Female, Food, Japanese, Korean, Nature, Nickname names, Pear, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Virtues/Attributes

Rika

Rika is a Swedish and Dutch short form of Fredrika (the Swedish and Finnish feminine form of Frederick meaning "peaceful ruler") and Henrika (the Swedish feminine form of Henry meaning "home ruler") and any names ending in rika. Rika is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ri 理 "reason, logic; arrangement; justice; truth" + ka 香 "incense; smell; fragrance"… Continue reading Rika

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Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Japanese, K names, Love/Beloved, Nature, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Kanasa

Kanasa is a Japanese female name with a multitude of meanings depending on the kanji used: kanasa 愛 "love, affection" (愛); ka 佳 "beautiful, good; excellent" + na 奈 "Nara; what?" + sa 咲 "blossom; bloom" (佳奈咲); kana 金 "gold" + sa 佐 "aid; help" (金佐); kana 奏 "to play music; speak to a ruler; complete, achieve; report, memorial" + sa 沙 "sand" (奏沙); ka 佳 "beautiful, good; excellent" + na 奈 "Nara; what?"… Continue reading Kanasa

A names, Ancient Germanic, Animals, Birds, Female, Hebrew, Irish, Persian, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Ava

Ava is a female given name with a multitude of origins and meanings: it could be related to Latin avis meaning "bird" which derives from a PIE root word; it could be a variant spelling of Eva, the Latin form of Eve which derives from Hebrew hawwah meaning “to breathe” or “to live”; it could also be an anglicized form of Aoife, an Irish… Continue reading Ava

B names, Female, Male, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Bellamy

Bellamy comes from a French surname meaning "fair/fine friend" or "handsome/beautiful friend" which comes from French beau/belle (handsome, fine attractive) via Latin bellus (beautiful, pretty, handsome) via PIE duenos/duonos(good) which is the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere); and ami (friend) via Latin amicus (friend), a derivative of amare (to love) which could be derived from a PIE root word. It likely originated as a… Continue reading Bellamy

A names, Ancient Greek, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, Gaelic, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Light, Moon, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Alaina

Alaina is a variant form of Alana, itself the feminine form of Alan, an Irish and Scottish name of uncertain etymology. It may possibly mean “little rock” or “noble” from Old Irish ail. It also means “beautiful, handsome” from Scottish Gaelic àlainn (beautiful, fine, splendid). Alan may also be derived from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, which may be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti meaning… Continue reading Alaina

African, Arabic, Chinese, Elements, Female, L names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Zulu

Liyana

Liyana is an Arabic female name meaning "soft, tender, gentle, delicate" from Arabic root word l-y-n (to become soft, tender). It's also a Zulu female name derived from a word meaning "it is raining/it's raining". I've also seen it listed as a Chinese female name meaning "beautiful + elegant, graceful, refined + graceful, elegant" with the Chinese… Continue reading Liyana

Arabic, Earth, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Phoenician, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Quechua, S names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Sami

Sami is an Arabic male name meaning "elevated, sublime, supreme, high, lofty" as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. It's also the Finnish diminutive of Samuel, a Hebrew name meaning “God has heard” or “name of God”. It could also be an English short form of Samuel and Samantha. Sami is also a Japanese female name with… Continue reading Sami

Female, Greek mythology, Mermaid/Siren, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Persian, Proto-Indo-European, S names, Virtues/Attributes

Sirina

Sirina is a female given name with various meanings attributed to it such as: it's a variant spelling of Serena meaning "calm, tranquil, serene" from Latin serenus; it could also be a variant of Sirin, also a name of uncertain meaning though it could be an elaborated form of Siri, a short form of Sigrid meaning "victory + beautiful, fair" made… Continue reading Sirina

B names, Battle/War, Female, Hebrew, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Bella

Bella is often used as a short form of Isabella, the Latinate and Italian form of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Bella is also the Italian and Spanish word for "beautiful" which derives from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome” via PIE duenos/duonos (good), the diminutive of *dew- (to… Continue reading Bella

C names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Greek mythology, Joy, Literature, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Carissa

Carissa is a variant spelling of Charissa, itself an elaborated form of Charis which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “grace, kindness, beauty, elegance” derived from khaírō (to be happy) from Proto-Hellenic *kʰəřřō (to rejoice) ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (to yearn for).In Greek mythology, a Charis refers to one of the Charites, referring to some minor goddesses (also known as the Graces) of charm, beauty, grace,… Continue reading Carissa

Female, Japanese, M names, Night/Evening, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Miyako

Miyako is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" + ya 夜 "night; evening" + ko 子 "child" (美夜子); miyako 都 "capital; city" miyako 京 "capital"; mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" + ya 也 "to be" + 子 "child" (美也子); mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" + ya 弥 "all the more; increasingly" + ko 子 "child" (美弥子); miya 宮 "shrine; palace" + ko 子 "child" (宮子); miyako 都 "capital; city" + ko 古 "old" (都古); There are… Continue reading Miyako

Color, E names, Female, Korean, Silver, Virtues/Attributes

Eunjung

  Eunjung is a Korean female name with a variety of meanings depending on the hangul used such as: 은 (恩) eun "grace, favor, charity" +정 (廷) jeong "court"; 은 (恩) eun  "grace, favor, charity" +정 (婷) jeong "pretty, graceful"; 은 (慇) eun "careful, attentive; abundance" + 정 (婷) jeong "pretty, graceful" 은 (銀) eun "silver (as in money)" +정 (婷) jeong "pretty, graceful"; 은 (慇) eun "careful, attentive;… Continue reading Eunjung

Animals, Female, Male, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, R names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Randi

Randi is primarily a feminine spelling of Randy though it's been used for men as well. Randy is a short form of Randall which derives from Germanic name Randolf meaning “shield of a wolf” or “wolf’s shield” from Germanic elements rand (rim ‘of a shield’) and wulf (wolf). I've also seen it listed as a nickname for Miranda, a female name derived from Latin mirandus meaning "admirable, wonderful" from Latin mīrus (wonderful, marvelous,… Continue reading Randi

Emotion/Feelings, Female, Japanese, Love/Beloved, M names, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Megumi

Megumi is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: megumi 恵 "favor, benefit; blessing, grace, kindness" (恵); megumi 愛 "love, affection" (愛); megu 恵 "favor; benefit; blessing, grace, kindness" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (恵美); megu 旋 "rotation, go round" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (旋美); megu 寵 "affection; love" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (寵美); megu 巡 "go around; circumference" + mi 美 "beauty; beautiful" (巡美); megu… Continue reading Megumi

B names, Battle/War, Female, Hebrew, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Belissa

Belissa is an English female given name, perhaps an elaborated form of Belle or Bella perhaps influenced by the spelling of Melissa; both mean "beautiful" in French and Italian respectively, both deriving from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome” via PIE duenos/duonos (good), the diminutive of *dew- (to show favor, revere). However, Bella is also the feminine form of bellum meaning "war; battle, combat" from Latin duellum (war) derived from Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Belissa

Ancient Egyptian, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Japanese, Literature, Love/Beloved, M names, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Mio

Mio is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: "beauty; beautiful + cherry blossom" (美桜); "beauty; beautiful + cord, thread" (美緒); "beauty; beautiful + center, middle" (美央); "waterway; channel" (澪); Written in hiragana it's みお.  Mio is also a male name used by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her… Continue reading Mio

Arabic, H names, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Hassan

Hassan is an Arabic male name with two different meanings depending on the spelling used. Spelled Hassan حسّان it means "doer of good" while Hassan/Hasan حسن means "handsome, comely, good, to be good"; both names derive from the same root word related to goodness. Hassan is also an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants:… Continue reading Hassan

Animals, Arthurian legends & myths, B names, Birds, Female, Literature, Nature, Pelican, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Belakayne

Belakayne is a female given name, a variant spelling of Belacane, the name of an African queen who features in the medieval German romance poem Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach based on the Arthurian legends. She is the mother of Parzival's half-brother Feirefis/Feirefiz through their father Gahmuret. I don't know from where Eschenbach based the name from. I've seen one source list it… Continue reading Belakayne

English, Female, Literature, Mythology, Norse mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Germanic, Y names

Ygritte

Ygritte is a female name, a created name for a wilding character in author George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. Though I couldn't find any information of where Martin got the name from, I can't help but wonder if he was inspired by Ygraine, the name of Arthur's mother from the Arthurian… Continue reading Ygritte

C names, Female, Greek mythology, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nymphs, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Calista

Calista could be the variant form of Callisto, an Ancient Greek female name meaning "most beautiful" derived from Ancient Greek kalós (beauty, beautiful, good) which comes from a Proto-Indo-European source kal-wo-s, a form of *kal- (beautiful). In Greek mythology Callisto was a nymph and a follower of the goddess Artemis who was seduced by Zeus and ended up bearing him a son, Arcas. Callisto was… Continue reading Calista