Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

Jerica

Jerica is an English female name of uncertain origin and meaning. In English it’s presumed to be a blend of Jeri (a short form of names such as Jeremy/Jeremiah, Jerome, and Jerald/Jeraldine meaning “ruler of the spear”) and Erica, the feminine form of Eric which comes from Old Norse Eiríkr meaning “ever ruler” or “eternal ruler”; Erica is also the Latin word for “heather”. I’ve also seen Jerica listed as the…

Jericho

Jericho is the name of an ancient city in the West Bank as well as a surname derived from the given name. The meaning behind the name is uncertain though possible meanings ascribed to it are “moon” from Hebrew yareach or it could be derived from Hebrew reyach meaning “fragrant, smell”. In Arabic it’s known as Ariha which also means…

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,…

Nanaka

Nanaka is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as “vegetables, greens + flower” (菜々花/ 菜々華); “vegetables, greens + summer” (菜々夏); “vegetables, greens + fragrance” (菜々香); “vegetables, greens + day, sun, Japan” (菜々日); “seven +flower, splendor” (七華); and likely other meanings. Nanaka was also the name of…

Mika

Mika is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used. It’s made up of Japanese mi with various meanings of 美 “beautiful”, 実 “reality, truth”, 味 “taste, flavor”, 光 “light”, and ka meaning 佳 “beautiful, good, excellent”, 香 “fragrance”, 加 “add, addition, increase”, 嘉 “praise, auspicious”, though there are likely other meanings depending on the kanji…

Kaoru

Kaoru (pr. ka-oh-roo) is a Japanaese unisex name with various meanings depending on the kanji used: 郁 “fragrance”, 薫 “fragrance”, 芳 “fragrance”, 馨 “fragrant, aromatic”, 香 “fragrant”. Origin: Japanese  

Chika

Chika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings, from Japanese elements chi meaning: 千 (thousand); 智 (knowledge, wisdom); 散 (scatter); 知 (to know, wisdom); and ka meaning: 佳 (beautiful, good, excellent); 花 (flower); 加 (add, addition, increase); 可 (permitted, allowed, licensed); 嘉 (praise, auspicious); 夏 (summer); 賀 (congratulate, greet, celebrate); 香 (fragrance);…

Rei

Rei (pr. ray) is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more popular for women. Some meanings depending on the kanji are: 玲 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade”; 礼威 “reverence + dominate, intimidate, power”; 礼 (reverence, etiquette, bow); 霊 (soul, spirit, ghost); 玲生 “exquisite, clever, sound of jade + life, existence, being”; 礼唯 “reverence…