Selima, (Arabic) - " Peace."
Selma (Scottish) - " Fair."
Sempronia (Latin) - " Well-learned." Mother of the two Gracchi, Tiberius and Caius.
Septima (Latin) - " Seventh daughter."
Serena (Latin) - " Serene," or " calm."
Sheelah (Irish) - " Blind." This name is really the Latin " Caecilia" (blind), but when the Norman settlers introduced it into Ireland, it took the form of Sighile, then Sheelah, and frequently Sheila.
Sibella, Sibilla, and Sibille - Italian and French forms of Sibyl.
Sigfrida and Sigfpeda (Teutonic)-" Conquering peace." German form.
Silvia (Latin) - " Living in a wood." From Latin Sylva (a wood). Sylvanus was an old Roman deity, the protector of husbandmen and their crops. His name had come into ordinary use just before the Christian era. Thus we find Sylvanus as the companion of St. Paul (I. Peter v. 12), the name being contracted in Acts xv. 22 to Silas, in which form it is still used in England. From this source comes our adjective " sylvan " (woodland) scenery, and the names Sylvester and Sylvestre used in Ireland and France principally as surnames.
Sita (Indian) - " A furrow." According to Eastern legend Sita was not born like ordinary mortals, but arose from a furrow when her father, Janaka, King of Mithila, was ploughing. She became the wife of Rama, or Vishnu incarnate, but was carried off by the giant Rav-ana.
Smilax (Greek) - " Affectionate." Smilax was a beautiful shepherdess who fell in love with the youth Crocus. She was changed into the trailing plant smilax, and her lover into the flower which bears his name.
Sophia (Greek) - " Wisdom." In the original Persian Sophi, or Sofi, means one pure in faith or devoted to God. Thus we have three parallel words, the Persian Sofi (purity), the Hebrew word Zophim (seer; also " secret of Jehovah "), and the Greek Sophia (wisdom); and the conclusion to be drawn is that one fundamental idea permeated all three words - namely, that only to the pure in heart should wisdom be granted. The masculine Sofian is an old Arabian name, with the Arabic feminine S-afiyeh.
Sophie - French and German form.
Sophy - English variant.
Stella (Latin) - "A star." From the Assyrian word "Sitarch - a star."
Stephana (Greek) - "A crown." English form.
Stephanie - French and German form.
Susan - English form. Curiously like the old Arabian form Soo-s-an. " Susie" and " Sue " are pet diminutives.
Susannah (Hebrew) - " Graceful white lily "). This beautiful name, which is composed of the two words " shush " ("white lily." and " Hannah " (" grace "), gives "Shushannah." Shushan, the Royal of Assyria, means the " City among Lilies, ' but long before the walls of Shushar rose upon the earth, an Assyrian princess had been named Sus-ana, after the Eastern lily, so that in reality it is of Assyrian rather than Hebrew origin. This lady was the daughter of King Ninos, by his first wife; Semiramis being his second bride.
Sylvia (Latin) - "Living in a wood." To be continued.