Misha

Misha is a Russian male diminutive of Mikhail, the Russian, Belarusian, and Bulgarian form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Although used strictly a male name in Russia, it has had some use as a female given name in the United States. Misha is also a Japanese…

Rami

Rami is an Arabic male name and surname meaning “archer, thrower” which comes from Arabic ramy رَمْي (throwing, flinging shooting); or it could be derived from ram (رام) meaning “to aspire,  to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”. However, ram (رام) is also a Persian word meaning “tame, meek, docile”. Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם)…

Shira

Shira is a Hebrew female name meaning “poetry” or “singing/song”. Shira is also a Jewish surname originating from the given name though it could also be an Americanized spelling of Shearer, an occupational name for someone who sheared sheep, or someone who used scissors to trim finished cloth or cut off any excessive fabric. The origin of…

Kanasa

Kanasa is a Japanese female name with a multitude of meanings depending on the kanji used: kanasa 愛 “love, affection” (愛); ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” + sa 咲 “blossom; bloom” (佳奈咲); kana 金 “gold” + sa 佐 “aid; help” (金佐); kana 奏 “to play music; speak to a ruler; complete, achieve; report, memorial” + sa 沙 “sand” (奏沙); ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent” + na 奈 “Nara; what?”…

Nora

Nora originally started out as a nickname for names ending in -nora such as Annora (a medieval English spelling of Honora which is a variant spelling of Honoria, the feminine form of Honorius meaning “honor”), Eleanora or Lenora (both of which derive from Eleanor which is the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly…

Saya

Saya is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings  depending on the kanji used such as: “sand + question mark” (沙耶); “sheath, scabbard” (鞘)- it’s a Japanese term referring to a sheath/scabbard for a sword; “little; small + night; evening”; “early; fast + dart; arrow” (早矢); “gauze; gossamer + design; figured cloth; twill”…

Raya

Raya is a female given name with a variety of origins and meanings such as: it’s used as a short form of Rayna, either a Bulgarian form of Regina meaning “queen” or the feminine form of Rayno derived from Slavic rad meaning “happy, willing”; Raya is also used as a Russian nickname for Raisa, a Russian name of unknown meaning though it may have been…

Mayura

Mayura comes from Sanskrit mayūra (मयूर) meaning “peacock”, an Indian male name. In Hindu mythology, the peacock is a sacred bird believed to have been created from the feathers of the Garuda, also a legendary bird in HIndu myth. Mayura is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “cocoon +…

Risa

Risa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, made of Japanese elements ri meaning: 梨 “pear”, 里 “village, hometown”, 理 “reason, logic”, 莉 “jasmine”; and sa meaning: 紗 “gauze”, 沙 “sand”, 佐 “assistant, help”; and likely other meanings. It could also be a short form of names like Parisa, a Persian name meaning “fairy, like a fairy” or Marisa, a combination of given names Maria (the Latin…