Amaya

Amaya is a Basque and Spanish female name, a variant spelling of Amaia meaning “the end” in Basque, as well as a surname derived from a place name. It’s also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as:

  • “rain + night; evening” (雨夜), essentially meaning “rainy night” or “rainy evening”;
  • “rain + dart; arrow” ( 雨矢)
  • “Africa; flatter; fawn upon; corner; nook; recess + hemp; flax + all the more; increasingly” (阿麻弥);

It’s written with the hiragana あまや.

Amaya is also a Japanese surname with the kanji (also written with the hiragana あまや):

  • “heavens; sky; imperial + valley” (天谷);
  • “heavens; sky; imperial + home; house; residence; our house; my husband” (天宅);
  • “sweet; coax; pamper; be content; sugary + valley” (甘谷)

Origin: Basque, Japanese

Variants:

  • Amaia (Basque)

 

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Belia

Belia has several possible meanings and origins such as:

  • it’s an Indonesian word meaning “youth”;
  • it may also be a variant of Bella, the short form of Isabella, the Latinate form of Elizabeth, which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”; Bella also means “beautiful” in Italian from Latin bellus;
  • Belia may also be a variant of Beila, the Yiddish equivalent of Bella meaning “beautiful”, though Beila may also be a variant spelling of Baila, meaning “white” in Yiddish;
  • Beila is also the Basque form of Vigila, a Visigothic name possibly meaning “crow” from Basque bela;
  • it may also be a variant of Béla, a Hungarian male name possibly derived from Hungarian bél meaning “heart, insides,” in Old Hungarian and “intestines” in New Hungarian, a symbolism of one having “guts”- bravery and character. Béla has also been linked to Slavic belu meaning “white”;
  • Belia could also be a short form of Abelia, the feminine form of Abel meaning “breath, vapor” and “vanity”; or a short form of Obelia, which comes from Greek obelos “a spit; pointed pillar; needle”

Origin: Indonesian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin; Basque, Hungarian, Slavic, Greek

 

Maite

Maite is a Basque feminine name meaning “lovable” or “beloved”. It’s also been used as a contracted form of given name María Teresa. María ultimately comes from Hebrew Miryam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “and wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”.

Teresa is also a name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Greek theros meaning “summer” or therizo “to harvest”. It could also be linked to Greek ther meaning “wild beast” or therao “to hunt”.

As for pronounciation, it seems to be pronounced mai-tay (forvo) or mie-teh. 

Origin: Basque, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Greek

Variants:

  • Mayte (Spanish)
  • Maïté (French)
  • Maitê (Portuguese)
  • Maité (Spanish Mexican)