Ida

Ida is the name of two sacred mountains in Greek mythology, one located on the island of Crete and another in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). The one in Crete is where the god Zeus was supposedly born and hidden, named by two nymphs named Ida and Adrasteia. It may be derived from Ancient Greek í̄d (ἴ̄δη) meaning “wooded hill, wood”…

Kavi

Kavi is an Indian male name meaning “wise man, sage, poet” and comes from a term for an intelligent man and thinker as well as used as an epithet for several Hindu gods. It derives from Proto-Indo-Iranian *káwiš (seer, poet; institutor of religious rites) via PIE root word *(s)kewh₁- (to perceive; to observe). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Anaya

Anaya is a female given name derived from several possible sources: from Arabic عَناية meaning “care, protection, concern, solicitude” (can also be spelled Inaya); a feminine form of Anay, an Indian male name meaning “misfortune, adversity” and “not conducted by anyone”, “without good management; bad behavior, bad conduct”, made up from Hindi prefix a- अ- (un-; not) and nyāya न्याय (judgement; justice). It also seems…

Tara

Tara comes from an anglicized form of Irish Teamhair meaning “high place” or “high hill” from temair. The name comes from a place in Ireland called the Hill of Tara which according to tradition was the seat of the high kings of Ireland. Although more commonly used as a female name, it’s also had use as a…

Ahi

Ahi has several meanings depending on which etymology it derives from: it’s is a Hawaiian and Maori word meaning “fire”; Ahi is the name of a giant serpent or a dragon in Hindu mythology (also known as Vritra) who was later killed by Indra. His name in Sanskrit means “snake”; Ahi is a Hebrew male name meaning…

Soma

Soma is a Hungarian male name meaning “dogwood, cornel tree” from Hungarian som. Soma is also the name of a plant (and a Hindu god) from which an intoxicating drink is made for an ancient Vedic ritual. Soma is also the name of a Rigvedic god who somehow became merged or equated with the Hindu god Chandra…

Astra

Astra is a female given name meaning “star” which comes from Latin astrum via Ancient Greek astron which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. In Hindu mythology, an astra refers to a supernatural weapon controlled by a god and which later came to mean any weapon that was released from one’s hand (arrow, spear, sword, etc.) Origin:…

Nala

Nala is an Indian male name meaning “stem, reed” and is the name of a king in Hindu mythology, specifially the Mahābhārata, a Sanskrit epic poem. There’s also another character named Nala in the Ramayana (another Sanskrit epic poem) who builds the Rama Setu (Rama’s Bridge) so that Rama could reach Lanka (an island fortress in Hindu mythology)…

Indra

Indra is the name of a Hindu god of war and the heavens, bringer of rain and wielding thunderbolts, and the king of the gods. Although the etymology behind the name is uncertain, I’ve seen many sites claim it as “possessing drops of rain” composed from Sanskrit indu (drop; juice, Soma) and ra (acquiring, possessing), a meaning which…