In 2014 I featured a series of blog posts introducing you to 2,014 names. For the most part they were names that were brand new to me as well. Some names may be more familiar but I found the meaning or origin or some other aspect of the name made it worthy of inclusion here. You may love some of the names, you may hate some, but hopefully you enjoy learning about all of them.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

1548 Names Learned. Only 466 more names to learn!

That's where we stand. Add the 28 names below, and we're even farther along!


Acho - Armenian, meaning 'right'. Pronounced 'aa ch OW'.

Carinthia -

Cloudesley -

Esfir - Russian form of Esther.

Estuuya - Inuit




Lesya  - Ukrainian, a short form for Oleksandra or Olena. Oleksandra is the Ukrainian form of Alexandra, which is the feminine form of the Greek name Alexander, which means "defender of mankind" or "protector of mankind". It comes from 'alexo' meaning "to defend' or 'to help' and 'aner' meaning 'man'.  Olena is the Ukrainian form of the Greek name Helene, meaning "torch".


Melita -





Tsiuri - Georgian, derived from 'tsi' meaning 'sky' or 'heaven'.

Wendela -


Borya - Russian nickname for Boris, which is derived from a Turkic name, Bogoris. It might mean 'short, 'wolf', or 'snow leopard'.




Qulitalik - Inuit

Taras - Ukrainian form of the Greek name 'Tarasios' meaning 'from Taras'. Taras is an old name for a very old Italian city with Greek roots called Taranto. It was named after Poseidon's son Taras. I believe that Taras Shevchenko was an important revolutionary figure from 19th century Ukraine and a poet and artist.

Zaal - Georgian form of the Persian name Zal, meaning "albino". A mythical hero had this name, as well as a head of white hair.

Zako - Armenian

Zhirayr - Armenian, meaning "strong, active"


Atanarjuat - Inuit, meaning "the fast runner".

Ilannaq - Inuit, meaning 'friend'.

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