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,…

Elektra

Elektra is an Ancient Greek female name which comes from Ancient Greek elektron meaning “amber” which seems to be derived from an uncertain origin. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “shining, bright” but I can’t say how accurate that is. In Greek mythology, Elektra is the name of the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra who helped her brother Orestes avenge…

Anthy

Anthy is a variant spelling of Anthe, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “bloom, blossom” derived from Ancient Greek anthos (blossom). Anthe is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, one of the Alcyonides, the seven daughter of the giant Alcyoneus. When their father was killed by Hercules they threw themselves into the sea and were transformed into halcyons…

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…

Missy

Missy is a female given name, originating as a diminutive of 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 there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who…

Nerissa

Nerissa was first used by William Shakespeare for his play The Merchant of Venice (1596), possibly based on Greek Nereis (also known as Nereid) meaning “nymphs, sea sprites”, used to refer to the daughters of Nereus, the Greek god of the sea. Though the name seems to be derived from Greek neros meaning “water”, it seems more likely that comes from a…

Karya

Karya is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the name of one of the hamadryads (eight nymphs who presided over a particular tree). Karya is the nymph of the nut tree- the walnut, hazel, and sweet chestnut. There’s also another myth in which Karya was a Lakonian maiden who was loved by the god…

Ianthe

Ianthe is an Ancient Greek female name meaning “purple flower” or “violet flower”. In Greek mythology, Ianthe is a ocean nymph, one of the three thousand Oceanids, as well as being the name of a girl who married Iphis, a girl who was raised as a boy in secret by her mother because the father had threatened…

Galina

Galina is the Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenus, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Galenos meaning “calm, tranquil”. In Greek mythology, Galene is a Nereid nymph who was the personification of calm seas. Nicknames: Galya (Russian), Gala (Russian), Gal (English), Gale (English), Lina (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Galena (Bulgarian, Macedonian) Galene (Ancient Greek) Halina (Polish) Halyna (Ukrainian)…