it means 'eternally beautiful'. It sounds so feminine and strong. I wish the people I asked liked it better. But, it is very unique!
This name has been gaining popularity in the USA, but I can't find a decent origin or meaning for it. I've found:
German, meaning "eternal"
Latin amarus meaning "bitter"
Japanese, "night rain"
Esperanto (!), form of Mary
Greek, "unfading" (I guess that's kind of the same thing as "eternal")
Greek, "unfading or eternal beauty"
German, "Steadfast, immortal"
Hebrew, "God promises, God declares" (from Amariah)
Apparently, it's also a male name from the Ibo people of Nigeria.
Whenever I find a name with a ton of different origins and meanings, I am highly dubious of any of them. There seems to be an overwhelming undercurrent in favor of "eternal" as a meaning-- these would indicate that the name stems from "Amaranta," a Greek flower that according to mythology, never faded. However, I can't find it in any of the name books that I trust, so I have no idea!
See Also: Imara
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