Aina

Aina is a female given name in various cultures and therefore has various meanings depending on its origin: in Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish, Aina is a variant of Aino meaning “the only one”, though aina is also a Finnish adverb meaning “always”. In the Finnish epic Kalevala, it’s the name of a girl who drowns herself when…

Jeong-ah

Jeong-ah (정아) is a Korean female name with a variety of meanings depending on the hangul used: 정 정 (靜) jeong “quiet; still, tranquil”; 정 (貞) jeong “virtuous, chaste, loyal”; 정 (晶) jeong “clear; crystal; diamond”; 정 (廷) jeong “royal court; rural court” 아 아 (兒) ah “child; 아 (雅) ah “elegant, neat, tidy”; 아 (娥) ah “good, beautiful”; There are likely other meanings…

Yao-ji

Yao-ji is the name of a goddess in Chinese mythology, a mountain goddess of Wu Mountain. Yao-ji is also a Chinese given name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: yáo 瑶 “jade; mother-of-pearl” + jī 姬 “beauty; imperial concubine” (瑶姬); *female only yào 耀 “shine, dazzle, brilliant” + jī 基 “base; foundation” (耀基); yáo 姚 “handsome, elegant” + jī 基“base;…

Yuna

Yuna is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used: it means “night, evening” in the Ryukyu (Okinawan) dialect of Japanese (夕な); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (由奈); yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 那 “what?” (由那); yu 優 “tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior” + na 奈 “Nara, what?” (優奈) yu 結 “tie, bind, join, organize” + na 愛 “love,…

Liana

Liana is the name of a type of long-stemmed wooded vines that grows in the jungle, derived from Middle French lien (to bind) via Latin ligo (to bind) which derives from PIE root word *leyǵ- (to bind, tie). Liana is also derived as a short form of names ending in -liana such as Eliana (a possibly a variant of Aeliana, the feminine form…

Charis

Charis is the singular form of Charites, also known as the Graces in Roman myth, who are the goddesses of grace, beauty, charm, human creativity, mirth, joy, dance, and song. Though there are traditionally three goddesses presented as the Charites (Aglaia, goddess beauty, glory, and adornment; Euphrosyne, goddess of mirth good cheer, glory, and merriment; and Thalia, goddess of festivity…

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,…