VESNA f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
in many Slavic languages. This was the name of a Slavic spirit associated with the springtime. It has been used as a given name only since the 20th century.
VESTA f Roman Mythology
Probably a Roman cognate of HESTIA
. Vesta was the Roman goddess of the hearth. A continuous fire, tended by the Vestal Virgins, was burned in the Temple of Vesta in Rome.
VIKRAMA m Hinduism
Means "stride, pace"
in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu
. This was also the name of a semi-legendary 1st-century BC king (full name Vikramaditya) of Ujjain in India.
VIRAJA m Hinduism
Means "ruling, sovereign"
in Sanskrit. This is the name of an offspring of Brahma
in Hindu belief.
VOLOS m Slavic Mythology
Derived from Slavic volu
. Volos was the Slavic god of cattle, also associated with the earth, wealth, the underworld, and poetry.
VULCAN m Roman Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Latin Vulcanus
, possibly related to fulgere
meaning "to flash"
, but more likely of pre-Latin origin. In Roman mythology Vulcan was the god of fire. He was later equated with the Greek god Hephaestus
WIELAND m German, Germanic Mythology
Meaning uncertain, perhaps a derivative of Germanic wela
meaning "skilled, artful"
. In Germanic mythology Wieland (called Völundr in Old Norse) was an unequaled smith and craftsman.
YAM m Semitic Mythology
in Ugaritic. Yam was the Ugaritic god of the sea, also associated with chaos, storms and destruction. He was a son of the chief god El
YAMA (1) m Hinduism
in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu god of death. He is also regarded as the first mortal being, or in other words, the first person to die. This name is related to Persian Jam
YAMI f Hinduism
Means "twin, pair"
in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of the first woman, the twin sister of Yama
YERUSLAN m Folklore
From Tatar Uruslan
, which was possibly from Turkic arslan
. Yeruslan Lazarevich is the name of a hero in Russian and Tatar folktales. These tales were based on (or at least influenced by) Persian tales of their hero Rostam
YNGVI m Norse Mythology
Possibly an Old Norse cognate of ING
. This was an alternate name of the god Freyr
, who as Yngvi-Freyr was regarded as the ancestor of the Swedish royal family.
ZAL m Persian Mythology
in Persian. In the 10th-century Persian epic the Shahnameh
this is the name of a white-haired warrior.
ZERACHIEL m Judeo-Christian Legend
Possibly means "command of God"
in Hebrew. The Book of Enoch names him as one of the seven archangels. His name is sometimes rendered as Sarakiel
ZEUS m Greek Mythology
The name of a Greek god, related to the old Indo-European god *Dyeus
, from a root meaning "sky"
. In Greek mythology he was the highest of the gods. After he and his siblings defeated the Titans, Zeus ruled over the earth and humankind from atop Mount Olympus. He had control over the weather and his weapon was a thunderbolt.
ŽIVA f Slavic Mythology, Slovene
Means "living, alive"
in Slavic. This was the name of a Slavic goddess associated with life, fertility and spring.