Noya

Noya is a Hebrew female name meaning “beauty” derived from Hebrew nói נוֹי (ornament, decoration, beauty). Noya is also a surname: as a Galician surname it’s a locational name for someone who came from a place called Noia; as a Catalan surname it’s a variant of Noya, itself a truncated form of the Anoia river in Catalonia. Noia is…

Malia

Malia is a Hawaiian female name, the Hawaiian form of Mary, the English form of 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 source either meaning “beloved” from myr,…

Māui

Māui is the name of an island, part of the Hawaiian islands and the second largest island. The island was named after the son of the man who first discovered the island, who was in turn named after the demigod. In Hawaiian and Polynesian mythology, Māui is a demigod as well as a trickster who created the…

Camden

Camden comes from an English surname, originating as a locational name for someone who came from a town called Camden. It’s made up of Old English campas (enclosure) and denu (valley), essentially meaning “enclosed valley”. Nicknames: Cam Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kamden (English)  

Dunstan

Dunstan comes from an Anglo-Saxon name meaning “dark stone” or “black stone”, made up from Old English elements dunn (brown; dark, bleak) and stan (stone). It’s also an English surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Dunstan. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Icaria

Icaria (also spelled Ikaria) is the name of a Greek island which supposedly derives its name from Icarus of Greek mythology, the son of Daedalus, who escaped the island of Crete by using wings Daedalus had created to fly away. However, Icarus flew too close to the sun, causing the wax that kept his feathers together to melt and he…

Hara

Hara is another name for the god Shiva in Hindu mythology, which comes from Sanskrit meaning “seizer, destroyer”. Harihara is a name used to refer to the fused state of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) Hara is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 原 meaning “meadow, plain, field”, likely originating as a locational name, though there are likely…

Kimber

Kimber comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from a place called Kimber. The first element of the name comes from Old English cempa meaning “champion; warrior” and bearu “grove” essentially meaning “grove of the champion”. Kimber could also be used as a shortened form of Kimberly. The second element of the name…

Thorley

Thorley comes from an English surname meaning “thorn clearing”, made up from Old English elements þorn (thorn) and lēah (woodland; clearing, meadow). It was originally a locational name for someone who lived near a place where thorns grew. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Thornley (English)  

Bora

Bora is a multi-cultural name with various meanings depending on the origin: it’s a Turkish male name meaning “storm, squall” which ultimately derives from Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind. Boreas means “north wind” which seems to be derived from an unknown origin, either from Proto-Slavic *gorà (mountain; hill; any mountainous elevation) or a PIE root…