Kari

Kari (pr. kah-ree or care-ee) is a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Katarina, the Scandinavian form of Katherine which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though…

Tamika

Tamika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ta 多 “many, much” + mi “reality; truth” + ka 果 “fruit” (多実果); ta 多 “many, much” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent” (多美佳); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 夏 “summer” (民夏); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 果 “fruit” (民果); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 歌 “song, sing” (民歌) There…

Vashti

Vashti was the name of a queen of Persia, the first wife of King Ahasuerus in the Old Testament. The king holds a banquet for all his nobles and servants which went on for seven days while Vashti holds a separate banquet for all the noblewomen. On the seventh day of the banquet, Ahasuerus is drunk and summons for…

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,…

Ashraf

Ashraf is an Arabic unisex name meaning “noble, of noble lineage; honored; excellent, eminent” derived from Arabic root word š-r-f ش ر ف  (related to honor, nobility, and height). Ashraf is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Achraf (Maghrebi Arabic)  

Io

Io (pr. eye-o) is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, an Argive princess who was loved by the god Zeus. When his wife Hera found out about her, he changed her into a white heifer in order to protect her. However, Hera saw through the deception and demanded that Zeus give her the heifer as…

Artyom

Artyom is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Artemios, an Ancient Greek male name derived from the Greek goddess of the hunt and wild animals, Artemis. The name is of uncertain etymology and meaning with some sources citing it as pre-Greek. It could possibly be related to Persian *arte or *arta meaning “great, excellent, holy” or from Greek árktos meaning “bear” since…

Darius

Darius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Dareios which is the Greek form of Persian Dārayavahush meaning “to possess excellence” or “he who holds firm to good” from dâraya (to possess, to hold) and vahu (good), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Darius is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dareios (Ancient Greek)…

Dawn

Dawn is a female given name, which comes from the word referring to the first appearance of daylight in the morning, though it can also be used to refer to the rise or beginning of an event. It comes from Old English dagung (dawn, daybreak) via Proto-Germanic *dagaz (day) which seems to be derived from a PIE…

Shika

Shika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: shika 鹿 “deer” (it’s also a Japanese surname); shi 史 “history, chronicle” + ka “can; passable, allowed” (史可); shi 志 “purpose, will; aspire; resolve; motives; plans” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (志佳); shi 紫 “purple, violet” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (紫佳); shi 詩 “poem, poetry” + 夏 “summer” (詩夏). I’ve also seen…