Luana

Luana is a female given name that could be derived from a number of sources: it could be a combination of Lou (a short form of Louise and Louisa meaning “famous battle”) and Anna (grace, favor); it’s also a Hawaiian female name meaning “content, at ease” and “to be at leisure”. It was used for a Polynesian character in the 1932 movie Birds…

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it’s presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning “ruler of the spear”) and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler”; Erica is also the Latin word for “heather”. I’ve also seen Jerica listed as the…

Levana

Levana is the name of an ancient Roman goddess involved in the rituals of childbirth. The name comes from Latin levare meaning “to lift” which derives from PIE *h₁lengʷʰ- (light (not heavy)). Levana is also a variant transcription of Lebanah, a Hebrew name meaning “white” from Hebrew laban though it is also used as a poetic term for “moon”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew…

Ellen

Ellen is the English medieval form of Helen, the English form of Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it could also possibly be linked to Greek selene meaning “moon”. Ellen is also the Dutch short form of Eleonora, a cognate of Eleanor which is the Old French form of…

Jericho

Jericho is the name of an ancient city in the West Bank as well as a surname derived from the given name. The meaning behind the name is uncertain though possible meanings ascribed to it are “moon” from Hebrew yareach or it could be derived from Hebrew reyach meaning “fragrant, smell”. In Arabic it’s known as Ariha which also means…

Cress

Cress is the name of various species of plants with pungent edible leaves such as garden cress, watercress, or winter cress. The name comes from Old English cressa via Middle Low German kerse from Proto-Germanic *krasjon-, deriving from Proto-Indo-European root *gras- (to devour). Cress is also a nickname for names beginning with Cress- such as Cressida (a medieval form of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female…

Roksana

Roksana is the Russian and Polish form of Roxana which ultimately derives from Persian Roshanak which means “bright, light, shining” either from Avestan raoxšna- (radiant, shining) or Middle Persian rōšn (light; bright light). It derives from PIE *lówksneh₂ (moon) from root word *lewk- (bright; to shine; to see). Nicknames: Roxie/Roxy, Rocky/Rockie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Roxana (Latinized Ancient Greek, English, Spanish, Romanian) Roxanna (English) Roxanne…

Miyako

Miyako is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ya 夜 “night; evening” + ko 子 “child” (美夜子); miyako 都 “capital; city” miyako 京 “capital”; mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ya 也 “to be” + 子 “child” (美也子); mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ya 弥 “all the more; increasingly” + ko 子 “child” (美弥子); miya 宮 “shrine; palace” + ko 子 “child” (宮子); miyako 都 “capital; city” + ko 古 “old” (都古); There are…

Shoya

Shoya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: sho 祥 (auspicious, happiness, blessed, good fortune) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 哉 (how, what, alas, question mark); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 也 (to be); sho 将 (leader, commander, general) + ya 也 (to be); sho 星 (star) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 夜 (night, evening); sho 勝 (victory, win, excel, prevail)…

Lyla

Lyla is a variant of Leila, an Arabic female name meaning “night”. It could also be considered as a feminine form of Lyle, an English surname derived from Norman French l’isle meaning “island”, a topographical surname for someone who lived on an island though it may also be derived as a place name from Lille, a city in France. Origin:…

Selene

Selene (pr. se-lee-nee or sel-een in English) is the goddess of the moon in Greek mythology, the sister of Helios and Eos, goddess of the dawn. Much like Helios, she also drove a chariot across the sky every night. Selene fell in love with a mortal named Endymion who is often depicted as a shepherd though other versions portray him as a prince or king….

Ileana

Ileana is a Romanian, Italian, and Spanish female name, the Romanian form of Elena or Helen both of which derive from Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, or perhaps linked to selene meaning “moon”. Ileana could also a variant spelling of Iliana,  a Greek and Bulgarian female name; in Greek it’s the feminine…

Elana

Elana is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant spelling of Ilana, which is the feminine form of Ilan, a Hebrew male name meaning “tree”, though it could also be a feminine form of Elon, another Hebrew male name meaning “tree, oak tree”; Elana could also be a variant form of Helena,…

Chandra

Chandra is an Indian unisex name derived from Sanskirt chand ( चन्द ) meaning “moon” and also meaning “to shine, glow”. It derives from Proto-Indo-European root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine). In Hindu mythology, Chandra is the Hindu god of the moon. He is depicted as young and beautiful, a two armed god with a club and a lotus, who…

Kaya

Kaya is a given name with a variety of meanings and origins such as: it’s a Malay word meaning “wealthy” and “rich, affluent”; Kaya is a Turkish male name meaning “rock” as well as a Turkish surname derived from the same origin as the given name; Kaya could also be an elaborate form of Kay, either…

Lena, Lina

Lena originally started out as a short form of names ending in -lena such as Helena (derived from Ancient Greek possibly meaning “torch” or “corposant” though it may also be deirved from Greek selene meaning “moon”), Madgalena (which means “of Magdala” from the name of a village, Magdala deriving from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”), Abilena (a variant of Abilene, the name of an ancient place in Syria, also known…

Helen

Helen is the English form of Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”. In Greek mythology, Helen was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her kidnapping by Paris led to the ten year Trojan…

Halo

Halo (also known as a nimbus)  refers to a circular band of light around the head of a person, usually a saint or an idealized person, and usually represents glory, sanctity, and veneration. It’s also used to refer to a circle of light visible around the sun and the moon caused by the reflection and…

Raya

Raya is a female given name with a variety of origins and meanings such as: it’s used as a short form of Rayna, either a Bulgarian form of Regina meaning “queen” or the feminine form of Rayno derived from Slavic rad meaning “happy, willing”; Raya is also used as a Russian nickname for Raisa, a Russian name of unknown meaning though it may have been…

Mayura

Mayura comes from Sanskrit mayūra (मयूर) meaning “peacock”, an Indian male name. In Hindu mythology, the peacock is a sacred bird believed to have been created from the feathers of the Garuda, also a legendary bird in HIndu myth. Mayura is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “cocoon +…