Mina

Mina is an Indian female name meaning “fish” in Sanskrit, as well as used as the Sanskrit term for the constellation Pisces; Minali is a variant of the name meaning “fish catcher”. It’s also a short form of Wilhelmina, the feminine form of Wilhelm, a German cognate of William meaning “wilfull protection” or “desiring protection” from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Mina is also a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used, made up of Japanese elements mi 美 (beauty, beautiful), 未 (have not come, future), 実 (reality, truth); and na 奈 (apple tree, what),那 (what), 菜 (vegetables, greens), 和 (harmony), 愛 (love, affection); and likely other meanings.

Mina is also a Persian female name meaning “enamel, glaze” or “lapis lazuli”, as well as being the Pashto word for “love”, as well as also being the Arabic word for “port”. Mina is also a Korean female name written with Hangul (Korean alphabet) 미나 with various meanings depending on the hanja (Korean name for Chinese characters) used to write out the syllables. One such meaning for  (mi) is “beauty” (), “small” (), “not” (未), “rice” (米), “name of a mountain” (嵋), while 나 (na) means “I” in first person singular. Written with the hangul 민아 with various meanings depending on the hanja used 민 (min) “keen, sensitive” (敏), “jade” (珉), “jade” (), “heaven” (旻); and 아 (a): “elegant, neat, tidy” (雅), “good, beautiful” (娥), “oh, ah” (娥); and other meanings.

As well as being a female name, Mina is also an Egyptian Arabic male name which seems to come from Menes, the Greek form of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh which seems to mean “He who endures” from Egyptian verb mnj and has also been linked to Memphis, the name of an ancient city in Egypt which is the Ancient Greek form of Egyptian Men-nefer meaning “enduring and beautiful” from mn (enduring) and nfr (beautiful). Menes, the first pharoah of Egypt who united Lower and Upper Egypt into one kingdom; his name is believed to have been an epithet rather than an actual name of a person long since forgotten.

Mina is also a surname as well as being a given name, derived from any place name called Mina, or from Portuguese and Spanish mina meaning “mine”, likely referring to a place where a mine was located. It could also be a variant form of Minas derived from Greek given name Menas from Menes, or from Arabic given name Minnah meanin “gift, charity, good deed”.

Origin: Sanskrit, German, Japanese, Persian, Korean, Ancient Egyptian

 

Variants:

  • Meena (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil)
  • Mi-na (Korean)
  • Mi-nah (Korean)
  • Minali (Indian, Hindi)

 

Potiphar

Potiphar the name of a wealthy Egyptian who served as the captain of palace guard under the Pharoah’s rule according to the Book of Genesis. He bought Joseph and made him the head of the household slaves. However, Potiphar’s wife was interested in Joseph and when her attempts to seduce him failed she accused him of trying to rape her and was thrown into prison, though he later got out when his ability to interpret dreams reached the Pharoah’s notice. Potipher’s name comes from Ancient Egyptian meaning “he whom Ra gave”.

Origin: Ancient Egyptian

Variants:

  • Potiphera (Ancient Egyptian)
  • Potifar (Ancient Egyptian)

 

Maureen

Maureen is the Anglicized form of Máirín, a diminutive of Máire, the Irish form of Mary which ultimately comes from Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, 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”.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian

Variants:

  • Maurine (English, Irish)
  • Maurene (English)
  • Moreen (English, Irish)
  • Máirín (Irish)
  • Máire (Irish)
  • Mairenn (Irish)
  • Maura (Irish, Scottish, English)
  • Mary
  • Maria

 

Maya, Maia

Maya is the name of the Mayan civilization and its people, a Mesoamerican civilization that stretched out in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemela, El Salvador, and Honduras, though it’s of unknown meaning.  Maya is also an Indian girl’s name meaning “illusion” or “magic” in Sanskrit, featuring as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hindu mythology, Maya is an epithet for Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, and love, and Durga, a warrior goddess.

Maya is also a Hebrew female name meaning “water” derived from mayim (water).

In Japan, Maya is a unisex name that has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “hemp,flax,linen + to be”; “ten thousand + to be”; “true + to be”; “true + night”; and “to rub, graze, grind + eight”; there are other meanings besides these.

Maya also seems to have been a male name in Ancient Egyptian, being the name of a High Priest of Amun in Ancient Egypt who lived during the 14th century during the reign of Akhenaten, as well as being the name of  a treasurer who lived in the 16th century, though I couldn’t find any meaning behind the name.

Maia is the name of one of the oldest of the Pleiades, seven nymphs who are the daughters of Atlas, a Titan, and Pleione, an Oceanid. By Zeus, she is the mother of the god Hermes, and also helped raise Arcas, the son of Zeus and Callisto, whose mother was turned into a bear by Hera. The name possibly means “good mother” in Greek, and was used as an honorific for motherly figures. Maia also means “midwife”.

Maia is also a Roman goddess of spring, the wife of Vulcan; her name comes from Latin maius meaning “great”, and the month of May is named after her.

Maia is also the Basque form of Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, 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”.

Maia means “palm tree” in the Maori language.

Origin: Sanskrit, Greek, Roman, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Maori, Japanese

Variants:

  • Maja (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish)
  • Maïa (French)

 

Male forms:

  • Maj (Slovene)

 

 

Maya 麻也 (Japanese kanji) “hemp,flax,linen+to be

Maya 万也 (Japanese kanji) “ten thousand + to be”

Maya 真也 (Japanese kanji) “true + to be”

Maya 真夜 (Japanese kanji) “true + night”

Maya 摩八 (Japanese kanji)”to rub, graze, grind + eight”

 

 

Marie

Marie is the Czech and French form of Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, 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”.

Marie is also a Japanese feminine name with a variety of different meanings depending on the kanji used. Some meanings I managed to find are “true honest blessing”, “morning honest blessing”, “ten thousand village picture”, “ten thousand village river”, “true honest picture/painting”, or “morning village river”.

I believe in Japanese it’s pronounced mah-ree-ee, with three syllables.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Japanese

Variants:

  • Maria (Latin, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrianian)
  • Mari (Welsh, Breton, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Mary
  • Maryam (Arabic, Persian)
  • Miriam (Hebrew, English, German)

 

Marie (Japanese kanji) 万 里 江 (ten thousand+ village+ river)

Marie (Japanese kanji) 真 理 絵 (true+ honest+ picture/painting)

Marie (Japanese kanji) 麻 理 恵 (morning+ honest+ blessing)

Marie (Japanese kanji) 真 理 恵 (true+ honest+ blessing)

Marie (Japanese kanji) 麻 里 江 (morning+ village+ river)

Marie (Japanese kanji)万 里 絵 (ten thousand+ village+picture/painting)

 

*I’ve tried very hard to be as accurate as possible when it came to finding the meanings behind the kanji characters, but I’m not a native Japanese speaker nor am I in any way fluent in the language, so it’s possible I’ve made a few mistakes*

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)