Aya

Aya is a female given name which has several possible origins. The first is that it’s an Arabic name, a variant transcription of Ayah meaning “sign, token” and “verse” (such as the verses in the Quran), which derives from a Proto-Semitic root. Aya is also a Hebrew female name meaning “honey buzzard” though I’ve seen some sources…

Mei

Mei is a Chinese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the Chinese characters used: měi 美 “beautiful, pretty, good”; mei 梅 “plum, plum flower; Chinese plum” There are likely other meanings. Mei is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: me “bud, sprout, shoot” + i 衣 “clothing”…

Mai

Mai is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: mai 舞 “dance; flit; circle; wheel” ma 麻 “hemp, flax, linen” + i 衣 “clothing, garment, dressing” (麻衣); ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” + i 愛 “love, affection, favorite” (真愛); mai 舞 “dance; flit; circle; wheel” + i 以 “by means of; because; compared to” (舞以); mai 真 “true; reality; Buddhist…

Shira

Shira is a Hebrew female name meaning “poetry” or “singing/song”. Shira is also a Jewish surname originating from the given name though it could also be an Americanized spelling of Shearer, an occupational name for someone who sheared sheep, or someone who used scissors to trim finished cloth or cut off any excessive fabric. The origin of…

Lacey

Lacey comes from a surname, a variant spelling of Lacy. It was originally a habitational name for someone who came from a town called Lassey in Calvados, Normandy. Lassey seems to have been derived from a Gaulish given name, Lascius, of unknown meaning, with the Latin locational suffix -acum used to denote a settlement. Although far more common as…

Nora

Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly…

Kennedy

Kennedy comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Cinnéidigh meaning “descendant of Ceannéidigh’”, the latter meaning “ugly head” or “misshapen head” composed from Irish elements ceann (head) and éidigh (ugly, misshapen), though I’ve also seen the second element as possibly being derived from éide meaning “armor, helmet, clothing” so the name may also mean “armor headed”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kenadie (English)…

Hayden

Hayden comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hay valley” or “hay hill” derived from Old English elements heg (hay) and either denu (valley) or dun (hill). Hayden is also an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó hÉideáin and Ó hÉidín meaning “descendant of Éideán”, the latter a diminutive of Irish éideadh meaning “clothes, armor, dress, garb”. Hayden could also be an…

Saya

Saya is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings  depending on the kanji used such as: “sand + question mark” (沙耶); “sheath, scabbard” (鞘)- it’s a Japanese term referring to a sheath/scabbard for a sword; “little; small + night; evening”; “early; fast + dart; arrow” (早矢); “gauze; gossamer + design; figured cloth; twill”…

Rukiya

Rukiya is an interesting name with two sources: the first is that it’s a variant spelling of Ruqayya, an Arabic female name which means “rise, ascent” or “spell, charm, incantation”. Rukiya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “detain; fasten + hope; beg, request; rare; Greece +…