Malia

Malia is a Hawaiian female name, the Hawaiian form of Mary, the English form of Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr,…

Erina

Erina is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: e 恵 “favor, blessing, grace, kindness” + ri 里 “village” + na 奈 “Nara; what” (恵里奈); e 恵 “favor, blessing, grace, kindness” + ri 利 “profit, advantage, benefit” + a 奈 “Nara; what” (恵利奈); e 絵 “picture, drawing, painting, sketch” + ri 梨 “pear” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (絵梨奈); e 慧 “wise” + ri 理 “reason, logic;…

Kari

Kari (pr. kah-ree or care-ee) is a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Katarina, the Scandinavian form of Katherine which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though…

Aina

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…

Melinda

Melinda is a female given name, an elaborated form of names such as Melanie (which comes from Latin Melania derived from Ancient Greek melas meaning “black, dark”) or Melissa (which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though…

Zita

Zita is the name of a 13th century Italian saint, the patron saint of maids and servants. The name comes from Tuscan Italian meaning “little girl” or “young girl”, and also seems to be a Southern Italian dialect word meaning “bride”; its male form is zito. Zita is also a Hungarian female name, a diminutive…

Nana

Nana is both a female and male given name with multiple origins and meanings behind it: Nana is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nana 七 “seven”; na 菜 “greens; vegetables” + na “Nara; what?” (菜奈); na 奈 “Nara; what?” + na 々 (used to indicate the repetition of the kanji before it);…

Aeronwy

Aeronwy is a Welsh female name, a combination of Aeron which is either derived from the Welsh word aeron meaning “fruits; berries” or it could be derived from the name of a river derived the name of a Celtic goddess, Agrona, the goddess of war and death in Welsh mythology whose name, fittingly means “battle, slaughter, carnage”; combined…

Mellifera

Mellifera is the scientific name for honeybees which comes from Latin meaning “honey-bearing” or “bearing honey”, made up from mel (honey) and -fer (carrying, bearing, bringing), both go which derive from a PIE root. Interesting fact: Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), known as the father of modern taxonomy, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist. He created the binomial…

Tamika

Tamika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ta 多 “many, much” + mi “reality; truth” + ka 果 “fruit” (多実果); ta 多 “many, much” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent” (多美佳); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 夏 “summer” (民夏); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 果 “fruit” (民果); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 歌 “song, sing” (民歌) There…