Veronique

Veronique is the anglicized form of Véronique, the French form of Veronica which is the Latin transliteration of Berenice, itself the Latinized form of Macedonian Berenike from Greek Pherenike meaning “bringing victory” or “bringer of victory” from Greek elements pheros (to bring) and nike (victory). However, the name has also been associated with Latin vera iconica meaning “true image” in reference to Saint Veronica who apparently wiped…

Veracity

Veracity is an English word referring to something that is accurate and truthful. The origin of the word comes from Old French veracitie from Medieval Latin veracitas (truthfulness) via verax (truthful) from verus (true, real) derived from PIE root word *weh₁- (true). Nicknames: Vera, Vere Origin: Proto-Indo-European Female forms: Verity Vera   Male forms: Verus (Ancient Roman, Latin)  

Adil

Adil is an Arabic male name meaning “fair, honest, just” derived from Arabic ‘adala (to act justly). Adil is also an Arabic surname deriving from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Adel (Arabic, Persian)- Adel is also a German masculine name meaning “noble” derived from Germanic element adal (noble) Adeel (Arabic)   Female forms: Adila (Arabic) Adile (Turkish)…

Shun

Shun is a Japanese unisex name (though it seems to be very popular for boys) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “sagacious; genius, excellence” (俊); “high; steep” (峻); “spring, springtime” (春); “true, truth; real” (洵); “type of morning glory; rose of Sharon” (舜) *this kanji seems to be used only for…

Mayura

Mayura comes from Sanskrit mayūra (मयूर) meaning “peacock”, an Indian male name. In Hindu mythology, the peacock is a sacred bird believed to have been created from the feathers of the Garuda, also a legendary bird in HIndu myth. Mayura is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “cocoon +…

Miho

Miho is a Croatian male name, a short form of Mihovil, the Croatian form of Michael, or Mihael, the Croatian and Slovene form of Michael, a Hebrew male name meaning “who is like God?”, a rhetorical question implying there is no one like God. Miho is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “beauty; beautiful+…

Amin

Amin is an Arabic male name meaning “truthful, honest, fair, trustworthy, upright”, as well as also being a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Arabic Variants: Ameen (Arabic) Emin (Turkish)   Female forms: Amina (Arabic, Bosnian) Aminah (Arabic) Emine (Turkish) Emina (Bosnian)  

Naomi

Naomi (pr. nay-o-mee or nie-o-mee in English; pr. na-o-mee in Japanese)  is a female given name with two separate origins. The first is that it derives from Hebrew meaning “pleasantness”. It’s also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “straight; honest +beauty; beautiful” (直美); feminine “esteem + beauty; beautiful” (尚美); feminine “straight; honest…

Renji

Renji is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:  “bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + two” (廉二); “bargain; reason; charge; suspicion; point; account; purity; honest; low price; cheap; rested; contented; peaceful + next; order; sequence” (廉次); “romance; in love;…

Makana

Makana is a Hawaiian unisex name meaning “gift”. It’s also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: “ten thousand; myriad + grant, answer” (万叶) “truth, reality; Buddhist sect + grant, answer” (眞叶) “truth, reality; Buddhist sect + love; affection, favorite” (真愛) “dance; flit; circle; wheel +…

Fiora

Fiora is derived from Italian fiore meaning “flower” which is derived from Latin florem via Proto-Italic *flōs (flower, blossom) via Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (bloom, flower). Spelled Fíora it becomes an Irish word meaning “true” which comes from Old Irish fír (true, correct, real). Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Old Irish Variants: Fiore (Italian) unisex Fíora (Old Irish) Fiorella (Italian)   Male forms: Fiore (Italian) Fír (Old Irish) Fíor (Old…

Sandulf

Sandulf is a male name, either derived from Germanic elements sand (sand) and ulf (wolf) meaning “sand wolf” or it might be derived from Gothic elements sanths (true) and vulfs (wolf) meaning “true wolf”. It’s also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Sandy Origin: Ancient Germanic, Gothic Variants: Sandolf Sandalius (Latin) Sandalio (Spanish)  

Rita

Rita is a short form of Margarita, the Latinate form of Margaret which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs meaning “pearl” ultimately derived from Sanskrit manyari. I’ve also seen it listed as also being an Indian female name, derived from Sanskrit rit meaning “true, enlightened, luminous, brave, honest” . Rita is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the…

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…

Jun

Jun is a Japanese unisex name with various meanings of: 純 “innocent, pure, genuine”, 潤 “moisture”, 淳 “pure”, 順 “order, obey”, 準 “conform, imitate, semi-“, 洵 “alike, truth”, 隼 “falcon”, and likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. It can also be used with other name elements such as Junko, a female name, or…

Shinichi

Shinichi is a Japanese male name with various meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: 真一 “true, reality + one”, 信一 “trust, faith, belief + one”, 伸一 “extend, lengthen + one”, 進一 “advance, progress, move on + one”, 新一 “new + one”, 慎一 “careful, prudent, humility + one”, 晋一 “to proceed, advance + one”,…

Mika

Mika is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used. It’s made up of Japanese mi with various meanings of 美 “beautiful”, 実 “reality, truth”, 味 “taste, flavor”, 光 “light”, and ka meaning 佳 “beautiful, good, excellent”, 香 “fragrance”, 加 “add, addition, increase”, 嘉 “praise, auspicious”, though there are likely other meanings depending on the kanji…

Tadashi

Tadashi is a Japanese male name with various meanings depending on the kanji used,  such as “correct, righteous” (正) or “loyal, faithful”  (忠), “lucky, auspicious” (禎), or “villa, solemn” (莊), though there could be other meanings with other kanji used. Origin: Japanese  

Maya, Maia

Maya is the name of the Mayan civilization and its people, a Mesoamerican civilization that stretched out in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemela, El Salvador, and Honduras, though it’s of unknown meaning.  Maya is also an Indian girl’s name meaning “illusion” or “magic” in Sanskrit, featuring as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hindu mythology,…

Marie

Marie is the Czech and French form of 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,…