What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Indian, Literature
Pronunciation:  ro-HAHN, ro-HAN

Meaning & History
The meaning of this name depends on its usage.  In Indian, it is derived from the Sanskrit rohana, meaning "ascending."  In Literature, it is used by J.R.R. Tolkien in his trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings" (1954), as a place name meaning "horse country" in Sindarin.

<left photo -- The Lord of the Rings, Éomer, nephew of King Théoden, ruler of Rohan.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, German, Swedish, Finnish, Italian
Pronunciation:  EL-sǝ (English), EL-sah (German)

Meaning & History
Short form of Elisabeth, which is the Dutch and German form of Elizabeth, meaning "my God is an oath" or "my God is abundance."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Dutch
Pronunciation:  KOON (Dutch), KOH-en (English)

Meaning & History
Short form of Koenraad, the Dutch form of Conrad, which is the combination of Germanic elements meaning "brave" and "counsel."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Pronunciation:  zor-RAH

Meaning & History
From a South and West Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora."

{Side Note: This was the given name of my great-grandmother, and is the middle name of one of my little cousins.}

Name definitions and history via behindthename.com.
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