Letitia

Letitia is a variant form of Laetitia which comes from Latin laetus meaning “joy, happiness, glad”. In Roman mythology, Laetitia is the goddess of happiness and gaiety.

Nicknames: Letty/Lettie, Tisha

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Laetitia (Ancient Roman, English, French)
  • Lettice (English)
  • Letizia (Italian)
  • Leticia (Spanish)
  • Letícia (Portuguese, Hungarian)
  • Latisha (African-American, English)
  • Lateesha

 

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Shoji

Shoji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • “correct; justice; righteous; a number of 1040+ reign;  be at peace;  calm down;  subdue;  quell;  govt;  cure;  heal;  rule;  conserve” (正治);
  • “prosperous; bright; clear + two” (昌二);
  • “shining; bright + two” (昭二);
  • “level + director;  official;  govt office;  rule;  administer” (庄司);
  • “auspicious;  happiness;  blessedness;  good omen;  good fortune + reign;  be at peace;  calm down;  subdue;  quell;  govt;  cure;  heal;  rule;  conserve” (祥治);
  • “victory; fast + you; thou; second person” (捷爾);
  • “badge; chapter; composition; poem; design + two” (章二);
  • “beckon; invite; summon; engage + two” (招二);
  • “leader;  commander;  general;  admiral;  or;  and again;  soon;  from now on;  just about + director;  official;  govt office;  rule;  administer” (将司).

Shoji also refers to a sliding door made of translucent paper over a frame of wood as well as also referring to a Japanese era spanning April 1199 through February 1202.

Written in hiragana it’s しょうじ (Shōji).

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Shōji
  • Shouji

 

Hana

Hana is a multicultural name with a variety of meanings:

  • it is the Czech, Slovak, and Croatian form of Hannah, which comes from Hebrew Channah meaning “grace” or “favor”;
  • it’s also an Arabic female name meaning “bliss, happiness”;
  • Hana is also a Korean female name meaning “one”;
  • it’s also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: “flower” () pr “flower; splendor” (), though there may be other meanings depending on the kanji used;
  • it also means “work” or “craft” in Hawaiian;
  • hana is also a word in Maori which means “to shine, glow, radiate, give out heat” as a verb and “flame, glow, warmth, heat, radiance” as a noun;
  • the name may also be derived from Albanian hënë meaning “moon”.

Origin: Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Hawaiian, Maori, Albanian

Variants:

  • Hanaa (Arabic)
  • Hana’a (Arabic)
  • Hannah (English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Swedish)
  • Hanna
  • Ha-na (Korean)

 

하나 (Korean Hangul)

هناء (Arabic)

 

Hill

Hill comes from an English surname with several possible meanings such as:

  • it may have derived from a topographical name for someone who lived near or on a hill; the name comes from Old English hyll borrowed from Proto-Germanic *hulliz (stone, rock) which ultimately comes from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (to rise, to be tall);
  • it may also have been used as a medieval given name, a shortened form of Hilary/Hillary, derived from Latin hilarius meaning “cheerful, merry, happy”;
  • it may also derive from any personal name beginning with the Germanic element hild meaning “battle” such as Hilda;

Origin:  Proto-Indo-European, Latin, Germanic

 

 

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, representative body + rice field, rice paddy” (國府田);
  • “armor, high (voice), carapace, shell, A grade, first class, former, instep + rice field, rice paddy” (甲田);
  • “happiness, luck + rice field, rice paddy” (倖田);
  • “happiness, blessing, fortune + rice field, rice paddy” (幸田);
  • “incense, smell, perfume + rice field, rice paddy” (香田);
  • “going, journey, line (of text), row, bank + rice field, rice paddy”; and likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Also spelled Kouda and Kouta and Kōd.

Koda could also be a variant spelling of Coda which comes from Latin meaning “tail”

Origin: Native American, Japanese, Latin

Variants:

  • Coda

 

Leatrice

Leatrice seems to be a combination of two names, Leah (a Hebrew female name possibly meaning “weary, languid, tired” though it’s also been associated with the meaning of “cow”. It might also be related to an Akkadian word meaning “mistress”); and Beatrice, the Italian form of Beatrix which means ‘”happy” or “blessed” from Latin beatus, taking on the meaning of “she who makes happy” or it could be a variant form of Viatrix, also from Latin meaning “female traveler/voyager”. It’s just as likely that Leatrice is a variant spelling of Liatris, the name of a genus of flowers also known as blazing star and gayfeather, native to North America (including Mexico and the Bahamas). I couldn’t find anything behind the name.

Origin: Hebrew, Akkadian, Latin

 

Variants:

  • Liatris

 

Corliss

Corliss comes from an English surname meaning “carefree person” or “cheerful person” from Old English carleas (careless, reckless, free from care). It likely originated as a nickname for a carefree person or someone who was always happy.

Origin: Old English

 

Zelda

Zelda was originally used as a nickname for Griseldaa female given name meaning “gray battle” from Germanic elements gris (gray) and hild (battle), though it’s now used as a given name in its own right.

Zelda is also a Yiddish name, the feminine form of Selig, meaning “blessed, happy” in Yiddish.

Origin: Germanic, Yiddish

Variants:

  • Selda (English)
  • Griselda
  • Grizel (Scottish)
  • Griselda (Spanish)
  • Zelde (Yiddish)
  • Zilda (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Selig (Yiddish)
  • Zelig (Yiddish)

 

Edwin

Edwin is an English male name composed from Old English elements ead (wealth, fortune, riches, blessed, happiness) and wine (friend) meaning “rich friend”, “blessed friend” or “happy friend”.

Nicknames: Ed, Eddy/Eddie, Win/Wyn

Origin: Old English

Variants:

  • Edwyn (English)
  • Eadwine (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Edvin (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian)
  • Audun (Old Norse)

 

Female forms:

  • Edwina (English)
  • Edweena (English)
  • Edwena (English)
  • Edwyna (English)