Aina is a female given name in various cultures and therefore has various meanings depending on its origin:
- in Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish, Aina is a variant of Aino meaning “the only one”, though aina is also a Finnish adverb meaning “always”. In the Finnish epic Kalevala, it’s the name of a girl who drowns herself when she finds out she has to marry Väinämöinen, an old magician;
- Aina is also the Catalan form of Anna, the Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”;
- Aina is also a Latvian name meaning “view, sight”; it’s the feminine form of Ainārs. The origin of the name is uncertain but it could possibly have been borrowed from Finnish;
- the name could also be a variant transcription of Ayna, a Kazakh form of Turkmen Aýna meaning “mirror” derived form Persian ayneh آینه (mirror);
- it’s also possible that Aina is a Chinese name, a combination of ài 爱 (love, affection) or ǎi 蔼 (amiable, friendly; lush) and na 娜 (graceful; elegant);
- Aina is also a Yoruba name apparently meaning “difficult birth”- it was given to a baby born with the umbilical cord tied around their neck. Although the name is used for both girls and boys, Aina is more commonly used as a girl’s name with Ojo being the male equivalent of Aina.
Aina is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- ai 愛 “love, affection” + na 菜 “greens, vegetables” (愛菜);
- ai 愛 “love, affection” + na 奈 “Nara, what? (愛奈);
- a 亜 “Asia, rank next” + i 衣 “garment, clothes” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (亜衣奈);
- ai 愛 “love, affection” + na 彩 “coloring” (愛彩);
- ai 夏 “love, affection” + na 夏 “summer” (愛夏)
There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s あいな.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew, Persian, Chinese, Yoruba, Japanese
- Aino (Finnish)