Mina

Mina is an Indian female name meaning “fish” in Sanskrit, as well as used as the Sanskrit term for the constellation Pisces; Minali is a variant of the name meaning “fish catcher”. It’s also a short form of Wilhelmina, the feminine form of Wilhelm, a German cognate of William meaning “wilfull protection” or “desiring protection” from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Mina is also a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used, made up of Japanese elements mi 美 (beauty, beautiful), 未 (have not come, future), 実 (reality, truth); and na 奈 (apple tree, what),那 (what), 菜 (vegetables, greens), 和 (harmony), 愛 (love, affection); and likely other meanings.

Mina is also a Persian female name meaning “enamel, glaze” or “lapis lazuli”, as well as being the Pashto word for “love”, as well as also being the Arabic word for “port”. Mina is also a Korean female name written with Hangul (Korean alphabet) 미나 with various meanings depending on the hanja (Korean name for Chinese characters) used to write out the syllables. One such meaning for  (mi) is “beauty” (), “small” (), “not” (未), “rice” (米), “name of a mountain” (嵋), while 나 (na) means “I” in first person singular. Written with the hangul 민아 with various meanings depending on the hanja used 민 (min) “keen, sensitive” (敏), “jade” (珉), “jade” (), “heaven” (旻); and 아 (a): “elegant, neat, tidy” (雅), “good, beautiful” (娥), “oh, ah” (娥); and other meanings.

As well as being a female name, Mina is also an Egyptian Arabic male name which seems to come from Menes, the Greek form of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh which seems to mean “He who endures” from Egyptian verb mnj and has also been linked to Memphis, the name of an ancient city in Egypt which is the Ancient Greek form of Egyptian Men-nefer meaning “enduring and beautiful” from mn (enduring) and nfr (beautiful). Menes, the first pharoah of Egypt who united Lower and Upper Egypt into one kingdom; his name is believed to have been an epithet rather than an actual name of a person long since forgotten.

Mina is also a surname as well as being a given name, derived from any place name called Mina, or from Portuguese and Spanish mina meaning “mine”, likely referring to a place where a mine was located. It could also be a variant form of Minas derived from Greek given name Menas from Menes, or from Arabic given name Minnah meanin “gift, charity, good deed”.

Origin: Sanskrit, German, Japanese, Persian, Korean, Ancient Egyptian

 

Variants:

  • Meena (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil)
  • Mi-na (Korean)
  • Mi-nah (Korean)
  • Minali (Indian, Hindi)

 

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 “beautiful”, 実 “reality, truth”, 味 “taste, flavor”, 光 “light”, and ka meaning “beautiful, good, excellent”, “fragrance”, “add, addition, increase”, “praise, auspicious”, though there are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Mika is also a Finnish male name, a short form of Mikael, the Scandinavian and Finnish form of Michael meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Mika is also a Slavic surname, a patrynomic surname. It’s also possible that Mika could be a nickname for Michaela/Mikaela, the feminine form of Michael.

Origin: Japanese, Hebrew

Chika

Chika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings, from Japanese elements chi meaning: (thousand); (knowledge, wisdom); (scatter); (to know, wisdom); and ka meaning: (beautiful, good, excellent); (flower); (add, addition, increase); (permitted, allowed, licensed); (praise, auspicious); (summer); (congratulate, greet, celebrate); (fragrance); (flower, splendor); (fruit); (song, poem); and other meanings. Chikako is another variant of the name ending with the ko (子) ending.

Chika is also an Igbo unisex name meaning “God is the greatest” or “God is supreme”.

Origin: Japanese, Western African (Igbo)

Variants:

  • Chikako (Japanese)

 

Madoka

Madoka is a Japanese female name that has several meanings depending on the kanji used such as: 円 “circle”; 円花 “circle + flower”; 窓香 “window + fragrance, fragrant”; 万童香 “ten thousand + child + fragrant, fragrance”; 万都佳 “ten thousand + all, both; capital, city + excellent, good, beautiful”; and other meanings depending on the kanji. Madoka is also a surname used with the kanji 円 meaning “circle”.

Origin: Japanese

 

Hikaru

Hikaru is a Japanese unisex name meaning “light” with the kanji or “brightness” with the kanji. Because it’s a unisex name, some kanji characters are used specifically for females while others are used for males only. Some kanji characters used for females are: 光佳留 “light + beautiful, good, excellent + to stay, to keep, to remain, to study abroad”; 光流 “light + to flow, current, flow, stream; to drift, to wander”; 光海 “light + sea, ocean”; 光留 “light + to stay, to keep, to remain, to study abroad”; 妃夏瑠 “a ruler’s wife, queen, empress + summer + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 妃華瑠 “a rulers wife, queen, empress + flower, splendor + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 妃香瑠 “a ruler’s wife, queen, empress + fragrance, fragrant + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; while some kanji used for men are: 光琉 “light + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 太陽 “sun”; “clear”; and 流星 “to flow, current, flow, stream; to drift, to wander + star”; 弘明 “to spread, enlarge, expand, great + clear, tomorrow, bright”; and many more depending on the kanji.

Origin: Japanese

Aika

Aika is a Japanese female name meaning “love song, love poem” from Japanese  (love, affection) and (song, poetry). Other meanings include: ai (indigo, blue) and ka 佳 (beautiful, good, auspicious); ka  (fragrance); ka  (add, addition, increase); and ka  (permitted, allowed), although there are many other meanings depending on the kanji used. Aiko is another variant of the name with the ko (子) ending meaning “child”, and Ai can also be used on its own as a given name.

Aika is also a Finnish word meaning “age, time”, as well as having once been the ancient name of what is now Troia, a town in southern Italy.

Origin: Japanese, Finnish

Variants:

  • Aiko
  • Ai

 

Benika

Benika is a Japanese female name meaning “crimson flower” (紅花) or “crimson fragrance” (紅香), though other possible meanings include “crimson + beautiful, good, excellent” (紅佳), and “crimson summer” (紅夏). There could be other meanings as well. Beniko is another variant of the name with the -ko () ending meaning “child”, used only for females, while Beni could also be used on its own as a given name.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Beniko
  • Beni

 

Lalia

Lalia is a short form of Eulalia, a Greek female name meaning “well-spoken” or “sweetly speaking” from Greek elements eu (good) and laleo (to talk).

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Eulalia (Ancient Greek, Spanish, Italian, English)
  • Eulalie (French)
  • Eulàlia (Catalan)
  • Eulália (Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovak)
  • Olalla (Spanish)
  • Eula (English)
  • Ulalia (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Eulalius (Ancient Greek)

 

Maya, Maia

Maya is the name of the Mayan civilization and its people, a Mesoamerican civilization that stretched out in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemela, El Salvador, and Honduras, though it’s of unknown meaning.  Maya is also an Indian girl’s name meaning “illusion” or “magic” in Sanskrit, featuring as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hindu mythology, Maya is an epithet for Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, and love, and Durga, a warrior goddess.

Maya is also a Hebrew female name meaning “water” derived from mayim (water).

In Japan, Maya is a unisex name that has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “hemp,flax,linen + to be”; “ten thousand + to be”; “true + to be”; “true + night”; and “to rub, graze, grind + eight”; there are other meanings besides these.

Maya also seems to have been a male name in Ancient Egyptian, being the name of a High Priest of Amun in Ancient Egypt who lived during the 14th century during the reign of Akhenaten, as well as being the name of  a treasurer who lived in the 16th century, though I couldn’t find any meaning behind the name.

Maia is the name of one of the oldest of the Pleiades, seven nymphs who are the daughters of Atlas, a Titan, and Pleione, an Oceanid. By Zeus, she is the mother of the god Hermes, and also helped raise Arcas, the son of Zeus and Callisto, whose mother was turned into a bear by Hera. The name possibly means “good mother” in Greek, and was used as an honorific for motherly figures. Maia also means “midwife”.

Maia is also a Roman goddess of spring, the wife of Vulcan; her name comes from Latin maius meaning “great”, and the month of May is named after her.

Maia is also the Basque form of 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”.

Maia means “palm tree” in the Maori language.

Origin: Sanskrit, Greek, Roman, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Maori, Japanese

Variants:

  • Maja (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish)
  • Maïa (French)

 

Male forms:

  • Maj (Slovene)

 

 

Maya 麻也 (Japanese kanji) “hemp,flax,linen+to be

Maya 万也 (Japanese kanji) “ten thousand + to be”

Maya 真也 (Japanese kanji) “true + to be”

Maya 真夜 (Japanese kanji) “true + night”

Maya 摩八 (Japanese kanji)”to rub, graze, grind + eight”