Battle/War, C names, Female, Hebrew, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh, Word names

Cain

Cain is the name of the firstborn son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel. It seems to be derived from Hebrew qanah meaning "acquired, acquisition" or perhaps related to a root word meaning "to create"; it could also be from qayin meaning "spear" or "smith" Cain is also a Welsh word and female name meaning "lovely,… Continue reading Cain

African, Animals, Basque, Bright/Clear, Chinese, Dolphin, Elements, Female, Food, Greek mythology, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Irish, Japanese, Kin/Family, Mythological creatures, Mythology, N names, Nymphs, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Sound, Surname names, Swahili, Vegetables, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,… Continue reading Naya

A names, Arabic, Female, Food, Japanese, Rice, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Aida

Aida (pr. ah-EE-da) is an Arabic female name meaning "returning, visitor" which derives from an Arabic root word meaning "to return, to come back"; it's also the eponymous name of an opera that premiered in 1871, given to an Ethiopian princess captured by the Egyptians set somewhere during the time of the Old Kingdom, somewhere… Continue reading Aida

Akkadian mythology, Elements, Female, Food, Japanese, Mythology, N names, Nature, Near East mythology, Night/Evening, Numbers, Physical Attributes, Sky/Heavens, Sumerian, Sumerian mythology, Surname names, Vegetables, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Nanaya

Nanaya is the name of a Sumerian goddess worshipped by both the Sumerians and Akkadians, being the goddess of sex and war. She is closely associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar, all of whom share similar functions. Nanaya could possibly be related to Inanna meaning “lady of the heavens” though that’s not certain. Another source (Llewellyn’s Complete Book of… Continue reading Nanaya

Birds, Black/Dark, Color, Emotion/Feelings, Greek mythology, Guinea fowl, M names, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sorrow, Virtues/Attributes

Meleager

Meleager is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Meleagros, the name of a Greek hero who features in the story of the Calydonian boar hunt. In Greek mythology, Meleager was the son of Althaea and Oeneus, the king of Calydon (though some versions put him as the son of the war god Ares). When he is… Continue reading Meleager

Ainu, Japanese, M names, Male, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Musashi

Musashi is a Japanese male name. The etymology behind the name is uncertain. It's written with the hiragana 武 mu "warrior; military; chivalry; arms" and 蔵 sashi "storehouse; warehouse". However, there are theories that it derives from the Ainu language from the word muzashi which comes from an older word munzashi which could be derived from Aini mun (grass, weeds), sa (open, exposed, a plain open… Continue reading Musashi

Female, J names, Japanese, Korean, Male, Mythology, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Seasons, Sound, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Juno

Juno is the wife of the the Roman god Jupiter and the Roman goddess of marriage and women, making her the Greek counterpart of Hera. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it could be linked to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful, young” from Proto-Indo-European root word *h₂ey- (vital force, life, age, eternity). Juno is traditionally a female given name but… Continue reading Juno

Ancient Greek, Female, Food, Latin, Male, P names, Pear, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Parley

Parley is an English word (also spelled parlay) meaning "to talk, to speak, to confer", referring to a temporary truce between enemies. It derives from French parler (to speak, to talk) which comes from Latin parabola (comparison, likeness; parable) via Ancient Greek parabole (to set side by side). Parley is also an English surname derived from a place name meaning "pear… Continue reading Parley

Emotion/Feelings, Food, Japanese, K names, Latin, Male, Native American, Nickname names, Rice, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Koda

Koda is not an easy name to find much information on. It could be a Native American male name meaning "the allies, friends", a short form or a variant form of Dakota. Koda is also a Japanese surname with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: "country+ borough, urban prefecture, storehouse, govt. office,… Continue reading Koda