Onika

Onika is an African female name though there doesn’t seem to be a lot of accurate information on it. I’ve seen it with various meanings of “warrior”, or it could be derived from Yoruba meaning “one in possession of”, or it could be a short form of Onyekachi, an Igbo name meaning “who is greater than God?” Onika is also a Maori word meaning “onyx”. Spelled Oni-ka (鬼化) it’s a Japanese word meaning “devil”.

Origin: African, Maori, Japanese

Variants:

  • Oneika
  • Onyeka (short form of Onyekachi)

 

Maximus

Maximus is an Ancient Roman family name meaning “greatest” from Latin maximus. 

Nicknames: Max

Origin: Ancient Roman

Variants:

  • Maximos (Latin Greek)
  • Maksim (Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Macedonian)
  • Maxim (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian)
  • Maxime (French)
  • Massimo (Italian)
  • Maksym (Polish, Ukrainian)
  • Máximo (Spanish)
  • Macsen (Welsh)
  • Maxen (Welsh)
  • Maximilian (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximillian (English)
  • Maximilianus (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximillus
  • Maximilien (French)
  • Massimiliano (Italian)
  • Maximiliano (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Maksimilian (Russian)
  • Maksymilian (Polish)
  • Maxmilián (Czech)
  • Maximilián (Slovak)

 

Female forms:

  • Maxima (Ancient Roman)
  • Maximiliana (Ancient Roman)
  • Máxima (Spanish)
  • Massima (Italian)
  • Maximiliane (German)
  • Maximilienne (French)
  • Maxine (English)
  • Maxene (English)

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)

 

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

Nola

Nola is a short form of Finola, an Anglicized form of Fionnuala meaning “white shoulder” from Irish elements fionn (white, fair) and guala (shoulder). It could also be a nickname for Magnolia, a flower named after French botanist Pierre Magnol; the closest I could find about the name is that it might possibly be a diminutive of given name Magnus, a Latin name meaning “great”.

Nola could also be a feminine form of Nolan, itself derived from Irish surname Ó Nualláin meaning “descendant of Nuallán”, Nuallán meaning “noble, famous”.

Nola is also a town in Campania, Italy, and one that seems to have a long history. It was fought over for control by Hannibal and the Romans three times when the former invaded Italy and failed. I couldn’t find what the etymology behind the name is but it might have derived its name from Latin nola meaning “bell” since the first use of bells for Church services began there.

Origin: Irish, Latin

Variants:

  • Nuala (Irish)
  • Nolene (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Nolan (English, Irish)

 

May

May is the fifth month of the year in English. The name comes from Maiathe name of a Roman goddess of spring, derived from Latin maius meaning “great”. It’s also another name for the hawthorn flower.

May is also a surname though it comes from a different source, likely from Old English may meaning “male relative”, “young lad” and “maiden”. It could also have been derived from a pet form of given name Matthew meaning “gift of Yahweh”.

Origin: Latin, Old English

 

Variants:

  • Maye
  • Maia

 

April

April is the name of the fourth month of the year in English. Although the etymology behind it is unclear, it’s often been believed to be derived from Latin aperire meaning “to open” in reference to when the flowers and trees begin to bloom. The name has also been linked to Etruscan Apru, the Etruscan form of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, pleasure, and beauty. The first part of the name comes from Greek aphros (foam) in reference to her being born from the sea foam, while the second part is a little trickier; it could be linked to either *-odite (wanderer) or *-dite (bright, shine), the latter being linked to an epithet of the goddess of dawn, Eos. Other theories link it to being pre-Greek in origin.

Origin: Latin, Greek

Variants:

  • Avril (French)
  • Abril (Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian)