Dace

Dace is is the name of various small freshwater fish belonging to the family Cyprinidae, especially the common dace (Leuciscus leuciscus). The name comes from Middle English dace or darce via Old French dars, a nominative form of dart which is of Proto-Germanic origin *darothuz meaning “dart, spear”, derived from a PIE root word and used to refer to its swiftness…

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…

Tatsuya

Tatsuya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: tatsu 達 “accomplished, attain; master” + ya 也 “to be” (達也); tatsu 達 “accomplished; attain; master” + ya 矢 “dart; arrow” (達矢); tatsu 竜 “dragon; imperial” + ya 也 “to be” (竜也); tatsu 竜 “dragon; imperial” + ya 哉 “how, what, alas, question mark” (竜哉); tatsu 竜 “dragon; imperial” + ya 弥 “all the more; increasingly” (竜弥); tatsu 辰 “dragon fifth sign of…

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”…

Amaya

Amaya is a Basque and Spanish female name, a variant spelling of Amaia meaning “the end” in Basque, as well as a surname derived from a place name. Amaia is also a Greek name, used as an epithet for the goddess Demeter possibly meaning “without a midwife” or “not yet delivered” from prefix a- (without) and maia (mother, nurse, midwife, lady). Amaya may…

Runa

Runa has several possible meanings and etymologies such as: it is the Scandinavian feminine form of Rune, derived from Old Norse rún meaning “secret lore” which comes from Proto-Germanic *rūnō (whisper, murmur). it’s also a Latin word meaning “dart” or “javelin”; it’s also a Latvian word meaning “speech, delivery, talk”; it’s also a Quechua word meaning “man, person,…

Kenya

Kenya is the name of a country in Africa named after Mount Kenya. The origin of the name itself is not clear- it could be a corruption of the Kikuyu, Embu, and Kamba words Kirinyaga, Kirenyaa and Kiinyaa which mean “God’s resting place” in all three languages. The mountain represents an important aspect within their cultures, believing…