From the Hebrew phrase "source of joy," Abigail is mentioned in the first book of Samuel (1 Samuel 25:3), and is described as "clever and beautiful" and full of common sense.


From the Hebrew word for "delight," this name refers to the Garden of Eden, the earthly paradise described in Genesis.


From the Hebrew word "living." The name refers to Eve, "mother of all the living," the first woman, whom God created from Adam's rib to give him "a helper who will be his partner."


From the Hebrew phrase "lioness of wisdom" or "the weary one." Leah, the daughter of Laban and sister of Rachel, appears in Genesis. She became Jacob's first wife and had six sons and a daughter with him.


From the Hebrew word "sheep." Rachel, sister of Leah and favorite wife of Jacob, was "graceful and beautiful.” She was unable to have children for a long time, but happily she finally had two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.


From the Hebrew word "peace." The wife of Zebedee and the mother of the apostles James and John, Salome (a different woman from the stepdaughter of Herod involved in the martyrdom of John the Baptist) belonged to the group of women "who followed Jesus and served him.” On Good Friday, she was at the foot of the Cross.


From the Hebrew word "dove." Yona is the female version of Jonah, the prophet who spent three days and three nights in the belly of a big fish, a prefigurement of the Resurrection of the Lord.