Risha

Risha comes from an Arabic word meaning “feather, quill, plume”. I don’t believe it’s actually used as a given name in the Arabic-speaking world but it has a nice sound and I love the meaning behind it. Alrisha and Al-Risha is also the name of a binary star in the constellation Pisces although I’ve also seen it listed as…

Lorimer

Lorimer comes from a Scottish surname, originally an occupational name for a maker and seller of spurs, bits, and other metal parts for a horse’s bridle. It comes from Old French loremier via Latin lorum (thong, leather strap; rein of a bridle) which cold possibly be derived from a PIE root word though it could also be derived from…

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

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…

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…

Rio

Rio has two separate origins and meanings. The first is that it is a Spanish and Portuguese word and place name meaning “river” derived from Latin rivus (brook, small stream) which comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₃er- (to flow, to move). It’s also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian surname derived from the given name referring to someone who lived near…