Ayumi

Ayumi is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ayumi 歩 “walk; step” + mi 美 “beauty beautiful” (歩美); ayumi 歩 “walk; step”; a 明 “bright, light” + yu 征 “subjugate; conquest” + mi 魅 “fascination; charm; bewitch” (明征魅); ayu 鮎 “sweetfish” + mi 己 “itself; oneself” (鮎己); a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + yu 佑 “help, assist” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (亜佑美) There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written…

Belphebe

Belphebe is a variant spelling of Belphoebe, which was first created by English poet Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queen, an allegorical work celebrating the rule of Queen Elizabeth I; Spenser intended her to represent Queen Elizabeth. The name is a combination of belle, a French word and name meaning “beautiful” and Phoebe, a Greek feminine name meaning “bright, pure,…

Luca

Luca is the Italian and Romanian form of Luke, the English form of Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the name of a region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”)…

Deandra

Deandra is an English female name, either a combination of Dean (an English male name with various meanings of “valley”, or “dean”, referring to a person who was a dean or someone who worked for one, referring to an ecclesialtical head of a cathedral. It’s derived from Latin decanus meaning “chief of ten” in reference to someone who was in…

Terumi

Terumi is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: teru 煕 “shine” + mi 巳 “sign of the Snake”, which is a shortened form of hemi 蛇 meaning “snake, serpent”; teru 光 “light, shine, gleam” + mi 美 “beauty, beautiful” (*for girls only); teru 昭 “shining, bright” + mi 三 “three” (*for boys only); teru 照 “illuminate, shine” + mi 己 “self” (*for boys only);…

Mei

Mei is a Chinese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the Chinese characters used: měi 美 “beautiful, pretty, good”; mei 梅 “plum, plum flower; Chinese plum” There are likely other meanings. Mei is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: me “bud, sprout, shoot” + i 衣 “clothing”…

Chiara

Chiara is the Italian form of Clara which means “clear, bright, famous” which comes from Latin clarus (clear, bright famous) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Clara (Late Roman, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, German, Romanian, English, Swedish, Danish) Klara (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian) Klára (Czech, Slovak, Hungarian) Klāra (Latvian)…

Phaedra

Phaedra is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Phaidra, a figure in Greek mythology, a Cretan princess who was the sister of Ariadne and the one who married Theseus. However, Phaedra fell in love with Theseus’s son Hippolytus but when he rejected her, she told Theseus that he had raped her. In response, Theseus cursed his son (using one of three wishes owed to…

Phaethon

Phaethon is the son of Helios, the sun god and the Oceanid nymph Clymene in Greek mythology. One day Phaethon begged his father to allow him to drive his sun chariot for one day. In spite of his reluctance, Helios agreed and Phaethon took control of the reins, however his inexperience lost him control of the chariot, which…