Kari

Kari (pr. kah-ree or care-ee) is a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Katarina, the Scandinavian form of Katherine which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though…

Rumi

Rumi is a Japanese female name with a variant of meanings depending on the kanji used: ru 留 “detain; fasten” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (留美); ru 瑠 “lapis lazuli” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” (瑠美); ru 流 “current; flow; stream” + mi 水 “water” (流水); ru 屡 “often, frequently” + mi 水 “water” (屡水); ru 屡 “often, frequently” + mi 三 “three” (屡三) There are other meanings depending on the…

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…