Fiona

Fiona seems to have first been coined by Scottish poet James Macpherson who based it on the Fianna, the name of a group of warriors in Irish mythology, or as the feminine form of Fionn. The name comes from Old Irish finn meaning “fair, blond, white” from Proto-Celtic *windos- (white).

Origin: Proto-Celtic

Variants:

  • Fionna (English, Scottish)

 

Male forms:

  • Fionn (Irish)
  • Fion (Irish)
  • Finn (Irish, English)

 

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Foy

Foy comes from a surname with several possible meanings and origins:

  • it may be derived from Old French foi or from Latin fides meaning “faith”, either used as a nickname for someone who was a pious person or someone who often swore;
  • it may also be a medieval French female name also derived from Foy (or Faith); 
  • it may also be an anglicized of Irish surname Fahey, which comes from Gaelic Ó Fathaidh meaning “descendant of Fathadh”, the latter being a male given name meaning “foundation, base”;
  • it may also be a variant of O’Fee, also an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fiaich meaning “descendant of Fiach”, the latter meaning “raven”.

Origin: Latin, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Foi (Old French)

 

Fiora

Fiora is derived from Italian fiore meaning “flower” which is derived from Latin florem via Proto-Italic *flōs (flower, blossom). Spelled Fíora it becomes an Irish word meaning “true” which comes from Old Irish fír (true, correct, real).

Origin: Proto-Italic, Old Irish

Variants:

  • Fiore (Italian) unisex
  • Fíora (Old Irish)

 

Male forms:

  • Fiore (Italian)
  • Fír (Old Irish)
  • Fíor (Old Irish)

 

Fahima

Fahima is the feminine form of Fahim, an Arabic male name meaning “intelligent, scholar” though it also means “understanding, comprehension”.

Origin: Arabic

Variants:

  • Faheema (Arabic)
  • Fehime (Turkish)
  • Fahmida (Urdu)

 

Male forms:

  • Fahim (Arabic)
  • Faheem (Arabic)
  • Fehim (Turkish)

 

فهمة (Arabic)

 

Fuyu

Fuyu is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word) meaning 冬 “winter” though there are other meanings depending on the kanji used, such as Fuyuki, a male name meaning 冬木 “winter + tree, wood, timber” or 冬樹 “winter + tree, to plant, to cultivate” and likely other meanings; Fuyumi, a Japanese female name meaning: 冬美 “winter + beauty, beautiful”, 冬実 “winter + reality, truth”, 不由美 “not, non, un- + cause, reason + beauty, beautiful”; and Fuyuka, 冬佳 “winter +beautiful, good, auspicious”, 冬香 “winter +fragrance”, 冬加 “winter +add, addition, increase”, 冬可 “winter +permitted, allowed”, 冬花 “winter +flower”, and other meanings.

Origin: Japanese