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Top 5 Spring-Related Female Names in Slovenia

Updated on April 17, 2019
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The Spring

Spring is a wonderful time of the year. The Sun, brighter and warmer days, birds singing, flowers and trees blooming. All that inspires us in so many ways. But how often does the spring give people a motivation to name a child? How often do the spring-related female names occur in Slovenia? How popular are they? And what are the most common female names associated with it?

Let's have a look.

A bird and blossoms
A bird and blossoms | Source

1. Vesna

Of all women's name in Slovenia, VESNA is the 25 most frequent. A number of women named Vesna in Slovenia is 7.589 (or 0.73 % of all women).

Spring (Vesna)
Spring (Vesna) | Source

Meaning of the Name Vesna

The name Vesna is of Slavic origin and comes from the word vésna in the sense of "spring." This word is an ancient Indo-European origin since it is still in use in India, but the Sanskrit form is "Vasantha". The etymological significance leads to the Indo-European root 'aues', which means light.

Some say that Vesna, who, by her name, embodies the spring, can not, in fact, be classified as a Slavic or Slovene goddess, but as the fairy-tale creature. Testimonies of 'vesnas' and memories of them were in some places alive after the end of the Second World War. Vesna is supposed to be a bridegroom of the Vesnik (a solar hero), both of whom are probably among the developmental young beings who are connected with various agricultural rituals.

Despite the fact that the name Vesna is of Slavic origin and in many Slavic languages means spring, including youth, spring joy, and lushness, Vesna is featured poetic term for spring in Slovenian language.

The name of this fabulous creature in the Slovene folk tradition is most often found in the society of various beings, which we call coprnice or witches. These females are supposed to live in beautiful palaces on the high mountains where they talk about harvest, the fate of people and other things.

Vesna is thus the goddess of life and bloom, portrayed as a beautiful young girl, dressed in bright colors with a wreath of spring flowers in her hair. In her hair, she had a big starlike white flower and a necklace around her neck. Her breasts were lush as they belong to the goddess who is in charge of a new life. On her abdomen, motifs of ritual dance with figures of girls and boys, and in the lower part of the large flower circle, were engraved. The goddess held a bouquet of flowers in her left hand and a swallow on her right hand. Also in other cultures, fertility goddesses are depicted with long hair and a lush body. In addition to the ecstatic beauty, Slavs are supposed to attribute to Vesna the management of solar heat, without which there would be no renewal of nature in green and flowering, nor would there be swarming and growth. The priests watched the fire as a symbol of solar heat and therefore ritualized it and blessed it. The believers took a fire, which also symbolized Vesna, home, and by doing so, they also brought happiness to the local fireplace.

Morana and Vesna
Morana and Vesna | Source

Vesna was a fierce opponent of the goddess Morana, the mistress of winter and death. During the transition of winter to spring, the Slavs produced a puppet of the frowned Morana and burnt it at rituals, calling Vesna to come as soon as possible. On Vesna, they turned to prayer and magic to help them repel Morana out of the houses. The Slavs believed that Vesna raises health and restores the balance between heart and mind and brings people happiness and love.

Spring
Spring | Source

How Common is the Name Vesna in Slovenia?

(click column header to sort results)
Birth Period  
Number  
Share (%)  
Rank  
Before1940
17
0.02
294
1941-1950
148
0.14
103
1951-1960
980
0.68
33
1961-1970
1.803
1.21
15
1971-1980
2.351
1.60
11
1981-1990
1.618
1.25
17
1991-2000
421
0.43
59
2001-2010
151
0.16
102
2011-2017
100
0.14
116
Data: © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Vesna © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Vesna © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia | Source

2. Lucija, Lučka

Of all women's names in Slovenia, LUCIJA is the 75 most frequent. A number of women named Lucija in Slovenia is 3.714 (or 0,36 % of all women).

Of all women's names in Slovenia, LUČKA is the 272 most frequent. A number of women named Lučka in Slovenia is 528 (or 0,05 % of all women).

Saint Lucy
Saint Lucy | Source

Meaning of the name Lucija

The name derives from the Latin name Lucia, which is a female form of the name of Lucius. The name Lucius is interpreted from the Latin word lux, lucis in genitive, which means "light, shine, day, life". In that way, it can be a spring-related name because spring brings us light, longer days and it is the start of a new life. Otherwise, a number of traditions incorporate the symbolic meaning of St. Lucy as the bearer of light in the darkness of winter, her feast day being December 13.

Partly due to the described significance of her name, and even more so because of the legend, St. Lucia is the patron saint of vision and blind. The legend tells us that her pagan snub fell in love with her beautiful eyes, so she pulled them out and sent them to him, but the angel brought her another. Precisely because of this legend, fine art portrays St. Lucija with a tray with eyes.

She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.

Statue of Saint Lucy
Statue of Saint Lucy | Source

The other known form of Lucija in Slovenia is Lučka. Lučka has many meanings; it is the diminutive of a word light and also the name for mature dandelion inflorescence (dandelion ripe fruits). Dandelion starts the first basal leaves in the early spring. The simple hollow stem has a circular shape in cross-section, with only one flower petal with yellow flowers. The flowering period is usually the second half of April and the beginning of May, and due to the warmer spring, it will sometimes take off at the end of March. The flower is transformed into a typical dandelion ripe fruits that is made up of numerous seeds.

Dandelion Flower
Dandelion Flower | Source

How Common is the Name Lucija in Slovenia?

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Birth Period  
Number  
Share (%)  
Rank  
Before 1940
135
0,14
89
1941-1950
138
0,13
113
1951-1960
158
0,11
146
1961-1970
198
0,13
139
1971-1980
412
0,28
78
1981-1990
505
0,39
57
1991-2000
842
0,87
27
2001-2010
861
0,89
27
2011-2017
465
0,65
38
Data: © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Lucija © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Lucija © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia | Source

3. Cvetka

Of all women's names in Slovenia CVETKA is the 78 most frequent. A number of women named Cvetka in Slovenia is 3.615 (or 0,35 % of all women).

A flower with a butterfly
A flower with a butterfly | Source

Meaning of the name Cvetka

The name Cvetka comes from the noun flower or verb bloom. Derived from Slovene cvet meaning "blossom, flower". The proper Latin name is Flora. Flora is derived from Latin flos meaning "flower". Flora is a goddess of flowers and spring in Roman mythology. She is usually depicted as a young, beautiful girl with a bouquet of flowers in her hand. She was married to the god Favonius, the wind god also known as Zephyr, her companion was Hercules. As one of the fertility-related gods, it was a relatively marginal figure in the Roman pantheon, but it was of great importance at the beginning of the spring. The Romans held the Floralia annual festival, which began on April 28 and lasted for six days, marking the renewal of the cycle of life, drinking and flowers. Her Greek counterpart was Chlori, but she was not a goddess, but a nymph. Another related Slovene name to name Cvetka and Flora is Florijana or Florjana.

Statue od Godess Flora
Statue od Godess Flora | Source

How Common is the Name Cvetka in Slovenia?

(click column header to sort results)
Birth Period  
Number  
Share (%)  
Rank  
Before 1940
256
0,26
59
1941-1950
522
0,50
43
1951-1960
1.636
1,13
18
1961-1970
924
0,62
40
1971-1980
221
0,15
111
1981-1990
42
0,03
278
1991-2000
z
z
z
2001-2010
z
z
z
2011-2017
z
z
z
z - data not published because of statistical confidentiality. Data: © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Cvetka © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Cvetka © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia | Source

4. Živa

Of all women's names in Slovenia ŽIVA is the 117 most frequent. A number of women named Živa in Slovenia is 2,382 (or 0.23 % of all women).

Goddess Živa
Goddess Živa | Source

Meaning of the name Živa

The name Živa is South Slavic. It is derived from the adjective žíva and initially means "alive, lively, bent, vital". Thus was called the goddess of fertility and life in northern (ie, the Polabian) Slavs. Some say she was also the goddess of spring, some associate her with the summer. From other languages, women's names that correspond to Slovene Živa are Bibiana, Eve, Vita and Zoja (Zoe). Historical sources mention her most often with the name Siwa, as well as the Sivve, Shiwa, Sieba, Syba, Siba or Dsiva.

The Slavic goddess Živa is usually depicted naked breasts with a class in the left hand and apple in the right. She usually had an ornament on the head that reminded of the rays of the sun, she was wearing a light coat, was naked chest and shoulders. Živa is supposed to be one of the oldest goddesses. As a concept of life, it is supposed to be present in people's representations already in the Afro-European period, that is, 2000 years before our count, when the matriarchate and pastoral society prevailed in the region of North Africa and Europe.

Among the Slavs, she was the goddess of water and life, fertility and love, and the protector of women and children, and in old records she always appears in connection with the harvest. The goddess Živa is symbolically embedded in a freshwater spring, which is the source of all life. Her character reflects a woman's image, youth, beauty, grace, and above all life and its formation. For our ancestors, the water was secred, and it was considered a home of deities, and, ghosts of nature, such as vodani (valley giants) and rusalke (In Slavic mythology, Rusálke were water fairies with pale skin that was as beautiful as a moon), were found in it. The name Živa is very likely to refer to live water.

Živa is mentioned in The Baptism on the Savica, an epic-lyric poem by the Slovene national poet France Prešeren.


Goddess Siwa (Živa), Westphalen's book print, 1740
Goddess Siwa (Živa), Westphalen's book print, 1740 | Source

How common is the Name Živa in Slovenia?

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Birth Period  
Number  
Share (%)  
Rank  
Before 1940
4
0.00
627
1941-1950
26
0.02
298
1951-1960
22
0.02
464
1961-1970
22
0.01
469
1971-1980
132
0.09
158
1981-1990
304
0.23
89
1991-2000
332
0.34
70
2001-2010
984
1.02
23
2011-2017
556
0.77
29
Data: © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Živa © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Živa © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia | Source

5. Marjetka, Marjetica

Of all women's names in Slovenia MARJETKA is the 136 most frequent. Number of women named Marjetka in Slovenia is 1,871 (or 0.18 % of all women).

Of all women's names in Slovenia MARJETICA is the 345 most frequent. Number of women named Marjetica in Slovenia is 341 (or 0.03 % of all women).

Saint Margaret
Saint Margaret | Source

Meaning of the name Marjetka

The name Marjetka is a version of the female name Marjeta. The name Marjeta was probably formed from the shape of Margeta, which is shortened from Margaret. It derives from the Latin name Margarita or the Greek Margarítês and is connected with the Greek word margarítês in the sense of "pearl". In the South Slavic languages, the name of Marjeta corresponds to the name Biserka. Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers, was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century. Later legends told of her escape from a dragon, with which she was often depicted in medieval art.

The name Marjetka often refers to a flower - a daisy. Slovene name for the daisy is marjetica. We can found the name Marjetka in the Slovene folk song for childern:

Metuljček, cekinček, ti potepinček, kje si pa bil? “Pri
majceni cvetki, drobni marjetki medek sem pil.”

Po tem ko želodček, poln kakor sodček bil je nalit, sem
rekel marjetki, drobceni cvetki: “Zdaj sem pa sit!”
(A song about the butterfly drinking the nectar from the daisy).

Daisy and the Butterfly
Daisy and the Butterfly | Source

So Marjetica means daisy, Bellis perennis (common daisy). In antiquity, the daisy was a symbol of spring, the awakening of nature and happiness, which returns to human hearts after a long winter. Traditionally, it was always a fragment of floral decoration of Flora, a Roman goddess of spring. The name bellis, which means beautiful, lovely, was brought to her by the famous Roman scholar, Gaius Plinius, who in his 37 books of Natural History collected all the natural science of the old age, including the daisy. Although it was already in Rome's poetry, it was only the medieval poetry that brought the true parable of young love to her. At that time, she became a symbol of love devotion and loyalty. Many traveling singers used for daisy the name margarita (margarita as a pearl) as a parable for the beauty of the charmed lady, and with the name, they hinted at its imprudence and excellence. The flower of the daisy reminiscent of the glowing sun, so it is not surprising that in the 13th century they named her 'the bride of the sun'. She also earned such a name because the flower opens only when the sun shines on it. Due to this connection with the sun, the famous English Renaissance poet Geoffrey Chaucer called it "the eye the day." Hence its current English name, daisy. It is an abbreviated form of "day's eye".

Daisies
Daisies | Source

How Common is the Name Marjetka in Slovenia?

(click column header to sort results)
Birth Period  
Number  
Share (%)  
Rank  
Before 1940
7
0.01
519
1941-1950
91
0.09
145
1951-1960
426
0.29
73
1961-1970
550
0.37
64
1971-1980
522
0.36
64
1981-1990
212
0.16
108
1991-2000
45
0.05
209
2001-2010
12
0.01
473
2011-2017
6
0.01
606
Data: © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Marjetka © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Popularity of the Name Marjetka © Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia | Source

This is Not the End ...

Described are the only 5 top female names that are in some way or another connected with spring. 5 names that occur most frequently in Slovenia. Still, there are more. We can find also Iris, Zvonka, Jolanda, Vijolica, etc.

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