BORISmBulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak, Georgian, German From the Turkic name Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century King Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his country to Christianity, as well as two later Bulgarian emperors. The name was popularized in the Slavic world due to the 11th-century Saint Boris, who was a Russian prince martyred with his brother Gleb. His mother may have been Bulgarian. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Russian emperor Boris Godunov, later the subject of a play of that name by Aleksandr Pushkin.
DUTCHmEnglish From a nickname given to Americans of German descent. It is related to deutsch, the German word for "German".
REBECCAfEnglish, Italian, Swedish, Biblical, Biblical Latin From the Hebrew name רִבְקָה (Rivqah) from an unattested root probably meaning "join, tie, snare". This is the name of the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob in the Old Testament. It came into use as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular with the Puritans in the 17th century.
YOLANDAfSpanish, English From the medieval French name Yolande, which was probably a form of the name Violante, which was itself a derivative of Latin viola"violet". Alternatively it could be of Germanic origin.... [more]