Does anyone know about the origin of these names?

Milvio
[name_f]Melba[/name_f]
[name_f]Nivea[/name_f]
[name_f]Olesia[/name_f]
[name_f]Efa[/name_f]
[name_m]Tiede[/name_m]
[name_m]Egon[/name_m]
[name_m]Delano[/name_m]
[name_f]Gilia[/name_f]

Some particular names that I have never heard of before. Thank you.

efa - hebrew name meaning ‘life’ as well as welsh form of eva.

milvio - one source (not sure of its reliability) shows that it could be derived from the latin milvus, meaning ‘kite’.

melba - name invented by dame nellie melba, an australian opera singer, who got it from the city of melbourne where she was born.

nivea - portuguese/spanish name derived from the latin niveus, meaning ‘snowy’.

olesia - could be a diminutive of oleksandra via olesya.

tiede - frisian from of diede.

egon - of german origin, meaning ‘strong with a sword’ or ‘sword’s edge’.

delano - is french, and means ‘from the swamp, marshland’. it was the middle name of franklin d. roosevelt which came from his mother’s maiden name.

gilia - gilia could be a hebrew name meaning ‘joy of the lord’ or ‘eternal joy’.

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The Italian Wikipedia says “[Milvio] is a recent name, born in [name_u]Christian[/name_u] circles, which takes up the toponym of the Milvian [name_m]Bridge[/name_m], where [name_u]Constantine[/name_u] I defeated [name_m]Maxentius[/name_m] in battle, leading to the recognition of Christianity as the official religion”.

[name_f]Efa[/name_f] could also be an Anglicization of the [name_u]Irish[/name_u] name [name_f]Aoife[/name_f] which means ‘beauty’

milvio - possibly a blended name originally stemming from hebrew miryam and etruscan ilva. possibly from the milvius pons, was the bridge over the tiber where constantine defeated maxentius.
[name_f]Melba[/name_f] - ancient greek name stemming from a word meaning soft or slender. also possibly a feminisation of melvin meaning “bad village” or “gentle leader”.
nivea - portugese variation of nevara / nieves meaning ‘snowy’! comes from a miracle that the virgin mary performed on a hot august day^_^
olesia - name stemming from greek meaning “defender of man”, also possible diminutive of aleksandra / oleksandra from various slavic origins
efa - anglicisation of aoife, or from hebrew meaning “life”!

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