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,…

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…

Declan

Declan is an Irish male name, the anglicized form of Deaglán. The meaning behind the name is unknown though I’ve seen several sites list it as meaning either “full of goodness” or “man of prayer”. Whether those are true or not I couldn’t confirm. Origin: Irish Variants: Deklan (English) Deklyn (English) Deaglán (Irish) Deaglan (English) Deckland (English)…

Enya

Enya is the anglicized form of Eithne, an Irish female name meaning “kernel, grain” (though it’s also been anglicized as Edna and Etna). However, some sources cite it as a feminine form of Aidan,which comes from Old Irish áed with the diminutive suffix -an meaning “little fire” or “little fiery one” although it seems to be a stretch; and it…

Ava

Ava is a female given name with a multitude of origins and meanings: it could be related to Latin avis meaning “bird” which derives from a PIE root word; it could be a variant spelling of Eva, the Latin form of Eve which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”; it could also be an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish…

Darcy

Darcy is a unisex given name which comes from a surname with two origins and meanings. The first is that it’s derived from Norman French d’Arcy, a locational surname meaning “from Arcy”. Arcy is of uncertain meaning though it could be linked to Gaulish artio meaning “bear” with the locative suffix -acum (settlement) so the name means “bear settlement”. Darcy is…

Alaina

Alaina is a variant form of Alana, itself the feminine form of Alan, an Irish and Scottish name of uncertain etymology. It may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning…

Torrence

Torrence comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name derived from Gaelic torran meaning “hillock” or “mound”. It may also have derived from an Irish surname, Ó Toráin meaning “descendant of Torán”, the latter an Irish male name meaning “little lord” or “little hero, champion” from Irish tor (lord, hero, champion) and the diminutive suffix -án. It’s also possible…

Brennan

Brennan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Braonáin meaning “descendant of Braonán”, the latter a diminutive of braon meaning “rain, moisture, drop”. It could also be derived from Ó Branáin meaning “descendant of Branán”, the latter a diminutive of bran meaning “raven”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European