America

America is a unisex given name usually given in honor of the United States of America. It comes from Italian male name Amerigo, the medieval Italian form of Emmerich, a Germanic male name. While the second element of the name comes from ric (power, rule), the first part of the name is a little more complicated. It could be from Germanic ermen (whole, universal), amal (work, labor), or heim (home). Apparently the name came from Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Amerika (English, German, Dutch)
  • América (Spanish, Portuguese)

 

 

Male forms:

  • Americus (Latin)
  • Amerigo (Italian)
  • Emmerich (Germanic)

 

Rie

Rie (pr. ree-eh in Japanese; Forvo) is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. Some possible meanings are: 理恵 “logic, reason + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 利恵 “profit, advantage, benefit + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 梨絵 “pear tree + picture, painting, drawing, sketch”; 理江 “logic, reason + inlet, bay, creek”; 理絵 “logic, reason +picture, painting, drawing, sketch”; 里枝 “village, hometown + bough, branch limb, twig”; 梨恵 “pear tree + favor, blessing, grace, kindness”; 里依 “village, hometown + reliant, depend on, consequently, therefore, due to”. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Rie is also a Dutch female name (pr. rhee), used as a nickname for Hendrika, the feminine form of Hendrik, the Dutch and Estonian form of Henry which comes from a Germanic name meaning “home ruler”; and Marie, which comes from Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”. Rie has also been used as a male nickname for Henri, the French male form of Henry.

Spelled ríe, it’s the Spanish verb of ríer meaning “to laugh” which comes from Latin rīdēre (to laugh).

Origin: Japanese, Ancient Germanic, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Latin

 

 

Heinz

Heinz is a diminutive of Heinrich though it can be used as a given name on its own, the German form of Henry meaning “home ruler” from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (ruler). Heinz is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Heinrich (German)
  • Henry (English)

 

Risa

Risa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, made of Japanese elements ri meaning: 梨 “pear”, 里 “village, hometown”, 理 “reason, logic”, “jasmine”; and sa meaning: 紗 “gauze”, 沙 “sand”,  “assistant, help”; and likely other meanings. It could also be a short form of names like Parisa, a Persian name meaning “fairy, like a fairy” or Marisa, a combination of given names Maria (the Latin form of Mary which ultimately comes from Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”) and Luisa (the feminine form of Luis, the Spanish form of Louis ultimately derived from a Germanic name meaning “famous war/battle”

Risa is also the Spanish word for “laughter, laugh” which comes from Latin risus/rideo. 

Origin: Japanese, Persian, Hebrew, Germanic, Latin

 

Variants:

  • Marisa
  • Parisa

 

Perry

Perry is a nickname for Peregrine, from Latin Peregrinus meaning “traveler”, or Percival, likely based on Welsh Peredur meaning “hard spear” though the spelling of the name was altered to resemble Old French percer val “to pierce the valley”. Perry is also an English surname which comes from Middle English perrie meaning “pear tree”, referring to someone who lived near a pear tree. As a Welsh patrynomic surname it comes from ap Herry meaning “son of Herry”, the latter a medieval English form of Henry meaning “home ruler”. Spelled Perriit’s an Italian surname derived from given name Peter meaning “stone”.

Origin: Latin, Welsh, Old French, Greek

Variants:

  • Peregrine
  • Percival
  • Perri (u)
  • Peri (u)
  • Perrie (u)

 

Hestia

Hestia is the name of the Greek goddess of the hearth, home, family and domestic life, and the Greek counterpart to the Roman goddess Vesta. The name comes from Ancient Greek hestia meaning “hearth, home”.

Origin: Ancient Greek

 

 

 

Nikita

Nikita is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Greek Niketas meaning “winner, victor”, or from Greek Aniketos meaning “unconquerable”. It’s also an Indian female name originating from a completely different source, from Sanskrit niketa meaning “house, habitation”.

Origin: Ancient Greek, Sanskrit

Female variants:

  • Niketa (Indian, Marathi, Hindi)

 

Male variants:

  • Mykyta (Ukrainian)
  • Mikita (Belarusian)
  • Niketas (Ancient Greek)
  • Aniketos (Ancient Greek)

 

Harriet

Harriet is the English form of Henriette, the French diminutive of Henri, the French male form of Henry meaning “home ruler” composed from Germanic elements heim (home) and ric (power, ruler).

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Harriette (English)
  • Harriett (English)
  • Harrietta (English)
  • Henrietta (English, Hungarian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch)
  • Henriette (French, English, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian)

 

Male forms:

  • Harry (English)
  • Henry (English)

 

Harry

Harry is a medieval form of Henry which comes from Germanic given name Heimirich meaning “home ruler” from Germanic heim (home) and ric (power, ruler).

Harry could also be a short form for Harold, a modern form of Old English Hereweald meaning “army leader” or “army ruler” from Old English here (army) and weald (ruler, leader, power) which ultimately comes from Ancient Germanic.

As well as being a given name, Harry is also a surname derived from the given name.

Origin: Ancient Germanic

Variants:

  • Henry (English)
  • Harold (English)
  • Hank
  • Hal