Carissa

Carissa is a variant spelling of Charissa, itself an elaborated form of Charis which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “grace, kindness, beauty, elegance” derived from khaírō (to be happy) from Proto-Hellenic *kʰəřřō (to rejoice) ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (to yearn for).In Greek mythology, a Charis refers to one of the Charites, referring to some minor goddesses (also known as the Graces) of charm, beauty, grace,…

Cherise

Cherise comes from the Norman-French word for cherry (the modern French word is cerise) which comes from Latin cerasus meaning “cherry; cherry tree” via Ancient Greek kerasós (cherry tree) derived from an ancient Anatalion source. Cherise could also be a variant form of Charisse, a variant spelling of Charissa which is an elaborated form of Charis, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “grace, kindness, beauty,…

Shoya

Shoya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: sho 祥 (auspicious, happiness, blessed, good fortune) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 哉 (how, what, alas, question mark); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 也 (to be); sho 将 (leader, commander, general) + ya 也 (to be); sho 星 (star) + ya 也 (to be); sho 翔 (soar, fly) + ya 夜 (night, evening); sho 勝 (victory, win, excel, prevail)…

Una

Una (pr. oo-na or yoo-na) is a female given name with various possible meanings and origins: it’s an anglicized form of Irish Úna which derives from uan meaning “lamb” from Proto-Celtic *ognos from PIE *h₂egʷnós (lamb); it may also be derived from Latin una, the feminine form of unus meaning “one” though it also means “together, simultaneously”. It derives from Latin unus (one, single; alone) from PIE *óynos (one; single). It was used…

Felixa

Felixa is the feminine form of Felix which comes from a Roman cognomen meaning “happy, lucky, successful, auspicious” in Latin. It also means “fruitful, fertile, prosperous”, deriving from PIE *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, nurse) from which derive several derivatives such as Greek phuo “to make grow” or “to produce”, Latin fio “to become”, fecundus “fertile”, fetus “pregnant” and “offspring” and even femina “woman”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Félice (French) Felice (English) Felicia…

Alair

Alair comes from Allaire, an Old French personal name derived from Hilaire, the French form of Hilarius, an Ancient Roman name meaning “happy, cheerful” from Latin hilaris via Ancient Greek hilarós from hílaos (gracious, merciful; kind, mild, gentle) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word. From what I could find it could be used either a male or female name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Alaire (French) Allaire…

Eleri

Eleri is a Welsh female name of unknown meaning though I’ve seen several possible meanings attributed to it such as: “very bitter”, “overflowing; more than full”, or it’s possibly a Welsh form of Elerius or Hilarius, an Ancient Roman name meaning “happy, cheerful” from Latin hilaris via Ancient Greek hilarós from hílaos (gracious, merciful; kind, mild, gentle) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word….

Hiroyuki

Hiroyuki is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “doctor, PhD; exposition, fair; command, esteem; win acclaim + of; this” (博之); “doctor, PhD; exposition, fair; command, esteem; win acclaim + going; journey” (博行); “doctor; PhD; exposition, fair; command, esteem; win acclaim + happiness; blessing; fortune” (博幸); “abundant; rich;…

Hilary

Hilary is the English form of Hilarius and Hilaria, both an Ancient Roman name meaning “happy, cheerful” from Latin hilaris via Ancient Greek hilarós from hílaos (gracious, merciful; kind, mild, gentle) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Hilary was once a very popular male name before becoming more common for women in the 20th century. Hilary is also a surname originating from the given name….

Teigo

Teigo is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: “happiness; blessed; good fortune; auspicious + I; my; our; one’s own” (禎吾); “determine; fix; establish; decide + enlightenment; perceive; discern; realize; understand” (定悟); Teigo is also a word meaning “emperor’s name”, a posthumous name given to Japanese…

Karis

Karis is a variant spelling of Charis which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “grace, kindness, beauty, elegance” which comes from khaírō (to be happy) from Proto-Hellenic *kʰəřřō (to rejoice) ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (to yearn for).In Greek mythology, a Charis refers to one of the Charites, referring to some minor goddesses (also known as the Graces) of charm, beauty, grace, joy, adornment,nature, festivity,…

Beatrix

Beatrix is a variant form of Viatrix, the feminine form of Viator meaning “voyager, traveler, wayfarer”. The name was later changed to resemble Latin beatus meaning “happy, blessed”. Nicknames: Bea/Bee, Trix, Trixie Origin: Latin Variants: Beatrice (Italian, English, Swedish) Béatrice (French) Beatrise (Latvian) Beatriu (Catalan) Beatrycze (Polish) Beatriz (Spanish, Portuguese) Beitris (Scottish) Betrys (Welsh) Viatrix (Latin)   Male forms: Viator (Latin)…

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  

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; …

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…

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…

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,…

Felix

Felix comes from a Roman cognomen meaning “lucky, successful, auspicious” in Latin. According to K.M. Sheard’s Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names, it seems to have originally been used in Pagan religious ceremonies for trees whose fruit were offered to the gods and that it’s original meaning in Latin was “fruit-bearing” and “fertile” from a root cognate with…

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…

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