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…

Taru

Taru is a Finnish female name meaning “legend, myth, fiction, saga, epic” as well as also being an Estonian word meaning “beehive”. Taru is also a Japanese word meaning either “barrel, cask” 樽 as a noun or as a verb “to be enough, to be sufficient” 足る. Taru is also a Japanese surname meaning “many; frequent; much + detain;…

Anna

Anna is the Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anna (also spelled Ana) is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” (亜奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful; safe, secure” + na 南  “south” (安南); an 杏 “apricot” + 奈 “Nara; what?” (杏奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful;…

Laura

Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning “laurel”. It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in…

Kati

Kati (pr. kah-tee) is a variant spelling of Káti, an Old Norse male name meaning “merry, cheerful” from Old Norse kátr (jolly, merry, cheerful, glad). Kati is also a Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian short form of Katariina (Finnish, Estonian) and Katalin (Hungarian, Basque) which both derive from Katherine, the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from…

Elana

Elana is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant spelling of Ilana, which is the feminine form of Ilan, a Hebrew male name meaning “tree”, though it could also be a feminine form of Elon, another Hebrew male name meaning “tree, oak tree”; Elana could also be a variant form of Helena,…

Leili

Leili is a variant form of Leila, an Arabic female name meaning “night” as well as being the Estonian form of the name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Leila (Arabic, Persian, English, Georgian) Layla (Arabic, English) Laila (Arabic, English) Leyla (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, English) Lejla (Bosnian) Leilah (English) Lyla (English) Lila (English)  

Helena

Helena is the Latinate form of Helen, the English form of Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”. Helena has different pronounciations depending on where you’re from. It’s he-LE-nah, hay-LAY-nah or he-le-nah. I prefer the he-le-nah pronounciation. Origin: Ancient Greek…

Jumal

Jumal is the name of the Estonian god of the sky; the name means “god” in Estonian and Finnish, likely borrowed from the Proto-Indo-Iranian *diyumna, a cognate of Sanskrit dyuman (heavenly, shining, radiant). Jumal has also been used as a generic word used to refer to a god as well as also being used for the Christian God. Another…