Yuma

Yuma is a Japanese unisex name (though far more popular for boys) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: yu 遊 “play” + ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” (遊真); yu 裕 “abundant; rich; fertile” + ma 馬 “horse” (裕馬); yu 優 “tenderness; excel; surpass; tenderness, gentleness” + ma 馬 “horse” (優馬); yu 雄 “male, masculine; hero; leader; superiority; excellence” + ma 磨 “polish; grind; brush (teeth)” (雄磨); yu 悠 “permanence; distant; long time;…

Dai

Dai is a Welsh male name, a diminutive of Dafydd, the Welsh form of David which comes from Hebrew meaning “beloved”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from an old Celtic word dei meaning “to shine”. Dai is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 “big, large”; dai 太 “plump,…

Felice

Felice (pr. feh-lee-che; Forvo) is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Felix meaning “lucky, successful, auspicious”. It also means “fruitful, fertile, prosperous”, deriving from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse) from which derive several derivatives such as Greek phuo “to make grow” or “to produce”, Latin fio “to become”, fecundus “fertile”, fetus “pregnant” and “offspring” and even femina “woman”. Felice (pr. feh-lee-tsa or fel-eese) is also a female given name, the German feminine form of Felix…

Tilden

Tilden comes from an English surname which seems likely to be derived from a habitational name. The second element comes from Old English denu meaning ‘”valley” while the first element seems to be derived from an Old English personal name, Tila, so the name means “Tila’s valley”. It’s possible that Tila comes from Middle English tilyen (to till, to cultivate or…

Yuka

Yuka is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: yu 由 “wherefore; reason, cause” + ka 香 “incense, smell, perfume” (由香); yu 由 “wherefore; reason, cause” + ka 華 “splendor, flower, petal” (由華); yu 由 “wherefore; reason, cause” + ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent” (由佳); yu 結 “tie, fasten, join, organize; end, conclude” + ka 花 “flower” (結花); yu 有 “exist; have; possess”…

Erinna

Erinna comes from an Ancient Greek name of unknown origin though it’s been linked to Greek êrinos meaning “spring” or as a variant of Herinna, a variant reconstruction of the name made up from Greek hêrôs meaning “hero” combined with the feminine suffix -inna. There’s a Greek poetess named Erinna belived to have lived around 600 BCE on the island of Telos,…

Doreen

Doreen is an English female name, a combination of Dora with the -een suffix. Dora is often used as a short name with names beginning or ending with it such as Theodora, Dorothea, etc. Dora comes from Ancient Greek doron meaning “gift” derived from a PIE word. Doreen could also be the anglicized form of Irish Dáireann which I’ve seen listed as either meaning “sullen, tempestuous”…

Dara

Dara is a given name with a variety of meanings and origins: Dara is a male name in Irish which comes from dair meaning “oak” which comes from Proto-Celtic *daru deriving from a PIE root word. Dara is also an anglicized form of Dáire meaning “fruitful, fertile” and is the name of several figures in Irish mythology; it’s also a…

Yuya

Yuya is an Ancient Egyptian male name, belonging to a powerful courtier during the 18th dynasty of Egypt, living circa 1390 BCE. His daughter, Tiye, was the wife of Amenhotep III, making her queen of Egypt, and the mother of Akhenaten, and seemed to have a large influence at court. The etymology behind the name…