the name tene come from and what does it mean
-Tene, 8/23/2006

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I would like information on the origin of the name "Tenna". I believe this name to be West African. Thank you
- Patricia ; 8/29/2006

Editor:
The Book Of African Names {author: Chief Osuntoki, published in 1991 by Black Classic Press} lists the name "Tene" {pronounced teh-NAY} as a West African female name. The meaning that book gives for this name is "love". I remember reading somewhere that "Tene" is from the Yoruba language of Nigeria, West Africa, but that book is hiding from me right now.

http://www.adtan.com/origin-African-250 lists the name "Tene" as a name that can be given to either females or males. That website indicates that Tene is from Africa {but does not give a country or language}. That website also says that the name Tene means "love". This meaning might be interpreted as "loveable" or "one who is loved".

For an alternative meaning, Julia Stewart's 1,000 African Names: First & Last Names from the African Continent (Carol Publishing Group, 1996), gives this meaning for the female name "Tenen", pronounced (teh-NAY); "female born on Monday". "Tanisha" is another West African female name that means "female born on Monday".

The name "Tenne" probably has the same meaning as "Tene". Also, the female name "Tenea", {pronounced either tah-NAY-ah or teh-NAY} and similarly spelled names, probably are variant forms of "Tene".
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TENIOLA
From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=%28Yoruba%29&page=7 posted by MedSchool14 Dec 12, 2009
"Teniola is a name in the a yoruba language. Yoruba is the predominant language spoke in Akure, Nigeria which is located in Africa. When translated into english this name means God had provided me prosperity or favor and has God has laid down my mattress of wealth."
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TERRA ; TIERRA
I was wondering if you knew where the name Terra originated from???
-Keonia; 1/20/2007

Editor:
http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Terra provides this information:
"The girl's name Terra \t(er)-ra\ is pronounced TARE-ah. It is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "Earth". Mythology: the Roman earth goddess, equivalent to the Greek Gaia. May also be from the female Terence [see below] or a short form of Teresa.

Terra has 5 variant forms: Tera, Terah, Terrah, Tiera and Tierra".
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"Terence" is usually given as a male name. http://www.behindthename.com/php/view.php?name=terence
and other websites indicates that Terence came from the Roman royalty family name Terentius, but has no known meaning.

For an alternative source for the name Terra, see the entry for Teron below.
In addition, the name Tierra could have been created by rhyming the female name
"Sierra" or "Cierra". See the entry for Sierra for the meanings of these name
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TERON
I am Teron and I would like to know what my name means
-Teron; 9/14/2006

Editor:
The name "Teron" is probably a form of the Greek male name "Theron". This name means "hunter".

See http://www.thinkbabynames.com/search/1/greek/19 for this name origin & meaning. In order to understand the full meaning of this name, you should think about all the abilities and skills needed to be a good hunter, including a capacity for physical endurance & good reflexes, and a quick & alert mind. Traditionally, all these attributes are implied by this one word meaning.
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TESS
,,,What does the name Tess mean?...
-Tess; 12/24/2006

Editor:
"Tess" is a short form of the English female name "Theresa" or the Italian or Spanish female name Teresa.
"Tessa" is one form of this name. See this information on the name Theresa {Teresa} from http://www.behindthename.com/php/view.php?name=theresa :
"Teresa-; Gender: Feminine; Usage: English, German, Scandinavian; Pronounced: te-RAY-sa (English), te-REE-sa (English), te-RE-zah (German) [key]

From the Spanish and Portuguese name Teresa. The meaning is uncertain, but it could be derived from Greek θερος (theros) "summer", from Greek θεριζω (therizo) "to harvest", or from the name of the Greek island of Thera (the main island of Santorini). A famous bearer was Maria Theresa, an Austrian Habsburg queen of the 18th century. She inherited the domains of her father, Charles VI, the Holy Roman Emperor, which began the War of the Austrian Succession."

"Tess" is the name of the main character in Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Ubervilles.
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Because so many of us live in urban communities, we don't realize the importance of harvest time. It's important to reflect on the symbolism of that time. And it's important to
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TEMITAY0 ; TEMIDAY0 ; TAMILADE
i want t find the meaning of my name. I am a nigerian american
-Temitayo; 1/22/2007

Editor:
Temitayo, your name is from the Yoruba language of Nigeria. Yoruba names are created from combining elements that have specific meanings. These elements can be used as either a prefix (found at the beginning of a name) or suffix (found at the end of a name). "Temitayo" is created from the elements "temi" and (t) "ayo". The element "temi" (tay-me) means "my" or "mine". The element "ayo" (eye-yoh) means "joy".

http://www.onlinenigeria.com/nigeriannames/Default.asp?search=y&page=90 lists several names that begin with the element "temi". The same information is given for the names "Temitayo" and "Temidayo":

"gender: unisex; language: Yoruba; meaning " Mine has been turned to joy". In standard American English, this meaning may be reworded as "my life has turned to joy". "Temitayo" and "Temidayo" may also be said to mean "my joy" or "joy is mine". This name probably reflects the joy that your family felt when you were born. OnlineNigeria.com lists other names that begin with the element "temi". Another example is the name "Temilade" -temi+ (l) ade. The element "ade" means "crown". Temilade is a Yoruba male or female {unisex} name which means "Mine is the crown" (The crown is mine).

* I'm unsure about the traditional pronunciation. In American English, the accent is usually on the next to the last syllable. Therefore, in American English, the name Temitayo would be pronounced tay-me-TIE-yoh and the name Temilade would be pronounced tay-me-LAH-day"
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TAIWO
See the entry for Kehinde.

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THANDIWE ((nicknames) THANDI ; THANDIE
From http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/afr-s.php
Thandiwe- female name ; Southern African
Means "loving one" in Xhosa.
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THELONIOUS ; THELONIUS
Origin: German
Meaning: Ruler of the people
Pronunciation: (thel OWN ee uss)
Form of: Thelonius
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THEMBI
See the entry for Nomathemba above

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TIYANNA ; TIYANA ; TAHTIONA ; TATIANA ; TY'YANNA ; TIANA
I am Tiyanna and I would like to know what my name means.
-Tiyanna; 9/24/2006

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What does Tahtiona mean?
-Rhonda; 10/18/2006

Editor:
The name "Tiyanna" could be a contemporary female name which is made by combining the element "Ti" (pronounced "tee" or pronounced "tie" ; "tie" rhymes with the words "why" and "lie" + the element 'yahn' which is usually pronounced YAHN + the element 'na' (pronounced "nah"). If so, this name could have no established meaning.

The name Tiyanna could be a contemporary form of the name "Titania"
http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Titania gives this information for that name:
"The girl's name Titania is of Greek origin, and its meaning is "giant." Mythology: the Titans were a race of giants. Literary: Titania is the Queen of the Fairies in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Titania has 5 variant forms: Tania, Tita, Titaniya, Titanya and Tiziana"
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"Tiyanna" and Tahtiona are probably versions of the name Titiania.

That same website also indicates that the female name Titania is related to the name "Tatiana".

See this information for that name:
"The girl's name Tatiana is pronounced tah-sh'-AHN-ah. It is of Russian and Latin origin. Feminine form of Tatius, a Roman family clan name. A king by this name was said to have reigned over the Sabines and the Romans with the legendary Romulus. Also a saint's name. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg named her second daughter Tatiana. See also Tiana. Actress Tatyana Ali; opera star Tatiana Troyannos.

Tatiana has 11 variant forms: Tania, Tanya, Tati, Tatianna, Tatie, Tatijana, Tatiyana, Tatjana, Tatyana, Tatyanna and Tonya." http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Tatiana
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Also, see this information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatiana_(name)

"Tatiana (Russian: Татьяна; also romanized as Tatyana, Tatianna, Tatjuana Tatijana, and Tateyanna) is a Slavic female name derived from the Roman name Tatianus, which was derived from the Roman clan name Tatius. Titus Tatius was a king. The short form of the name is Tanya (Russian: Таня).

The name honours Orthodox Saint Tatiana (Святая Татьяна, Svyataya Tat'yana) who was tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Alexander Severus c.230 in Rome. Saint Tatiana is also considered a patron saint of students. Hence, Tatiana Day is now an official school holiday for students in Russia.

Tatiana Larina is the heroine of Alexander Pushkin's celebrated novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin. In the poem Pushkin suggests that the name Tatiana was more common for peasants than for well-born women in the early 19th century. The poem was and continues to be extremely popular in Russia. The character of Tatiana Larina inspired the names of two Romanovs: Princess Tatiana Konstantinovna of Russia and her distant cousin Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia."

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Tiyanna could also be a form of the name Tatiana. Therefore, this name could be said to be of American [?] origin by way of Russia, or Greece, or Italy (Latin/Rome). And since giants were said to be strong, the name Tiyanna could be said to have that same connotation. And since the name Tatiana is from the family name of kings, the name Tiyanna could also be said to have that connotation. So you could say that Tiyanna means the "strong, royal one". i've also seen the name "Titiana" given the meaning "fairy queen".
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THABO
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Zulu_given_names- Male Zulu name which means "happiness"
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THANDEKA
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Zulu_given_names- female Zulu name which means "beloved"
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THANDIWE ; THANDISWA ; THANDIE
from http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Zulu_given_names- female Zulu name which means "loved"

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from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thandie_Newton

The name "Thandiwe" means "beloved"[10] in Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa or Swazi, and "Thandie" is pronounced /ˈtændi/ TAN-dee in English

from
http://www.englishforums.com/English/TheMeaningOfMyName/ldggl/post.htm
"Thando , Thandie ( eg Thandie Newton) Thandiwe which means The Loved One or Loved and Thandiswa, Thandekile( Lovable ) etc"
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Nickname- Thandi
Thandiwe is pronounced tan-de-way. The other names are similarly pronounced.
Also see the entry on this page for Nothando.
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THULANI
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Zulu_given_names - male Zulu name meaning
"be still / quiet (used as a consolation, 'hush')"
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TIA
"Tia" (pronounced tee-ah) is probably a newly created American female name and nickname that is a clip of African and other names that end in "ia". There is no established meaning for the name "Tia". Women with this name can use their creativity & self-determination to assign a meaning to their name.
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TIFFANY , LASEAN (LaSean), and FAUNETT
Hello I wanted to find out the meaning of a couple of names and they are, Tiffany, LaSean, and Faunett. Thank you very much.
-tiffany; 6/9/2006

Editor:
See this information from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Tiffany : "The girl's name Tiffany is pronounced TIF-a-nee. It is of Greek origin, and its meaning is "revelation of God." Variant of the Greek Theophania. In many Christian countries, girls born on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, are given some form of this name. The feast commemorates the day when the three Magi saw the infant Jesus. To modern Christians, the Magi were Gentiles, and thus their visit to the baby Jesus is the "revelation of God" to the non-Jewish world. Now, the name is associated with Tiffany & Co, the New York jeweler, giving it connotations of upper-class luxury".
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Also, see this excerpt from http://www.tiffany.org/info/name.html
"Long before the contemporary pop singer arose, the name "Tiffany" has been a popular name, with connotations of elegance and class. Here is some information on its origins, and the various uses to which it has been put.

1200 AD - "Tifinie" is used in Old French to mean "Epiphany." It derived from a similar Late Latin word which in turn came from the Greek "theophaneia," meaning an appearance or manifestation of God. ("Theo" = God, "phaneia" = appearance; the "phan..." element is related to such words as "phantom," "fantasy," and "fancy," but not to the "fan" in "fan club" or "fanzine," which is short for "fanatic," and is from a completely different etymological source.) A later French spelling is "tiphanie."

1600 - "Tiffany" has been borrowed into English, and has taken on its modern spelling. It is used occasionally as a synonym for "Epiphany," and also as a name for a kind of light silk or gauze".

[See the alphabetical listings for the other two names]
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TISHUN ; TYSON ; TIESON ; TYCEN
I would like to know what Tishun means in the french language and or any other languages.
-Tishun M.; 10/12/2008

Editor:
increasingly since the 1980s, in the United States, and maybe elsewhere, there has been a movement to spell names and other words closer to the way that they are pronounced. As part of this "movement", the way a word looks is almost as important as the way it sounds. Uniqueness is prized. And one way that a name can be made to look unique, is substituting vowels. I remember learning in school that the letter "y" is sometimes used instead of the letter "i". That rule, plus the custom of spelling words and names as they sound, leads me to believe that your name "Tishun", is a unique, contemporary form of the name "Tyson". Information about the origin and meaning of the name "Tyson" also leads me to believe that your name is a form of that personal name {first or middle name} or surname {last name}. See the information that is found on http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Tyson :

"The boy's name Tyson \t(y)-son\ is pronounced TY-sun. It is of Old French origin, and its meaning is "high-spirited". Also a modern name possibly related to the Old French Tison. In the Middle Ages, women known by the Latin name Dionysia (feminine form of the source of Dennis) were called Dye as a nickname. Over time, this became a surname - "Dye's son", which is also a possible source form of Tyson. Boxing star Mike Tyson.

Tyson has 7 variant forms: Thyssen, Tiesen, Ty, Tyce, Tycen, Tyeson and Tyssen".
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TOSHA
what does my name (tosha) mean? i have been wondering forever and i just dont feel complete without knowing what my name means.
-Tosha, 7/28/2006

Editor:
The female name "Tosha" is a newly created American name which may have been created as a nickname for the name "Latosha". Nicknames are often given as birth names.

As to the meaning of the name "Tosha" (Latosha), my response differs from a lot of baby name books and websites. Most books and websites indicate that Latosha (and its nickname Tosha) as well as the similar names Latasha (and its nickname Tasha) and Latisha (and its nickname Tisha) are contemporary American female names that have no established meanings. My position is that each of these names are either contemporary American variants [forms of] the female name "Letitia" or the female name "Natasha" or these names were created by combining a portion (a clip) of the name "Letitia" with a portion of the name "Natasha."

If a name has an established meaning, my view is that any name that is a variation of that name can be said to have the same meaning as that previously existing name. One way that variants (different forms) of a name is created is by "clipping" a part of a name. Another way that variants of names are created is by changing the spelling of a name.

I also believe that names that are created by combining two already existing names retain the meanings of those two names.

Given these positions, in my view, the female name "Latosha" ("Tosha") either has the same meaning as the name "Letitia" or the name "Latosha" (Tosha) has the same meaning as the name "Natasha". Alternatively, the name Latosha (Tosha) has the same meaning as both of the female names Letitia and Natasha. Another possibility is that the name "Tosha" was created by substituting the letter "o" for the letter "a" in the nickname "Tasha"

http://www.babyhold.com/list/American_Baby_Names/Latisha/details/ is one website that gives the meaning of the female name "Letisha" as a "modern form of the medieval name "Letitia" [meaning] "Joyful; happy".

Here's additional information about the name Letitia from other sources:
Letitia-female name (Latin) means "joy". Variant forms of this name include "Leticia", "Letice", "Letizia", "Laetitia, Laticia "Letycia", "Leetice", "Leta", "Letty", "Tisha", and "Ticia".

In my experience, African Americans nowadays pronounced "Letitia" as "lah TISH-sha". One of the customs in hip-hop culture is to change the spelling of words (including names) to better reflect the way that name sounds. Once that name is spelled "Latasha", it's an easy step to give that name a unique look & sound by replacing the "a" in "tasha" with an "o" to create the name "Latosha". Of course, that name could be made even more uniqe by capitalizing the "'t" (LaTosha) or adding an apostrophe (La'Tosha) or spelling it with a hypen (La-Tosha). In my opinion, the female names "Letitia" (and/or) "Natasha" are the source of all of these names.

Here's some information about the name "Natasha" from various sources:
Natasha is a the Russian form of the Latin female name "Natalie" and "Nathalie". The names Natasha, Natalie, Nathalie mean "born on Christmas day" .

So what in the world does the name "Tosha" mean? Well, that name may mean "one who is joyful, or one who gives (or brings) joy". The name "Tosha" may also mean "one who is born on the birthday of our Lord" ("born on Christmas day"). Traditionally, people born on the same day as Jesus were thought to be special. Of course, every one is special in his or her own way.

See the entry for the name "Toshi" below for another possibie source of the name "Tosha".
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TOSHI
From http://www.babyhold.com/list/Japanese_Baby_Names/Toshi/details/
"The name Toshi is a baby girl name. The name Toshi comes from the Japanese origin. In Japanese The meaning of the name Toshi is: Mirror reflection."
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TRACY ; TRACEY
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracy
"Tracy (also spelled Tracey or Traci or Trasci) is originally a British personal name, that refers to the family de Tracy or de Trasci from Tracy-Bocage in Normandy, France. There are several places called Tracy in Northern France and there are themselves a combination of the Gaulish male 's name Draccios or Latin Thracius and the well identified Celtic suffix -āko (place, property).

While the name is unisex within the United Kingdom it is more generally considered to be a female name"...
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TRAIMAIN ; TRAMAINE ; TREMAINE
http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Tramaine - "The boy's name Tramaine \t-ramai-ne, tr(a)-maine\ is a variant of Tremain (Celtic), and the meaning of Tramaine is "town built with stone". "

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"Traimaine" can also be given as a female name. A famous example is the noted Gospel singer "Traimaine Hawkins". The meaning "town built with stone" can be interpreted to mean someone who is strong & endures regardless of any difficulties that may occur.

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http://www.meaning-of-names.com/welsh-names/tramaine.asp -"In Welsh, the name Tramaine means- From the big town.. Other origins for the name Tramaine include - Welsh, English. The name Tramaine is most often used as a male name. "

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Centuries ago, being "from the big town" conveyed high status to a person. Thus this name carries some status.
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TREY, TRAY
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trey
"Trey is the anglicised spelling of "tre", the Italian word for the number "three".

Linguistically, "Trey" means "the third" meaning the third person in a family who has the same name (for instance, a male who has the exact same first, middle, and last names as his father and his grandfather.

"Trey" is used in the United States as a male name.
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TREYSHON ; TREYSHAUN ; TREYSHAWN
"Treyshon" and similarly spelled names are contemporary American male names. These names were created by combining the name element "Trey" with the name element "Shon" or a similarly spelled ending element. See the meanings for "Trey" and "Shon" on this page.

Like most newly created names, the name "Treyshon" was probably created for its sound and not for its etymological meaning.
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TREYVON, TRAYVON
Treyvon ("Trayvon") is a newly created American name that appears to be most often given to African American males. "Treyvon" ("Trayvon") was created by combining the element "trey" with the element "von"

Like most newly created names, the name "Treyvon"; "Trayvon" may have been created for its sound or as clips of names with similar sounding elements, and not for its etymological meaning. However, the two elements in that name do have etymological meanings:

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trey
"Trey" means "the third" (for instance a male who has the exact same names as his father and grandfather.

and

From http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Von
"Von \von\ as a boy's name is... of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Von is "hope".

Therefore, etymologically "Treyvon" ("Trayvon") can be said to mean the third one with that name gives us hope." That name could also be said to mean "One who gives us hope".

Trayvon Martin was an unarmed African American teenager male who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February 2012 while he was innocently walking home from a convenience store. According to news reports, Trayvon Martin's father's name is Tracey Martin and his mother's name is Sybrina Fulton. The beginning of the name "Tracey" sounds like the beginning of "Trayvon". If Trayvon Martin's mother's middle name includes the element "von" (as in "Yvonne") that might explain how he got his name. Giving a child a name that ocnnects his or her mother & father is a common custom among African Americans.
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TUPAC
The hip-hop artist Tupac Amuru was given his name at birth. According to http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,999688,00.html#ixzz14Pi...
the name Tupac Amaru is an Incan name meaning Shining Serpent. This was probably the meaning that his mother Afeni Shakur gave to that name. However, that is probably not what the name means among Incas. It was the custom among some afrocentric African Americans in the 1960s and 1970s to give positive, status, powerful meanings to African and other non-European/Hebrew names.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BApac_Inca_Yupanqui gives the meaning of the name "Tupac" as "noble" in the Quechua language.

Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BApac_Amaru for information about the historical Incan leader Túpac Amaru". Here's a brief excerpt from that page:

"Túpac Amaru, also called Thupa Amaro (Thupaq Amaru in modern Quechua) (died 1572), was the last indigenous leader of the Inca state in Peru."
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TURIA
I know my name belongs to a River, a Roman woman,a fictional world in a book and on the net and a bathtub, but I realy would like to know what it means and if it has anything to do with the War of Troy or Greece. Thanks
-Turia; 12/1/2006

Editor:
The name Turia is mentioned online as first name and a surname. I also saw mention of the Roman woman named Turia and the science fiction world name Turia. But I believe that Turia is used name as a place name for the area near the Turia river. Actually, there are two Turia rivers-one in Spain and one in the Ukraine. See this information for the Turia River in Spain:

"The River Turia (Valencian: Riu Túria; Spanish: Río Turia; Latin: Turium) is a river running through the Valencian Country and reaching the sea at the City of Valencia." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Turia
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Also, see this information on the Spanish city Valencia:

"The Moors then took advantage of the situation and occupied Valencia in 709 A.D. Valencia has been the home of many cultures over its history with Romans, Visigoths, Moors and the Aragonese all making the city an important cultural and financial center. However, the muslims had the greatest influence. Under the Moors Valencia prospered with trade in olives, rice, paper, silk, leather, ceramics, glass gold and silver-work..." http://www.spanishabroad.com/spain/Valencia/val_history.htm
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The Islamic Moors who had such a heavy influence on Valencia and other parts of Spain spoke Arabic, it's possible that the name Turia has an Arabic source. http://www.ummah.net/family/fem.html has a listing for the female name "Thurayya" which means "star". Over time, this name could have become Turia. We may never know if "Thurayya" was the source of the name Turia. As an alternative source, you might try to find the meaning of the Latin word "turium". I attempted to find the meaning of that word, but I wasn't successful in doing so. Personally, I like the Arabic source & meaning. But since it's your name, you get to decide if you are comfortable with that source & meaning. Whatever you decide,

(Also, see the entry for Valencia that is posted below).
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TYRA
Tyra is a Scandanavian female name that is said to means "God of the battle"
( http://www.babynames.com/name/TYRA )

The name Tyra is a feminine form of the Norse name "Tyr". Here's some information about Tyr from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr

"Tyr (pronounced /ˈtɪər/;[1] Old Norse: Týr [tyːr]) is the god of single combat, victory and heroic glory in Norse mythology, portrayed as a one-handed man. Corresponding names in other Germanic languages are Gothic Teiws, Old English Tīw and Old High German Ziu, all from Proto-Germanic *Tîwaz (*Tē₂waz).

...the origins of his name and his possible relationship to Tuisto (see Tacitus' Germania) suggest he was once considered the father of the gods and head of the pantheon, since his name is ultimately cognate to that of *Dyeus (cf. Dyaus), the reconstructed chief deity in Indo-European religion. It is assumed that Tîwaz was overtaken in popularity and in authority by both Odin and Thor at some point during the Migration Age.

Tiw was equated with Mars in the interpretatio romana. Tuesday is in fact "Tīw's Day" (also in Alemannic Zischtig from zîes tag), translating dies Martius."...

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Also, read the entry on this page for Tyra
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TYREE
"Tyree" may be a form of the Norse name "Tyr". (See "Tyra" & Tyrone on this page for information about the name "Tyr",) Among African Americans, the name "Tyree" has been given to African American males for generations. Although the pronunciation is different, it's possible that this name was chose because of its similarity to the Lebanon (Phoenician) city of Tyre *. African Americans usually pronounce the name "Tyree" tie-REE. Since "Tyre" is mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, I believe that when people gave this name to boys they thought that were giving a Bibilical name.

Here's some information about "Tyre" from its Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyre,_Lebanon
"Tyre is an ancient Phoenician city and the legendary birthplace of Europa and Elissa (Dido). Today it is the fourth largest city in Lebanon[4] and houses one of the nation's major ports. Tourism is a major industry. The city has a number of ancient sites, including its Roman Hippodrome which was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1979...

In the time of King David (c. 1000 BC), a friendly alliance was entered into between the Kingdoms of Israel and Tyre, which was ruled by Hiram I.

The city of Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye, produced from the murex shellfish, known as Tyrian purple. This color was, in many cultures of ancient times, reserved for the use of royalty, or at least nobility."

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Given the meaning of Tyra, it's possible that the name "Tyree" can be said to be something like "God of the battle".
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TYRONE
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_Tyrone
"The name Tyrone is derived from Irish: Tír Eoghain meaning "land of Eoghan". This Eoghan was son of king Niall of the Nine Hostages, and brother of Conall Gulban, who gave his name to the kingdom of Tír Chonaill.[4] Historically, it was anglicised as Tirowen or Tyrowen, which are closer to the Irish pronunciation."

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Names that are spelled the same or similarly and/or names that are pronounced the same may have completely different origins & meanings. However, I wonder if "Tyrone" is related in any way to the Scandanavian name "Tyr". Read the entry for Tyra above to find information about the meaning of the name "Tyr",
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ULA; ULAH
http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/fem.html#U -'Ula - Uppermost, highest
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UMAR
-See the entry for Omar

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USAIN
Jamaican male name [as in award winning Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt].

Usain's aunt gave him this name at his birth, and she does not recall what it means.
From http://jamaica-star.com/thestar/20080816/news/news3.html
" The name 'Usain' was picked out for the sprinter by his aunt, Betsy Davis.

When The Star contacted her yesterday, she said that she could not immediately recall what the name meant, jokingly stating it was 22 years ago that she chose it. She did, however, mention that the runner's pet name, 'Vijay', was a Hindi word/name meaning 'victory'.
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"Pet name" here means "nickname".

It's possible that Usain is a variant form of the Arabic male names "Husain", "Hussien", Husayn, etc which are forms of the Arabic male name "Hassan" which means "good", "handsome," "beautiful".
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USAMA; OSAMA
http://www.behindthename.com/name/usama and http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html#U - "Lion; like a lion"

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Because lions are royal animals, any name that means "Lion" is a royalty or high status name.
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UTHMAN
http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html#U- masculine Arabic name meaning "Name of the third Caliph"
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http://www.islamic-world.net/khalifah/definition.htm- "Khalifah" is an Arabic word literally meaning "one who replaces someone else who left or died" (English: caliph). In the context of Islam, however, the word acquires a narrower meaning. The Muslim Khalifa is the successor (in a line of successors) to Prophet Muhammad's position as the political, military, and administrative leader of the Muslims. The prophetic role of Muhammad is strictly not included in this definition, as the Qur'an and Hadith clearly state that Muhammad was the last of the prophets. Khilafa is a related Arabic word which, in the context of Islam, is used to denote the government of the Muslim state, of which the Khalifa is the head. A workable analogy of Khalifa and Khilafa is president and presidency or king and monarchy.

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Since a Caliph was a government ruler, this name confers high status.
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VAUGHN
from http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Vaughan
"This ancient and honourable Welsh surname has its origins in a nickname or byname given originally to distinguish between a father and son who had the same name as in the recording of one Guyn Vaghan ap Guyn in 1325; Gwyn the younger son of Gwyn. The name derives from the Welsh "fychan", a mutation of "bychan", itself a diminutive of "bach", meaning small, little".

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Vaughn then is said to mean "small".
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VELMA
from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Velma "The girl's name Velma ...is pronounced VEL-ma. It is of English origin. Variant of Wilma (German) "determined protector". Also possibly a variant of either Selma or Thelma, or possibly a combination of the two."
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VERDINE ; VERDENE ; VERDE
Female or Male names; French or Spanish origin meaning "green"

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"Verdine" and similarly spelled names can be said to mean "springtime" or "like springtime".
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VERNELL
"Vernell" is a female name which can be said to mean "green" and "springtime" or "like springtime".
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VERNON ; VERN ; VERNEE
From http://www.behindthename.com/name/vernon
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: VUR-nən [key]

From a Norman surname which was from a French place name, ultimately derived from the Gaulish word vern meaning "alder".

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From
The boy's name Vernon is pronounced VER-non. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Vernon is "alder grove". Place name and aristocratic surname brought to England at the time of the Norman conquest, and used as an English given name in the 19th century. Vern and Verne are related English/French surnames frequently used as short forms of Vernon or Lavern."
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VIJAY
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijay
"Vijay (Tamil விஜய், Kannada ವಿಜಯ್, Sanskrit विजय) is a common given name for males
in India. The word Vijay is derived from Vijaya, meaning "Victory". It is another name for Arjuna, the hero of the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The word Vijay is similar in meaning to Jai, although there is a small difference. Vijay indicates being Victorious while trying to conquer, Jai indicates Victorious while trying to defend."

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"Vijay" is also found as an East Indian surname. "Vijay" is the nickname for Jamaican male sprinter Usain Bolt.
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VIOLA
from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Viola
"The girl's name Viola \vi(o)-la\ is a variant of Violet (Latin), and the meaning of Viola is "purple". "

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Because "purple" has long been considered a royalty color, the name "Viola" may be said to denote royalty.
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WAEL
From http://www.namespedia.com/index.php/Wael
Gender: Masculine
Location: Asia
Language: Arabian
Thematic: Ancient

"Meaning: the ruler of a group people was named wael or "al wali" it comes from the verb "walla" in arabic meaning made him "responsible of" or the protector the generous who helps people give a hand to the needy and protect the powerless Comments: It is an old name from the Arabian Peninsula before Islam and one of the relatively large tribe in there, the name now is used in most Arabian countries "

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Wael is a Google executive and a hero of the January/February 2011 people's revolution in Egypt. Click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wael_Ghonim for more information.

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WAFIQ; WAFEEQ
http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html#W -Masculine Arabic name meaning "one who is successful" (The female forms of this name are "Wafiqah" and "Wafeeqah")
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WALIDAH; WALEEDAH
http://www.ummah.net/family/fem.html -female Arabic name meaning "Newborn" (masculine forms are "Walid"; "Waleed")
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WASIM; WASEEM
http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html#W -Masculine Arabic name meaning "Graceful, good looking"
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WEEZIE
"Weezie" is an African American nickname for the female name "Louise".

from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Louise
"The girl's name Louise is pronounced loo-EEZ. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Louise is "famous warrior". Feminine form of Louis"
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WINONA ; WYNONA
From http://www.behindthename.com/name/winona
"GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English, Native American
Means "firstborn daughter" in the Dakota language. This was the name of the daughter of the Sioux Dakota chief Wapasha III."
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Winona Judd is an American country music singer
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WURAOLA
From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=(Yoruba)&page=12"Full name: Wuraola, Wura means Gold, and Ola means Wealth, meaning precious wealth/precious gold"
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WYNONIE
Wynonie may be a variant form of the female name "Winona".

Wynonie Harris was an African American jazz vocalist.
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YAMINAH
http://www.ummah.net/family/fem.html - Arabic female name meaning "Right and proper"
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YASMINE; YASMIN. YASMEEN
http://www.ummah.net/family/fem.html - Arabic female name meaning "Jasmine". This "Refers to the climbing plant with delicate, fragrant flowers... The name was made popular by character Princess Jasmine in the film "Aladdin" (1990) http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Jasmine.
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YOLANDA; YOLANDE;YOLANTHE, IOLA
http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Yolanda- "Greek and Spanish origin, and its meaning is "violet flower"....Yolanda has 26 variant forms: Eolande, Eolantha, Iola, Iolanda, Iolande, Iolantha, Iolanthe, Jolan, Jolanna, Jolanne, Jolanta, Jolantha, Jolanthe, Yalinda, Yalonda, Yola, Yolaiza, Yoland, Yolande, Yollande, Yolantha, Yolanthe, Yolette, Yolie, Yolonda and Yulanda.

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It's interesting that this name appears to be commonly pronounced differently by African Americans and non-African Americans. African Americans usually pronounce this name "yoh-LON-dah. But it appears that non-African Americans pronounce it yoh-LAN-dah.
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YOUSSEF ; YUSEF ; YUSUF; YUSEF
http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html#Y -Masculine Arabic name meaning "To increase (in power and influence); a Prophet's name (Joseph)"

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Yusef Lateef is a famous African American jazz musician.
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ZAHRA ; ZAHARA
from http://www.20000-names.com/female_arabian_names_4.htm
Arabic: female: flower, blooming, fkiurishing, or flower

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"Zahara" is a form of "Zahra". These names are often given the meaning "blooming flower" or a flower in bloom.
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ZAID ; ZAYD
http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html#Z -Masculine Arabic name meaning
"to increase, growth, abundance"
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ZAIN ; ZAYN
http://www.sudairy.com/arabic/masc.html#Z -Masculine Arabic name meaning
"Beauty"
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This meaning could refer to one who is handsome or the beauty of the world.
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ZANE
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zane
Zane (pron.: /ˈzeɪn/) is a name of Semitic origin. In English-speaking countries it is used as both a given name and surname. Variant written forms in English include: Zain, Zaine and Zayne. Zane is a popular American boy's name and Latvian girl's name. A variant of Jon from Hebrew, meaning "God's gracious gift" or Susanna from Hebrew, meaning lily, rose. Zane can also, but more rarely be spelt Xane. It is believed that this spelling originates from the Greek Island of Zante / Xante."
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Another widely accepted meaning for the name "John" is "'God is gracious'."
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ZENZILE ; ZENZI (nickname)
from "Clicking with Xhosa: a Xhosa phrasebook" By Silvia Skorge (page 19)

http://books.google.com/books?id=EQs7uKv_k3UC&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=zenzil...
"Miriam Makeba’s Xhosa name, Zenzile (Zenzi for short), meaning 'you have done this to yourself, ie 'blame yourself given to her by her mother after an exceptionally long and painful labor."
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ZEWDE
male name; Amharic (Ethiopia)- meaning "crown"
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ZHANE
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhan%C3%A9
Zhané (pronounced Jah-Nay) was an American R&B/hip hop soul duo, best known for their 1994 hit "Hey Mr. D.J.", which reached #6 in the U.S. Other popular hits include "Groove Thang" (U.S. #17) and minor hit "Sending My Love," both released in 1994
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Jean Norris and Renee Neufville were the two singers who formed this duo. The duo's name was invented by combining a form of the name Jean [Zha] and part of the end element of the name "Renee". Although it may be coincidental, the name "Jean" and the similar name "Zane" are both forms of the name "John". The two meanings for that name are "God is gracious" and "[gracious] Gift of God".

Although the mother of Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis indicates that zhané means "fairy" in Swahili, I've not found any documentation of that meaning.
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ZOE ; ZOEY
From http://www.behindthename.com/name/zoe
"Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Greek, Ancient Greek
Other Scripts: Ζωη (Greek)

Pronounced: ZO-ee (English)
Means "life" in Greek. From early times it was adopted by Hellenized Jews as a translation of EVE. It was borne by two early Christian saints, one martyred under emperor Hadrian, the other martyred under Diocletian. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by a ruling empress of the 11th century. As an English name, Zoe has only been in use since the 19th century. It has generally been more common among Eastern Christians (in various spellings)."
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ZSA ZSA
Information about the name Zsa Zsa can be found in the entry for the name Sasha.

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