Aina is a female given name in various cultures and therefore has various meanings depending on its origin: in Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish, Aina is a variant of Aino meaning “the only one”, though aina is also a Finnish adverb meaning “always”. In the Finnish epic Kalevala, it’s the name of a girl who drowns herself when…


Asa is a Hebrew male name meaning “doctor, healer”; in the Old Testament, it was the name of the third king of Judah who reversed all the problems he inherited when he became king. Asa is also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: asa 朝 “morning”; asa 旦 “morning; dawn; daybreak”;…


Tafari is an Eastern African name meaning “he who inspires awe” or “one who is respected or feared” in Amharic. It was the name of the last emperor of Ethiopia (known as Haile Selassie I). Tafari is also used as a surname Origin: Amharic  


Nana is both a female and male given name with multiple origins and meanings behind it: Nana is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nana 七 “seven”; na 菜 “greens; vegetables” + na “Nara; what?” (菜奈); na 奈 “Nara; what?” + na 々 (used to indicate the repetition of the kanji before it);…


Zaire is the former name of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The name comes from the Congo river, derived from the Kongo word nzere o nzadi meaning “river swallowing rivers”; Zaire is the Portuguese adaption of the name. Spelled Zaïre, it’s a French female name, created by French writer and philosopher Voltaire for his play, also called Zaïre (1732), who…


Mona is a female given name with multiple origins and meanings behind it: it’s an Anglicized form of Irish Muadhnait, made up of Irish muadh (noble) combined with a diminutive suffix; it’s also used as a nickname for Monika, the Scandinavian form of Monica, a name of unknown origin though it’s likely derived from a  North African or Phoenician origin….


Liana is the name of a type of long-stemmed wooded vines that grows in the jungle, derived from Middle French lien (to bind) via Latin ligo (to bind) which derives from PIE root word *leyǵ- (to bind, tie). Liana is also derived as a short form of names ending in -liana such as Eliana (a possibly a variant of Aeliana, the feminine form…


Amandla comes from a Xhosa and Zulu word meaning “power, strength” and is used as a female name. Origin: African  


Zuri comes from a Swahili word meaning “beautiful, good” and is used as a unisex name, though in the U.S. it seems to be more popular for girls. Origin: Swahili  


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,…