Naya

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,…

Frasier

Frasier comes from a Scottish surname of unknown origin. Though it’s believed to be of Norman origin, there is no place in France with the name. It could possibly be a corrupted form of a Gaelic name. The name later became associated with the French word fraisier meaning “strawberry (plant)”, which led to its being adopted…

Nona

Nona is the name of a Roman goddess of pregnancy in Roman mythology, as well as the name of one of the Parcae (the female personifications of destiny), along with Morta and Decima. The Parcae are the Roman equivalent of the Moirai in Greek myth, and Nona is the equivalent of Clotho, who spun the thread of life….

Avan

Avan is a Persian unisex name, a variant of Aban meaning “water” from Persian âb (water). Aban is also the name of the eighth month of the Persian calendar based on a solar calendar. Avan is also an Indian male name meaning “earth”, which would make it a masculine form of Avani. Avan is also a Tamil word…

Tamara

Tamara is the Slavic form of Tamar meaning “date palm; date fruit” which derives from a Proto-Semitic origin. Tamar is also the name of a river in England which forms a border between Devon and Cornwall though in this case the name seems to be derived from a Proto-Celtic source meaning “dark water”. Tamar is also the name of…

Sharon

Sharon is the name of a biblical place in the Old Testament, as well as the name of several places in the United States and United Kingdom. It means “plain”, referring to a fertile plain though it’s also been connected to Hebrew yashar meaning “straight,” or “to be level”, or that it could come from a…

Coram

Coram is an English surname derived from the name of a village called Corham. It seems to be made up from Old English elements corn (corn) and hamm (enclosure; or referring to a low-lying meadow). Coram is also a Latin word meaning “in person; face to face; publicly” and “before; in the presence of” and is used as a…

Melia

Melia is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, the daughter of the god Oceanus, as well as the name of several figures in Greek mythology; the Meliae are a group of nymphs of the ash tree (also known as the Meliades). The name means “ash tree” from Ancient Greek, a derivative of meli (honey). Melia is also the name…

Agaric

Agaric is the name of a genus of mushrooms known as fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), though the name had originally been used to refer to tree fungus. The name comes from Latin agaricum (referring to a species of tree fungus) via Ancient Greek agarikón, which also refers to a type of tree fungus. It seems to derive its…