Karya is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the name of one of the hamadryads (eight nymphs who presided over a particular tree). Karya is the nymph of the nut tree- the walnut, hazel, and sweet chestnut. There’s also another myth in which Karya was a Lakonian maiden who was loved by the god Dionysos. Her two sisters tried to prevent the liaison and in return, Dionysos drove them mad and they were later transformed into stone. Somehow Karya died and was changed into a nut tree. The name comes from Greek karydi meaning “walnut tree” via Ancient Greek káruon (nut) derived from a PIE root word. Kārya कार्य is also a word/concept in Hinduism and other Indian religions, referring to something (an action  whether good or bad) that is done. The word comes from Sanskrit meaning “work, task” and “effect”. Kārya is also a concept in Vedanta, a Hindu philosophy, which stands for effect (kārana is cause).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit



  • Carya (Latin)
  • Caria (Latin, English)
  • Karia (Ancient Greek, English)



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