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)

 

Natsu

Natsu is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word name) meaning 夏 “summer”, and is used as a name element among names like Natsuki, a unisex name with a variety of meanings such as 夏稀 (summer + rare); 夏生 (summer + life); 夏紀 (summer + chronicle); and 夏樹 (summer + wood); Natsuko, a female name meaning “summer child” with the kanji 夏子; and Natsumi, a female name meaning: 夏美 (summer + beauty), 夏実 “summer + reality, truth”, and 夏海 (summer + sea, ocean).

Natsu also has other meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 七津 (seven + haven, port, ferry, harbor); 南月 (south + moon); 名都 (name + capital, city); 和津 (harmonious + haven, port, ferry, harbor); and others.

Origin: Japanese

 

 

Izumi

Izumi is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more common for women than men. It has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 泉 “spring, fountain water” (used for both sexes); 一角 “one + corner, edge; horn, antler; character, part, role”; 五巳 “five + sign of the Snake”; 五澄 “five + clear, pure”; 五美 “five + beauty, beautiful”; 泉美 “spring, fountain water + beauty, beautiful”; 泉水 “spring, fountain water + water”; while for men the kanji used is: 一弥 “one + cross, extend over”; 委清 “committee + clear, pure”; and 泉三 “spring, fountain + three”; 和泉 “peace, harmony + spring, fountain water”; though there are other meanings depending on the kanji.

Izumi is also a surname, used with the kanji 泉 “spring, fountain water”, though there could be other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Origin: Japanese

 

Kazuya

Kazuya is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used.  It’s made up of Japanese elements kazu meaning “one”, “harmony, peace”, 冬 “winter”; 万 “ten thousand”; 三 “three”; and ya meaning 八 “eight”; 矢 “arrow”; 也 “to be, also, too”; 哉 (a final exclamatory particle that has no particular meaning); 優 “excellent, outstanding, kind, tenderness”; 弥 “extensive, full, complete”; 夜 “night”; though there are likely other meanings as well. Kazu can also be used as given name on its own, becoming a unisex name.

Origin: Japanese

 

Nina

Nina is the name of a Sumerian fertility goddess who was also identified with Ishtar and Inanna. Her name in cuneiform is written with a fish inside of a house and means “water lady” or “lady of the water” from Sumerian nin (lady) and (water). The city of Ninevah was named after her. Nina is also the Russian form of Nino, a Georgian feminine name of Ninos/Ninus, of uncertain meaning but possibly related to the Sumerian goddess Nina.

Nina is also a shortened form of names such as Antonina (an Italian feminine form of Anthony of uncertain meaning) and Giannina (an Italian diminutive of Giovanna ultimately deriving from John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”), as well as being a Spanish word meaning “girl” and a Quechua and Aymara word meaning “fire” (Quechua and Aymara is a language used in South America by the indigenous people).

I’ve also seen it as also deriving from Old Slavic word ninati meaning “dreamer” or “dream”.

Nina is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. From the first element ni it could mean 仁 “benevolent, humane, noble”, “two” 二, “rainbow” 虹, “cinnabar” 丹, “to resemble, imitate, counterfeit” 似, “hope, request, beg” 希, “hue, color, variegated” 彩, “new” 新, “to laugh, smile” 笑; while the second element na has the possible meanings of 菜 “vegetables, greens”, 那 “what”, 名 “name”, 奈 “apple tree”, 和 “harmony”, 愛 “love, affection”. *I’m not a native Japanese speaker but I tried the best I could to be as accurate as possible to the best of my ability, though there may be some mistakes*

Origin: Sumerian, Hebrew, Old Slavic, Quechua, Aymara, Japanese

Variants:

  • Nena (English)
  • Nino (Georgian, Ancient Near Eastern)