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Rika

Rika is a Swedish and Dutch short form of Fredrika (the Swedish and Finnish feminine form of Frederick meaning “peaceful ruler”) and Henrika (the Swedish feminine form of Henry meaning “home ruler”) and any names ending in rika. Rika is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • ri 理 “reason, logic; arrangement; justice; truth” + ka 香 “incense; smell; fragrance” (理香);
  • ri  “jasmine” + ka 花 “flower; blossom” (莉花);
  • ri  “pear” + ka 花 “flower; blossom” (梨花);
  • ri 梨 “pear” + ka 加 “add; addition; increase” (梨加);
  • ri 梨 “pear” + ka 華 “flower; splendor” (梨華);
  • ri 里 “village” + ka 香 “incense; smell; fragrance” (里香);
  • ri  “pear” + ka 香 “incense; smell; fragrance” (梨香);
  • ri  “reason; logic; arrangement; justice; truth” + ka 華 “flower; splendor” (理華);
  • ri  “village” + ka 華 “flower; splendor” (里華);
  • ri  “reason; logic; arrangement; justice; truth” + ka 化 “change; take the form of; influence; enchant; delude; -ization” (理化);
  • ri  “profit; advantage; benefit” + ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent”;
  • ri  “reason; logic; arrangement; justice; truth” + ka 科 “department; branch; sectionl division” (理科).

There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s    りか. I’ve also seen Rika listed as a Japanese male name according to this site here but since I’ve always seen it listed as a female name, I don’t know if it is a unisex name in Japan and is just used primarily for females or if it’s a mistake. If there’s anyone who does know, please let me know.

Rika is also a Korean female name written with the hangul 리카 which has a variety of meanings depending on the hangul used:

  •  (理) ri “reason; logic” + 카 ka “car” *
  • 리 (里) ri “village” + 카 ka “car” *

*From what I could find, it does mean car in Korean but I don’t think that’s what the meaning is behind the name. If anyone who knows Korean does, please let me know 🙂

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Japanese, Korean

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Variants:

  • Rica (English, Japanese)
  • Ricca (English, Italian)
  • Rikka (English, Japanese)- In Japanese, Rikka refers to a type of ikebana, an art of flower arranging. It means “standing flower” (立花)

 

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