Uncommon & Powerful Meanings?

I came across [name_f]Lysistrata[/name_f] (which I’m growing to love more than I probably should) in class and learned that it means “she who disbands armies” - [name_m]How[/name_m] awesome is that?

So this has inspired me to look for names with meanings in a similar vein - names that mean powerful things without having to consult the story behind them. (Of course, preferably, when you look into the story behind the name, the meaning should get even better, like [name_f]Lysistrata[/name_f])

For instance, there’s [name_f]Maeve[/name_f] (“she who intoxicates”) which has an unusual meaning but not a particularly powerful one, I’m not looking for names like [name_f]Angelica[/name_f] (which I love) which is just “angelic/of the angels” (powerful but not uncommon) or [name_f]Esmeralda[/name_f], which, while lovely and similar to the others, means “emerald” (neither powerful nor uncommon, as it’s a nature name).

This isn’t really for anything specific, just to pick y’alls’ brains - any ideas?


I’m foreign btw so I’m sorry in advanced if these are not uncommon in your opinion

You mean something like these?:

[name_f]Ariadne[/name_f]- Most holy
[name_f]Philomena[/name_f]- Lover of strength
[name_f]Althea[/name_f] - With healing power
[name_f]Alessia[/name_f] - Defending warrior
[name_f]Kendra[/name_f] - enthusiastic power or wise ruler
[name_f]Zephyra[/name_f]- of the west wind
[name_f]Elfrida[/name_f] - Elf power
[name_f]Ebba[/name_f] - Strenght of an animal
[name_f]Seraphina[/name_f] - Fiery winged
[name_f]Galia[/name_f] - [name_m]Born[/name_m] in waves
[name_f]Valencia[/name_f] - Strength and power (also a city in Spain)
[name_f]Luana[/name_f] - Warrior
Bellona - goddess of battle

I’ve always thought “she who intoxicates” is an awesome and powerful meaning!

My fave is [name_f]Endellion[/name_f], from Latin Endelienta (“fire soul”)

My daughter’s name ([name_f]Juno[/name_f]) is listed on here as meaning “[name_f]Queen[/name_f] of the Heavens”, which is pretty awesome (though not strictly etymologically accurate). Her middle name, [name_f]Matilda[/name_f], means “battle-mighty”. In fact, all of the -(h)ild(a) names have great warrior meanings.

There’s also:

[name_f]Valentina[/name_f] “strong, vigorous, healthy”
[name_f]Isolde[/name_f] “ice battle” (possibly)
Galadriel “maiden crowned with a radiant garland”
[name_f]Rhiannon[/name_f] “great queen”
[name_f]Boudicca[/name_f] “victory”
[name_f]Fiammetta[/name_f] “little flame”
[name_f]Brighid[/name_f] “exalted one”

I don’t really mean battle-ish - by uncommon I mean nothing like “fair” or “good” or things like that - just standard descriptors or virtues, or nature names - basically I’m looking for names with meanings that actually catch you by surprise. The closest listed would probably be [name_f]Juno[/name_f] as [name_f]Queen[/name_f] of the Heavens, though “ild” names are also among my favorites! And “she who intoxicates” is definitely powerful, but at first glance it also could mean “barmaid” so that’s sort of what I mean by not having to look into the backstory. I also really like [name_f]Galia[/name_f] (born in waves) - probably derived from Galaneia, the goddess of calm seas!

And [name_f]Juno[/name_f] [name_f]Matilda[/name_f] is lovely!

Aella (whirlwind) is a cool one.

And they’re not particularly warlike, but other unusual meanings I like:

[name_f]Amaia[/name_f] (the end)
Siofra (elf, sprite)
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]/Viatrix (voyager)

I have a few I like

[name_f]Parisa[/name_f] - means “like a fairy”
[name_f]Arethusa[/name_f] - nimble water
Ilithyia - the readycomer, she was the goddness of Childbirth
Roshanara - [name_m]Light[/name_m] Of The Assembly
Kahina - Fortuneteller

I second Eilithyia, I think it literally means The Bringer? Cool name, and very interesting cultural history.

[name_f]Yaretzi[/name_f] - “you will always be loved”
[name_f]Halona[/name_f] - happy fortune

[name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] (somewhat in the same style as [name_f]Maeve[/name_f]) means “she who entangles men”.
[name_f]Phoebe[/name_f] means “the shining one”.
[name_u]Lexie[/name_u] means “Protector and defender”

[name_f]Griselda[/name_f], [name_f]Zelda[/name_f] - ‘grey battle’
[name_u]Averill[/name_u] - ‘boar battle’
[name_f]Morrigan[/name_f] - ‘great queen’ (NB lists the meaning as ‘phantom queen’)
[name_f]Zenobia[/name_f] - ‘life of [name_m]Zeus[/name_m]’ (NB has ‘force of [name_m]Zeus[/name_m]’ - the term being translated differently is bios)
[name_f]Artemisia[/name_f], [name_u]Artemis[/name_u] - derived from the name of the Greek goddess [name_u]Artemis[/name_u]
[name_f]Roxana[/name_f] - ‘dawn’ or ‘bright’
[name_f]Sigrun[/name_f] - secret victory
[name_f]Melisende[/name_f] - Old [name_m]French[/name_m] form of [name_f]Millicent[/name_f], ‘strong in work’
[name_f]Arianwen[/name_f] - ‘silver’ + ‘fair/white/blessed’
[name_f]Ceridwen[/name_f] - from elements meaning ‘bent’ or ‘poetry’ and ‘woman’ or ‘white/fair/blessed’. So, anything from ‘bent woman’ to ‘blessed poetry’ (or, as nameberry suggests, ‘beautiful as a poem’)
[name_f]Azenor[/name_f] - possibly linked to ‘enor’ (‘honour’). Nameberry connects it with [name_f]Helen[/name_f] ‘bright/torch’
[name_f]Ferelith[/name_f] - ‘overlord/ruler/sovereign’
[name_f]Cosima[/name_f] -‘order’
[name_f]Acacia[/name_f] - ‘thorny’
[name_f]Rosamund[/name_f] - ‘horse protection’. Later associated with the latin rosa mundi (‘rose of the world’)
[name_f]Viatrix[/name_f] ‘she who shows the way, voyager’
[name_f]Valeriana[/name_f] - ‘strength, health’
[name_f]Mathilde[/name_f] - ‘battle mighty’
Erelieva -‘beloved respect’
Theodara, [name_f]Teodara[/name_f], Theodorica - ‘people power’/ ‘mighty people’/ ‘people-ruler’
Anaxandra - ‘ruler of men’
[name_f]Nicasia[/name_f] - ‘victorious’
Anima - ‘soul’
[name_f]Adelais[/name_f] -‘nobility’
[name_f]Solveig[/name_f] - ‘sun strength’
[name_u]Tarian[/name_u] - ‘shield’

[name_u]Aubrey[/name_u] (as a girls’ name; the boys’ name has a slightly different etymology) means “elf counsel” or “elf advice”.

Aileva and Alfeva are later forms of the Old English Ælfgifu, meaning “gift of the elves”.

[name_f]Alexandra[/name_f]'s meaning, “defender of men”, is also quite unexpected when you think about it.

Menodora means “gift of the moon”.

[name_f]Isolde[/name_f] probably means “ice battle”, but the original Welsh form Esyllt possibly meant “one who is gazed upon”. You can read more here.

Armelle means “bear princess”.

[name_f]Miranda[/name_f] basically means “amazing”.

[name_f]Sigrid[/name_f] means “beautiful victory” and Kallistrata means “beautiful army”.

A couple more ideas:

Hippolyta essentially means “one who frees horses”. If you can’t see past the “hippo” beginning there’s also the Italian form, Ippolita.

[name_f]Amaryllis[/name_f] means “one who spakles”.

The Persian name Roshanara means “light of the assembly”, which is definitely a unique meaning.

Nausicaa - burner of ships
Asherah - she who walks in the sea
[name_f]Theophania[/name_f] - Of [name_f]Divine[/name_f] Manifestation
[name_f]Amadore[/name_f] - gift of love
Berengaria - maiden of the bear spear
[name_f]Zendaya[/name_f] - to give thanks
[name_f]Boudicca[/name_f] - victory
Ailith - seasoned warrior

There’s some really fab names here! Apologies in advance for any repeats

[name_f]Belinda[/name_f] - possibly means beautiful serpent/dragon
[name_f]Fionnuala[/name_f] - white shoulder (not particularly powerful, but not a common meaning)
Ríoghnach - queen
[name_f]Emer[/name_f] - swift
Andraste - invincible
[name_f]Havilah[/name_f] - to dance, to circle, to twist
[name_f]Larisa[/name_f] - citadel
[name_f]Oneida[/name_f] - standing rock
[name_f]Rhonda[/name_f] - good spear OR noisy
[name_f]Nahla[/name_f] - a drink of water (not powerful, but quite cool!)
[name_f]Euphemia[/name_f] - to use words of good omen
[name_f]Maya[/name_f] - illusion
[name_f]Alcina[/name_f] - either strong-willed, opinionated OR mighty mind
Deïanira - man-destroyer, destroyer of her husband
Deidamia - to tame and to destroy
Dinorah - of fire
[name_f]Zelmira[/name_f] - desire peace
Kaimana - ocean power
[name_f]Gertrude[/name_f]/Gesina - spear of strength
[name_f]Solveig[/name_f] - sun strength
[name_f]Imala[/name_f] - strong-minded
[name_f]Shakti[/name_f] - power
Aintza - glory
Abene - pillar (which symbolises strength [name_f]IMO[/name_f])
[name_f]Amaia[/name_f] - the end
Itziar - old stone
Osane - cure, remedy
Sieglinde - gentle victory
[name_m]Keahi[/name_m] - the fire
[name_f]Aino[/name_f] - the only one
Kyllikki - abundance, enough
Vellamo - to surge, to swell
[name_f]Doireann[/name_f] - tempestuous
[name_f]Morrigan[/name_f] - great queen
[name_f]Muirgen[/name_f] - born of the sea
Bellona - to fight
Cardea - hinge, axis
[name_f]Maia[/name_f] - great
[name_u]Hero[/name_u] - hero
[name_f]Minerva[/name_f] - intellect
Proserpina - to emerge
Arundhati - not restrained
[name_f]Isis[/name_f] - the throne (probably unusable at the moment)
[name_f]Lorelei[/name_f] - luring rock
Aella - whirlwind
Ananta - infinite, endless
Alcippe - horse strength/strength of a horse
Alcmene - moon strength/strength of the moon
Alecto - unceasing
[name_f]Althea[/name_f] - healing
[name_f]Atalanta[/name_f] - equal in weight; a scale, a balance
[name_f]Athena[/name_f] - sharp praise
[name_u]Calypso[/name_u] - she that conceals
[name_f]Medea[/name_f] - to think, to plan
[name_f]Clio[/name_f] - glory
[name_f]Chanda[/name_f] - fierce, hot, passionate
Mohana - bewitching, charming, infatuating
Shailaja - daughter of the mountain
Asherah - she who walks in the sea
[name_f]Tanith[/name_f] - serpent lady
[name_f]Nanna[/name_f] - daring, brave
[name_f]Saga[/name_f] - seeing one
Verdandi - becoming, happening
Ameretat/Amordad - immortality
[name_f]Rhiannon[/name_f] - great queen
[name_f]Anahita[/name_f] - immaculate, undefiled
Haurvatat/Khordad - health, perfection, wholeness
[name_f]Branwen[/name_f] - beautiful raven
Aditi - boundless, endless OR freedom, security
[name_f]Themis[/name_f] - law of nature, divine law, that which is laid down
Tisiphone - avenging murder
[name_f]Eurydice[/name_f] - wide justice

I’ve thought of a better way to phrase it - I’m not looking for powerful meanings, per se, I’m looking for impactful meanings. I’m loving Viatrix and [name_f]Yaretzi[/name_f], especially, and [name_f]Euphemia[/name_f] has been on my list of favorites for ages! Roshanarah is absolutely gorgeous, too, as is Menodora, though I really want to end it with an “h”, for some reason.