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SebastianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "person from ancient city of Sebastia"
  • Description:

    Sebastian is derived from the Greek Sebastianos, meaning “from Sebastia.” Sebastia was a city in Asia Minor—modern day Sivas, Turkey. Sebastian is a name with a substantial history, first as the third-century martyr whose sufferings were a favorite subject of medieval artists, then as the name of memorable characters in such varied works as Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and The Tempest and Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited.

CianHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "ancient"
  • Description:

    A handsome Irish name for boys, very popular in that country, but in the US this traditional spelling might cause pronunciation problems. Still, whether Cian or Kian, it's simple and straightforward enough for the initiated. Cian is rising in the British popularity charts. This was the name of several legendary figures, including Cian, son of the god of medicine. His own son was Lugh, the sun god and father of the Ulster warrior Cuchulain and Cian is also the name of the son-in-law of the high king Brian Boru. So very well connected.

LaviniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, from ancient place name Lavinium
  • Description:

    Lavinia is a charmingly prim and proper Victorian-sounding name which actually dates back to classical mythology, where it was the name of the wife of the Trojan hero Aeneas, who was considered the mother of the Roman people.

PriscillaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, diminutive of Prisca
  • Meaning:

    "ancient"
  • Description:

    Despite her somewhat prissy, puritanical air, Priscilla has managed to stay widely used for well over a century -- it reached as high as Number 127 in 1940 -- appreciated for its delicacy and solid history.

TuesdayHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "Tiu's Day,"
  • Description:

    When actress Susan Ker Weld changed her name to Tuesday, she opened up a whole calendar of possibilities. This was decades before the arrival of Sunday Rose Urban.

BastienHeart

  • Origin:

    French and Spanish, diminutive of Sebastien
  • Meaning:

    "person from ancient city of Sebastia"
  • Description:

    In this form, or as Sebastian or as Bas, Bastien is a fashionable Euro name with a possible future in America.

SergeHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of ancient Roman family name Sergius
  • Meaning:

    "servant"
  • Description:

    Old saints' and popes' name that went to France in the 1920s with the Russian Ballets Russes; in its Russian form, Sergei, it retains an artistic, almost effete air.

FlaviaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "golden, blond"
  • Description:

    An ancient Roman clan name, Flavia is one choice that's unusual but historic. Now a Top 60 name in Italy, Flavia has been a rarity in the US, but with the upswing in F names for girls, this could change. Seen more in literature than real life, Flavia was used as far back as an1580 romance, then in a William Dean Howells novel and as a Princess in The Prisoner of Zenda. Although the original pronunciation is FLAH-via, Flavie (as in flavor) could make a cute nickname.

KeenanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "ancient"
  • Description:

    This name of three ancient saints, one Wayans brother, and an NFL wide receiver makes an energetic choice.

CillaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Priscilla
  • Meaning:

    "ancient"
  • Description:

    Takes the priss out of Priscilla.

SamariaHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name, ancient Palestinian city in present-day Jordan
  • Description:

    Similar to but distinct from Samara, this pretty name was chosen for his daughter by rapper LL Cool J.

TyraHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian, feminine variation of Tyr, an ancient Indo-European god
  • Description:

    High profile supermodel/entrepreneur Tyra Banks has put this name in the spotlight, endowing it with her confident, superattractive image.

TraianHeart

  • Origin:

    Romanian variation of Ancient Roman Traianus, meaning unknown
  • Description:

    Traian derives from Traianus, a Roman emperor and military genius who conquered ancient Dacia, which corresponds to modern-day Romania and Moldova. Popular a generation ago, Traian is best known throughout the wider world via the presidency of Traian Basescu.

NenHeart

  • Origin:

    Egyptian
  • Meaning:

    "ancient waters"
  • Description:

    Couldn't be simpler...or more worldly — though it could lead to some head-scratching.

KennonHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish and Irish
  • Meaning:

    "ancient"
  • Description:

    This is one of several similar sounding Gaelic surname names that would make perfectly acceptable choices--others are Kennan, Keenan and Kenyon. Another possible meaning is "descendant of the fair ones," referring to the Norse invaders.

AnicetaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latinized feminine form of Ancient Greek
  • Meaning:

    "unconquerable"
  • Description:

    A delicate name with strong roots, Aniceta is most often used in contemporary Spain. Saint Anicetus was an ancient pope and martyr.

SebbeHeart

  • Origin:

    Swedish variation of Sebastian
  • Meaning:

    "person from ancient city of Sebasta"
  • Description:

    This Swedish form of Sebastian would work nicely as a nickname.

KeenenHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Keenan
  • Meaning:

    "ancient"
  • Description:

    Energetic name that's keen to please.

KeenanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "ancient"
  • Description:

    A lively boys' name that works well for girls.

PalmiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, from Palmyra, ancient Syrian city
  • Description:

    A place name relating to the tropical palm tree.