Yanyu

Yanyu is a Chinese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the Cinese characters used: yan 延 “to prolong, to stretch, to extend; to delay” + yu 遇 “to meet, to come across; to encounter”; *used for boys only yan 烟 “smoke; mist” + yu 雨 (rain), meaning “misty rain” *girls only yan 燕 “swallow (bird) + yu 玉 “jade” meaning “swallow jade”; *used for girls…

Sumi

Sumi is a Korean female name with a variety of meanings. It’s written with the hangul 수미: 수 (秀) su “excellent, outstanding; elegant, graceful” + 미 (美) mi “beauty, beautiful”; 수 (守) su “defend, protect, guard” + 미 (美) mi “beauty, beautiful” There are likely other meanings. Sumi is also a Japanese female name also with a variety of…

Carissa

Carissa is a variant spelling of Charissa, itself an elaborated form of Charis which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “grace, kindness, beauty, elegance” derived from khaírō (to be happy) from Proto-Hellenic *kʰəřřō (to rejoice) ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (to yearn for).In Greek mythology, a Charis refers to one of the Charites, referring to some minor goddesses (also known as the Graces) of charm, beauty, grace,…

Cherise

Cherise comes from the Norman-French word for cherry (the modern French word is cerise) which comes from Latin cerasus meaning “cherry; cherry tree” via Ancient Greek kerasós (cherry tree) derived from an ancient Anatalion source. Cherise could also be a variant form of Charisse, a variant spelling of Charissa which is an elaborated form of Charis, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “grace, kindness, beauty,…

Karis

Karis is a variant spelling of Charis which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “grace, kindness, beauty, elegance” which comes from khaírō (to be happy) from Proto-Hellenic *kʰəřřō (to rejoice) ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (to yearn for).In Greek mythology, a Charis refers to one of the Charites, referring to some minor goddesses (also known as the Graces) of charm, beauty, grace, joy, adornment,nature, festivity,…

Naia

Naia has several possible meanings: Naia is a Basque female name meaning “wave, sea foam”; It may also be derived from the Naiads, water nymphs who typically inhabit fountains, streams, or any fresh water. The name comes from Ancient Greek nā́ō meaning “to flow” or nâma “running water”, both derived from Proto-Indo-European *(s)neh₂- (to swim, to float); Spelled Nai’a, it’s a Hawaiian word…

Mina

Mina is an Indian female name meaning “fish” in Sanskrit, as well as used as the Sanskrit term for the constellation Pisces; Minali is a variant of the name meaning “fish catcher”. It’s also a short form of Wilhelmina, the feminine form of Wilhelm, a German cognate of William meaning “wilfull protection” or “desiring protection” from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Mina…

Rei

Rei (pr. ray) is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more popular for women. Some meanings depending on the kanji are: 玲 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade”; 礼威 “reverence + dominate, intimidate, power”; 礼 (reverence, etiquette, bow); 霊 (soul, spirit, ghost); 玲生 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade + life, existence, being”; 礼唯 “reverence…