Tova

Tova is a Hebrew female name meaning “good”, though it’s also a Swedish variant of Tove, a modern form of Old Norse Tófa which is a short form of Old Norse Þórfríðr (or Thorfrither) meaning “Thor is beautiful” or “beautiful Thor” from Þórr/Thor (Thor) and fríðr (beautiful, beloved), Thor being the Norse god of thunder, strength, war and storms; his name fittingly means “thunder”.

Origin: Hebrew, Old Norse

Variants:

  • Tovah (Hebrew)
  • Tove (Swedish)
  • Tuva (Swedish, Norwegian)
  • Þórfríðr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Thorfrithr

 

Hussein

Hussein is a variant spelling of Husayn, a diminutive of Hasan meaning “handsome, beautiful, comely, good, goodly”. It’s also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Arabic

Variants:

  • Husayn (Arabic)
  • Husain (Arabic)
  • Hussain (Arabic)
  • Hisein (Arabic)
  • Hasan (Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Indonesian)
  • Hossein (Persian)
  • Hüseyn (Azerbaijani)
  • Husein (Bosnian)
  • Khasan (Chechen, Ossetian, Circassian, Ingush, Tatar, Bashkir)
  • Hüseyin (Turkish)

 

حسين (Arabic)

 

 

Colista

Colista is a female name that could be a variant spelling of Calista, the feminine form of Callistus, the Latin form of Greek Kallisto meaning “most beautiful” from kalos (beautiful). It could also be a combination of Colette (the short form of Nicolette, feminine form of Greek Nicholas meaning “victory of the people”) and Calista.

Colista is also a Spanish word, apparently referring to the bottom or last of something or someone (like the bottom team of a soccer league). It also has some use as a surname although there wasn’t much I could find behind it’s meaning and origin.

Origin: Ancient Greek, Spanish

 

 

 

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)

 

Rebecca

Rebecca is a variant spelling of Rebekah which comes from Hebrew Rivka which has been linked to Hebrew r-b-q meaning “to tie, to join, snare”, and has even been linked to an ensnaring or captivating beauty.

Nicknames: Becky, Becca/Beka, Bex, Beck, Reba

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Rebekah (English)
  • Rebekka (German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, Biblical Greek)
  • Rebeccah (English)
  • Rebeckah (English)
  • Rébecca (French)
  • Rebeka (Hungarian)
  • Rebeca (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Rebecka (Swedish)
  • Rivka (Hebrew)
  • Riva (Hebrew diminutive of Rivka)
  • Rivqah (Hebrew)

 

Mika

Mika is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used. It’s made up of Japanese mi with various meanings of “beautiful”, 実 “reality, truth”, 味 “taste, flavor”, 光 “light”, and ka meaning “beautiful, good, excellent”, “fragrance”, “add, addition, increase”, “praise, auspicious”, though there are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Mika is also a Finnish male name, a short form of Mikael, the Scandinavian and Finnish form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Mika is also a Slavic surname, a patrynomic surname. It’s also possible that Mika could be a nickname for Michaela/Mikaela, the feminine form of Michael.

Origin: Japanese, Hebrew

Chika

Chika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings, from Japanese elements chi meaning: (thousand); (knowledge, wisdom); (scatter); (to know, wisdom); and ka meaning: (beautiful, good, excellent); (flower); (add, addition, increase); (permitted, allowed, licensed); (praise, auspicious); (summer); (congratulate, greet, celebrate); (fragrance); (flower, splendor); (fruit); (song, poem); and other meanings. Chikako is another variant of the name ending with the ko (子) ending.

Chika is also an Igbo unisex name meaning “God is the greatest” or “God is supreme”.

Origin: Japanese, Western African (Igbo)

Variants:

  • Chikako (Japanese)

 

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)

 

Izumi

Izumi is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more common for women than men. It has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 泉 “spring, fountain water” (used for both sexes); 一角 “one + corner, edge; horn, antler; character, part, role”; 五巳 “five + sign of the Snake”; 五澄 “five + clear, pure”; 五美 “five + beauty, beautiful”; 泉美 “spring, fountain water + beauty, beautiful”; 泉水 “spring, fountain water + water”; while for men the kanji used is: 一弥 “one + cross, extend over”; 委清 “committee + clear, pure”; and 泉三 “spring, fountain + three”; 和泉 “peace, harmony + spring, fountain water”; though there are other meanings depending on the kanji.

Izumi is also a surname, used with the kanji 泉 “spring, fountain water”, though there could be other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Origin: Japanese