Rie

Rie (pr. ree-eh in Japanese; Forvo) is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. Some possible meanings are: 理恵 “logic, reason + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 利恵 “profit, advantage, benefit + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 梨絵 “pear tree + picture, painting, drawing, sketch”; 理江 “logic, reason + inlet, bay, creek”; 理絵 “logic, reason +picture, painting, drawing, sketch”; 里枝 “village, hometown + bough, branch limb, twig”; 梨恵 “pear tree + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 里依 “village, hometown + reliant, depend on, consequently, therefore, due to”. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Rie is also a Dutch female name (pr. rhee), used as a nickname for Hendrika, the feminine form of Hendrik, the Dutch and Estonian form of Henry which comes from a Germanic name meaning “home ruler”; and Marie, which comes from Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”. Rie has also been used as a male nickname for Henri, the French male form of Henry.

Spelled ríe, it’s the Spanish verb of ríer meaning “to laugh” which comes from Latin rīdēre (to laugh).

Origin: Japanese, Ancient Germanic, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Latin

 

 

Tearsa

Tearsa is a very unusual and rare name I can’t find much information on. It could be derived from a surname (also spelled Tearse and Tearce) but I couldn’t find much background about it either. It’s possible that Tearsa is a variant spelling of Tirzah, from a Hebrew female name meaning “favorable” or “pleasantness” which makes more sense.

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Tirzah (Hebrew)
  • Tirtzah (Hebrew)
  • Thersa (Biblical Latin & Greek)
  • Thirza (Dutch)
  • Thyrza (Dutch)
  • Tersa (English)

Annetta

Annetta is a Latinate form of Anna, coming from Hebrew Hannah or Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”.

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Annette (French, English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch)
  • Annett (German)
  • Anna
  • Anne

 

Anina

Anina is the German diminutive of Anna, the Latinate form of Hebrew given name Hannah or Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anina is also the name of a town in Romania where the oldest human remains in Europe were found in a cave; the remains were  nicknamed John of Anina (or Ion din Anina in Romanian). The name comes from a different source, a Romanian word that means “to hang” or “to hook” which comes from the  Latin root *anninare “to rock” fron *ninna (to cradle, to swing).

Another possible origin I’ve seen for Anina is that it is an Aramaic female name meaning “answer my prayer”.

Origin: Hebrew, Latin, Aramaic

Variants:

  • Annina
  • Aninna
  • Anena
  • Aneena