Aika

Aika is a Japanese female name meaning “love song, love poem” from Japanese  (love, affection) and (song, poetry). Other meanings include: ai (indigo, blue) and ka 佳 (beautiful, good, auspicious); ka  (fragrance); ka  (add, addition, increase); and ka  (permitted, allowed), although there are many other meanings depending on the kanji used. Aiko is another variant of the name with the ko (子) ending meaning “child”, and Ai can also be used on its own as a given name.

Aika is also a Finnish word meaning “age, time”, as well as having once been the ancient name of what is now Troia, a town in southern Italy.

Origin: Japanese, Finnish

Variants:

  • Aiko
  • Ai

 

Moon

Moon comes from Old English mona from Proto-Germanic *menon- from Proto-Indo-European me(n)ses meaning “month, moon” from *meh “to measure”. Moon is also a Korean surname from Chinese Wen meaning “literature, culture, writing”, as well as being an English surname with several possible origins behind it: it may have originated from Cornish mon “thin”, originally a nickname for a thin or slender person; it also derives from a place name in France, a village called Moyon. It could also have risen from Anglo-Norman moun or mon meaning “monk”, a nickname for someone who lived like a monk, or it could be from an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Mocháin “descendant of Mochán”, the latter meaning “early, timely”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Korean, Cornish, Anglo-Norman

Variants:

  • Mun (Korean)

 

Hera

Hera is the Greek goddess of marriage, childbirth, women and family. She is also the queen of the gods, the wife of Zeus. Apparently Zeus fell in love with her at first sight but she refused his first marriage proposal, but he refused to give up so easily. He turned himself into a cuckoo bird and pretended to be in trouble outside her window. Feeling pity for the small bird, Hera brought it inside and held it to her breast, and Zeus transformed back into himself, and she agreed to be his wife out of shame. Their marriage, though, was anything but a happy one according to all the myths. Zeus was a womanizer and fathered many children with many women to Hera’s intense jealousy, and she would often go after the poor women and their offspring with vengeance. Although the etymology behind the name is unclear, it has been associated with Greek heros “hero, warrior”; hora “time, season”; or haireo “to be chosen”.

Some symbols of Hera are the cuckoo bird, peacocks, pomegranates, the scepter and the diadem, as well as the cow, the apple tree, the willow, the fig, the myrrh, lily, and the orange tree.

Origin: Greek