Sunday, March 16, 2014

You're a Star (Pt 2)

A while back I did a post on names of stars, but I was recently struck on how nice names that mean "star" are--Stella, Estelle/Estella, Seren, Esther, and the like. And so, I just had to go looking for more, and of course, to see if the word 'star' in other languages has name-potential in the US. ;)

Established names (feminine unless otherwise indicated):
  • Astraea (as-TRAY-ah, [Ancient] Greek)
  • Citlalli (seet-LAH-lee, Nahuatl)--also spelled Citlali.
  • Csilla (CHEE-lah, Hungarian)
  • Dara (DAH-rah, Khmer) [masculine/unisex in other languages/origins]
  • Dzvezda (ZVEZ-dah, Macedonian)
  • Hoku (hoh-koo, Hawaiian) [unisex]
  • Hoshi (hoh-shee, Japanese) 
  • Izar (ee-sahr, Basque)
  • Nthanda (nTAHN-dah, Tumbuka) [unisex]
  • Nyota (NYOH-tah, Swahili)
  • Setareh (seh-tah-RAY, Persian)--also spelled Setare.
  • Sitara (sit-AH-rah, Hindi)
  • Steluţă (steh-LOO-tsah, Romanian)
  • Sterre (STEH-reh, Dutch)
  • Tähti (TA [like in 'cat']-htee, Finnish)
  • Tara (TAH-rah, Hindi)
  • Twila (TWYE-lah, English)--from Cajun French étoile. Also spelled Twyla. [may also be derived from 'twilight']
  • Whetu (FEH-too, Maori) [unisex]
  • Yıldız (yil-diz, Turkish)
  • Ylli (OO-lee, Albanian) [masculine]. Feminine is Yllka (OOL-kah). 
  • Zvezdana (zvez-DAH-nah, Serbian)
  • Zvjezdana (ZVYEZ-dah-nah, Croatian) 

  • Byeol (byohl, Korean)--also transliterated as Pyol (pyohl)
  • Najm (NAH-jm, Arabic)--Masculine. Feminine is Najma. [also means "movie star"]
  • Réalta (RAYL-tah, Irish)
  • Reul (REE-ul, Scottish)
  • Rionnag (RYOO-nahk, Scottish)--Feminine
  • Tala (TAH-lah, Tagalog)
  • Zírka (ZEER-kah, Ukrainian)--Feminine

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