Mira

Mira is an Indian female name (also spelled Meera). I’ve seen several source list it as meaning “sea, ocean” but I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “prosperous, wealthy, highborn” or “limit, boundary”. Mirabai (or Meera Bai) was a 15th century Hindu princess and poetess who was devoted to the Hindu god Krishna; bai seems to be a feminine…

Arya, Aria

Arya is an Iranian male name as well as an Indian unisex name meaning “noble” from Sanskrit arya derived from a Proto-Indo-Iranian root word. While Aria is a variant transcription of the name, it’s also an Italian word referring to a musical piece written for a solo voice. It means “song, melody; air” which comes from Latin…

Reijo

Reijo (pr. ray-yo; Forvo) is a Finnish male name, the Finnish form of Gregory, the English form of Latinized Greek form Gregorius deriving from Greek Gregorios meaning “watchful, vigilant, alert” from Greek gregoros ultimately derived from a PIE root word. Reijo (pr. ray-jo) is also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used (the ones with stars…

Rhonda

Rhonda is a female given name of uncertain meaning. It could be made up from Welsh elements rhon (pike, lance) and da (good). It’s also possible that it may be derived from Rhondda, the name of a valley and former coal mine in Wales. The meaning behind it is also unknown, though it could mean “noisy”, related to…

Aoide

Aoide is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the muse of song. She and her sisters, Melete (practice) and Mneme (memory) were the daughters of Mnemosyne (the Titan goddess of memory) and Zeus, and were apparently the original three muses before the addition of the Nine Muses. Aoide means “song, ode” via aeídō (to sing, chant, praise) which may be derived from a PIE root word….

Ronya

Ronya is a female given name, a variant spelling of Ronja, a Swedish female name which was first created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her children’s book Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter (1981) (Ronja rövardotter in Swedish). Lindgren was apparently inspired by the name from Juronjaure, the name of a lake in north Sweden which gets it name from a…

Mei

Mei is a Chinese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the Chinese characters used: měi 美 “beautiful, pretty, good”; mei 梅 “plum, plum flower; Chinese plum” There are likely other meanings. Mei is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: me “bud, sprout, shoot” + i 衣 “clothing”…

Eryx

Eryx is the name of a mythological figure in Greek mythology, the king of an ancient city eponymously named after him (or he after it). He was the son of the goddess Aphrodite and either Poseidon or Butes, one of the Argonauts who was saved by Aphrodite from the Sirens. Eryx was supposed to be an excellent boxer though he…

Lyra, Lira

Lyra (pr. lie-ra or lee-ra) is the name of a constellation in which the brightest star in its constellation is Vega. The name receives its name from Greek mythology, representing the lyre of Orpheus, a legendary poet and musician who could charm anything with his music. The name comes from Ancient Greek lúra meaning “lyre” which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek…