Aina

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…

Yao-ji

Yao-ji is the name of a goddess in Chinese mythology, a mountain goddess of Wu Mountain. Yao-ji is also a Chinese given name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: yáo 瑶 “jade; mother-of-pearl” + jī 姬 “beauty; imperial concubine” (瑶姬); *female only yào 耀 “shine, dazzle, brilliant” + jī 基 “base; foundation” (耀基); yáo 姚 “handsome, elegant” + jī 基“base;…

Wen

Wen is a Chinese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: wén 文 “literature, culture, writing”; wén 雯 “multicolored clouds”; There are likely other meanings depending on the characters used. Wen is also a Chinese surname and has various meanings depending on the characters used: wén 文 “literature, culture, writing”; wēn 温 “warm; to review”; wén 聞 “to hear; to…

Yuna

Yuna is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used: it means “night, evening” in the Ryukyu (Okinawan) dialect of Japanese (夕な); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (由奈); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 那 “what?” (由那); yu 優 “tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (優奈) yu 結 “tie, bind, join, organize” + na 愛 “love,…

Liana

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…

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,…

Caifeng

Caifeng is a Chinese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: cǎi 彩 “color; variegated” + feng 鳳 “phoenix”;  cái 財 “fortune; wealth; valuables” + feng 鳳 “phoenix” Spelled Kaifeng 开封 it’s the name of a city in Henan, China as well as a few other places. Origin: Chinese  

Tai

Tai is a Chinese unisex name (as well as a surname also spelled Dai) with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: tài 太 “very, extreme; excessive; big; highest; elder”; tài 泰 “extreme; greatest; safe, peaceful; big, large; good, excellent;”, also used as shortened form of Thailand; Tai can also be used as part of a compound name,…

Dai

Dai is a Welsh male name, a diminutive of Dafydd, the Welsh form of David which comes from Hebrew meaning “beloved”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from an old Celtic word dei meaning “to shine”. Dai is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 “big, large”; dai 太 “plump,…

Lee

Lee comes from an English surname, a locational name which comes from Old English lēah meaning “clearing; woodland”. Lee is also a variant transcription of Li, a Chinese unisex name with various meanings depending on the characters used such as: 理 “reason, logic”; 立 “stand, establish”; 黎 “black, dark”; 力 “force, power, capability, strength”; *usually masculine; 丽 “beautiful, pretty”. Of course there…