Shika

Shika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: shika 鹿 “deer” (it’s also a Japanese surname); shi 史 “history, chronicle” + ka “can; passable, allowed” (史可); shi 志 “purpose, will; aspire; resolve; motives; plans” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (志佳); shi 紫 “purple, violet” + ka 佳 “excellent; beautiful, good” (紫佳); shi 詩 “poem, poetry” + 夏 “summer” (詩夏). I’ve also seen…

Anna

Anna is the Latinate form of Hebrew Channah meaning “favor” or “grace”. Anna (also spelled Ana) is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: a 亜 “Asia; rank next; come after” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” (亜奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful; safe, secure” + na 南  “south” (安南); an 杏 “apricot” + 奈 “Nara; what?” (杏奈); an 安 “calm, peaceful;…

Concordia

Concordia is the Roman goddess of marital harmony, peace, and understanding (her Greek counterpart is Harmonia). The name comes from Latin concordia (agreement, union, harmony) via Latin concors (agreeing, of one mind) made up from cum (together, with) and cor (heart) both of which derive from a PIE source. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Konkordie (Danish) Konkordija (Croatian, Lithuanian) Konkortia (Greenlandic)   Male…

Honoka

Honoka is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “harmony; Japanese style; peace; soften; Japan + flower” (和花); “ear; ear (grain); head; crest (wave) + flower” (穂花); “ear; ear (grain); head; crest (wave) + incense; smell; perfume” (穂香); “sail + from; possessive article; whereupon; accordingly + incense; smell;…

Miwa

Miwa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “beauty; beautiful + harmony; Japanese style; peace; soften; Japan” (美和); “beauty; beautiful + wheel; ring; circle; link; hoop; counter for wheels and flowers” (美輪); “beauty; beautiful + ring; circle; link; wheel” (美環); “three + wheel; ring; circle; link; hoop; counter…

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…

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…

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”;…

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 一 “one”, 和 “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…