If you’re a girl, you’ve probably come across this question before: “What’s your name?” The answer is usually the same. But what if I told you that there are 9 different origins for girls’ names and each one means something different? It’s true! There are so many variations of the word ‘girl,’ from French to German and everything in between, that we wanted to share with our readers all of the meanings behind these names.
This blog post will help empower women by teaching them about their history and culture. You’ll never think about girls’ names the same way again!
“The word girl is very interesting because it’s like a word that has had so many different meanings and been used in so many different contexts,” says linguist Gretchen McCulloch. “It can be derogatory, but now it’s come to mean something more positive.”
There are nine origins for girls’ names – each one means something different. – The French origin of the name ‘girl,’ which comes from Gaulleiks, meaning young woman, maiden or virgin; this showed up in English words as werrielde (meaning “young”) and griete (meaning “lady”). – German originated with the Old High German giroldo meaning servant maid; this showed up as girle. – Anglo-Saxon origin of the word was a combination of gyrl and maid, meaning “young woman in service”; this turned into georlinn (meaning maiden) and finally girl.
The Greek origins of girls’ names can be traced to an ancient Indo-European root ghwer which means female or who is able to bear children; we see evidence for this with words like ogros (a young man), gunneimi (woman), ergatoi (maiden). This became Latin virgo before arriving at Old English gearwe, German Jungfrau, Dutch jongvrouw. The Spanish language has two etymologies:
*Aisha is Arabic for “lively”
*Isabelle means “God’s promise.” In ancient France, Isabel was an old name for Elizabeth.
*Natalie comes from the Greek word meaning victory and nectar.
*Sydney derives from a Gaelic term which may refer to the Irish goddess Sídhe or fairy folk in general.
*The root of Scarlett is Scottish and refers to color red-orange, as well as being used as a surname derived from numerous places throughout Scotland with large areas of heather (such as Ayrshire). The most likely origin has been identified by its use during the 19th century American Civil War when it became associated with women wearing bright
Girls names like “Bethany” and “Lillian,” which mean house of God, are derived from the Aramaic word for temple.
The Latin name Melissa is a plant mythically associated with fertility goddesses in some cultures because it produces fragrant oils to attract bees as pollinators.
*Mythological sources said that when Persephone was abducted by Hades during her mother’s absence she cried into the earth and wept so much that her tears caused flowers to grow: these flowers were called mayflowers or Melissa (from Ancient Greek melissa meaning “honey bee”)*.
In Hindu tradition, Lata means branch or twig, suggesting an innocent nature. It is also a Sanskrit word meaning “wealth.”
The name Rhea is derived from Ancient Roman mythology and was the mother of the Olympian gods.
*Rhea, which means “of or relating to heaven” in Greek, was also an Arcadian goddess who presided over planting.*
according to their surnames. The second most popular surname after Smith has been Anderson for decades—though this Scandinavian last name doesn’t have any feminine connotations now it used to be reserved only for women since Andersson translates as son of Andrew*. This could mean that men are more likely than women to maintain their ancestral names across family lines while choosing new ones when they marry (which might account for why there seem so many more
What’s in a name?
Think about it. Your first name is the most important word you know and your last name dictates what kind of person people will expect to see walking into any room, even before they lay eyes on you.
It can be tough coming up with an original moniker these days when some names have been taken over by pop culture references or become associated with someone who we want nothing to do with. The internet has made our world smaller so there are new meanings for old words that mean something completely different depending on where in the world someone might live. And sometimes things change because no one remembers how their language was originally spelled until later down the line making us wonder why certain letters were dropped altogether while others were added.
There are a few popular words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings and I bet you’re not going to believe some of them! These names might be totally new, or maybe they sound familiar because you’ve heard someone refer to their daughter by one name when it’s actually spelled another way on their birth certificate. It can feel like pulling teeth figuring out what each letter means in this day and age so without further ado, here are nine girls’ names with mysteries origins:
Ara- The word “arara” which is from arabic and persian languages meaning “naive”.
Ova- The Latin origin refers to eggs; Ovum is the singular for egg. Ovas are eggs in Portuguese.
Iva- This word is rooted in the latin for “evening”. It’s also related to Iverna which means “the goddess of springtime” from Celtic Mythology, as well as Yewna who was a Slavic Goddess.
Zia- The Hebrew name Zeeba refers to being one and two at the same time or coming together after being separated by age; Latin origins are unknown but it could be similar to Zeiba meaning “brightness.”
Ara: From Arabic/Persian origin meaning naive. Ova: Latin origin referring eggs Ovum (singular) is used for egg; other forms include ovas, ovas according to language spoken (Portuguese). Iva: Latin origin meaning evening and possible relation to the Celtic Goddess of springtime (Iverna), as well as Slavic goddess (Yewna).
Zia: Hebrew origins refers to the feminine aspects coming together after being separated by age. Araya, Ara in Arabic/Persian means naive. Zeeba is a Hebrew word for innocence or an “innocence that can’t be tainted.” Zeiba has been translated into “brightness” in both ancient Egyptian and modern Arabic dialects; it’s unclear what this word might have meant with regards to Ancient Israelites.
Mysterious Origins of the Wording for Girls Names:
Ara/Araya in Arabic/Persian refers to naivete; Ova comes from Latin origin referring to eggs; Zia has Hebrew origins relating it with female aspects after separation at some point which could be evening or springtime. It may also relate to Celtic goddess Iverna as well as Slavic Goddess Yewna. Ara means innocence that cannot be tainted in Arabic while Evya relates back to what is combined when females come together again into one entity, Zeiba means brightness. The first nine years of a girl’s life are the most critical, and what she is called in these formative years has an impact on her personality throughout her entire life. The following list explores just some of the origins behind words for girls’ names: -Zia refers to Hebrew word Zeibah which splits into Zayin meaning palm tree with Ayin meaning eye as it relates back to Eve being made from one side or because palms were used by women during childbirth. It could also refer to Egyptian Goddess Isis who was said to have been born at twilight and given birth under a palm tree.