Nanaka

Nanaka is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as “vegetables, greens + flower” (菜々花/ 菜々華); “vegetables, greens + summer” (菜々夏); “vegetables, greens + fragrance” (菜々香); “vegetables, greens + day, sun, Japan” (菜々日); “seven +flower, splendor” (七華); and likely other meanings. Nanaka was also the name of an ancient village in India (now known as Nana) although I couldn’t find a meaning behind the name.

Origin: Japanese

 

 

Mina

Mina is an Indian female name meaning “fish” in Sanskrit, as well as used as the Sanskrit term for the constellation Pisces; Minali is a variant of the name meaning “fish catcher”. It’s also a short form of Wilhelmina, the feminine form of Wilhelm, a German cognate of William meaning “wilfull protection” or “desiring protection” from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Mina is also a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used, made up of Japanese elements mi 美 (beauty, beautiful), 未 (have not come, future), 実 (reality, truth); and na 奈 (apple tree, what),那 (what), 菜 (vegetables, greens), 和 (harmony), 愛 (love, affection); and likely other meanings.

Mina is also a Persian female name meaning “enamel, glaze” or “lapis lazuli”, as well as being the Pashto word for “love”, as well as also being the Arabic word for “port”. Mina is also a Korean female name written with Hangul (Korean alphabet) 미나 with various meanings depending on the hanja (Korean name for Chinese characters) used to write out the syllables. One such meaning for  (mi) is “beauty” (), “small” (), “not” (未), “rice” (米), “name of a mountain” (嵋), while 나 (na) means “I” in first person singular. Written with the hangul 민아 with various meanings depending on the hanja used 민 (min) “keen, sensitive” (敏), “jade” (珉), “jade” (), “heaven” (旻); and 아 (a): “elegant, neat, tidy” (雅), “good, beautiful” (娥), “oh, ah” (娥); and other meanings.

As well as being a female name, Mina is also an Egyptian Arabic male name which seems to come from Menes, the Greek form of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh which seems to mean “He who endures” from Egyptian verb mnj and has also been linked to Memphis, the name of an ancient city in Egypt which is the Ancient Greek form of Egyptian Men-nefer meaning “enduring and beautiful” from mn (enduring) and nfr (beautiful). Menes, the first pharoah of Egypt who united Lower and Upper Egypt into one kingdom; his name is believed to have been an epithet rather than an actual name of a person long since forgotten.

Mina is also a surname as well as being a given name, derived from any place name called Mina, or from Portuguese and Spanish mina meaning “mine”, likely referring to a place where a mine was located. It could also be a variant form of Minas derived from Greek given name Menas from Menes, or from Arabic given name Minnah meanin “gift, charity, good deed”.

Origin: Sanskrit, German, Japanese, Persian, Korean, Ancient Egyptian

 

Variants:

  • Meena (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil)
  • Mi-na (Korean)
  • Mi-nah (Korean)
  • Minali (Indian, Hindi)

 

Haru

Haru is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word) meaning “spring” 春 and is also used as a name element in names like Haruko, a female name meaning 春子 “spring child”; Haruna meaning 春菜 “spring vegetables, greens”, 春渚 “spring + beach, shore, strand”; or Haruka meaning 遥 “far off, distant”, 春香 “spring + fragrance”, 春花 “spring flower”, or 春佳 “spring + beautiful/good/excellent”, or other various meanings. Haru also means 陽 (sun) and 晴 (clear up, clear weather), though there are likely other meanings.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Haruko (f)
  • Haruna (f)
  • Haruka (u)

 

Nina

Nina is the name of a Sumerian fertility goddess who was also identified with Ishtar and Inanna. Her name in cuneiform is written with a fish inside of a house and means “water lady” or “lady of the water” from Sumerian nin (lady) and (water). The city of Ninevah was named after her. Nina is also the Russian form of Nino, a Georgian feminine name of Ninos/Ninus, of uncertain meaning but possibly related to the Sumerian goddess Nina.

Nina is also a shortened form of names such as Antonina (an Italian feminine form of Anthony of uncertain meaning) and Giannina (an Italian diminutive of Giovanna ultimately deriving from John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”), as well as being a Spanish word meaning “girl” and a Quechua and Aymara word meaning “fire” (Quechua and Aymara is a language used in South America by the indigenous people).

I’ve also seen it as also deriving from Old Slavic word ninati meaning “dreamer” or “dream”.

Nina is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. From the first element ni it could mean 仁 “benevolent, humane, noble”, “two” 二, “rainbow” 虹, “cinnabar” 丹, “to resemble, imitate, counterfeit” 似, “hope, request, beg” 希, “hue, color, variegated” 彩, “new” 新, “to laugh, smile” 笑; while the second element na has the possible meanings of 菜 “vegetables, greens”, 那 “what”, 名 “name”, 奈 “apple tree”, 和 “harmony”, 愛 “love, affection”. *I’m not a native Japanese speaker but I tried the best I could to be as accurate as possible to the best of my ability, though there may be some mistakes*

Origin: Sumerian, Hebrew, Old Slavic, Quechua, Aymara, Japanese

Variants:

  • Nena (English)
  • Nino (Georgian, Ancient Near Eastern)

 

 

Arina

Arina is a Russian variant of Irina, a cognate of Irene meaning “peace”. Irene (also spelled Eirene) is the goddess of peace in Greek mythology. I’ve also seen it listed as being a feminine form of Arni, an Old Norse name meaning “eagle”.

According to Wikipedia, Arina is also a Kurdish feminine name meaning “flower plain” although I can’t attest to the accuracy of that. If anyone knows more about it, please let me know.

Arina is also a Japanese feminine name with different meanings depending on the kanji used. The meanings are listed below at the end, although it’s possible there are other meanings besides the ones I’ve found. I’ve come across this site that shows all the possible kanji that can be used in a name. I don’t have the time, nor the effort, to look up every kanji for the meaning so I’ve listed the ones I’ve already come across. If anyone is interested in the other possible meanings on the site you’ll have to look it up yourself.

Origin: Greek, Old Norse, Japanese

 

Variants:

  • Irina (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Finnish, Georgian)
  • Irene (English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Ancient Greek)
  • Eirene (Ancient Greek)

 

*na (奈) is a phonetic character meaning it has no special meaning*

Arina 亜莉奈 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+jasmine”

Arina 亜利奈 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+advantegous/profit”

Arina 亜梨奈 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+pear”

Arina 亜莉菜 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+jasmine+vegetables, greens”

Arina 亜利菜 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+advantegous/profit+vegetables, greens”

Arina 亜梨菜 (Japanese kanj) “second, Asia+pear+vegetables, greens”

 

*I’ve tried very hard to be as accurate as possible but I’m not a native Japanese speaker nor am I in any way fluent in the language, so there might be some mistakes.