Tori

Tori is often used as a nickname for Victoria, the feminine form of Victor meaning “victor, victory” via Latin victor (victor, conqueror) which derives from a PIE root word. In Roman mythology, Victoria is the name of the Roman goddess of victory (the Roman counterpart of Nike). Tori 鳥 is also a Japanese word meaning “bird; chicken”, as well as also being the…

Riko

Riko is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as: ri 莉 “jasmine” + ko 子 “child” (莉子); ri 理 “reason, logic” + ko 子 “child” (理子); ri 璃 “glassy; lapiz lazuli” + ko 子 “child” (璃子); ri 里 “village” + ko 子 “child”. There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana りこ. Riko could also be a…

Rukiya

Rukiya is an interesting name with two sources: the first is that it’s a variant spelling of Ruqayya, an Arabic female name which means “rise, ascent” or “spell, charm, incantation”. Rukiya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “detain; fasten + hope; beg, request; rare; Greece +…

Runa

Runa has several possible meanings and etymologies such as: it is the Scandinavian feminine form of Rune, derived from Old Norse rún meaning “secret lore” which comes from Proto-Germanic *rūnō (whisper, murmur). it’s also a Latin word meaning “dart” or “javelin”; it’s also a Latvian word meaning “speech, delivery, talk”; it’s also a Quechua word meaning “man, person,…

Hikaru

Hikaru is a Japanese unisex name meaning “light” with the kanji 光 or “brightness” with the kanji 輝. Because it’s a unisex name, some kanji characters are used specifically for females while others are used for males only. Some kanji characters used for females are: 光佳留 “light + beautiful, good, excellent + to stay, to…