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Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”;

  • Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney, referring to a musical instrument known as sazNay نای means “reed, cane, pipe” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word;
  • Naya is also a Danish spelling of Naja, a Greenlandic given name meaning “younger sister (of a boy)” or “little sister (to a boy)”;
  • Naya may also be used as a Chinese female name, a combination of Chinese characters na  (beautiful, graceful) and ya 雅 “elegant; graceful; refined”, though there may be other meanings depending on the characters used

Naya is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • na 奈 “Nara; what?” + ya 也 “to be” (奈也);
  • na  “summer” + ya 彩 “coloring; paint; makeup” (夏彩);
  • na 夏 “summer” + ya 耶 “question mark” (夏耶);
  • na 菜 “greens; vegetables” + ya 野 “field, plain” (菜野);
  • na 奈 “Nara; what?” + ya 矢 “dart; arrow” (奈矢)

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s なや. Naya is also a Japanese surname.

Naya could also be a variant spelling of Naia:

  • Naia is a Basque female name meaning “wave, sea foam”;
  • It may also be derived from the Naiads, water nymphs who typically inhabit fountains, streams, or any fresh water. The name comes from Ancient Greek nā́ō meaning “to flow” or nâma “running water”, both derived from Proto-Indo-European *(s)neh₂- (to swim, to float);
  • Spelled Nai’a, it’s a Hawaiian word and given name meaning “dolphin”;
  • it may also be a variant spelling of Naja (pr. na-ya), a Greenlandic given name meaning “younger sister (of a boy)” or “little sister (to a boy)”.

Origin: Swahili, Irish, Proto-Indo-European, Chinese, Japanese, Basque, Hawaiian, Greelandic



  • Naia (English, Basque, Ancient Greek, Hawaiian, Greenlandic)
  • Naiyah (English)
  • Nai’a (Hawaiian)


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