Shoji

Shoji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • “correct; justice; righteous; a number of 1040+ reign;  be at peace;  calm down;  subdue;  quell;  govt;  cure;  heal;  rule;  conserve” (正治);
  • “prosperous; bright; clear + two” (昌二);
  • “shining; bright + two” (昭二);
  • “level + director;  official;  govt office;  rule;  administer” (庄司);
  • “auspicious;  happiness;  blessedness;  good omen;  good fortune + reign;  be at peace;  calm down;  subdue;  quell;  govt;  cure;  heal;  rule;  conserve” (祥治);
  • “victory; fast + you; thou; second person” (捷爾);
  • “badge; chapter; composition; poem; design + two” (章二);
  • “beckon; invite; summon; engage + two” (招二);
  • “leader;  commander;  general;  admiral;  or;  and again;  soon;  from now on;  just about + director;  official;  govt office;  rule;  administer” (将司).

Shoji also refers to a sliding door made of translucent paper over a frame of wood as well as also referring to a Japanese era spanning April 1199 through February 1202.

Written in hiragana it’s しょうじ (Shōji).

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Shōji
  • Shouji

 

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Renji

Renji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: 

  • “bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + two” (廉二);
  • “bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + next; order; sequence” (廉次);
  • “romance; in love; yearn for; miss; darling + next; order; sequence” (恋次);
  • “ripples + two” (漣二);
  • “lotus + two” (蓮二);
  • “lotus + ground, earth” (蓮地);
  • “lotus + reign; be at peace; calm down; subdue; quell; government; cure; heal; rule; conserve”

Written in hiragana it’s  れんじ (Renji).

Origin: Japanese

 

 

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

 

Yutaka

Yutaka is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • “bountiful; excellent; rich” ();
  • “abundant; rich; fertile” ();
  • “tenderness, gentleness; excel; surpass; actor; superiority” ();
  • “tolerent; lenient; generosity; relax; feel at home; be at ease; broadminded” ();
  • “good crops; prosperity; a number of 1028″ ();
  • “warm” ();
  • “masculine, male; hero; leader; superiority; excellence + tall; high; expensive” (雄高)
  • “peaceful; calm; easy; peace; Thailand” ()

Yutaka is also a surname written with the kanji () meaning “bountiful; excellent; rich”.

Written in hiragana it’s ゆたか (Yutaka)

Origin: Japanese

 

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)