Lana

Lana is an Arabic female name deriving from a root word meaning “soft, tender, gentle”. It’s also a short form of names like Svetlana, a Slavic female name meaning “light” from Slavic svet (light), or Alana, feminine form of Alan, a Celtic name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to meaning either “little rock” or “handsome” though it might also be related to Alaunus, a Gaulish god of healing and prophecy whose name could be related to Proto-Celtic *al(aun) meaning “nourishing” or *alo meaning “feed, raise, nurture” or possibly meaning “shining one”.

Lana is also a Hawaiian name meaning “calm as still waters” or “afloat”.

Origin: Arabic, Slavic, Celtic, Hawaiian

 

لانا (Arabic)

 

Shinichi

Shinichi is a Japanese male name with various meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: 真一 “true, reality + one”, 信一 “trust, faith, belief + one”, 伸一 “extend, lengthen + one”, 進一 “advance, progress, move on + one”, 新一 “new + one”, 慎一 “careful, prudent, humility + one”, 晋一 “to proceed, advance + one”, 紳一 “gentleman + one”, 鎮一 “tranquil, calm + one”, 愼一 “care, cautious + one”, and likely other meanings.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Shin’ichi

 

Serena

Origin: Latin

Meaning: the name comes from Latin serenus meaning “clear, tranquil, serene”.

As well as being a female given name, Serena is also an Italian and Catalan surname which comes from the same source.

Variants:

  • Serene (English)
  • Serenity (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Serenus (Latin)
  • Serene (English)