Rei

Rei (pr. ray) is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more popular for women. Some meanings depending on the kanji are: 玲 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade”; 礼威 “reverence + dominate, intimidate, power”; 礼 (reverence, etiquette, bow); 霊 (soul, spirit, ghost); 玲生 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade + life, existence, being”; 礼唯 “reverence + only, sole, alone”; 零 (zero); 麗 (lovely, elegance, beauty); 例 (example, instance); 令 (order, command); 怜 (to know, wise); 鈴 (bell, chime); 嶺 (peak, summit); 黎 (black, dark, gloomy, many); 澪 (waterway, channel, wake “of a ship”); 励 (strive, encourage); and many more depending on the kanji used. Other variants of the name include Reiko, with the (ko) meaning “child”, only used for females; Reika, also used for females with the (ka) ending meaning 香 “fragrance” and 花 “flower”; and Reiki, a unisex name with the (ki) ending meaning 樹 “tree”; 輝 “radiance, brilliance, splendor”; and likely various other meanings.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Reiko (f)
  • Reika (f)
  • Reiki (u)

 

Yui

Yui (pr. yoo-ee)  is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. It could mean 唯 “only, sole, alone”; 由 “cause, reason; 維 “to tie, fasten up, to link, connect”;結 “to tie, fasten, to end, conclude, finish”; 唯衣 “only, sole, alone + clothing”; 由衣 “cause, reason + clothing”; 結衣 “to tie, fasten, to end, conclude, finish + clothing”; as well as other meanings.

Yui is also a surname with the meanings of 由井 “cause, reason + well”; 油井 “oil + well”; and 由比 “cause, reason + compare, match, equal”.

Origin: Japanese